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  1. Debbye says:

    Hi Bernadett,
    Thanks for sharing your story! As mother of one pretty bad sleeper, and one horrible sleeper… I do not blame you for being apprehensive! At least you have experience now to handle it again, and an awesome website/support system here to get you through it should you decide to roll the “baby sleep” dice again!
    Best wishes!

  2. Bernadett says:

    I want to start by saying I love this article and it reminds me of my fears. My daughter was a terrible sleeper from the moment we took her home, she was awake more often than any other newborn I had heard of and most people always said they’d never seen a newborn awake so often lol, she did sleep all night like around 8 wks old but would wake up to barely eat but would stay up for 3-4 hrs and just wouldnt go back to sleep! She did this abt 4 nights a wk till she was abt 2 1/2, and whats worse is if she napped for the simplest of 5 min she wouldnt go to sleep for another 3-4 hrs… The funny thing is that most people dont believe me when It tell my story but god do I wish it wasnt true lol now shes 4 and sleep 10 -12 hrs a night so althought my husband really wants another baby and I would love to as well its just idk if I can deal with another baby with her sleeping habits.

  3. Debbye says:

    @ Debbie- It is kind of a “chicken or the egg” problem. It sounds like your baby may be ready to transition to 2 naps, this may help him sleep a little more in the night, but he’s too tired to make it on 2 naps! I would try to gently switch him to 2 naps. Give up the last nap as you slowly move the first nap a little later every day (or every other day or whatever works for you). This may be enough, but if not..
    Once you have him on 2 naps, if his bedtime is still too early, and he is waking too early, then you can shift the schedule making everything shift forward to get a later bedtime and later wake up time.
    Here is a link to a sample schedule to use for reference:
    https://www.babysleepsite.com/schedules/9-month-old-baby-schedule/
    And… you may know this already, but room darkening blinds/curtains really do help sometimes to get a few more “winks.”
    Good luck!!!

    @ Anna- Thanks for sharing what works for you! Many parents do find that a (especially nutritious) snack before bed does help their little ones sleep better. Best wishes!

  4. Debbie says:

    Anna, thanks for your response. I feel fairly comfortable in saying that he eats well enough during the day with solids though. I may try to increase a bit but I also don’t want to overstuff him, lol! When we did the cold turkey weaning at night is when he started sleeping straight through from 7:30ish to 5:30ish. It was such a huge change from waking 1-3 times a night so I didn’t worry too much about 5:30. If he could just get to 6 or 6:30 for me!! Since he wakes early, he naps at 7 for 1.5 hrs or a little less, at 11 for 30 min to an hour, and 3ish for 30 min to an hour. He just doesn’t go long before he gives me cues that he is ready to be put down. So not sure how to approach this. I still nurse him during the day whenever he wants and before bed, though he goes to bed awake. I guess I’m afraid of another b/c of the exhaustion and how to juggle a new baby with that and a toddler. How do I get one to nap when I have another baby on my arms?! Can’t wait for her article! Would love Nicole’s thoughts on my son!

  5. Anna says:

    Hi Debbie,
    not sure if you’d like what I found with my son, but see if it fits in with your routine and if both of you are ready. My son was nursed for 16 months and from about 11 months onwards just during the night and so depending on his solid food intake during the day he would wake me up during the night 1 to 6 times and then wanted his last milk around 5am and then would get up for the day. Once I decided I can’t keep getting up so many time a night, we gave it up – cold turkey and it took about a week – making toasts at 1, 2, 3 am and still getting up around 5am. After that my son worked out that it’s better to eat properly at dinner and have a snack after bath time (before brushing teeth) and finally got to sleep through the night still waking up early for another week or so. Now at 18 months he sleeps 12 hrs straight. So the bottom line in our case was to increase solids during the day to help him get through the night.

  6. Debbie says:

    I have definitely been struggling with the idea of baby #2. My son is 10.5 months old and only started sleeping through the night at 9 months when I did some rigid sleep training. I decided to do it because he had shown me on rare occassions that he *could* sleep all night. Now he sleeps from around 7:30-5:30. Because of his early wake-up, we still have 3 naps. I don’t know what to do about the early wake-up time. I’ve tried nursing him back down but it only worked a few days so I gave up. He seems like he can only have 2.5-3 hours of wakefulness. Any ideas on the early wake-up would be greatly appreciated! I am so afraid to try again but I know its better for our family since my hubby deploys.

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