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Sleep: Baby's First Year

Vanessa V.
VANESSA V.
Child Sleep Consultant
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New baby in the house? Check. Exhuasted? Check. Things do get better—we promise! In the meantime, troubleshoot your baby's sleep schedule with the help of Tinyhood Sleep Consultant, Vanessa Vance.

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Waking up at the middle of the night
RUMEYSAM, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

Hi Vanessa.
My 4.5 month old baby sometimes wakes up earlier than her feeding time. Sometimes she cries 5 minutes than go back to sleep. I let her cry because she can put herself to sleep. But Sometimes I cannot take it and give the pacifier. I don’t want to add another feeding but I don’t know What I need to do when she wakes up earlier than the feeding time. Or why is she waking up?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi!
Tell me about the bedtime routine. Is she falling alseep from the awake state? What time is the night feed?
She sounds like she is ready for sleep training to teach her how to transition her sleep cycles independently. Would you like me to talk more about that?

Great chart about sleep:
http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/2013/02/average-sleep-charts-by-age.html?m=1

Best,
Vanessa

RUMEYSAM

I change diaper and her clothes, we read book then I feed her. I put her bed awake. Even she falls asleep when I feed. I wake her up and put her bed. She makes some noises and sleeps.

RUMEYSAM

I checked the chart, She fits on her age. But, when She wakes up more then once, do I need to let her cry?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi rumeysam,
I can't answer your question directly. Which sleep training method are you following? It isn't about cry or not cry. Yet responding consistently. Would you like me to teach you about different methods - sleep training to teach your baby to soothe to sleep?
Can you move the milk to the beginning of your routine? This will reduce the suck to sleep association. We want them as independent as possible when falling asleep

Vanessa
VANESSA

Babies like to suck as a tool to bring themselves sleep. If we disassociate the suck from the sleep, they have success in learning independent sleep/ self-soothing skills.

Vanessa
VANESSA

This is a nice blog post that explains the different methods: no checks, timed checks, or chair method.
Sleep Training Methods
http://www.weebeedreaming.com/my-blog/sleep-coaching-methods

Let me know what you think about the methods. Best, Vanessa

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Re-introducing the crib
AMANDA, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD, 23 MONTH OLD

My daughter is 11 weeks old. At 3 weeks, she was having some difficulties that would cause her to vomit a couple times a day. The pediatrician recommended keeping her elevated while she sleeps, and to let her have time flat on her back while she's awake. I got a rock and play and keep her next to my bed. The vomiting has since stopped, and she is sleeping longer stretches at night. I don't feed comfortable keeping her asleep in the rock and play for up to 8 hours while she sleeps. However, now she now associates laying flat on her back with play time, so when I lay her in the crib, she thinks it's time to play. How can I get her to sleep in her crib again?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Amanda,
It is wonderful how you are approaching her sleep. After 8 weeks of age, babies begin to follow our cues. It is a wonderful time to introduce the consistent sleep surface (the crib). Be sure to add a white noise machine and blackout curtains (zero light entering the room).
You could start gradually at naps or do both naps and night time in the crib! Experiment. See what you like best!
It is wonderful that she associates the crib with play and being relaxed. After 4 months, you can schedule the naps around 9, 12, and 3 pm ish. Follow the crib hour -after 4 months . You put them down for the nap and give them the whole hour to settle and nap. They can sleep longer than 1 hour.

Vanessa
VANESSA

Another priority is to practice laying down, quiet, yet awake. At naps and bedtime. This is the main sleep goal from 8-16 weeks.

Vanessa
VANESSA

http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/2013/02/average-sleep-charts-by-age.html?m=1. This is a great guide to help you manage the ever changing sleep needs ! ☺️

AMANDA

Thank you so much! This helps tremendously.

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Sleep
JOELEANNA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

How can I get my 9 month old to sleep by herself at night?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi joeleanna,
1. http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/2013/02/average-sleep-charts-by-age.html?m=1. Follow age appropriate wake times.
2. Lay down quiet yet awake at naps and bedtime
3. Pick a sleep training method and follow it consistently.
4. Remove any parent driven sleep associations - patting, rocking, sucking to sleep

Will you send me a 24 schedule of a typical day?
Thanks! Vanessa