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. Elyssa Virhuez says

    We did the CIO method with my 7.5 month old and he usually sleeps through the night or wakes once for a feed. we attempted to apply the CIO method to naps the week we did sleep training at night, but his naps have progressively gotten worse. I fell back into rocking or nursing him to sleep because he would cry for more than 30 minutes and not fall asleep for his naps. Now he fights being rocked or nursed to sleep. I feel unsure what to do next. Would you recommend trying the CIO method again for naps?

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Elyssa Virhuez, thank you for writing to us. I am so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with naps! It is crazy how different night time and nap time sleep can be and how they may require a different approach. Here is a link to a free guide to help with naps:
      If you find you need more help with this, we have a handful of more resources from ebooks about mastering naps and schedules, to one-on-one personalized consulting with a sleep consultant. To read more please visit here:
      You can also contact us directly anytime at [email protected]
      I hope this helps! Hang in there!

  2. Amanda says

    My 5 month old falls asleep great at night. We have a consistent bedtime routine and he’s in bed at 7. He falls asleep by himself with little or no crying. My issue is at night. He’ll usually wake up at about 10-10:30. I’ll feed him and he’ll go back to sleep just fine. He use to get up only one more time through the night to eat. Now he’s up every 2-3 hours and will only go back to sleep and stay asleep if he’s laying next to me. I’ve tried letting him cry it out but he will cry on and off for an hour. Finally, I give in and just feed him even though I know he could go longer. What do I do? Do I keep with the crying at night?

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Amanda, Thank you for commenting! I am so sorry you have been struggling with your son’s sleep. That is great he is falling asleep on his own at night (initially)! You’ll want to make sure that if he wakes up and needs to eat again that he is still going to sleep on his own to avoid developing a sleep association. Here is an article that explains sleep associations a little more:
      We don’t expect 5 month olds to sleep all the way through the night just yet (some can, but most can’t!), and there may be times they need more calories through the night from all the growing and moving they do during the day, but if you find he is waking up just to have you put him back to sleep again, and not actually eating, it is likely a sleep association and not the need for food, so you will want to teach him how to go to sleep for those wakings on his own, in the method that you are comfortable with.
      I hope that helps, thank you for using the Baby Sleep Site as a resource for sleep!

  3. Debbye says

    Hi Denise,
    He sounds like he may be over tired. Try putting him to bed a little earlier, and see if that helps!
    Best of luck!

  4. Denise says

    my 9mo old tries to sleep. His little eyes are closed and he clearly wants to sleep, but he is so restless. He tosses and turns, but can’t seem to get comfortable. He’ll lay on his stomach and keep switching his head from side to side. After a while, he gets fustrated and then just sits up and cries. Is it common for a baby to be so restless?

  5. Carrie says

    I have a 4 month old boy. We have to still swaddle him to sleep at night and for naps because he will wake after 15/20 minutes. How can I work my son away from swaddling? Also, at what age is it appropriate to try the crying methods? Can I still have him swaddled to try a crying approach?

    • Debbye says

      @ Nicole- I hope your daughter’s sleep has improved! Did you kick the pacifier habit? The gentlest way to go about it is to stay with her and soothe her as she learns how to sleep without it. You can swaddle her still at night if it helps her sleep, but I would leave one or both arms out of the swaddle and swaddle her torso and legs so she can get to those fingers!
      Best wishes, hope all is well!

      @ Carrie- If you and your baby are ready to lose the swaddle, start by swaddling him with one arm out, and leaving it a few nights. Then unwrap the other arm for a few nights. Next unwrap his legs, so the only part you are wrapping is his torso. This will gradually get him used to sleeping without the swaddle. If you are going to start some sleep training, I would recommend at least having one arm unwrapped, so if he chooses to suck his fingers or hand to begin to soothe himself that it will be easily accessible. Good luck!!