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Caroline A.
CAROLINE A.
Certified Child Sleep Consultant
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Just made it through the holidays with a new baby in the house? You must be exhausted! Get on the road to rest with today's Q&A. Led by Tinyhood Sleep Consultant, Caroline Adcock.

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4 month sleep regression?
JULIA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

Our son had been doing okay sleeping 4+ hours at a time through the night until about 3 and a half months old he started waking every 2 hours. Starts off as just making noise and light whining eventually crying himself awake if not attended to ( breast feeding, or picking up to put back to sleep). Sometimes we give him a pacifier but it usually doesn’t help. He’s now 4 and a half months old and we are running out ideas. He still naps only being held through the day, he will wake up soon after placing him in his crib for a nap. He will also take a while to go to sleep/nap usually crying and whining for 10+ minutes while being held and bounced and sung too until he falls asleep. Currently taking three naps a day for a total of 4+ hours. He was getting 5+ hours in 4 naps until a couple weeks ago. We’ve been trying to get him to nap in his crib but it’s been difficult, but if we could just get him to sleep through the night we would have more energy to work with his naps throughout the day in his crib.

He is breastfed only, and about a week or two before he started the 2 hour only sleeping at night mom went back to work and he has been bottled breastmilk during the day during the week. Night and weekends only fed from the breast. Not sure if this change has anything to do with his new sleeping habit.

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Julia! I suspect he has developed a dependency on being held to fall asleep and that's why you are seeing all these wakings. Try to get him to fall asleep independently in his crib, make sure to get him down before he is overtired, in a really dark room with white noise. Reach out if you need help with designing the proper strategy as we offer plans to help with that. Good luck!

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Desperate for sleep
MARLI, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Our 10 week old was a great sleeper the first six to seven weeks. He was consistently sleeping four hour stretches at night. The last week, he had a cold and this messed up his eating and sleep schedule. He is over the cold, but cannot get back on track. He sleeps in his crib at night and for naps and does well with putting himself to sleep but cannot stay asleep. Three days ago we started Mom on Call routines and last night he slept from 7:30p until 11p. He took nearly three ounces at 11p and has been up every hour since. What can be done to help him sleep better?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Marli! I'm honestly not familiar with Moms on Call. What do they suggest? Generally the best thing you can do at that age is getting him as rested as possible, which means paying attention that he doesn't stay up longer than his max awake time (which is about an hour at this age). They all will have times when they get up a little more to eat, like when they are going through a growth spurt, so that may also be a reason why he was eating more.

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Sleep training
RACHEL, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

When/how can I get my 2 month old into a consistent bedtime/sleep routine?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Rachel! The best you can do right now is to make sure your baby goes down within his/her awake window to avoid him/her becoming overtired (which will make it so much more difficult for your baby to fall asleep). This will in a sense create a consistent routine. If you are talking about sleep training in the stricter sense, this shouldn't be attempted until the baby is at least 4 month of age counting from the due date.

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Quit Co-sleeping
KATRINA, PARENT OF 6 YEAR OLD, 4 YEAR OLD

how do I get a 23 month old to sleep in crib? long story but a few months ago she was waking at 4 am and cio was not working as she would cry until 6am , never fall back asleep. then she was waking my 3year old which made things worse. I made decision to bring her in my bed, one I vowed I would never do but I was desperate for sleep. I came to terms and was ok bringing her in at 4am and getting sleep. Now bedtime ia a struggle as she screams mommys bed but finally goes down but 3-4 hours later is up screaming againand to avoid waking other daughter, Ibring her to bed with me. What can I do or is it irreversible?!

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Katrina! No, don't worry, while it may take some work, it's certainly not irreversible.
You do have to be strategic though and have to come up with a plan that you follow consistently to make the change you want. You have to stop bringing her into your bed for good else she will not learn to sleep in her own crib. As far as methods go, you can respond to her protest by ignoring it completely, going in at predetermined intervals, or by sitting in with her until she goes to sleep.

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9 month olds - possible 1 nap
BIANCA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD, 3 YEAR OLD

Is it possible for a 9 month old to drop to one nap ? Currently my one twin is doing about 1.15 for first nap and 40min for second. Not sure what is up. He sleeps 11 hours no wakes. Wake time are 3/3.15/3.5

BIANCA

Is it possible that feeding times could be causing the nap to be cut short? Before I did 3/3/3.5

Thanks

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Bianca! While I’m not gonna say it can never happen, i will say that it’s highly unlikely because babies on average drop to one nap the earliest at around 14 months. He still needs both naps for his mental and physical development. Could he be overtired? Try to not let him have waketimes that are longer than 3 hours and see if that helps.

BIANCA

Okay will do that, thank you