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Toddler Sleep 101

Vanessa V.
VANESSA V.
Child Sleep Consultant
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Toddler sleep troubles are no fun. But, help is on the way! Learn more about your little one's habits and how you can help them snag some more ZZZs. Led by Tinyhood Sleep Consultant, Vanessa Vance.

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Nap training
MEGHA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD, 12 MONTH OLD

Hi there, I’m on day one of NAP training. We started sleep training last night. My 6 month old son only cried 18 minutes before he fell asleep for the night. This morning‘s nap he only cried for eight minutes and slept for two hours, the next nap he cried for 10 minutes and slept for 45 minutes. His 3 PM nap however – he has been crying the whole entire time. I know that I am to keep him in the crib for an hour without check-in’s but how long is it safe for him to cry?

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi Megha,
Refer to your sleep plan for any questions you may have. If you feel you need extra support, please purchase additional time.

It is safe and normal for babies to cry during sleep training. There is no limit on crying during sleep training. In your example, it is safe for him to cry for the full one hour.

It sounds like you are an awesome teacher for Zavian! He seems like he is doing really well on the sleep plan!

Much Support,
Vanessa

MEGHA

Good morning,

He did pretty great day one and night one slept right away without a tear. He usually eats around 1:30a and slept through that as well. Up at 4:30a, I’m not sure if I should feed him so just seeing how he does :)

Thanks for your response!

Vanessa
VANESSA

Hi! The drive to sleep is greater at night, than the drive to eat. Follow his lead about the feeds. He needs to wake up and request a feeding to demonstrate his biological hunger need - at the scheduled feed times. If he wakes up at other times, non-feed times, follow the soothing method of timed checks.
Best, Vanessa