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. Kelly Fox says

    Hi my son is 9 half months everytime I but him down at night time or even in the day he starts crying but also he as come a bit poorly now since the last couple of days I was just wondering if I could have some help please thank you my name is kelly

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Kelly – Thank you for writing to us! Sorry to hear you’re having a tough time with your 9 month old’s bedtime! I hope he’s feeling better too, and sleeping better as well! For more information and help with this, I would like to recommend that you consider our e-Book, The 3 Step System to Help Your Baby Sleep.
      The 3-Step System e-Book is the most popular e-Book on our site and is designed to give you all of the information you need to get your baby sleeping soundly. Written in a straightforward, easy-to-read format, this will answer your biggest baby sleep questions, including how much sleep your baby needs, how to create sleep-optimizing routines, how to help your baby fall asleep independently, and when to start night weaning (to name just a few).

      Plus, depending on which e-Book package you purchase, you will have access to supplemental materials as well, including audio recordings, tele-seminars, case studies, workbooks, and more.
      You can find and order the book directly online here:
      Please let us know if you have any questions at any time Kelly!

  2. lin says

    hi, i have been doing sleep training( controlled crying) to my 7 months old baby. for the first 3 days he cried from 5-7mins then fall asleep.
    but in day 5 he tend to have a bit or runny nose and cough, he cried longer than usual and stop when i go in to pat him. then cried again when i left.

    is it the illness effect his sleeping or the sleep training don work for him?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Lin – Thank you for writing to us! I hope that things are getting better again! it is quite common to hit some “speedbumps” along the way when working on sleep training. Illness can certainly make things tougher, as you have likely read in this article! Feel free to “slow down” a little while he is not feeling well, and hopefully you’ll be back to that 5-7 minutes! Hang in there and keep teaching those good sleep habits!

  3. Rebecca says

    My LO is almost 20mo and has been a great napper—usually gives us 2.5-3 hours. She had a bad cold about one month ago with awful congestion and coughing and since then has only been taking 1hr naps. We haven’t changed her schedule or diet in any way. I’ve been thinking she’s starting to get her 2yr molars because she’s continually chewing on things and though her cold is gone she still has a runny nose. I’m thinking this could be keeping her from taking a longer nap? She sleeps soundly at night (10ish hours) and always wakes happy and ready to go. It was just so sudden. Is there something else I need to try to get back to the long naps?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Rebecca, thanks for writing to us! I’m so sorry to hear your daughter was sick and that it’s disrupted her naps. We do consider a 1 hour nap to be good as it is long enough to be restorative, so I don’t have any solid suggestions for you, but if you’d like to download our free guide with nap tips maybe there will be an idea in there you haven’t thought of yet:
      I do know from being a mother myself (I have a son that’s 22 months) that some transitions do happen causing hiccups along the way. My son was taking shorter (for him) naps for a while but eventually (and thankfully) they lengthened back out again but I do think it took a while. There are little things like you mentioned – teething, sleep regressions, illnesses – that can all cause challenges but hopefully things will get back to normal for him soon!

  4. Courtney says

    We recently had to take my toddler to the hospital because she started vomiting everything she tried to eat or drink. Everything. She could keep breast milk down better than anything so I am letting her breastfeed as much and as often as she wants. We brought her in after it had been going on for a day and a half, about 36 hours. They tested for flu and strep and came back with nothing so they sent us home with a laxative and nausea pills, the nausea pills helped incredibly and we only had to give her 3 total to get her through the vomiting stage and the laxative for if she doesn’t poop within 2 days (which we didn’t use). Now she’s having diarrhea but she is still nursing a lot. She doesn’t scream in pain anymore like she did the first two days, now she’s just been sleeping. Is this normal? She sleeps and only wakes up for a couple minutes for when we change her diaper or she wants to nurse then she goes right back to sleeping. She’s been sleeping for about 20 hours now waking up every now and then for a few minutes. The longest she’s been awake was maybe 30 minutes while we tried to get her to drink Pedialyte and eat ice chips. We were gonna start her on bland food like crackers and bread today because she has been holding her liquids down for 24 hours now but she just wants to sleep and nurse. When should I be worried that she’s sleeping too much?

    • Neosha says

      @Courtney – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village. Oh no, poor baby! I hope your little girl starts feeling better soon – this illness sounds like it’s taken a terrible toll on her body and she’s exhausted. I completely understand your concern and worry about her sleeping too much – 20 hours in a 24-hour period is most definitely a lot, typically, for a toddler. However, I’m unsure if that is cause for concern as her sleepiness seems to be due to her illness and recovery, which is an area her healthcare provider would be best equipped to answer. If you haven’t already, please contact him/her as soon as possible and explain what you’ve told us so they can inform you better and/or give some recommendations. Our best wishes and thoughts are with you all during this time. Please stop back in to see us again soon.

  5. Emily DeJeu says

    @ Claire — ha! Well, they say timing is everything 😉 Good call on the waiting — weaning will go better if everyone feels healthy and is at their best. Hope it goes well, Claire! Best of luck to you! And thanks for commenting. 🙂

  6. Claire says

    Just got this link on the very day we planned to start eliminating our 8 month old daughter’s 4 am “snack” – which also happened to be the very day my daughter woke up all night long with a fever and congestion. I guess we’ll be waiting until this clears up to do that final night wean!