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  1. Nicole says

    I purchased the master nap plan book and am using the nap hour. We are on day one and he only slept 25-30 minutes for each of his two naps (he’s 15 months and sleeps about 11 hours a night). Now he is very overtired – is the lack of sleep going to sabotage the rest of our sleep training or does it all work out once he gets used to sleeping by himself?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Nicole, thanks for making a purchase with us and for writing to us. It will take some transitional time for him to get the hang of it for sure. If you find his nighttime suffers because of it, you may need to make some adjustments to accommodate for the short naps. Hopefully things will improve for you soon but let us know how things progress as the days go on and if you need more help!

  2. Nicole hilton says

    My 6w old will yawn and show signs of tiredness, I will be proactive and swaddle him, turn on white noise and make the room as dark as I can but he will not close his eyes and go to sleep! It’s so frustrating because he quickly becomes overtired and I feel I’ve done all I can do to get him to sleep. He continues to look around the room and stimulate himself until he’s overtired!

    • Danielle says

      Hi Nicole,
      Thank you for your comment on The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling with your newborn’s sleep! Many young babies up to about 4 months-old will not really be able to fall asleep by themselves when put in the crib, but will need some help from a parent. This is very normal. Some families will rock or nurse, some will baby wear. We have an article with more information about sleep at this age that I hope will help here:
      Please let us know if you have other questions!

  3. Holly MacGill says

    So I have a two month old that seems perpetually tired she yawns and rubs her eyes whenever she’s awake it seems. I try to be responsive but she’s hard to put to sleep even when her 17 month old brother is sleeping. Sometimes it seems like she’s only awake for 20 minutes before she’s tired again (including eating). I bought the newborn sleep essentials book, but I feel like I’m barely making it by in terms of her sleep and have to resort to car rides more and more to get her to sleep. Help!

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Holly MacGill, thank you for writing to us. I am so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your baby’s sleep. The first few months can definitely feel like survival mode, especially with a 17 month old as well! At this point you may need to do what you need to do to keep her from being overtired and then you can work on establishing a rhythm. When you say it’s hard to put her to sleep, is it that she’s refusing it even though she’s showing signs of tiredness?
      If you find you need more help beyond the ebook you’ve already purchased, please let us know! It sounds like you’ve looked around here, so you know we have tons of resources available. Contact us directly anytime at [email protected]. Hang in there!

  4. shelley says

    My 9 month old transition to two naps has been terrible. He is always over tired. He used to self settle in 15 minutes, now I have to sit beside the bed for sometimes hours to make sure he stays down (He can sit up but can’t get down onto his back and won’t sleep on his tummy). And then he wakes multiple times during the night and sits up. The latest issue is a 5am wake up, won’t go back down, and then tired in an hour. My question, do I watch his sleepy queues and put him to nap super early or stay closer to the 9 month wake window / schedule? He will not take a 3rd nap no matter how tired. And when I try for an earlier bedtime, he fights it getting more and more hyper.

    • Neosha says

      @Shelley – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for sharing. The transition from 3 naps to 2 naps can definitely be tough and easily lead to you having an overtired baby on your hands – we feel your pain! It sounds like your little guy has learned to sit up but not lie back down, which could be a developmental trigger that starts a common sleep regression around this time. Here’s an article that overviews it and gives tips for surviving it – If you find you need more support during this time, please consider connecting with one of our sleep consultants who can work you this step-by-step. You can read more about our lovely ladies here: Hang in there, Shelley!

  5. Prathibha dattatraya says

    My son is 10.5months old. He needs to be rocked n bounced to sleep. It takes anywhere between 20 mins to 55 mins for him to fall asleep. He doesn’t take pacifier or bottle, even breastfeeding cannot calm him down. He is having gas/constipation issues. His naps/night sleep is cut short because he has need to pass gas or poop. After he has relieved himself, he will still be sleepy and hence gets overtired within 2 hrs of waking, if we miss that window to put him to sleep then it takes very long to put him back to sleep. Any tips on how to sleep train a gassy baby who is also overtired? It’s difficult to judge if he is not sleeping due to being overtired or due to gas bothering him. He won’t cry loud in both the situations, he makes fussing noises only. Please help

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Prathibha Dattatraya – Thank you for visiting the Baby Sleep Site and for your comment. I am so sorry your son has been struggling with gas and constipation – I went through this exact struggle with my son just a few months ago (we are still working through it as well) so I know how difficult this can be. If you haven’t yet, I’d make sure to bring up the gas/constipation to your son’s doctor to see if they can help find the cause of the issue. Because your situation is more unique, I think you would benefit from working one-on-one with one of our sleep consultants. They have a ton of experience with working with families who’s children are experiencing similar things – and trying to determine which problem (gas or overtired) is causing the sleeping issue! If you are interested, you can view our packages online here: or can email us at [email protected] if you need help selecting the package that would be the best fit.
      I hope this helps and you see some improvement soon! Hang in there!

  6. Nate says

    My baby goes straight from being normal, alert and awake to being fussy and fighting sleep with all her might. It’s very frutsrating. She also doesn’t like to be held, she just kind of pushes away from you. I haaaate that kind of moaning noise she makes constantly once she gets to that point. Would really like to figure this out.

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Nate, thanks for stopping by the Baby Sleep Site! I am sorry you are struggling with your daughter getting overtired extremely quickly. It sounds like you would benefit from working one-on-one with one of our sleep consultants where they can help create a schedule to work on these issues. If you are interested you can view our different options on our website here:

  7. nandhini says

    My 5 month baby is getting overtired within half an hour his naps are short too pls help me he is not taking milk also properly

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @ Nandhini – Thank you so much for writing, and I would be happy to give you some resources to help with your son’s sleep.
      Here is a link to our recommend schedule for both 4 month olds, and 5 month olds.
      You might find these helpful to see where you might be able to adjust your current schedule to help ensure naps and bedtime are at good times for him. Especially while his naps are all short, the 4 mo schedule may be a better fit:
      Try to make sure that he is getting enough sleep at night, as this may help him not be overtired during the day too. And feel free to offer more naps too! Regarding his milk intake, please consult with your son’s doctor, where they can give you the best local resources and information.
      Good luck and thank you again for visiting!

  8. Corrina says

    My 2 month old cannot fall asleep on her own. I rock her, swaddle her to fall asleep but wakes up anywhere from 5 min to 40 min with so many attempts. Therefore, she hardly naps, and becomes overly tired.

    • Jessica Diller says

      @Corrina, I’m sorry to hear your newborn is struggling with sleep. It can be common for babies her age to experience these issues. If you haven’t yet, you can sign up to receive our free guide written just for families with young babies, “15 Baby Sleep Facts New Parents Need to Know” here:

  9. Rhona says

    Hi, my 1 yo son don’t take a dummy and now uses his bottle to dummy throughout the night to fall asleep again. I know I need to break the habit of falling asleep with a bottle and self soothing, but he doesn’t take to a soft toy or blanket or anything… I have to get up about 4 times a night to just give him the bottle, even if it is empty. I have another 3 yo and if I let him cry the older one also wakes up. Should I just deal with it and do it? Feed him the bottle and then before he falls asleep put him drowsy in bed and when he wakes just try and soothe him with touch and voice? He works himself up until he vomits sometime.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Rhona – well, it does sound like your son has a deeply-ingrained bottle habit that is interfering with both his sleep and yours. My suggestion would be to, as you ay, “just deal with it and do it”. You’ve identified the problem, so the next step would be to work on eliminating that problem. If you are anxious about crying or fussing, you could certainly use a more gentle approach. A great place to start would be our free guide, 5 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep Through The Night. Another great option would be an Express Sleep Plan; this would provide you with a customized sleep coaching plan for your son.

      However you choose to go about fixing this problem, best of luck to you! I hope your family is sleeping soundly very soon 🙂

  10. Willie says

    my two month old son is having problems sleeping at night please help