Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. Michelle says

    My 3 month old son had been doing very well with his first morning nap. I would usually rock him and sing to him until he found his thumb (he likes to suck on it when he goes to sleep) and started to get a little drowsy. Then I would lay him in his bed and leave the room. He would normally sleep anywhere from 40 min – 1 1/2 hr. He had also been doing quite well at nighttime usually settling in for the night on his own in his bed around 8:30pm without too much fussing and sleeping a 7 hour stretch, waking up to feed and then going right back to sleep until between 7 – 7:30am. About a week ago he really changed on me. When I try to put him down for his first morning nap he doesn’t really get drowsy. He will lie in his bed for almost an hour sometimes and coo and kick around. Eventually he normally falls asleep for a few minutes but then soon wakes again, I think because he is hungry. I have noticed since this has started that the rest of his naps are becoming more and more fragmented and he has also been having more trouble settling for the night. For example he will go right to sleep like usual at 8:00pm but then wake 30 min. later and have a really hard time settling down for the the night until like 10:30pm. He has also consistently been waking earlier in the morning like between 6:15-6:45am. He seems fussier also. I am wondering if not getting a solid first morning nap is throwing off his sleep for the rest of the day and he is getting overtired. Any tips for me? Thanks!

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Michelle, thanks for writing to us. I am sorry you’re experiencing a sudden shift with your son’s morning naps and that it’s playing into everything else. This is a tough age for babies as their sleep patterns are beginning to change and become more like ours. Here is an article that may explain what is going on:
      Hopefully things level out for you soon, but if they don’t let us know! We have a lot of other options including ebooks, access to exclusive articles, and personalized sleep coaching that can help if things don’t improve or get worse (or you are just tired of trying) so feel free to contact us directly anytime at [email protected]. Hang in there!

  2. Jules says

    My youngest takes ages to go to sleep at bedtime no matter what I do and it’s been going on a month or so now. He’s nearly 2 and I often only know he’s awake because I check on his camera. I remember his older brother went through phases of taking ages to sleep too so I just put it down to developmental stages. My eldest is nearly 4 and has stopped napping so he’s usually asleep within 10 minutes now!

    • Neosha says

      @Jules – Thank you for your comment! Boy, do I understand. My daughter is almost 2 and is heading into this right now! You may want to take a look at his sleep schedule – 2 year olds start needing a bit less sleep overall and a slightly longer awake time before sleep. Please also be sure to take another look at your little guy’s bedtime routine to ensure that he’s properly wound down and tired when you ask him to sleep. Otherwise, it’ll definitely take much longer for him to fall asleep. Also, know that 10-15 minutes to fall asleep is perfectly “normal” if there’s such a thing. 🙂 I’m not sure how long your little guy is taking but if it’s longer than 30-45 min, you may definitely want to consider his pre-bedtime activity and eating along with schedule. 2 year olds also go though another tremendous developmental leap, for sure, which frequently impacts sleep. Take a look at this article to read more about the 2 year sleep regression:

      I hope this helps! Thank you for visiting our sleepy little village and sharing with us – please come back for another visit soon!

  3. Ade says

    Hi, I’d just like to make a comment about “tummy time”. Very few people seem to remember to clarify that tummy time isn’t just putting your baby on their tummy on a firm surface. It also includes holding baby! Strictly speaking, I never gave mine any tummy time (or put him in a sitting position or help him walk before he was able to do it on his own), he hated it, but I held him a lot, and we were both quite happy about it. But I also gave him a considerable amount of time to play on his back, without hanging toys above him (eg:playgyms), which encouraged him to look to his sides and therefore avoid plagiocephaly, as well as encourage independent play early on. For anyone interested in this other way of going about gross motor development, I recommend looking up The Pikler Collection. Because of all the information we are bombarded with, and all the encouragement to stimulate stimulate stimulate, many will feel it goes against everything they know, but it’s amazing to see what a child can do when given the opportunity.

    • Danielle says

      Hi Ade,
      Thanks so much for your comment and for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! Since we mostly work with baby and toddler sleep, we don’t recommend any particular kind of tummy time over another, but we’re sure that other parents reading will appreciate your information and research the best way forward for their families. Thank you for taking the time to share!