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  1. Katie Taylor says:

    My 16 month old is finally sleeping consistently through the night and starting to lengthen her nap, as we are in the midst of the 2 – 1 transition.

    However, I’m still breastfeeding her and she has become attached to the 5:30am feed. I was okay with that – would feed her at 5:30 and she’d go right back down for a sleep until between 7 and 8. For the last several weeks, though, she has not been going back to sleep: a few things are happening.
    She doesn’t want to stop nursing; She fusses, then cries, then wails after I put her back in bed; won’t stay lying down… 5:30 is too early for her to be waking up. Especially as she is dropping her morning nap.

    We’ve tried eliminating the 5:30am feed – no success for sleep there. We’ve tried turning her dim light on and giving her a book when she won’t go back to sleep. I’ve tried bringing her in bed with me to see if she’d nurse back to sleep – nope.

    She is getting so tired, it seems moreso each day
    🙁 I want to help her get 11 hours minimum at night. She needs it and she wants it, we’re just at a stuck point. She is asleep between 7 and 7:30 most nights. Sometimes later – since we took the paci away (grrrr, it was moving her teeth), bedtime has become somewhat challenging. And actually that was probably when mornings starting to become a challenge, too.

    Ideally, we aim for 7 bedtime, 7 awake time, and one nap at about 12:30. The nap has been at 11/11:30 lately because of the early mornings.

    Any suggestions would be so super appreciated!

    Thank you!!
    katie

  2. Sophie says:

    My 9 month old baby used to self settle (before we went on a big trip- 6 weeks) and now I can’t get him to sleep without a breastfeed. Any tips to teach him to self settle again on his own?

    • Katherine Benskey says:

      @Sophie I am so sorry to hear that your son is having a tough time falling back to sleep on his own! Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a little one to re-develop a sleep association during travel. 🙁 In order for him to be able to sleep better, you will want to start at bedtime and teach him to fall asleep without nursing. You can begin to try and give a little less and less support to get him to sleep or back to sleep, and gradually just your presence in the room, vocalizing a few key “sleep words” of your choice to cue him to go back to sleep. Keep in mind that in order to teach him that he can go to sleep and back to sleep on his own, you will need to be consistent and stick to the plan that you make. The goal is to have him fall asleep at bedtime on his own, and be able to fall back to sleep on his own when he wakes, but this is a process that may take some time. Here is a link to an article about sleep associations that may help you understand his dependence on you:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/sleep-association/

      If you have used any sleep coaching in the past, it can help to use the method again to help your son become comfortable will falling asleep and back to sleep on his own.

      If you are new to sleep coaching, there are methods that range from no-cry to cry-it-out. You can read about the basics of sleep training and different methods here:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/sleep-training-from-no-cry-to-cry-series-part-1/

      You may also want to check out this article on gentle sleep training tips: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/gentle-sleep-training/

      If any of these issues persist, or you find you would like personalized support, we can definitely help! We have Personalized Sleep Consultation packages, where one of our trained sleep consultants will craft a highly customized plan for you and your child, based on both your unique family history and on our own experience working with thousands of parents from around the world. Then, your consultant will help you implement the plan at home, and will answer any follow-up questions you may have. The consultant will also make changes to the plan as necessary. You can read about all of our sleep consultation packages and purchase directly online here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/services

      I hope this helps your family get the sleep it needs, and good luck!

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