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  1. Kristin says:

    My daughter is 14 1/2 months. She takes two naps between 45m-2hrs each (Around 10a and 3p – she needs at least a 3hr nap gap). She still wakes 2-3x a night and wants to eat (especially when teething). I have found that if she skips a nap or goes to bed before 9pm she wakes up every two hours. She usually wakes around 5am, eats, then sleeps until 7:30/8a. I don’t wake her because I am exhausted from going to bed late and waking so much. I want to sleep train but I am not sure what kind of schedule to put her on. Thanks!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Kristin – T
      hank you for writing to us! Finding the right schedule for your little one is a great first step before you dig into sleep training, and we’d love to help!
      We have a great free tool that will generate a schedule for you! Here’s a link:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-schedule-maker/
      Once you have the right schedule, and a solid before sleep” routine, you can start working on coaching her to feed less at night!
      Please contact us if you’d like help with this at any time!

  2. Jessica says:

    My son is almost 15 months and he has been on 1 nap for a few months now and did not have any trouble with the transition. About 2 weeks ago he started waking up earlier and only napping exactly 1 hour. Including nap he is only getting 11.5 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. I feel like this isn’t enough sleep. He isn’t cranky or tired throughout the day. I just want to make sure he is staying healthy by getting enough sleep.

    His schedule was
    7am wake
    12:15-1:45/2 nap
    Bedtime 8

    Now it is
    6:30 wake
    12:15-1/1:15 nap
    bedtime 8

    (he cannot nap before 12:15 because I have to drop other kids off at preschool at 12)
    For a while he was waking up at 5:30, and the only way I was able to push that back was to push is bedtime to 8pm then he started sleeping in until 7-7:30 so I don’t feel like an earlier bedtime would help.
    Thanks for any help!

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Jessica,
      Thank you for reading The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear you’re seeing this change in your son’s sleep patterns! Some babies do start needing less sleep as they age. Although I hear you that him sleeping less feels worrying, he is at the lower edge of the normal range for sleep for his age, so especially if he’s acting well-rested, it may just be a natural development of his growth. If he’s fussy, waking a lot at night, or you see any other signs of him not sleeping well, then that could be a problem to address, but it sounds like he’s just a short sleeper. I hope this helps, but please definitely let us know if you have any questions!

  3. Loran says:

    Hi,
    I have a 18 month old who for the past 2 weeks has been waking everyday at 5am. He doesn’t seem to be waking up happy and will then fall asleep in the car on the school run.

    Ive tried a later bed time/ earlier bedtime but the trouble is once he is awake at 5am fitting in his nap at the right time and getting him to sleep for the right amount of nap time is a struggle.

    How do i put him back on a schedule of 6:30 awake time and 6 :30 bedtime with the 1 nap? do i need to be consistent for a certain amount of time or do i need to totally change his routine.

    I cant have him starting his day at 5 and also waking his 4 year old sister.

    Please help with advice.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Loran,
      Thank you so much for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry you’re struggling with these early wakings – they are so tough! It’s hard to know why this is happening without more information, but I can recommend our article on some common reasons for the trouble: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/toddler-waking-early-rising-tips/
      I hope it helps, but please let us know if you have other questions!

    • Janis says:

      Loran did you find something that helped? My son has been doing this as well.

  4. Sarah says:

    I have a 14 month old who is waking about every 4 hours during the night. He is teething (very slow for teeth to come through and typically with multiple at a time) and in a developmental leap. He often takes/needs a bottle during these times to go back to sleep. He gets a bottle (expressed Breastmilk for all bottles) before all sleep but goes into his bed awake to fall asleep on his own.

    He usually goes to bed between 8-8:30 pm. Awake at 1/1:30 then sometimes again at 4:30/5.
    Wake up in morning at 7:15 am
    Breakfast 8:30 am (eats best)
    Bottle 9:30 am
    Nap 9:30/10-12
    Lunch 12:30/1pm
    Bottle 3pm
    Nap 3:30-5:30 pm
    Dinner 5:30-6 pm (eats best)
    Bottle and bed 8/8:30 pm

    He’s not a great eater with solids. He’s always been rather picky and now he’s too busy playing and exploring to eat. Are his night wakings hunger, growth, teeth, or sleep associations. I try offering less milk during the night and only if he’s really fussy but we will gulp down a lot of milk (sometimes 5-7oz) and go back to sleep. Trying to offer more food during the day but he’s not interested. Is he sleeping too long during day time naps?? We tried going one nap but he woke more during the night to eat.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Sarah – Thanks for writing, and so sorry to hear that you’re struggling with your toddler’s night wakings! This article should help:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/how-to-get-a-toddler-to-sleep-through-the-night-even-in-their-own-bed/
      You can certainly test out shortening the naps a little, to ensure that he’s tired at night, and see if that helps! He likely needs to have more milk in the day and less at night, and you can work on that too, as well as adding a high protein snack before bed! Good luck Sarah, and if you’d like more help, please contact us at any time!

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