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

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  1. Cassandra says

    My 11 month old must be a LARK. She would fall asleep for the night as early as 5pm. It worked out ok when she woke up for night feeds. But now that she is STTN and is only a 10 hour sleeper an early bed time of say 6pm only means an early wake up, 4 something AM. I tried shifting her with the recent time change but its not working. 🙁

  2. Danielle says

    I myslef am a nite owl, always has been. So is my son (age 4). What really sucks is my daughter (9mo old) is both a lark and a nite owl. I litterally have to fight to get her to sleep by 9. normally i suceed by 1030., while she will still wake by 600-700am. My son the owl- if im lucky he’ll be passed out by 1230-100am. I have tried everything to change thier schedules. From waking earlier, to less naps.. so many books and website i have read. nothing seems to be working.and nothing is improving. I average about 4-5hrs asleep at nite. I got more sleep when they were newborns!. I thgouht by age 4 thier would be a concrete sleep schedule..HA! Although my son is ADHD (might be part of the problem) my daughter is not. So i have no clue why their schedules are so distorted. My pediatrician just keep telling me to keep trying. anyone know anything else that might work?

    • Nicole says

      @Danielle Have you read my guest article on ADHD and Sleep? Here’s a link: You might check into Melatonin. As for suggestions, I really need to know more detail about their schedules (particularly your daughter’s) to give concrete advice. At the very least, have you tried room-darkening blinds on the windows? Those helped both my sons sleep past the crack of dawn more regularly as light cues us when it’s time to wake and sleep. Good luck!

  3. Melissa says

    My daughter is a lark but my husband and I are both night owls so it’s been a struggle. Before I had my daughter I would roll out of bed at 7:15, throw myself in the shower and drag my heels to get into work by 8am. My daughter wakes up at 5:30am no matter what happens, when she goes to sleep the night before, how many times she’s woken up previously, how light or dark it is… nothing changes. 5:30am no matter what. I really don’t think she’ll grow out of it either, she’s been this way since about 4 months old and she’s 11 months now. Oh well!

    • Nicole says

      @Melissa Don’t throw in the towel yet. She still might change. I had a son go from waking 5 to 5:30, then I shifted his schedule forward to 6 to 6:30 and then at one time he was waking at 8 or 8:30! He is now back to 6:45 to 7:15, but one day he will be able to get his own cereal to eat while I finish my sleep. I’m sure it will bitter sweet when he’s that “old”. 🙂

  4. katrina says

    I think my five month old son is in between,though he sometimes wants to sleep as early as 6;30 pm,he sometimes misses his sleeo time and stay up until 9 pm only to wake up again at 11pm and rise up as early as 4 am. Or he can sometimes have lots of energy during the night and not sleep at all the next day until 1 pm. Am really trying to get him him into a routine that you suggested but it cant seem to work. Am so confused and sleep depraved given that am a working mom who has to start her day at 5;30 am. Plese help.

  5. Pearl says

    for those with swaddle houdinis or looking at weaning from the swaddle, we got a Peke Moe sleep sack from New Zealand it was worth it’s weight in gold for our boy
    hope it helps someone!

    • Nicole says

      @Pearl Thanks! Looks comfy!

  6. Amber says

    My 6 week old is definitely a night owl. He wakes up to eat, but sleeps almost all day. Then around 7 or 8 at night he’ll finally wake up and be up all night. I’m trying the bath, bottle, bed method to set up a routine, but to no avail. He stays up wide awake til 4 or 5 a.m. Reading your articles, I also think maybe he is developing a sleep association with rocking. The second I set him in his crib at night he wakes up immediately. I’m going to try the Ferber method you talk about. I know it’s way too early and cruel to try CIO yet. It’s still to early in his life for a rigid schedule, but if I could just get his days and nights righted I’d be happy. Any additional advice would be sooooo greatly appreciated. I’m at my wits end.

    • Nicole says

      @Amber Newborns do get their days and nights mixed up. Make sure you read my newborn sleep tips post. Here is the link: I typically don’t recommend even Ferber’s method at this age. At this age, their ability to self-soothe is very limited. Good luck!!

  7. Lisa says

    I think that my 8 mo. old daughter will be somewhere in between, but just a month ago I would’ve sworn that she was going to be an early bird and it was pretty disheartening. However, we have stumbled upon what seems to have been the answer for her — not swaddling anymore. She was consistently waking at 4-5 AM for the longest time, but one morning I noticed that she went back to sleep on her own and when I went in to her later that morning she had completely gotten out of her swaddle and sleep positioner. I just assumed that those two things helped her feel cozy, but apparently not — the next night we removed them altogether and she has been consistently sleeping until 6:30-7:30 AM since! Now I think that she was waking up at that early time, and just couldn’t get comfortable enough to go back to sleep. Who knew!?

    • Nicole says

      @Lisa Thanks for sharing! I think most people tend to stop swaddling somewhere between 4 and 6 months. I’m so glad that’s all it took! Woohoo!