Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Gabby says

    My 9 month old sleeps well through the night. No crying no fuss. We put her down awake and she puts herself to sleep for the night. She sleeps 11-12 hrs a night. But for naps she is incredibly fussy and hard to soothe. She goes down for a morning nap after several minutes of crying. Then for her afternoon nap she may cry for even longer. What can I do to teach her to soothe herself to nap like she does for bedtime?

  2. Andie says

    My almost three year old who’s turning three in few days was sleep trained and has been sleeping really well. Then he had a pretty bad 2 yr regression so we sleep trained him again using extinction. He’s been sleeping well since then. I just gave birth to our second son and my three year old started refusing to go to bed and waking up in the middle of the night. I tried to let him cry it out but it doesn’t seem to work. His voice has become so raspy from screaming and crying so much that I’m scared to use extinction again. He wants me to stay in his room until he falls asleep or come into our bed and sleep. I don’t want to do that because I’m afraid it will become a habit. How can I get my three year old to sleep again? Can I do extinction again? Thank you.

  3. Ben says

    Hi! We’re on night two of CIO with our second boy. He’s about to turn 16 months. Up until a few weeks ago he was good just being put down in the crib after a bottle and getting himself to sleep. He’d wake up between 5 – 6, so less than ideal, but he’d sleep through.

    A few weeks ago we hit a bumpy patch of teething, being on vacation, and what I would imagine is a sleep regression. He wouldn’t fall asleep without one of us having a hand on his chest, and he slept with us two nights on vacation. He’s been sick the last week and started amoxicillin Thursday. Confident it wasn’t a pain issue, we started training last night (Saturday).

    Poor guy was up, crying from 8ish – 12ish and then was up again at 4:30 and crying until 6:30 (when we got him up). We went in at increasingly longer intervals last night, but they just seemed to piss him off when we turned to leave again. So we’re going without visits now and going forward. But we wanted to see if anyone else has had experience with multi-hour cry sessions. Even though he’s dead tired (he had a 45 minute nap when he first got up and then 2 hours midday), I’m worried he’s going to have another night and just be a complete wreck at daycare tomorrow.


    • Janelle Reid says

      Hey @Ben, I’m so sorry to hear! It sounds like you didn’t have the best weekend over there. 🙁 Hopefully things were a little better last night. Here is a link to a free guide with tips to get your baby sleeping through the night that you may want to check out:
      If things don’t smooth back out in the next week or so (I’m sure vacation along with sickness and teething is a big contributor to these issues) let us know and we’d be happy to help you from there. Feel free to reach out to us anytime at [email protected].
      Hang in there!

      • Ben says

        Thanks, Janelle! Knock on wood (please, for our sakes), the little guy managed to go down after about 45 minutes last night. He was up again at 1:30; I walked over, put his pacifier in and laid him back down. It only made it more angry (so we probably won’t be doing that again), but fortunately he again only took 30 – 45 minutes before going back to sleep, and then was out till 6:30.

        So fingers crossed that this was him learning and not being dead tired. We’ll see how night #3 goes…

      • Janelle Reid says

        @Ben, thanks for the update! Sounds like you are making progress! I hope it continues. 🙂

  4. Megan K Pond says

    We started cry it out about a month ago for my now 9 month old. He naps from about 9-11 and 1:45-3 and then we put him down for the night around 7 (give or take 30 minutes depending on when his last nap goes until). Sometimes he doesn’t cry, sometime he cries for 5 minutes, but about half the time he cries for 30 minutes. He’s also waking around 4:30-5am, which up until the past week his wakeup time has been 6am. Any ideas for us to try??

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Megan,
      Thank you for writing to us! Sorry to hear that you have been struggling with some inconsistent crying! Finding the right schedule can be challenging, especially for little ones that are not consistent. You are not alone! We would be happy to help! You may want to consider our eBook: Mastering Naps and Schedules. This eBook includes over 45 sample daytime nap and feeding schedules, as well as tons of tips on everything schedule related.
      You can read more about this here:
      Hang in there and good luck!

  5. Lindsey says

    My son is 16 months old and all the sudden for the past 3 months refuses to sleep last 430/5 he use to sleep until 630/7. Any suggestions? When we let him cry it out he will cry for an hour or 2 until it’s time to get up

    • Neosha says

      @Lindsey – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for sharing. Early waking can be a difficult cycle to break, for sure, especially when it’s been going on for many months. We feel your pain! It can be caused by a number of factors at this age such as scheduling, feeding, environment, developmental, etc. – we don’t have enough information to say for sure. Check out this article giving you tips on helping when your baby is waking to0 early: You can also consider connecting with one of our consultants who can help you through this – you can read more about them here: Hang in there, Lindsey!