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  1. Karissa says:

    My ten month old was taking half an hour to fall asleep for naps and at bedtime. When she was unwell I put her in bed with me to snuggle and she was asleep in 5 minutes. I’ve continued with it now she’s well because she goes to sleep so fast and doesn’t fight it. Once she’s asleep we move her to her cot. It’s really working for us but I worry it may mean she’ll have trouble falling asleep on her own down the track. She is also still waking for a bottle through the night. In the last month it’s reduced from two wake ups for a bottle to one so things have improved. Any suggestions for improvements?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Karissa,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! In general, we like to say that if it’s working for your family and safe for everybody, stick with what you’re doing. Some families co-sleep for a portion of the night, and some for the entire night, but if you all feel like you’re getting enough sleep, and you’ve talked with your healthcare professional to make sure your sleeping situation is safe, then go for it. If your daughter starts waking when you transfer her, or you see increased night waking in general at any point, then you might want to start weaning away from co-sleeping at the beginning of the night, but this is not a problem every baby will have, so wait and see how it goes.

      I hope this helps. Good luck!

  2. Reagan says:

    My 8w old is going through the second leap and for about the past week he has been taking TERRIBLE naps; only sleeping btwn 10-30mins at a time before waking. He’s sleeping fine at night, but naps are a huge struggle. He doesn’t take too long to fall asleep, I’m sure he isn’t over tired. I also have been putting him down awake a lot and he’s falling asleep, but then he wakes up within a half hour! He’s in his dark room, swaddled with loud white noise. He definitely needs more sleep, if I pick him up he will usually fall right back to sleep, but again only stay asleep for a very short time. I do t know if this is just bad sleep from the leap or another problem entirely. He napped great before this- usually btwn 1-2.5h at a time. what do I do??!! TIA

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Reagan – Thank you for writing to us! I’m sorry that this past week has been so tough for your little guy’s naps! Naps can be tough, and short naps can be very common! Keep offering many naps since they are so short, and encourage them to lengthen as you have been doing, and hopefully this will pass with this wonder week! This article on our blog should help too:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-naps-2/short-baby-naps-explained/
      Good luck Reagan!

  3. Mary Amelia says:

    Great post, Now every parent like to admit their baby into the baby development class. It’s most important to improve a baby’s mind and there are different baby sensory classes available like Bloomwellbeing.

  4. You Are Most Welcome Christie! Love The Thumbprint Idea! Will You Have Them Sign Over Their Thumbprint? Just Curious…

  5. Emmamae says:

    My son is 15 months and will not sleep!!! He was doing great sleeping aroumd 8-9 hours all night then suddenly 3 weeks ago he stopped and now will not sleep hardly at all like a 180 change.. he will act tired amd go down around 10pm sleep till 12 am then stay up all the way till 10 am with no naps or nothing then crash for a few hours to do it again. Hes been super fussy and i cant leave the room without him throwing a fit or chasing after me which wasnt much like him before either…i dont know whats going on with him hes never acted like this or had this much of a hard time sleeping…any advice?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi Emmamae – Thank you for writing to us, and I am sorry that sleep has been so rough for you and your 15 month old! Being awake from 12am till 10am is brutal!! Since you mentioned it coming on suddenly, I would recommend checking in with your little one’s doctor, to rule out any illnesses or physical reason for this abrupt change.
      If you get the all clear from his doctors, it may be time to really dive into his schedule to see what is going on. One of our expert sleep consultants would love to take an in depth look at his sleep history and details about his day and night sleep and can help with 100% personalized and customized help. She would want/need to look at the whole picture to find out why his sleep regressed so badly and to then make a plan to help!
      If you find that you would like more help, you can read about all of our sleep consultation packages here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/services/
      Hang in there Emmamae!

  6. Haley says:

    “It’s time to talk about the D-word, parents – discipline.”? Why you would punish any child let alone a baby is beyond me. And if you’re child is grumpy with you and not strangers it’s because they feel safe releasing those emotions. And that’s important.

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Haley and thank you for stopping by the Baby Sleep Site. I apologize if you were upset by this portion of the article. The Wonder Weeks is a book (and app) that many parents today are using and we wanted to be sure to highlight how the big developmental changes covered in the book can affect sleep and behaviors of the child. We of course know that all parenting philosophies are different as well as all children, so we try to cover the bases and provide information that each family is welcome to use and decide what works best for them. 🙂 By “Discipline” we just mean setting some limits for the child in order to protect their sleep, not punishing them (you can see our suggestions in this article: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/limit-setting-toddler/). We understand they are young and figuring out life so being grumpy and pushing limits is an important part of the process and I definitely agree, should not be discouraged, but often they need some guidance. I hope that provides more clarity where the article was coming from. Thanks for adding to our discussion!

  7. Lauren says:

    Hi there,
    I’m just wondering if you recommend starting to sleep train during one of the wonder weeks? My son is just over 9 months and I normally nurse him to sleep. He usually naps really well (twice a day for an hour and a half), and up at night only once or twice. We’ve just started the 7th leap and he is definitely sleeping way worse. He’s pretty much refusing to nap so I feel like the only thing I can do is let him cry for a while. I’ve read lots about sleep training so I feel like I know what to do, I just haven’t wanted to listen to him cry ye. And now I’m just not sure I should be starting during this leap. Any advice? Thanks!

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Lauren, thanks for writing to us! I loved using the Wonder Weeks with my kids – it explained so much at times, so I’m glad you are using that handy tool. There are definitely better times to start sleep training than others, and we do usually recommend to try to wait past a sleep regression (there is one around the 8-10 month mark which coincides with the leap) to see if things even out on their own. Here is an article with the ideal windows and tips for if/when you try: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/baby-sleep-training-best-time/
      Hang in there! I hope things get better for you guys again soon!

  8. Nacaela says:

    Hi, my daughter is 28 weeks old and we can’t get out of her sight without her instantly crying (crying hard at times). Even if she is playing with toys on the floor and we are in the same room if we aren’t holding her or on the floor with her she is crying. Just all of a sudden super clinging and just doesn’t seem happy at all. Any advice or words of wisdom?
    Thank you!!

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