Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Santoshi William says


    My son has turned 2 still he has sleeping issues.Earlier stage we thought its colic problem.Now he wakes up mid night and cry continously without opening his eyes for half an hour.i have almost tried everything with him.could you help me what would be his problem and how can i get him good sleep? I am afraid now he cries due to terror dreams.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Santoshi – Thank you for writing to us, and sorry to hear that your son is struggling with some night wakings! You’re not alone and we would love to help!If you haven’t already, we welcome you to peruse our blog with over 300 articles and free schedules. Making sure that he is getting enough day and night sleep and adjusting as needed may be a good first step. If you prefer to bypass some of the blog reading, we have e-Books and premium resources available where the research has been done for you. Or, for the fastest service, we have expert sleep consultants who can take a really in-depth look at his sleep history, and help you determine why your baby is not sleeping well.
      You can read about all of our sleep consultation packages and purchase directly online here:
      We do hope that things smooth out easily and quickly, no matter how you proceed! Hang in there and good luck!

  2. Maria Martinez says

    I have a 7 month old that will fall asleep but about 30-40 min later wakes and wants nothing but to be nursed. Once nursed he will go to sleep and wake up in another hour or so and stays awake for up to 2 hours before going to sleep again. Once he goes back to sleep he is awake every 3 hours to nurse. He will not go back to sleep without. Please help. I would have thought he would be sleeping through the night by now but he seems to be getting worse as he gets older.

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Maria Martinez – Thank you for reading and sharing your story with us. I am so sorry to hear you have been struggling with frequent wake ups from your 7 month old. That is so tough. 🙁
      It sounds like your 7 month old has some sleep associations that are keeping him from sleeping in longer stretches at night, so when he goes through a lighter sleep cycle he wakes up and needs to nurse in order to fall back asleep again. Here is an article that will explain his dependency on you a little further:
      If you click through this article series you can see several different sleep training techniques if you think you would like to try. At this age we would still consider 1-2 nighttime feedings normal (some babies can sleep through the night at this age, it just varies) but anything beyond that is likely a sleep association.
      For your reference, here is a link to a 7 month old schedule just to give you an idea of time between naps, how much sleep they need, as well as food:
      I hope this helps and you get some longer stretches soon! If you need more help with breaking these sleep associations, let us know! We would love to help.

  3. Geneva says

    I have a 7 week old. I want to get a good foundation on sleeping down ASAP. I have done everything wrong so far by letting him nurse to sleep. We aren’t sure if it is just to early to start sleep training. Would we benefit from the sleep consultant? We also have an almost 3 year old and we would like them to share a room at some point. Can baby sleep site help with that transition as well? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Geneva, congratulations on your new baby! I hope the transition from 1 to 2 has been going well. If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up to receive our free guide for newborns:
      You may also like this article with gentle ways to help your newborn sleep better:
      We have an ebook all about establishing healthy habits through the first year you may be interested in. We even have it in bundles where you can add in personalized consulting as well.
      Our team of sleep consultants would love to help you whenever you are ready! Our consultants always take into account the age of your baby when creating a plan so they will help you achieve goals that the baby is capable of. We don’t make blanket statements that all babies can sleep through the night by a certain age or anything. And they have much experience working with siblings and can definitely help with the transitioning of both kids into the same room when it’s time. To view the Essential Keys to Your Newborn’s Sleep and different bundles, please use the following link:
      If you have any more questions about our Personalized Consulting Services please email our team at [email protected] and they will be happy to send you more information. 🙂
      Thanks so much for stopping by and using the Baby Sleep Site as a resource for sleep help!

  4. GG says


    I have a 1year old who doesnt sleep well at night, we have a bedtime routine which I tried to follow very strictly but everyday is a different story because my daughter wouldn’t go to bed the same time everyday, the time ranges from 9pm-10pm and she wouldn’t want to sleep earlier than that and by the time she’s in bed, I would be too exhausted to do anything else. I forgot to mention that we have to walk her around the house for her to fall asleep and some days she would just play and fall asleep on her own on the floor and then I would carry her to her crib and put her there. She would sleep in her crib for a good 2-4 hours and would wake up (I dont know why) and start crying, looking for me to hold her and I ended up bringing her to my bed because I am too tired to do anything else.

    We tried the cry-out method but she would go on and on crying and ended up vomiting so we stopped and now I am lost, dont know what to do. I will be going for a job interview today and if I get the job, I don’t think I can be awake at night everyday and get up to go to work in the morning. I need help, any suggestions or recommendation anyone?

  5. skye says

    hey cindy, my daughter who was one at the tiem was havign the same problem, my health nurse suggesting gradually putting less and less milk by 10, 20 or thirty mls, in the bottle at a time and once it gets down to only 30 mls thats when you can just drop that feed altogethr, and when they wake for the bottle just go in and pat his/her back or somethng,
    it worked for me, so thought i would suggest it to you, and i hope it helps as i know how grumpy it makes us with lack of sleep 🙂
    good luck!

  6. Sarah says

    i Just wanted to say what a relief it was to find your site. You have helped us so much to understand and start to help our 3 month old. We are very lucky. She sleeps for a solid and uninterrupted time at night (she loves a bath at night) and have been practising a bedtime routine for almost 1 month now. The issue was her naps. They were often too short and she became overtired. Your site enabled me to start teaching her lots of different ways to sleep. In a sling, in her bed, in the stroller and now she sleeps so well. We are still working on her transitions after about 45 mins of sleep though but as you rightly point out this is a matter of sleep maturity which cannot be rushed. So THANKYOU!!! Your site is Number 1

    • Nicole says

      @Sarah Thank you!!! You’re welcome! 🙂

    • Fiorella says

      Hi Sarah! I have a 4 month-old and I have the same problem, his naps are too short. Would you mind telling me which posts did you find helped you teaching her what you mention, of different ways to sleep, so I can read them too?
      Thank you!

  7. Cindy Norton says

    I have a one year old, who is an absolute pleasure, except when it comes to sleep. I have tried sleep training before, and there is always such drama,screaming, coughing and crying that I’m not sure it is working. I tried consistently for 10 days but there was little improvement. I have now given up, and resorted back to getting up three times a night and giving him a bottle on demand. I’m at my wits end and not sure what to do from here. Should I attempt sleep coaching again, even though it upsets my child so much, or do you have other suggestions. Also I was advised by my baby clinic that I should start watering down his night bottles as he shouldn’t need them at this stage… what is your opinion on this?
    I have a really good night time routine, which works, it really is just the night time wakings and his day naps. His day naps are virtually impossible to get him down, no matter where we are.
    Please Help!!!! 🙁

    • Nicole says

      @Cindy Watering down a bottle does not really help, usually, as you are replacing one sleep association for another, probably. There is a lot in between accepting where you are and cry it out. I would need to know more details to give you specific advice, though. You may want to consider sleep consultations. Thank you for commenting!

  8. ceruleluna says

    I read the nap article and the sleep series (1-4).
    I have a 6 month old and naps are becoming shorter and less reliable. I thought I was just cursed with a baby that takes short naps — but now I realize that he is over-tired. I knew he was tired, but he would only sleep for 1/2 an hour and I was so puzzled. But if I took a nap with him, he would sleep longer. We do not co-sleep at night (and luckily he has been sleeping through the night since he was 2 months). However, in the morning, he wakes up, I would nurse him back to sleep so I could sleep longer. This evolved into nursing him to sleep for naps and now he is starting to have difficulty going to sleep at night, whereas he used to go to bed with no problem (we have a nighttime routine). I started nursing him for naps out of laziness, I suppose. I knew I shoudln’t, but I knew he was tired and I needed to get things done, so I just did it. Now I realize the great mistake it is. i also never paid attention to the amount of time between naps. So I am sure he is awake too long and is over-tired and can’t get to a restful state. (He is a very active boy).
    Anyway, I realized I should have a nap routine! Just like I put him to sleep at night — nurse to a drowsy state and then into the crib, I should do it during the day too.

  9. Ambajam says

    I love the idea of a bedtime routine. Cuddling up with your favorite blanket and drifting off to sleep sounds so soothing. Thank you for the tips you are sharing. I will follow the rest of the series.

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