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Vanessa V.
VANESSA V.
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Waking at night
CAITLIN, PARENT OF 5 YEAR OLD, 5 YEAR OLD, 2 YEAR OLD

So my son isn't technically a baby anymore, he just turned one, so if this question doesn't work dont worry! We've been able to put him asleep awake since he was about 6 months and he does great, naps and nighttime. Lately though, he wakes up screaming at least once, most of the time twice a night. He's hard to console, pointing towards the door to leave. I can calm him down if I hold him for a bit, but Im afraid I'm starting a terrible habit.

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi!
What do you think he is trying to convey when he points at the door?

Vanessa
VANESSA

How do you console him back to sleep-what do you do? How long does it take?

Was your child ever sleep trained? Which method did you use?

CAITLIN

he wants to leave the room when he points at the door, the first few times my husband took him downstairs and he was stopped crying and played but obviously that's not a good idea. I've tried to just rub his back but he's too worked up to lay down, so usually I just hold him and eventually he cries it out and falls asleep with me and i can get him back in his crib, sometimes he wakes up then, but he's calm enough to rub his back to go bakc to sleep. the whole thing usually takes an hour. He was never sleep trained because he went down so easily for us, we literally just put him in bed and he goes to sleep.

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hey Caitlin,
I think you are on the right path. Don't reward him with playing in the middle of the night.

Vanessa
VANESSA

Which sleep training method would you be interested in learning more about? Timed checks, no checks, or chair method?

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I'm I on the right track
LETICIA, PARENT OF 20 MONTH OLD

My daughter is 6 weeks old I have her in a bassinet and I notice she only sleeps 3 hours at a time and wakes up for sure at 4am unless I put her skin to skin am I ok or am I doing something wrong....

Vanessa
VANESSA

Leticia - you are doing great! Around 8 weeks night sleep will organize. This will give you one predictable 4 hour stretch of sleep beginning at bedtime. 7-10 pm bedtime start time.

Offer naps every 45-60 mins during the daytime. Naps will be erratic and unpredictable. If she is sleeping 3 hours at a time, she sounds advanced for her age.

Try the happiest baby on the block DVD for other soothing Methods. Skin to skin at 4 am needs to be done with you awake. Anytime baby is on your chest she needs to be supervised. Their is a risk for suffocatation, entrapment, or sids event on your chest while you are not supervising her ( I presume your eyes are closed at 4 am?)

LETICIA

Yes they are i changed that today after seeing a video about a mom accidentally smothering baby....

Ok I'll check the DVD too. Thank you

Vanessa
VANESSA

Thank you!

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Baby doesn't sleep and he is fussy
BILQUISS, PARENT OF 20 MONTH OLD

how to make him sleep?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi!
He is likely overtired. Offer naps more frequently. How old is your baby? What have you already tried?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Offer a nap every 45-60 mins for a 6 week old. I love the happiest baby on the block DVD for soothing and swaddling tips

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My baby will be two months the this week. I have been using the rock and play for sleep, and now he hates his back! How can I transition him
BRITTANY, PARENT OF 20 MONTH OLD

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Brittany,
8 weeks of life is the perfect time to transition to a let surface. Their brain is wired to begin to follow our cues, now. They are making millions of connections everyday. What a wonderful time to begin to teach sleep. Begin with putting the rock n play in the nursing. Then after after 2 days, move your baby to the crib. The first nap of the day is perfect for this. The first nap of the day, is after the longest stretch of sleep. This nap is the "teaching nap" bc the brain thinks it is is a continuation of night sleep. Translation== easier for the baby to learn bc the sleep hormones are helping

BRITTANY

I have been putting him down for his first nap in the doc a tot in his crib. Sometimes he sleeps for 30 minutes, today he’s almost sleeping for two hours. It sounds like I’m on the right track. Should he be sleeping in his room by himself at night? Right now he’s still next to us because I’m breastfeeding and he usually feeds once in the night!

Vanessa
VANESSA

I would transition him to the crib more frequently, and then at night too. When baby and mother are next to each other--both get less sleep (over 8 weeks old).

BRITTANY

Thank you!

Vanessa
VANESSA

Will you check the manufacturer of the doc a tot's website? I don't believe they recommend it for crib use (only for cosleeping). I the crib you want only fitted sheets, no blankets, and no stuffed animals. Nothing the baby can suffocate against .

Vanessa
VANESSA

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/138/5/e20162938

BRITTANY

I will, thank you! I thought using that first in the crib would help him transition to the bigger crib space since he’s used to being confined in the rock and play . I also watch him when he naps on the monitor continuously. I wouldn’t use it overnight! I’m on the room now as we speak!