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Infant Sleep 101

Caroline A.
CAROLINE A.
Certified Child Sleep Consultant
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Does baby's schedule have you skipping out on much-needed ZZZs? We've got you covered. Our experts can troubleshoot your current routine and get you on the road to a peaceful night's sleep. Led by Tinyhood Sleep Consultant, Caroline Adcock.

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No sleep momma
ASHLEIGH, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My 10 month old won't stay asleep. He wakes 2-3 times for a bottle every night. I started feed him heavy foods before bed and it hasn't helped at all. I have another baby on the way and I need help

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Ashleigh! This could be due to him being overtired and/or lacking self soothing skills. It’s most likely not due to him being hungry. Try to cut out the bottle at night and see if it helps.

ASHLEIGH

Thank you!

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Won’t stay asleep!
KIMBERLY, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My 7 month-old refuses to sleep in her crib in her room so we have a playard in our room that we try to get her to sleep in. She’s up every hour/two hours to eat. She’s only slept through the night twice since birth and that was very early on. She sometimes cosleeps with us in our bed only because she sleeps better that way. We’re exhausted!

KIMBERLY

Also, we do a bedtime routine starting at 7pm, try to get her down by 8. It never works and will fight tooth and nail until around 10:30pm. She refuses to nap during the day unless in the car or on the boob.

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Kimberly! At this age your daughter should be getting 2-3 naps a day with the last one being a catnap to end by 4pm. Get her down within 3 hours of the last nap and see if this helps. This is the only one that can happen wherever, the other two should be in a crib/pack ‘n play in a cave like room (super dark with white noise).

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10 month old wakes up at 4am
LESLIE, PARENT OF 4 YEAR OLD, 2 YEAR OLD, 3 MONTH OLD

Hi, my 10 month old is hard to put down for the night, though he does go down, but often wakes up at like 4am. We take him in the bed w us if he wakes up early and he sleeps until 6 or 7, which is great. Any way to get him to stay asleep in his crib until 6 or 7? If we don’t bring him in the bed then he’s happy to just wake up at 4 in the morning. I’m hesitant to do cry it out methods with him. Any advice?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Leslie! He may have to late of a bedtime and too little sleep during the day and/or at the wrong times. At that age kids require about 14-15 hours of sleep per 24 hours. So see if he gets that. For him to stay in his crib you have to teach him that 4 am is neither the time to get up nor the time to get into y'alls bed. Any method you use will most likely result in some crying. I would first double down on his overall amount of sleep and see if that improves things already if your hesitant to sleep train just yet.

CAITLIN

I’m having the same issue with my 8 month old. Her current bedtime is 8pm but she is cranky and would like to go down at 7. However, I am nervous she will then be up even earlier in the morning?!

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Caitlin! Put her down earlier! An earlier waketime will not cause a too early waketime in the morning.

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Out of the ordinary sleeping
FARAH, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My baby is three weeks old and usually is up for a few hours during the day / night , but today she slept all day , besides the few minutes she's up to feed. Typically she drinks 3 oz. but today she's been falling asleep at the bottle before even finishing and sleeping for 3/4 hours at a time.

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Farrah! Unless you have reasons to believe she could be sick, this is perfectly normal. If she recently went through a period of a little less sleep and more feeding then this could be the tail-end of a growth spurt. This sleepiness shouldn't last too long, in my experience, it's a day or two. If it does last longer I would get her checked out.

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Waking up - staying up - and everything else
KRISTY, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD, 2 YEAR OLD

I have trouble keeping my infant awake during the day. I’ve tried the EASY Method (eat, activity, sleep, you time) and it only works sometimes. The biggest thing I’m having trouble with his having to hold him all day everyday. And if we put him in his crib, he cries and cries. I go in and smooth and avoid picking up but I have a 2 year old and don’t want him to wake her. I go back to work January 2 and I need to get this in order for a smoother transition. Please help me !

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Kristy! Have you checked out The Happiest Baby on the Block yet? It's full of great soothing strategies for infants 0-4months old (and beyond). Maybe he's staying up too long in between naps (awake time shouldn't be more than an hour at this point). Make sure to make his sleep environment cave-like (dark with white noise) and have him nap in his crib/bassinet whenever possible instead of on the move (not sure if you are doing this, throwing this out there just in case ;-)

KRISTY

I read that he is suppose to sleep no longer than 2 hours and than up for an hour. I’ve been doing naps in the crib for the past 3-4 Days and he’ll sleep about an hour or hour and a half. He had colic really bad so 9 pm is the witching hour when it all begins. We put him on acid reflux medicine which seems to be helping but if he’s not upstairs in his rock n play before the witching hour he will be up til midnight or later.

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Swaddling at night, arms out?
MARGARET, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi Caroline, my son is almost four months old and sleeping through the night (thank god)! The past few nights I’ve noticed that he works so hard getting his arms free from the swaddle that I secure pretty tight, and he’s been successful a few times in breaking free. During the day he sucks on his hands, so last night I swaddled him arms out and it was a total disaster! He was fixated on his hands all night and barely slept. Is this normal? Should I go back to arms in? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Margaret! It's pretty normal for it to be disruptive at first when you ditch the swaddle. This should only be temporary though. I can't recommend going back to arms in because the AAP recommends to stop swaddling that way once a baby reaches 8 weeks of age or can roll over- whichever comes first. Look at it on the bright side- if he's getting to his hands now, maybe that's going to be one more tool in his self-soothing kit going forward. Give it time, I'm sure it'll get better!

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Irradic sleeping patterns
NICOLE, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My son, who is 6.5 months old, goes to bed by 7 like clock work. He will wake up around 11/1130 for a dream feed. Then about 3 more times after that. I’ll let him sit there for a little but when he doesn’t go back to sleep I’ll give him about 3 oz and maybe rock him. He then wakes up around 430/5. My son does crawl like a pro and pulls himself up to stand. I read that does mess up sleep. I will be transitioning him to his room next week when I take more bonding time. Any advice to keep him sleeping through the night? Thanks.

Caroline
CAROLINE

Usually it’s when babies are working on developing the skill that it’s disruptive to their sleep. Is it still considered a dream feed if a child wakes up? Rocking and feeding to get him to sleep almost certainly create a sleep association for him. So every time he wakes up he will expect this to be done in order to go back to sleep. Stopping this and teaching him to self soothe will get him to sleep through the night eventually.

NICOLE

How do you suggest I wean the rocking and feeding? Is There a good way to do it?

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Night sleeping!
HEATHER, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Why might a 7 month old wake up several times a night crying. I made sure that he know I am here, feed and change. As soon as I put him in crib he screams :( help

Caroline
CAROLINE

There could be several things at work but the most common are overtiredness, general sleep debt and negative sleep associations.

HEATHER

He will be sound asleep in arm and the will sleep 30 mins and then wake up again. We have bed time routine

7 month old wakes up 4,5 times a night
YASAMAN