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  1. Ali says

    My baby is turning 6 months next week. And has just started waking after 2-3 hours for a feed. It now happens 2 to 3 times a night.
    I do nurse her to sleep but have not had this issue before now, it has only just started in the last week or two. I try not to feed her as I do not want her to get used to waking in the night for feeds, but she screams until she gets her own way most nights.
    Is this a growth spurt or is this something i should try and stop now.
    I have tried to leave her to self settle in the past but she just screams (cries until until it turns into a scream) and i then have to soothe her, normally by nursing.
    How can i stop this learned behaviour with her. Or is it a growth spurt.
    She also doesn’t nap well, I am lucky if I get a solid hour out of her and also lucky if she has more than 1 nap.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Ali – Thank you for writing us. I’m sorry to hear your family is having sleep problems and your daughter is struggling with night wakings and fighting naps! You’re not alone and we would love to help! If this has only been going on for a few days or so, you may want to wait a bit and see if things improve. If it continues for weeks or more, likely you will need to take some action to teach or re-teach her how to fall back to sleep without feeding, and you may want to work on naps as well. For more help, we have e-Books and premium resources available where the research has been done for you. Or, for the fastest service, we have expert sleep consultants waiting to help!
      You can read about all of our sleep consultation packages here:
      I hope that things smooth out!! Please let us know if you need any assistance at any time! : )

  2. Allison says

    Hello. From day one I have made the mistake of nursing our daughter to sleep. It was easy at first, diaper change, feeding, burp while asleep and put to bed. As a newborn that worked wonders for us and she’d sleep 9-12 hours! Now that she’s a little over 4 months old, this has quickly become a problem. I exclusively breastfeed, so I’m by myself all night and losing my mind and patience along with it. It’s not her fault, it’s mine, but I still get upset. She refuses a pacifier, and is not catching on to sucking her thumb, so every time she wakes in goes my breast. She also has her days and nights mixed up too, so it’s not like there is a once or twice feeding. It. Is. All. Night. Long. The night starts at 8pm and lasts until 5 or 6 am now. A few months ago it was 8pm until 2:30 am and my god I miss those days. I’ll feed her from 8 to midnight, she’ll have a 45 minute nap if I’m lucky, and then wake up crying bloody murder because my boob is gone. Then we’ll struggle feeding from 1am until she finally falls asleep around 5-6am, and she’ll sleep from then until 2-3 in the AFTERNOON. Up for an hour, have a 2 hour nap and then we start the night all over again. She’s so backwards and dependant on my breast and it’s all my fault. I have no idea how to fix this. I’m going insane!

    • Neosha says

      @Allison – Thank you for reading and, boy, do we feel your pain! This is one of the most common sleep associations we help families through especially around your daughter’s age. With patience and consistency as you work with her sleep, there is hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. Better sleep is possible! Hang in there, Allison, and let us know if we can be of any help to you during this time. We’d love to help you through this!

  3. Donna Wood says

    I nanny for three children,the oldest is 4, the middle is 2,
    And baby is almost 7 months. Mom is nursing the baby to sleep but some nights Mom works until 9-not Home until 9:30. Baby starts her wanting and fussing to nurse to sleep anytime from 6:30 -700 PM. Makes for a long evening since no one can nurse her to sleep except Mom. And bottles will
    Put her down for a little while but not for long. She likes the cluster nursings
    In the evening
    Sure makes it hard on this ole
    When is nursing to sleep recommended to cease

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Donna Wood – Thank you for commenting! That does sound like it would be a challenging and stressful evening waiting for mom to get home. At this age the baby should be able to learn the skills to fall asleep on her own, it sounds like she has a sleep association to nursing which is keeping her sleeping longer stretches. Here is a link to an article about sleep associations:
      If the family was comfortable this is often an age families will begin to sleep train to teach the baby how to go to sleep on their own. Here is a link to an article with some various sleep training methods they may decide to try:
      If you or the family you nanny for needs more help, our team of sleep consultants would love to help them through this as well. We have lots of options available to work one on one with an expert sleep consultant. You can view options online here:
      I hope things get better for the family you nanny soon so you can have less tears in the evenings!