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. Tired Mother says

    Hello! So, I’m having issues sleep training my 8 month old baby. For the past 8 months, I usually breast fed him and he would fall asleep. He would still wake up about 3 times during the night, and I found it easier to just breast feed him as he would fall right back to sleep. At this point, I want him to be able to fall asleep without me having to breast feed him as it has taken a toll on me being that I am the only one who can put him down to sleep at night. My husband and I have tried having family members babysit for us so that we can go out and have some “adult” time, but it they struggle putting him to sleep and usually end up calling us that night as the baby cries non stop. Can anyone provide me with suggestions?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi Tired Mother! Thanks for writing, and hang in there! We’ve all been tired mothers here too, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! This link should help you get started, so you can make a plan:
      Then stick to your plan and be consistent! We’d love to help you with this! Please contact us for more info on our consultation packages and which one might be the best fit! Good luck!

  2. Helen says

    How long should i wait before entering the room and putting him back in bed my son is 25months i have tried everything to help him but all he does is cry and scream both my older children didn’t have a problem with sleep time or being left alone for small amounts of time my son wont leave my side for more than a minute if im not in the room with him

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Helen, thanks for writing to us. I am so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your son’s sleep. How you approach it is going to be totally up to you and the plan that you make. This age is more challenging since separation anxiety is peaking (I understand, my son is a little younger than yours and is obsessed with me too and I’m dreading him turning 2) but it will also be a skill you’ll need to help him learn, and there are so many ways to go about it. I do think that it sounds like you would benefit working one-on-one with a sleep consultant that can help create a specific plan that works for you and the temperament of your child. If you are interested in working with one of our consultants and them creating a custom sleep plan for you, you can read more about that here:
      They can look at a full sleep history and work with you step by step through this separation anxiety. Hang in there and let us know if you have any other questions. If you’d like to talk about this directly, email us anytime at [email protected]. Hope this helps!

  3. Caroline says

    You mentioned not to do cry it out on the third nap, why is that? And what to do instead?

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Caroline, Thanks for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource for sleep! Generally, the 3rd nap is more of a catnap, so using CIO may just take too long and by the time the baby is asleep, they may need to wake up again to not sleep too close to bed time. Many babies phase out of the 3rd nap as early as 7 months. When my baby needs the 3rd nap but is fighting me on it, I will often wear him in his carrier or go on a walk to encourage a short nap to help him make it to bedtime (and if he doesn’t nap the fresh air is always nice and calming). If it doesn’t work, we move bedtime up to prevent him from getting over tired. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Meg says

    The best thing for us was learning that it is normal for babies to wake at night and is actually evolutionarily programmed into them. It is only our culture that has everyone obsessed with sleep and sleep schedules. NO NEED FOR SLEEP TRAINING! Forcing sleep only creates stress for everyone. Once we started cosleeping, our lives changed. No one cared anymore how many times baby woke up at night because it was no longer a giant ordeal and we ALL slept great without forcing any unnatural, uncomfortable methods.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Meg – thanks for your input and for sharing a bit about your experience with us! 🙂