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  1. JING says:

    What do you do if your child get sick after sleep training? My 5-month-old could only sleep through the night by herself. If I am holding her or put her on swing, she would have very poor and fragmented night sleep. But when she got a cold, she cries. How can I comfort her to sleep and during night waking?

  2. Nicole says:

    @Melissa Ah yes, you are right that some teas can be more stimulating before bed. Good point! Thanks!

    @Claire I hope you can get back to napping, but you’re right that something else relaxing might be just as good! Mommy time can be rejuvenating, too.

    @Karin Thanks for commenting and glad things are going well! I’m glad I’m not the only one who heard “phantom crying”.

    @Nerida Great tips! I didn’t know that about milk. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    @Lisa Another person who hears “phantom crying”! Phew! I’m not crazy. 😉 Ah yes, the earplugs! I do that too if I’m not “on duty”. I’m such a light sleeper I can actually still wake up, but that’s good since my husband sleeps like a log. 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    I agree! “Phantom crying” is exactly what I hear in the middle of the night, and anticipating that baby is going to wake early, waking up and looking at the clock, etc. gets really old. All I can reccomend is to give yourself a routine as well – ie; brushing teeth, washing face, and whatever else you do before hitting the hay. Having some kind of routine has always helped me to sleep, even when I had some trouble before baby! Also – nights that your partner has “baby duty” (if this is how you’ve organized it), USE EARPLUGS! You may still wake thinking you’ve heard baby, but knowing its not your turn that night, you just may be able to go quickly back to sleep. Another tidbit I read in a recent Parents magazine is not to force the napping thing (the post above reminded me of this). So many people will tell you to sleep when the baby is sleeping, and that is all well and good, and you should absolutely do that if you can. But for me, I have never been much of a daytime napper, and laying there awake or half awake for 30 minutes was more frustrating than just doing something else to relax during that time.

  4. Nerida says:

    I found it really hard to get back into a good sleep habit once my daughter was sleeping through.

    Finally, I realized I needed to be retrained and did the whole thing – set up a routine, consistent bed time, quiet time…it all helped. The real improvement came when I stopped the evening warm glass of milk. Turns out that if you are at all intolerent of dairy, milk will keep you awake not send you to sleep!!!

  5. Karin says:

    This is great! I definitely had trouble falling asleep for awhile after my baby started sleeping. I love the term “phantom crying” because I would always “hear” that. Things are better now and I’m able to sleep through pretty well. Thanks, Nicole!!

  6. Claire says:

    Luckily I don’t have a problem sleeping at night. I’m out as soon as my head hits the pillow, and unless someone wakes me, I’m pretty much comatose until my 5am wake up call. However I have found since having #2 that I have completely lost the ability to nap! It’s very frustrating, because on the rare occasion that #1 is at school or at the grandparents, AND #2 is sleeping, I would love to take a luxurious siesta like I used to. But I absolutely cannot. I can kind of doze, but am never able to get in a deep sleep. It’s very frustrating for me. I think it’s a comment on the agitated, hyper-alert, stressed out state I’m in during the day!

  7. Melissa says:

    You may want to watch the intake of tea before bed. Most teas, even herbal teas, contain caffeine, which can contribute to insomnia. You might want to try tracking your sleep habits and sleep hygiene habits through this nifty interactive Sleep Diary. http://www.insomnia123.com/diary/new

  8. Nicole says:

    @Bill Thanks for reading and commenting!

  9. Great information I will be here all day reading all of this great information

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