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  1. Chantelle says

    My LO is 7 months old. He doesn’t seem to have learnt how to connect sleep cycles! We are beyond exhaustion and I’m becoming ill due to 7 months of sleep deprivation. He has 2-3 naps during day but for a 1.5hr nap needs resettling with dummy about 5 times. Wakes every 2hrs during night for dummy and breastfeeds 3 times a night still. He eats 3 solids meals plus 4-5 breastfeeding sessions during day. He can insert dummy himself but refuses to look for it. We leave him to cry before going in to settle him. Any help appreciated!

    • Neosha says

      @Chantelle – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us. I’m sorry to hear that your little guy is having such a tough time with sleep lately. I know how exhausted you all must be from personal experience! Have you considered any formal sleep coaching for him yet? Like creating a specific sleep plan for him to help him sleep better and lose those sleep associations? If not, I’d invite you to read this series of articles for tips on how to teach him the skills that he needs to be able to learn how to sleep on his own. It will also give you an overview of sleep training techniques: Once you’ve read this, you can see what type of sleep training (if any) you would like to try.

      If you would like additional help with this issue, please contact us again so we can help with you some options! Hang in there, Chantelle, and please keep reading!

  2. Kayleigh says

    My 17month old goes to sleep with a bottle of milk and sometimes wants more to fall a sleep and will cry till we give her more at 7pm. then she will wake up between 12-1am screaming and crying until gets her bottle. I’ve stopped giving her extra milk at those times, but give her water which sometimes works but she will wake up again between 3-4 and then again at 5.30 when she’s just awake from then and stays awake, she nap at 12-1.30 most days and eats pretty well when she’s not teething not sure how to stop the constant crying and screaming at night for her bottle

    • Janelle Reid says

      @Kayleigh, Thank you for your comment! I am sorry you have been struggling with your daughter’s night callings for milk! This is a fairly common issue, but will take a plan and consistency from you to break her of this habit. It is likely she has developed a sleep association to the bottle and when she goes through a lighter sleep cycle, she wakes up and needs the association recreated for her in order to go back asleep. Here is an article with more information on sleep associations:
      You may enjoy reading this article as well as it takes you through various sleep training techniques to help break the associations:
      I hope this helps! If you find you need more help, email our client relations team at [email protected] and they can point you in the direction of some other options. Thank you for using the Baby Sleep Site as a resource!

  3. Vincienne says

    Hello Mummies,

    I have a 6 months baby. He sleeps at around 9pm after I give him a bath and a formula bottle 180ml. He wakes up again at 11pm for another bottle and sleep until 3am. He then wakes up for an hour or two (watch Baby TV) have another bottle and get back to sleep afterwards.

    I am feeling exhausted as my night sleeps are being interrupted a lot apart that I think he is drinking too much milk!

    Does anyone have the same problem? or any tips what I can do? :-/

    • Danielle says

      Hi Vincienne,
      Thank you for visiting our sleepy village! I’m sorry to hear your son is waking so much at night, especially for that long 1-2 hour period in the middle of the night. It sounds like you might be dealing with a combination of a scheduling issue and some sleep associations that are stopping him from sleeping through the night when he wakes between sleep cycles. You might like to have a look at our sample 6 month schedule here:
      And our article on sleep associations here:
      We’d love to help you further – can you email us with some more information on your son’s current schedule, including his daytime feedings? It’s [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

  4. Paula says

    My daughter will be 9 months old on Wednesday. I trained her at 4 months with the no cry method. She slept wonderfully from 7:30 to 6 am without waking up.
    Now, she refuses to sleep without me. I know she’s teething, but I haven’t really slept in 3 weeks. I tried to do the no crying method but she refused that. So I’ve been trying the controlled crying method for 2 weeks… it never works.
    I give her everything I can for the pain, and she is comfortable. If she wasn’t, she wouldn’t go to sleep at all when I give in at 45 mins to lay down with her.
    I don’t know what to do about this.
    Another key point (I don’t know if it could affect her sleep) is that 3 weeks ago, I found out the daycare she was going to put her in her crib and left her there for ridiculous amounts of time. Since then I stopped looking for a job and decided to stay home with her until she can tell me whats going on. This is when this all started.
    Any advice would help greatly!

  5. Carol says

    My son will be 8 months old, and right from the beginning he has not been a full night sleeper, infact lately for the past 3 months he has been getting up every 2hrs at night, i feed him, as soon as he gets up and then he falls asleep, but the 2hrs gap never fails. sometimes he sleeps by 8pm and gets up by 6am, that too first he will wine and roll around with his eyes closed and then he wakes up. I cannot bear to leave him alone when he is crying, so the leave and let cry option does not work for me.

  6. natalia says

    My baby is definitely a tortoise and so am I, he’s 9 months old and has never slept through the night, i have now stopped counting how often he wakes up throughout the night. I need to find a plan to wean him off the breast and teach him to sooth himself but the thought of him crying scares me to get started.

  7. Michelle says

    My DD just turned one and I was thinking that I was the only one with a baby her age that didn’t consistatly sleep through the night. Reading this I realized the problem. She falls back into old patterns easily if one little thing is not consistant, and I am not consistant enough. This week she was waking up at 4am and refused to go back to sleep in the usual manner, then napped really early and fell asleep before bedtime and the whole cycle started over again. By bringing her into bed with me one morning and gettting her to sleep until her normal wake up tim (6:15ish) I was able to reset her clock. We are back to normal for 2 days now, in fact she only woke once last night, went right back to sleep as soon as I gave her some water, and didn’t wake up until 6:50. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with the schedule she needs and we will be able to start sleeping through the night

    • Kimberly says

      Hooray for you for detecting the problem and getting your daughter back on schedule. Keeping our fingers crossed that this schedule continues for you.

  8. Mariette says


    My cutie pie is now 15 months old, he has always been in a very good sleep routine. But…he does not sleep through the night yet, he wakes up about 3 times during the night crying…as soon as I give him his bottle with only about 50ml of milk in he takes it and gets right back to sleep……How do I break this habit….Please Help! I really need a good night sleep.

    Thank you

    Tired Mommy

    • Kimberly says

      Hi Mariette,
      At 15 months, he is definitely old enough to make it through the night without a feeding. He has simply gotten used to it. It may be as easy as waiting a little longer to go in when he wakes and see if he resettles himself without a feeding along with making sure he’s getting plenty to eat during the day. You will need work on re-teaching his body not to be hungry at night and encouraging him to eat more during the day. You don’t mention if he’s napping good during the day, but a good nap to help keep him from getting overtired may also help with the nighttime sleep. If you need help coming up with a plan specific to your situation, I would encourage you to contact Nicole here: so that Nicole can respond to the specific details of your family’s situation and needs.

  9. Jennifer says

    I’m a hare… my daughter is a tortoise… At 6 months we had just had enough of being up all night long. It took a solid 2 months to get to a point where she was only waking up once around 5am… we’re still at that same point and she’s going on 10 months! She does revert when a new tooth is coming in… but its definitely better… not perfect though. My son was much easier! I think he was a hare 🙂

  10. Kim says

    My daughter is a definite tortoise. My personality is a hare but emotionally it’s very difficult to stick to the hardcore crying plans. But those are the plans she responds to. Any “tortoise” plan has failed miserably. I’ve done controlled crying with her twice and it worked. Now she was teething for a week and waking up every two hours again. She won’t even go down at night by herself anymore. She is older, almost 11 months. Last time she was only 8 months. It was much easier. I don’t know where to find the strength to do it all over again. But I don’t think I can handle waking up 5 times a night again. It is a constant battle. But thanks for writing this. It makes me feel better knowing it’s just not me. Every baby is different. My poor little tortoise.

    • Kimberly says

      Glad you feel so not alone in your baby sleep journey. You should feel good too that you are so aware of your baby’s needs and temperament. Now that she’s older, you might work to come up with a modified plan of what worked before that includes talking over sleep with your daughter or a picture book about sleep. Her comprehension level is probably a bit higher than it was at 8 months so a book might help or adjustments to your bedtime routine. Keep in mind too, that as they get older, they definitely work harder at testing the limits so setting limits and sticking to them will help you in the long run as well.