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Sleep Support for Babies and Toddlers

Arielle D.
ARIELLE D.
Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant
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Join Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Arielle Driscoll, and get all your sleep questions answered. Ask her about night wakings, short naps, early wake ups, and more!

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Wakes up too early!!
TAMEKA, PARENT OF 5 YEAR OLD

Good morning! My daughter is 2.5 and wakes up sooo early. She falls to sleep in her toddler bed easily after 2 books are read to her each night between 7:45 and 8. She naps from about 1-3:30/4 pretty much everyday. Most days she has to be woken up from her nap.

2 out of 7 days a week I do wrap her up in a blanket around 5:15am and take her to my mother's house where I stick her in her pack n play. The other 5 days a week she could sleep in, but instead she wakes up at 5. Is her body just on a schedule? Is there anything I can do? I'm already a walking zombie and would love just a little more sleep, but it seems like she's taking after me. Is she getting enough rest?

Arielle
ARIELLE

Hi Tameka! Have you ever tried limiting her nap to 2 hours? When we look at sleep in children, we look at overall sleep needs in a 24-hour period. It could be that her long nap is cutting into her overnight sleep. Sometimes, limiting the nap to 2 hours and moving bedtime back a bit can help improve early morning wakeups.

Perhaps something like - nap from 1-3, bedtime around 7. It's also important to look at total wake time. That time in the morning that she is awake is a LONG stretch of time even for her age, so tightening up her wake time AFTER the nap can be really helpful in combatting the early mornings. It's sounds counterintuitive - people often think later bedtime equals later wakeup, but that's just not the case!

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Sleep without crying
JENNIFER

Is it really possible to have a baby lay down and go to sleep without crying at all? My 1 year old has been in sleep training for a week now and still fusses/cries when I put her in her bed. My 4 year old still occassionally cries about bedtime too 😉

Arielle
ARIELLE

Absolutely possible! What kind of sleep training are you doing?

Getting past the 4 or 5 am wakeups
TAMARA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD, 16 MONTH OLD

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TINYHOOD, PARENT OF 4 YEAR OLD

Welcome Arielle Driscoll from Expect to Sleep Again Sleep Consulting. Arielle is here to answer all of your questions about baby and toddler sleep. She will be answering the first 40 questions, so ask early.

CHRISTINE

Hi! My 5 month old falls asleep on his own in his crib. I put him down awake with a pacifier and sound machine and he falls asleep. Problem is-he doesn't stay asleep! He wakes during the night-probably looking for the pacifier. He sleeps on his back and doesn't roll over yet. I haven't night fed in months so I know he can make it through the night without eating. He goes to bed around 7:30 and is up at about 5:30/6am. How can I get him to stay asleep through the night?