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. Andrea says

    Hello! My baby is 16 months old, he doesn’t know how to sleep on his own and he wakes up many times at night because of the pacifier, during day time he sleeps about from 40 to 50 minutes and since 1 month ago the naps have changed (maybe because he is older) he usually takes 2 and other times just one, I am concerned about the amount of time he sleeps if he takes just one nap. We used to rock him but like 15 days ago we are trying to make him get tired and put him in bed but these days that I am on vacation is very hard for me I can’t do it, he is falling asleep when I breastfeed. How can I help him to have longer naps and to help him sleep on his own? Thanks

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Andrea! Thank you for writing to us about your toddler! Sorry to hear that your little guy is waking up so many times at night and struggling with sleeping independently too! Have you considered weaning the pacifier and see if this helps? This article can help:
      We can help with this if you’d like one on one help! And since he’s struggling with sleeping on his own, and you’re struggling with getting him on the right schedule, I’d recommend working with one of our sleep consultants who can get you on the right path and help you stay there!
      Please check out our offerings for one on one help here, and contact us if you have any questions!
      Hang in there, Andrea!

      • Andrea says

        Thanks for answering, we tried to wean the pacifier once but during 3 weeks in one of his wakings was very hard to fall asleep for him like 40min or more than a hour, and one weekend we had an activity out of home so we didn’t want him to yell or cried so hard to wake up the people around that we decided to used it again and the third night at home he just cried so much so we just put it back, and also cause he doesn’t know how to sleep on his own. Some ideas please we are tired

      • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

        Hi again Andrea!
        It sounds like it may be time to teach your son to fall asleep on his own! Have you read about how to do this? This article is a good place to start:
        If you’d like to skip some of the reading and research on your own, we’d love to help! You might consider our VIP Members Area, where we’ve done the research for you, and you can connect with a consultant too! Please check it out here:
        Or to get the fastest service, please consider one of our consultation packages! Here’s the link to those again:
        Hang in there, Andrea!

  2. Sarah Varnell says

    Our two and a half year old is a good sleeper but we’ve always kept a paci in her crib. We took the paci away yesterday. She cried/talked during her nap time and never did fall asleep, but slept all night! A friend just told me that many toddlers drop their nap when weaning from the paci. Is this true? She seems too young to not nap!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Sarah – Thank you for writing to us about your toddler!! Your suspicions are likely correct, in that she may be too young to drop her naps. Most toddlers transition to no naps at 3-4 years of age, and this article can help you determine if/when she’s ready:
      Regarding the pacifier, I suspect that she just needs more time to get used to napping without it. Keep offering those naps (unless it clear that she’s ready to drop it completely based on the article I shared), and give her more time! Hopefully, she’ll be napping well again very soon!
      Good luck Sarah – and if you find that you need more help with this or with anything else, please contact us for more info! : )

  3. Julie Saldana says

    Have a big change when a child grow up. Your post is detail and has a lot of information about this. Hope to read more about sleeping of children from you.