Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
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  1. Rosy says

    My 3 month old just started waking from her naps and immediately crying. It’s sometjing she did not do before her routine has not changed although some days her naps are very short. She also started scratching the top of her head very hard when she wakes up. What could be the reason for this new behavior?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Rosy,
      Thank you for checking out the Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear your baby has recently been waking up crying. At this age, it may just be that she woke up between sleep cycles and is still tired. Many families use a very gentle technique called “Wake to Sleep” to help lengthen naps at this age. We have an article describing the method here:
      I hope this helps, but please let us know if you continue to have trouble! Good luck 🙂

  2. Ki Ki says

    Hi I have a 14 weeks old boy he sleep from around 8pm till around 7/8am with 2 night feeds (exclusively breastfed) but during the day he has a awake window of 1.30 -2hrs and his naps only lasts 30mins exactly each session. The first few naps he would fall asleep by himself and wake up happy but the problem is during his last two naps of the day he would wake up crying and yawn and seem like he Is not done sleeping I would pat and sshh him which sometimes he manage to get another 10-15mins nap then would cry again, is there something I can do?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Ki Ki,
      Thank you for your comment! I’m sorry your baby is waking up crying lately after those afternoon naps. What you describe does sound like overtiredness, since all of his naps are so short. At this age, it can be hard for him to connect his sleep cycles during the day, and he may need some support from you until he’s old enough to do it independently. One method that works really well for some families is the “wake to sleep” method, and we have an article explaining that here:
      I hope this helps – good luck!

  3. Ivy says


    What if I rock my baby and he falls asleep 1min and then wakes up screaming and becoming long and stiff. But he’s really tired.
    I’m exhausted. I’ve rocked him for 1h and be is protesting in my arms all the time so he gets over tired eventually and still doesn’t sleep ?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Ivy,
      Thank you for your comment! I’m so sorry to hear you’re dealing with this. When you have a minute, could you please write back with your baby’s age, so I can make sure the information Iive you is appropriate for you? Thank you!

  4. Rinky Lamba says

    My daughter started sleeping 6 hours straight from 2 months until 6 months. She is now turning 11 months old and still wakes up every 1.5-2 hours at night and wanting to breastfeed. She ends up staying in my bed because I’m too tired to get up and put her back in her crib. We have now moved her crib to our bedroom but she still constantly wakes up. I don’t know what to do.

  5. Jackie S says

    My 6 month old slept 11 hours no problem until two months ago, we were away visiting family for a few weeks. A lot of poor sleep associations and habits were created on the trip. We were able to break them all except now he wakes after 9.5-10 hours. I tried treating it as a night waking for a few weeks and still no progresss. When he wakes, he is crying (and same with waking from naps).
    I tried adding back in a feed an hour before he wakes to see if it was hunger, but there was no improvement.
    He naps 3, sometimes 4 x a day for around an hour. His bedtime is 7:30

    • Neosha says

      @Jackie – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for sharing. We generally expect a 6-month old to sleep a total of 13-15 hours of sleep per day. From what you’ve described, it seems he’s getting about 13-14 total hours of sleep each day. You may want to consider working to transition more of his sleep to the nights than the day by adjusting his nap schedule some to see if this helps him sleep better and reduce the crying upon waking, which I’m assuming is new behavior too. This article may be helpful as it overviews modifying a 6 month old’s sleep schedule:

      I hope this is helpful, Jackie. Hang in there, and please keep reading!