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Infant Sleep Help

Caroline A.
CAROLINE A.
Certified Child Sleep Consultant
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How early can I start sleep training? What is a sleep regression and how do I know if my baby is having one? How do you get an overtired infant to sleep? If you have questions like these, make sure you ask Tinyhood Sleep Consultant, Caroline Adcock.

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Schedule and moving bedtime earlier?
NOELLE, PARENT OF 7 YEAR OLD, 5 YEAR OLD, 20 MONTH OLD

Hi! I have a 5 week old and I’m curious about when I should try to get her on a schedule. She currently just eats/sleeps on demand and sleeps in a variety of places during the day (crib, bassinet, rock n play, in a wrap, in the car, in my arms). She typically cluster feeds at night and I put her down around 8:30 or 9 pm and she sleeps exclusively in her bassinet in our room. She sleeps for 5-7 hr stretch and then another 2-4 hr stretch. When should I start getting her on more of a schedule and when should I move her bedtime earlier? She is usually sleeping through dinner time and wakes up around 6/6:30 pm. Thanks!

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Noelle! Until baby is 4 months old (counting from the due date) you can't get them on a by clock schedule as it takes that long for their circadian rhythm to develop. Until then, the best thing you can do (which in effect will resemble a schedule after a while) is keeping their awake time within 45min to 1 hour, paying attention to their sleepy sign and putting them to sleep in a dark room in their crib or other approved safe sleep space (not a rock n play for instance). Her bedtime will naturally move a little earlier around 8 weeks of age. Hope this helps!

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Night waking
MEGAN, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My son will be 10 months next month. He doesn't "sleep through" the night. He was down to waking only 2 times. Is there anything i can do to promote sleep woke he's teething? He has 3 incisors left that have to erupt. I know we don't have good sleep associations. He nurses/ rocks to sleep most nights. I've only been able to get him to sleep on his own a few nights before the teething started. He knows how to self soothe, he does it all the time and will do it in the middle of the night. I wake up when he stirs but don't get him unless he's crying. I'm not a huge fan of CIO although i have done it a few times, but he wasn't crying just whining. Do you have any tips or suggestions for me to be better at getting him to sleep on his own and stop night waking? He's breastfed so he does wake up to eat still.

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Megan! I think he needs to perfect his self soothing skills. While teeth can be disruptive on those two/three nights when they are breaking through, they don't cause weeks on end of terrible sleep. If you suspect it's teething pain that's keeping him awake/waking him up, check with your pediatrician and see if it's ok to give your son tylenol or motrin. For the self soothing skills, he will need to wean off any help, the rocking and nursing to sleep you mentioned.

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Weaning and mastitis
DANIELLE

I've had Mastitis three times now and I'm trying to stop breast pumping, but I want to talk to someone about weaning the proper way to avoid the infection again

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Danielle! I suggest you reach out to our lactation consultant here. She's very experienced and a great resource for everything breastfeeding related!

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Only sleeping well when held
LAUREN, PARENT OF 19 MONTH OLD

My five week old gets his best sleep when held. If I lay him down he will wake up in about five minutes crying but will go right back to sleep when I pick him up again. How can we get him to sleep for longer periods of time (especially at night) not in our arms?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Lauren! That's pretty common for a five week old. The best thing you can do is to getting him into his crib consistently, even if that means you'll be picking him up again. Try to soothe him with your hand on on his belly first, if he doesn't calm down pick him up and put him back when he's calm. Also be mindful to not exceed an awake time of about 45 min, that's all young babies can take before becoming overtired, which then makes falling asleep that much harder for them.