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  1. Reagan says:

    Just started nap training with controlled CIO (Ferber) when we ditched the pacifier. He will cry for a bit before falling asleep and will sleep for 20-30mins but once he wakes he doesn’t go back to sleep. I feel bad making him CIO for a second time when I know he’s no longer sufficiently tired after his short cat nap. Should I just hope and pray that as he gets used to falling asleep without the pacifier he will naturally put himself back to sleep when he wakes after that short sleep cycle or should I be letting him cry again to fall back to sleep for a designated amount of time..? (I.e. “crib hour” so if he wakes before an hour he has to stay In his crib for the entire hour)

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Reagan,
      Thank you for writing! Unfortunately, without your baby’s age and a more detailed understanding of his schedule, it’s hard to know what to recommend. We do have an article on weaning the pacifier that I hope will help here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/pacifier-weaning-stop-baby-toddler-how-when/

      And if you’re a Member, please check out our weekly member chats, where you can write directly to a sleep consultant who can give you specific advice.

      Hang in there!

  2. Claire says:

    We started sleep training with CIO for our 8.5 m/o just over a week ago. She was previously on a great schedule, sleeping through the night from 5 weeks to almost 7 months, and getting regular naps 2-3x’s a day. Suddenly at around 6.5 months, she started waking regularly through the night. We’ve indulged her for the last 2 months, but then had to stop for mommy’s sanity and rest at night. Hence sleep training. Within the last week, we have eliminated the night wings and feedings with just using CIO, but as soon as she started sleeping through the night her regular and sufficient naps COMPLETELY disappeared. She now cries at every single nap time attempt, despite solid wind down routine and sleep prop elimination, and cries for the FULL HOUR nonstop. She never winds down, she never falls asleep, and I’m left with an overtired baby on repeat all day until bedtime. In the last couple days, I have gotten her up at the hour time limit and fed her (because it was now feeding time on her schedule). She has a full breast each side, and then BAM – out like a light! But of course she’s now asleep in my lap, and wakes immediately when I shift to put her in her crib. She is so exhausted during the day, I don’t want to wake her, so she is currently sleeping on my lap – and thus disorganizing her schedule. I just want her to sleep at nap time!! What do I do??

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Claire,
      Thank you for using The Baby Sleep Site as a resource. Congratulations on your success sleep coaching at night, but I’m so sorry to hear how naps are going! 🙁 Based on your message, it sounds like you either have a scheduling issue of some kind, and/or have unluckily bumped into the 8 month sleep regression: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-patterns/8-9-10-month-old-baby-sleep-regression/
      Because your baby’s problem seems pretty complex, I would strongly recommend talking with a sleep consultant directly. She can look at your schedule and feedings, your routine, and how nights are going and help you get naps back on track. You can read more about our consultations here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      Or please do feel free to email us at contact@babysleepsite.com and we can help you find the right package for your situation. Hang in there!

  3. DM says:

    Our daughter is almost 13 months old, has her own room since she was 8 months. So far, we always cuddled her to sleep and then put her on the bed once she is asleep on our chests.

    She sleeps through the night (20:30 til 06:30) and she used have have 2 good naps 1.5 hours each, so we kept using cuddle method instead of teaching her self-sooth to sleep.

    We came back from a 3-weeks holiday last week (+5 hours time difference) and our daughters nap routine has changed dramatically. She managed to resume her night routine after a couple of days, but she couldn’t do the same for her naps. She can still fall asleep easily on our chests during the day, but wakes up very easily crying when we try to put her on the bed. Even if we manage to put her on the bed without waking her up, she sleeps max 30-40 mins and wakes up crying again.

    It has been 10 days and still same routine every day. She ends up on our chests for the naps.

    What do you recommend in this kind of situations?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @DM – Thanks for writing! Sorry that naps are so tough since traveling! Travel can disrupt even the best sleepers, and naps can be tough and trickier than night sleep! It sounds like she needs to learn/re-learn how to fall asleep on her own for naps, and this article should help:
      Good luck DM, and please contact us if you find that you need more help!

  4. Emely says:

    I started to nap training after reading this article and just have few questions.

    My baby can fall asleep independently for naps with little to no fuss, however, he does not usually nap for longer than 30 minutes at a time and wakes up. He he will put himself back to sleep after 15-30 minutes of fussing and will sleep for an hour. Is that consider a good nap? When he wakes up after an hour should I let him try to go back to sleep? Most of the information suggests that baby should nap at least 2 hour per cycle.
    I keep his room dark, have white noise and keep a small nap routine and put him down at the same time.

    • Neosha says:

      @Emely – Thank you for reading and for sharing. We’re so glad to hear that nap training has been going well for you all! It’s definitely great that your little guy puts himself back to sleep. Hopefully, with more practice, he’ll learn to sleep through those sleep cycles without waking. You don’t say how old he is but shorter naps are definitely more common for younger babies while an hour or more is considered “good” for an older baby. 2+ hours is “normal” depending on his specific sleep situation, but I don’t have those specific details at this time. Keep up the great job, Emely, and I hope this helps!

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