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. Cennet says

    Hello I had sleep trained my daughter, and she was doing very good. She would sleep through the night until 5 am, but after a while 5 am started getting to early even for her. She could barely make it to her nap time at 8am . Since 7 am still was way to early for a nap. So my friend suggested to feed her and put her back into her crib until 6am. Which worked out very well, because she would go back to sleep on her own after I fed her. After a few days, she starred waking up earlier like 4 am and not settling down, until she got the boob.
    Should I stop feeding her and just go back to the 5am wakings? And let have a nap at 7am?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Cennet – Thanks for writing to us about your daughter! Sorry about the early morning waking issues that she’s been having recently! I’m not sure how old your daughter is, but our free sample schedule articles should really help, and we have help for every age! Here’s a link:
      If you find that you need more help, please contact us for more information on our offerings, so we can find something that will be the perfect fit!

  2. Anna says

    I’m so useless. When my baby was 6 months I successfully sleep trained her while breastfeeding. However when she started daycare it all went bad. They had they own method of putting her to bed and as a result she would forget all the sleep training I did with her. It took me so long!!!! Now she’s 11 months and she wakes up at night once and would only go back to sleep while breastfeeding. Well I guess it’s not the worst case screnario but I wish I could once had a full night sleep again.

  3. Correia Monica says

    My baby slept from 7pm to 6am at 14weeks. In the beginning he used to feed every 3-4 hours, then as he gradually started sleeping more in the night, he started drinking more regularly in the day. Now at almost 16 weeks, he drinks every 2-2,5 hours in the day, in bed by 7 and sleeps until about somewhere between 6:30 and 7 am. I make sure he sleeps between 3 and 4 hours in the day, and between 11 and 12 hours in the night.

    I used to pump out in the mornings after his first feed, because I donate milk. But I do not have to get up in the night to pump out, my breasts adapted and there is more than enough milk in the day.

    Baby is healthy and gaining weight well.

    • Neosha says

      @Correia – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for sharing. It sounds like you guys are doing great! Keep up the good work, and please keep reading!

  4. Lori Freking says

    The only way we know to get her to sleep is by breast feeding or feeding in general. I know that I am also a human Pacifier too. How do you break the feeding sleep association but still breastfeed? I know I need to feed her first but if I stop her before she falls asleep she gets very fussy and won’t settle or gets distracted which melts into a fussy period. Fussiness also is resolved by me being a human Pacifier so she looks for me when she is fussy.
    I would like to have her eat, play and then sleep but nothing calms her unless she eats.

    • Neosha says

      @Lori – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for your comment. My do I understand exactly where you are as I was there myself not so long ago! Breastfeeding is not only a time for “feeding” your child but it is one of comfort for your little one, too. Many, many, many babies develop a sleep association with nursing, and with good reason! Warm, snuggly and all-you-can eat! 🙂 In order to teach her to not fall asleep while nursing you’d want to gradually fade away her needing (or thinking she needs) your nipple in her mouth while she falls asleep. Assuming your little girl is 4 months or older, there are so many ways to go about this sleep training or sleep coaching process – here’s a cheat sheet for the 5 most common methods which you may find helpful:

      Or, if you’d prefer to work one-on-one with one of our consultants on a detailed plan of action, you can read about those services here:

      I hope this helps you some, Lori. Hang in there!

  5. Lauren says

    My third son is 7 months old, exclusively breastfed (he will barely take any solids which is a whole other issue – eek!). What has worked with all three of my babies is an early bedtime (6-7 pm) starting at 8 weeks, and then as they consistently start sleeping until at least 2 or 3 am, I pump before I go to bed at 9:30 or 10. I do this every single night until I finish nursing in order to keep my supply up as they sleep further and further into the night and eventually until morning. It is a little bit of a pain, but guarantees milk supply and also gives me lots of storage for times when they’re left with a sitter, when they’re fussy even after nursing and need a “top-off” of additional breastmilk I don’t have at that moment, or even when my husband and I want to get away for a weekend and my parents are keeping our kids. Breastfeeding is work and quite a commitment! But I think it’s worth it. And babies can definitely be breastfed AND be good sleepers.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Lauren – Awesome insights! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your wisdom with us 🙂

  6. Marie says

    I started to put my 4 months old daughter in her crib for nap time and it’s been quite hard. She was co sleeping with us for a few months. I breastfeed and rock her for a few minutes sometimes she is still awake and sometimes asleep when i put her down. She sleeps for max 30 minutes then just scream. I repeat the routine and its the same thing 30 minutes later. We want to start for night time next week but im worried its going to be the same scenario.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Marie – oh, no….welcome to the 4 month sleep regression! Honestly, even if you weren’t in the midst of trying to transition from co-sleeping to crib, you’d probably be seeing sleep fall apart right about now. This article on the 4 month sleep regression may help, and so will this article on how to transition from co-sleeping. As for how to help your daughter learn to sleep more soundly in the crib – our free guide, 5 Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Through The Night, will give you the information you need. The techniques in that e-book apply to both nighttime and nap time sleep.

      Hang in there, Marie – good luck to you!