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  1. Anne says:

    Is it too late at this point? We’re traveling starting the 24th. Ugh things have gotten out of control and I fear we’re stuck now until early January when we get back home. 🙁

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Anne – Well, I’m a little late getting to this comment, but I’d say yes, probably wait until you’re home. You want at least 2 or 3 “normal” weeks when you’re sleep training. But once you’re back, you can pretty much start in – maybe give your kiddo a day or two to adjust to the usual schedule again, and then you can get started!!

      Thanks for commenting, Anne – and safe holiday travels to you!

  2. Katelyn says:

    My goal is to improve my daughters sleep by Christmas!! She is 14 weeks old. I have night weaned her down to 1 feeding per night, but she is still waking multiple times. Although she wakes multiple times I only feed her once. By 4:30/5 I’m exhausted and she ends up in bed with me until my older daughter wakes up. I’m now moving on to “operation: no more sleeping with mommy”. I’ve been leinant on this because we just moved her to her crib 3 weeks ago, but I’m SO TIRED! Good luck to all who are sleep training this holiday season!

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Katelyn – thanks for checking in and posting about your progress! How’s it going now, that you’re a few weeks in? Have you reached any of your goals?

      Thanks again for commenting!

  3. Diane says:

    Hi! I am working on sleep training my 6 month old daughter. It is going fairly well however she consistently seems to wake up about an hour after i put her to bed at night. Any idea why??? She will sleep from 7 til 7 (with 2 feedings) and then an hour or 2 morning nap and a shorter afternoon nap. I am just confused why she is waking and crying when she wakes! ugh!!

  4. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Boop – I understand. Have you taken advantage of any of our free resources yet? Like our free 5 Ways guide? (Find it here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-through-night-free-ebook/). We also have a ton of blog articles on the topic of sleep training. At the top menu bar, click on ‘Articles’, then on ‘By Category’ and scroll down to sleep training. There’s a wealth of info there, and some of it is bound to help!

    Hope these resources will prove helpful to you. Hang in there – you can do it! 🙂

  5. Boop says:

    Unfortunately I can’t afford to pay for any services right now. I was hoping that you might have shared some advice…
    I’m going to keep going with what I’m doing & hope that things will keep improving.

  6. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Boop — sounds like you have a lot to handle here! First, let me say that you sound like a wonderful mom. The fact that you’re thinking through your son’s sleep, and trying to take steps to break those sleep associations that are causing lost sleep for both of you, is a great thing! So a big pat on the back to you, for taking the first steps towards sleep coaching.

    As for HOW to manage this – it sounds like you’ve done a lot of work on your own, and that you’ve made some good strides. But as you mention, you’re feeling like you’ve reached the limit of what you can do on your own at this point. However, you don’t want to lose your momentum (which is awesome!) and want to keep up the progress you’ve made thus far.

    Have you considered, up to this point, trying one of our sleep consultation packages? Honestly, that might be a perfect solution for you. I will say that trying to night wean a toddler, and trying to wean from co-sleeping, are both challenging elements by themselves; trying to do them together is really, really hard! So having some personalized, professional help may be just the ticket for you 🙂

    Here’s our services page, if you’re interested in this: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/. If you have any questions about these packages, you can feel free to e-mail them to me at emily (at) babysleepsite (dot) com.

    Thanks for reaching out; hope this feedback helps! And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have follow-up questions, or need more guidance. 🙂

  7. Boop says:

    We have just completed night 4 of night weaning.
    My son is going to be 1 in a couple of weeks & I finally decided that things have to change! I’ve tried various things in the past but nothing really worked out.
    Sometimes he will wake hourly wanting a few seconds on the breast for comfort, other nights it can be far more frequently. If I withhold & try shushing, patting or stroking he will kick & fight until he gets what he wants. He is a’high need’ baby & has always had real trouble sleeping & staying asleep. It also takes a lot of effort to try & relax him, the breast really did seem like the only way. Since he is this little person I found that an ‘attachment parenting’ approach would work well so I partially co-sleep but I have finally reached my limit! I’m such a light sleeper anyway, but coupled with my son’s wriggling & constant comfort feeding I was heading for a total, sleep deprived meltdown.
    So the night weaning has worked & he’s got the message. (The build up to this I’ve been removing my nipple from his mouth just before he drifts off to sleep to ease the transition). He’s still waking as frequently, but usually if I hold him for a few minutes he goes back off to sleep fairly quickly, i try to lower him back into his cot before he falls asleep completely but this gets trickier as the night progresses. Picking him up isn’t the ideal scenario but he gets extremely upset if I don’t.
    The big problem occurs at around 3.30am when he finds it virtually impossible to fall back to sleep & stay asleep once lowered back in his cot. After a couple of hours of trying I have been giving up & feeding him (approx 5.30am) & having him back in my bed. If I / we don’t get some sleep at this point I couldn’t function!
    Following several bereavements during my pregnancy last year I think that I have been extremely protective of both mine & my son’s anxiety levels, trying to protect us from any stress. That, coupled with my son being very active & being too distracted to feed during the day. Plus not having the most impressive weight gain during infancy has made night feeding / dream feeding & nap feeding essential. Unfortunately this has created problems of its own.
    In addition to this, my son won’t nap for longer than 25 mins if I’m not holding him, whereas if I hold him & snacks on & off my breast he can sleep for a couple hours, sometimes more. I’m worried that if I don’t hold him he won’t get enough sleep & a downward spiral will follow (can it get any worse??)
    I’m currently a stay at home mum but will be heading back to work in the near future. I don’t have any family or friends around to support us through this. Funds are not currently available for child care & not even his father can settle him, so it’s all on me!
    I’d love to be getting a bit more sleep by Christmas which is why I’ve made a start on this now. Do you have any tips? I really don’t want to lose momentum…

  8. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Molly — uh oh…did you mean to post this as a comment to our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway post? I’m guessing you did…why don’t you visit that article and re-post this comment? You can find it here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/giveaways/12-days-of-christmas-giveaway-2013/.

    Sounds like a fun holiday tradition! This is something we do in our house, too. And my oldest is a 1st grader, too – amazing how much busier things get to be when they’re in school, isn’t it? 🙂

  9. Molly says:

    Our favorite holiday tradition is having hot cider or hot chocolate and watching movies while our oldest is on school break! She is in 1st grade and we miss the years when she wasn’t in school and our nights were always free! 🙂

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