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  1. Shannon says:

    Just curious about my 6 1/2 month old daughters sleep cycles. She goes into her crib awake and is able to put herself to sleep on her own for night and naps.
    I’m not sure if this is normal but she always struggles to go through the first (and sometimes second sleep cycle) at around 30 minutes during naps. I have a monitor and watch her tossing and turning, sometimes a small cry out and maybe kicking her legs. Sometimes this goes on for up to 15 minutes before she is back to sleep. Sometimes its just a few minutes. And every once in a while the nap will end there.
    Is this something she will get better at? I’m worried she isn’t having a deep enough sleep.
    She does tend to move a lot in her sleep as well.

    • @Shannon Thank you for visiting our sleepy little village! That’s great that your daughter is sleeping well. We find there is a wide range as far as what’s “normal” so any concerns should always be posed to her doctor, but I can tell you that babies and toddlers are very active sleepers and indeed go through sleep cycles. Not all sleep is deep sleep. Keep up the great work and good luck!

  2. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Corrine – I’m SO glad to hear things are getting better!! 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to write this update; I really do love hearing from commenters about the progress they’re making!

    So glad that you are finding the Baby Sleep Site a helpful and supportive resource 🙂 You’re right – one of the things I love most about this site is that supportive community of moms who help each other feel like they’re not alone!

    Thanks again for the update, Corrine – and happy sleeping!! 🙂

  3. Corrine Barton says:

    Thank you Emily. Sometimes its even nice to no you are not alone and it isn’t just your kid that’s going through this. We are not able to move her back to the crib or her old room, because her 5 month old brother is now in that room and crib. Last night we did something a little different and it worked, so I will be interested to see if it works tonight. She loves reading and is really into reading to herself right now. So I left the book that we read before she went to sleep in her room by her bed. When she woke in the middle of the night, she cried slightly, but did not get off of her bed. Then she found the book and read her book on laying her bed until she fell asleep. There was no screaming for mommy or daddy. It was the best night of sleep we have had in a LONG time. I figured if she is going to wake up anyways, this is at least something that does not disrupt anyone else and she stays quiet in her bed, and she wasn’t awake probably as long as she is when she is crying. Thanks so much for responding. I really appreciate it A LOT! Like I said, it really is just comforting to no that I’m not the only one, and that it is normal!

  4. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Corrine Barton – this sounds SO normal. Honestly! And it sounds like you are handling it so well. I’ll bet you this is a sleep regression brought on by the transition (and possibly just by plain old growth and development – some kids go through the 2 year sleep regression a little early. As frustrating as it is, this could last another few weeks before it’s over.

    I know this will bring you no comfort, but in my opinion, you should keep doing what you’re doing – offer her comfort at regular intervals, but don’t make any big changes to her sleep routines.

    Another option – I’ll just put this out there – would be to go back to her old sleeping arrangement, in a crib. If the new sleep setup is what’s prompting this behavior, then going back to the crib *might* help. Then again, you might not want to take a big step backwards like that, and that’s understandable.

    Does this help at all, Corinne? You are totally not alone in this – I literally JUST responded to another comment, on a different article, from a mom of a 21-month old who is doing this exact same thing – used to sleep thru the night fine, and is now waking. Normal, normal, normal. But frustrating, I know. Hang in there! 🙂

  5. Corrine Barton says:

    This is not related to this article but I have a question. My 21 month old transitioned to a big girl room and big girl bed with no pacifier about 4 weeks ago. She is waking at least once during the night and screaming for mommy or daddy to lay down in her bed. She even does this some nights when putting her to bed. Our bedtime routine involves me laying down with her in her bed, reading a book, praying, and singing and then I leave. She was fine for about a week but now she is back to screaming and crying. When she wakes in the middle of the night, the first time I go in I will lay down with her for a few minutes and sing and pack her back and then leave. But if she continues to scream and cry, I will go in at timed intervals (5-7-10 minutes) and assure her that we are here and she is ok, but I will not lay down again. I do not want to start a bad habit or become a sleep crutch or her. She also does the crying and screaming when I put her down for nap. Sometimes she will even fall asleep on the floor by the door. I do not know what else to do or try. In the past 4 weeks she has slept all night I think 3 times. She used to sleep all night consistently. If you have any suggestions or some information or tips that you could point me to, I would greatly appreciate it. I have no clue what to do. Thanks so much.

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