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Sleep Training: Finding a Plan That Fits

Caroline A.
CAROLINE A.
Certified Child Sleep Consultant
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Finding a sleep training plan that works for your family is half the battle. Just ask Tinyhood Sleep Consultant, Caroline Adcock. If you're looking to snag some extra ZZZs in 2018, you've most definitely come to the right place!

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4 or 5a wake ups
MEGHA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD, 6 MONTH OLD

My son still is sleeping wonderfully during the day and about 10-11 hour stretches at night. Last couple mornings he’s been up at 4a and went in and out of sleep but never a good stretch. Playing, whining, tossing and turning. He may be teething or
Maybe just tired still from the day before. I planned to try and get him in bed earlier today to see if that helped... I’m sure he’ll learn to stretch it out - but any pointers other than patience? Thank you in advance!

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Megha! If you are putting him in bed early, it may be time to gradually shift bedtime a bit later by 10 min a day and see if that helps!

MEGHA

Ya? I just assumed he’s overtired! He’s sooooo cranky and exhausted at 6p when we put him down and goes right to sleep. I can try for for 6:15p tonight :)

Thank you!!

Caroline
CAROLINE

I was assuming he’s still going to bed earlier than that- in that case get him off to bed earlier, before he’s exhausted.

MEGHA

Got it! I’ll shoot for 5:45p tonight.
Ya, his 3p nap has been going well the past couple days and we are having to wake the little stinker at 4p. I try to get him started in his night routine around 5:15-5:30p and in bed by 6p. I’m sure with all three naps not being perfect every day there is sleep debt - so let’s see :)

Thanks again!

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Transitioning to crib
HANNAH

My lo just started sleeping in his own crib. While I should be happy that all the work we've put in is finally paying off, I feel incredibly guilty about leaving him alone. How often would you recommend checking in on him?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Hannah! There really is nothing you have to feel guilty about. I would recommend to check on him as little as possible because it can be disruptive to his sleep. Have you thought about using a video monitor? I find them to be very useful.

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Pre-sleep routine?
KARLA

My goal is to get on some semblance of a schedule in the new year. Would a pre-bed routine be a good place to start?

Caroline
CAROLINE

Hi Karla! A bedtime routine is always a good thing to have, because it provides a cue for the child that it's bedtime soon. It doesn't have to be long or elaborate, it is only important that you repeat the same steps each time!