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. Erin says

    HI! we started sleep training with my almost 8 month old a few weeks ago. It was progressing well, but now we seem to have hit a speed bump where he’s awake from about 10pm- 11:30, when I nurse him. He is also waking early, between 5 and 5:30 and not going back to bed. It sounds like he’s going through the sleep regression, but i don’t know if I should continue with the sleep training or take a break for a few weeks and then resume. How do I know when it’s over and it’s just become habit?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Erin – Thanks for writing, and sorry that you are struggling with your little one’s sleep! I am happy to hear that you made some progress, and we’d love to see that continue! Perhaps you can take a step back to look at your guy’s overall schedule, and see if there are adjustments that you can make there which may help the early waking and insomnia at night. Here is a link to our free sample schedules for 8 month olds:
      Hopefully things smooth out soon! If you need us we’ll be here, so feel free to contact us if you find that you need more assistance!

  2. Miranda Scarbro says

    My son is 14 months old. We did sleep training when he was about 5 months old and it worked perfectly. We could put him down while he was still awake and and he would whimper, but fall asleep quickly. Then we took a week long trip when he was 10 months old, where he refused to sleep in a different crib. He slept with me through the whole trip. Once we returned we fell into rocking him to sleep. Now when he wakes through the night he either wants rocked, or he is continuously checking to make sure I am standing next to his crib. He doesn’t wake often through the night, but when he does it makes for a long night. He also basically refuses to nap unless he is being held. Any advice?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Miranda Scarbro, thanks for visiting the Baby Sleep Site. I am sorry to hear you are struggling with your son’s sleep. Here is a link to a free guide that may help provide some tips for overcoming these sleep obstacles:
      Hopefully the tips in the article will be enough to get him sleeping on his own again without the help from you, but if you need more specific information, please contact us directly at [email protected] so we can send you some more resources to get the help you need. Hang in there!

  3. June says

    my two year old grand daughter still needs to be held at night in my lap with a bottle to fall asleep and then put down asleep in her crib. How do we break this habbit?

  4. Liz says

    I’m on night 7 of sleep training my 6 month old, doing periodic checks. At night 3, she cried about 17 min., and it’s stayed the same for night 4, 5 and 6. Night wakings have definitely improved, but I can’t figure out why progress seems to have stalled in terms of how long she’s crying. Is that normal?

    • Danielle says

      Hi Liz,
      Thanks for visiting The Baby Sleep Site, and congratulations on the progress you’ve made on your daughter’s sleep! I’m sorry to hear she’s still crying a bit at night. Although some babies do decrease crying a little bit every night until they stop, it’s much more common to see a couple nights of no crying, a couple nights of crying, and have it be a little back and forth. As long as you’re seeing progress and she seems like she’s doing okay, you’re probably fine! We have an article with more information about how progress looks in sleep training here: I think that will help you out 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  5. Sofia says

    We sleep trained our baby at 6 month using Ferber method, it took just a few night. It improved his sleep for a bit from nursing to sleep and 5 to 8 wakings to being able to put down awake and 2 wakings. Nursing is still the last routine because I feel like he really is hungry because he’s a big boy but doesn’t nurse efficiently.
    Anyway, a few weeks later, all of sudden, it got worse, he increased his wakings again, when I put him down at night he screamed and screamed, doesn’t give up. Could it be that when he got sick so I started comfort nursing him and it ruined the whole thing now?
    If I restart the whole sleep training again, will it work or not because I was inconsistent for a while when he was sick?
    He’s turning 8 month and hasn’t cut any teeth yet, I see no sign of teething though, can it still be teething? If he’s sick or teething, should I do whatever to comfort him or stick to sleep training?
    Thanks a lot in advance.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Sofia, thank you for your comment! I am sorry you’ve been struggling recently with your son’s sleep (and that he was sick). It is amazing how quickly things can unravel with sickness, teething, regressions… so many things could be happening! If you haven’t yet, you may want to download our free ebook with tips on helping your baby sleep through the night:
      I am not able to determine the issue without looking at your son’s full sleep history, so if you find things are not working and you need specific advise, let us know. Our sleep consultants would love to work with you on this. You can contact us directly at [email protected] and we can help point you in the direction of the package that would work best for you. Hang in there and good luck!

  6. Laquanda says

    I found that the first night I put her on her room she cried so I decided to leave. She fell to sleep shortly after. It was as if as long as I was there she thought she could cry long enough to make me give in to picking her up. Once I left I watched from the baby monitor and she laid down and went to sleep. After sitting with her for nearly 45 min. She was asleep in less than ten when I left. Interesting. we will see what tomorrow holds.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Laquanda – Awesome update! Thanks so much for sharing. Best of luck to you! 🙂