The Baby Sleep Site® is dedicated to helping your baby sleep better, of course, but there are a few times it is a good strategy to wake your baby. I know it might feel crazy to wake your baby when you are working so hard on helping him sleep better, but in some cases, not waking your baby can actually lead to other sleep problems. There are probably several times you should wake your baby such as going on vacation and you have an early flight, but here are 5 times waking your baby can help
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A baby night waking is one of the most common issues that bring tired parents to The Baby Sleep Site. But, why exactly do babies wake at night? Why won’t your baby sleep? This article will discuss the 5 primary reasons for baby night waking. 1. Sleep Prop The official name is "sleep association" but these are more widely known as "sleep props" or "crutches." This is something your baby "needs" (using that term loosely) in order to sleep. For most babies, in my experience, this will be
In the Fall, I start getting Daylight Savings questions up to a month prior, but not in the Spring. Ironically, before you have kids, you look forward to Daylight Savings in the Fall because we gain an hour, but in reality, it only means your baby will wake an hour earlier (gasp!). This week Daylight Savings starts and we "Spring Forward" which means most of us are looking forward to our children sleeping in, even though we lose an hour. Unfortunately, it also means your baby's sleep can suffer.
It is very common for your 8, 9, or 10 month old to be having sleep problems, not be sleeping well at night, or taking short naps. Maybe the sleep problems are new after your baby was sleeping through the night? Or maybe you feel like you never quite recovered from the 4 month sleep regression. This article will discuss what exactly is happening with your 8, 9, or 10 month old baby. When Does The 8 Month Sleep Regression Happen? What About the 9 Month Sleep Regression or the 10 month? The
Pick up any book about baby sleep or read any website, including this one, and the instructions are to put your baby down "drowsy but awake" in order to teach your baby how to sleep and stop waking up at night or nap longer during the day. But, what does "drowsy but awake" actually mean? Does it mean eyes closed or just relaxed? This article will paint a picture about the ideal drowsiness to help your baby or toddler sleep better. Drowsy, But Awake Definition In a perfect world, you'd
If you're as old as I am (which isn't really all THAT old!), you remember a little bit about what TV was like before cable. When you got to channel 3 (say to start your movie on your VCR before DVR or on-demand), it would get to the static channel and make that annoying sound. Little did I know, before I got older, that the annoying sound is called white noise and it can help your baby sleep. This article is to explain a little bit about how white noise can help you and your baby fall asleep and
A very common question is whether it's okay to put toys, baby mobiles, or aquariums in your baby's crib. The concern is that baby won't sleep and would rather play with her toys. This article will discuss whether there is concern about having toys in your baby's crib and how it may or may not affect your baby's sleep. Last week, I talked about how you can develop positive sleep associations with your baby by giving them a toy such as The Leap Frog Hug and Learn or a Crib Aquarium. But, will
Occasionally, I get an e-mail asking whether a crib aquarium (or something like it) will help your baby sleep and whether it is a good investment, so I thought I'd write an article about how you can make positive sleep associations to help your baby sleep. A sleep association is how your baby (and everyone really) falls asleep. Your baby might "need" a pacifier, to breastfeed, to be bounced on an exercise ball, to be in a swing, to be rocked to sleep, etc. I have heard almost all of them,
Two of my neighbors and my best friend all had babies within just a couple of weeks of each other less than 8 weeks ago. All of them have commented on the sleep deprivation that goes along with having a newborn and one asked me when my babies started sleeping through the night. First, I always need to ask what that means to someone because, for some, they mean to have a baby sleep through the night, including feedings, and others mean sleep straight through 10-12 hours, with no feedings.