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Do you want more sleep?   Yes! I need more sleep.

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  1. Andrea says:

    Thanks for answering. Sometimes when he wakes up it takes him more than 20 minutes to fall asleep again. We want to know if he is going to learn to fall asleep on his own if we continue rubbing his back or do we have to teach him? Because this is really tiring for us he is almost a year and also his naps are short because of the same reason Thanks for your help.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Andrea – Thanks for writing back! some babies will grow into this on their own, but it can take years and often they are 2-3+ years old before they start falling asleep on their own without intervention. Other babies definitely need help learning how to make a new habit of falling asleep independently, so if you’re tired – as I’m sure you are – I’d consider getting help and working on teaching him new sleep habits so that you call can get some better sleep! We’d love to help! Please check out our options for one on one consulting with an expert! Here’s a link:
      Hang in there Andrea!

  2. Jordan says:

    Great tips here! I think they can all be summarized as: if you’re doing them in moderation, and not making your kid dependent on being rocked or having a pacifier to sleep, then it’s fine. Thanks for the article!

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Jordan – great point! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. Elizabeth says:

    What do you think about White Noise machines? My 12 month old twins have always used one to sleep for Naps and Nights and I originally thought I would gradually take it away after they turned 1, but they sleep so well with it, I’m reluctant to take it away.

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Elizabeth – our take is that white noise is generally a great sleep association, as it requires no work on the part of mom and dad, and is a doable sleep association to take along with you when you travel (especially if you download a white noise app on your phone!).

      My kid are 7, 6, and 3, and they all sleep with white noise machines in their rooms still 🙂

      Hope that helps!

    • Andrea says:

      Hello! I weaned my 11 months old baby of breastfeeding at night. I just breastfeed him from 4 to 5am depends on the time he wakes up. A month later I weaned him of the pacifier because he used to wake up when he didn’t have it, however he still uses in the naps. And almost a month has passed since that, and still wakes up 3 times and my husband and I rub his back or head to help him fall back asleep. Is that ok? How long does he need to fall asleep? I forgot to mention that he sometimes has good naps. Now we don’t know what yo do

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

        Hi @Andrea – Thanks for writing to us about your baby and his sleep habits! If you and your husband are okay with continuing to help his back to sleep when he wakes, and sleep is not regressing due to this, then there is no need to change it! However, if this is wearing on you and you want to change things, then you can definitely work on teaching him to fall asleep without help from you! How long it takes for babies to fall asleep can vary widely – and 1-2 minutes can be normal, while other babies need 10-15+ minutes to “unwind” before sleep. Keep trying to find the sweet spot for your baby! if you’d ever like help with naps, or the night waking, please do contact us, or check out our offerings and we’d love to help!
        Thanks again Andrea!

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