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Infant Sleep 101

Vanessa V.
VANESSA V.
Child Sleep Consultant
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Sure, it's the holiday season—but are you yet to have a "Silent Night" since baby's arrival? We're here to support you, so join the conversation. Led by Tinyhood Sleep Consultant, Vanessa Vance.

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No sleep
RADA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

My 13months baby doesnt sleep at night. He sleeps once during the day 12pm to 1:30pm. At night he is at 8pm already in a bed sleeping. But from 11pm till 6am he is waiking up all the time. Every 15min
Screeming crying looking for me or my husband to carry him. 2 months ago we moved from Europ to Us. This started 3 weeks ago. During the day he is happy and he eats well. Dont kbow what to do for nights

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Rada,
How do you respond to him in the middle of the night? Can you send me a typical 24 hour schedule?
He sounds very overtired. Are you interested in learning about sleep training?

RADA

we have to take him out of the crib. To carry him, when he falls a sleep, we put him back.
He wakes up around 7:30, have breakfast. playing in the house. around 9:30 we are going for a walk. 1hour. 11:00 he has snacks. he fall a sleep around 12:00, sleeps until 13:00-13:30. has lunch around 14:00. Going out again around 15:30 for a walk or in a playground. Snacks around 16:30. Dinner around 19:00. 19:30 getting ready for bed

Vanessa
VANESSA

Schedule sounds good. The frequent night wake ups can be addressed with sleep training. You will respond to him less frequently and consistently at night.
This gives him time and space to self soothe back to sleep.

Vanessa
VANESSA

http://www.weebeedreaming.com/my-blog/sleep-coaching-methods

Vanessa
VANESSA

Let me know which one you are drawn to. Then we can talk about methods

RADA

pick up/ pt down method sounds good

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hey Rada, that method is best suited for babies under 5 months old. Do you want to look at the options again?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Could you choose from the no checks, timed checks/graduated Extinction, or chair method?

RADA

Than timed checks

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Rada, to help me figure out the time intervals, custom for your family:. What is the longest you have left him crying in one episode before (think car seat, stuck in traffic). Then: how many minutes (greater than 10 mins would you be comfortable starting the timed checks at)? **The more time and space you can give a child, the quicker they can learn to self soothe. We want to pick times that are not so close together that the checks themselves, are interruptive to the child's learning.

RADA

Denver to Fort Collins. Crying constatly. With no stop. He stop crying when we arrived in the house

Vanessa
VANESSA

How does 15 minutes sound as the beginning amount of time to wait?

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20 month old won't fall asleep on own
MACKENZIE, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD, 22 MONTH OLD

Hi there!
I have a 20 month old son who has never been a great sleeper (he has some serious FOMO). He's always required us to pat him to sleep or bounce. He's a super light sleeper even with the sound machine so we have to be very quiet. His little sister is due in 3 weeks and we need to change some things up. He was doing fine with us sitting beside his crib until he fell asleep. Then he needed to be parted to sleep and now he needs held and bounced which is very hard on my pregnant belly! We used to bounce him for months and months until I finally weaned him at 15 months and had him sleep in a pack n play in our room. He's in his own room from 8-1am and then I usually bring him to our bed then which is going to be an issue with a crying newborn. I want him to fall sleep independently and through the night without our assistance. We've done the CIO method (which was awful) and the Ferber method which also didn't work because he would scream harder every time I left so sitting beside him has been the best method so far. I just want him to be on a good schedule so I can focus on one baby's sleep at a time! My husband works evenings so bedtime is up to me.

His schedule usually is

7:30-8pm bed
12-1am wakes up comes in bed with us (or just me usually)
7-8am wakeup
11-12 nap (*maybe*)

Thank you!!

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi MacKenzie,
Can you click on my profile and review the packages we have for greater care and support? This is too complicated and complex to address in a Q and A.
With a child having previous sleep training experience & an upcoming new sibling & parent driven sleep associations (patting). It will take time and a Consultant will need to review a sleep log to better understand the system.
Let me know if you have any questions about the packages.

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Not sleeping at night
LINDA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My 7 month old sleep at day time and up at night

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hello Linda,
Can you tell me about the sleep schedule? Be specific.

When does the day start?
Nap #1 time start/end time?
Nap #2 start time/end time?
Nap #3 start time/end time?
Bedtime?
Bedtime routine?
When do night awakenings happen? How do you approach them? What do you do?
What do you do when they are not hungry, during a night awakening?

What is the most important thing I can address for you today?