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

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  1. Kristin says

    My 12 month old sleeps 7-8 hours at night and will only take a 2 hour nap. He used to be such a good sleeper. Now he is awake at 3AM and wants to party until 12:30pm. Then he will only nap for a couple hours. I try to get him down for more naps during the day and give him some warm milk when he wakes up, and try to sooth him back to sleep. Nope. He wants to sleep only 10 hours total. I recognize his sleep indicators, but no matter how spot on I am, and how long I work at getting him to sleep, he just doesn’t. He’s not too hot/cold, he’s not teething, he’s not hungry. Nothing works. He just wants to be up at 3AM and will not nap until 12:30pm. Do you possibly have ANY advice?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Kristin,
      Thank you so much for your comment! What you’re describing sounds really hard and I’m sorry you’re going through this. I would definitely refer you to one of our sleep consultants with a case like this. We have worked with families with similarly difficult schedule difficulties before, and a sleep consultant could look at *everything* – your current schedule, when and how much he’s eating, how he’s falling asleep, what you’ve tried already – and help you figure out what’s going on with a step-by-step plan to get his sleep as solid as possible. He may be a short-sleeper, but it’s relatively rare at this age, so I’d bet there’s a gap somewhere that we can help you address. You can review our consultation packages here:
      Please hang in there, and let us know if you have any questions!

  2. Alli says

    Hi! Does the sleep recommendations for hours a day or hours a night include night wakings for eating?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Alli, thanks for visiting the Baby Sleep Site! The recommendations for stretches of sleep (say 11-12 hours) would include night feedings, so for example, if your 6 month old slept from 7pm-7am, but woke up to feed 3x, we would still say that was 12 hours. I hope that makes sense! For more specific schedules and recommendations, be sure to look at our sample schedules and you can choose your child’s age for an appropriate schedule here:
      Hope this helps!

  3. Sarah Janovsky says

    My 17 month old only sleeps 10 hours at night and naps between 1&1/2 – 2 hours a day. Is that enough? I feel like he should be sleeping more.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Sarah – Thank you for writing to us! There is a very wide range of sleep needs, especially as our little ones get into the toddler months and years. Trust your instincts, and if you feel that he is not well rested with the 11.5-12 hour total for the day, then do feel free to work on getting him to stretch that a bit! Have you checked out our guide written just for families of toddlers? It should be a great guide for your family. You can read about and get the free toddler sleep guide here:
      Good luck Sarah!!

  4. Blanke says

    I am so jealous of all these mums.

    My baby is 16 weeks and since day one has only slept 6-8hoirs in 24 hours total.
    Usually about 4 hours at night and 2 hours in naps throughout the day.
    I use a stopwatch to time, as my Mum mentioned how unusual this is.
    Feel quite exhausted all of time now.

    • Neosha says

      @Blanke – Thank you for stopping in to our sleepy little village. I’m sorry to hear your little one isn’t sleeping very well. It’s very normal for a baby 16 weeks old to sleep in short bursts often through out the day and wake at night for a feeding. Each baby is so very different from the other so please don’t feel bad or jealous! You’re out here looking for help to get your baby to sleep better and that’s what matters now. Here is an article that you may find helpful – it covers a few tips on getting your 4-mo old to sleep and has another link specifically for work with a 14 – 16 week old baby:

      If you continue to run into obstacles or nothing you do is working, please consider one of our consultation packages where you can work one on one with one of our expert sleep consultants who can design a plan of action to help your baby sleep better. You can read about those here:

      Thank you for stopping in again and commenting – please come back soon!

  5. Len says

    Thanks Nicole! She was just about to walk AND picking up several words at the same time. We kept the “rest” consistent, and she finally got back to napping, only once a day but relatively consistently again. I appreciate your response and your willingness to walk us back from the ledge. Now we’ll know what to look for and how best to respond in the future.

  6. karen says

    Help! My daughter just turned 8 months old and all of a sudden her daytime naps have gone haywire or ceased to happen at all! I think it might be related to development (she just started taking a few crawling steps and also loves to stand and hold onto things).

    I nurse her to sleep for naps but she awakens when I put her in her crib and doesn’t go back to sleep (she used to be able to do this before everything went haywire). I also nurse her before bedtime at night but for some reason she *knows* it’s nighttime and puts herself to sleep without fussing.

    Before these developmental things happened, she was sleeping from 8:30pm-7:30pm with maybe 1 wake up now and then to feed. Her morning nap was 2-2.5 hours after waking (slept for 1 hr 15 min) and her afternoon nap was the same: approx. 2-2.5 hours after waking (similar sleep duration). She sometimes needed a 3rd catnap to get her through to bedtime (we start bedtime at 8:00pm).

    Now, she shows tired signs but when I put her in her crib to nap, she becomes wide awake and refuses to sleep. She crawls all over her crib and pulls herself up to her knees holding onto the crib railing. She rolls and plays and doesn’t cry…until about 45 minutes into her “nap” when she wants to get out. When I take her out, she will play for about an hour and then becomes very fussy and shows major tired signs…so I nurse her and she falls dead asleep for about 2 hours. She awakens from that nap and shows sleepy signs again about 2 hours after awakening…so we do the whole nap routine again and it fails, just like the 1st nap.

    I know she’s too young to drop the morning nap and I know she’s so overtired by the time she can actually fall asleep for the 2nd nap that she just crashes. It’s not good for her and I’m at my wit’s end.

    Is there something else I can do or is this just a phase we’ll need to ride out?

    • Debbye says

      @ Caro- If your son is awake for long periods in the night (2-4am) and sleeping 12-14 hours at night, you may need some schedule adjustments. Here is a link to a sample schedule for 8 month olds to use for reference:
      You may want to cut out some of the night feeds to help him sleep longer in the night too?!
      Best wishes!

      @ Karen- It sounds like the 8-10 month sleep regression! Have you read this article?

      For nap help we do offer a free nap guide called, 7 Common Napping Mistakes. You can get this guide for free by entering your email address here:

      Many babies master going to sleep at night before naps, keep up the hard work and and consistency, as it may be a phase that you both get through quickly. If you’d like to be more proactive or if the problems persist, we also have an ebook available for purchase. This ebook, Mastering Naps and Schedules is available for purchase at . You can purchase this book directly online and we will then send you the link to download the book to your computer. You can purchase the book with a personalized sleep consultation too.
      Good luck!

      @ Len- So glad that your consistency paid off and she is napping again!

  7. Caro says

    My Daughter (2 years 7 months) gave up her day nap just before her 2nd birthday, but reguarly falls asleep in the car etc. If she sleeps in the day she wakes at 5am at the latest. (We have always battled with her early rising.) When she sleeps (usually 1-2 hours) she wakes up in an awful mood. However, she obviously needs a day nap sometimes. I just let her crash ever so often. My son is 8 months and until a week ago never napped for longer than 30 mins and often only 2 naps a day. He was always tired. (Although he’s sleep 12-14 hours at night) He has just started napping for 1 hour plus, but has started waking during the night instead.(from 2- 4am, he’s all smiles, if he’s in our bed, and wants to play he’s working on crawling too) He breast feeds every 2/3 hours at night still and I always feed him to sleep 🙁 I’m hoping that the improved day naps will help the night.

  8. sara says

    @Haidi, thanks for your reply. I will check out Nicole’s schedule. Best of luck getting your little one back on track!

  9. Haidi says

    @Sara, I’m afraid I can’t help you because my son’s so-called routine totally went out the window in the last couple of weeks. 🙁 I think he’s having separation anxiety.

    Nicole has a 7-month schedule that looks very sensible.

    @Nicole, thanks for your advice! I will definitely try it as my son’s bedtime has steadily become later and later. It is now 8:30pm! It used to be 6pm — with the time change, that still should only be 7pm.

  10. sara says

    @Haidi: I have twin daughters who are 7.5 months old and I’m trying to transition from 4 naps to 3 as well. Do you mind sharing your son’s daily schedule, including when he naps and eats? I’d most appreciate it b/c my challenge right now is trying to get them to stay awake longer between naps but also making sure their eating schedule isn’t completely thrown off and that they aren’t taking naps on a near-empty belly. Thanks!!