Questions tagged [sleep-training]

Questions regarding when and how to assist your children with proper sleep habits.

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How can we get our son to stop sleeping in our bed?

My son is 2 years old and he sleeps with us in our bed. We have tried every possible way of getting him to leave our bed at night, and I'm getting nervous about him growing out of it. My wife and I no ...
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How do I help my 4 month old nap longer?

My daughter is 4 1/2 months old and she only naps for 30-45 minutes at a time. She wakes up happy, but she is tired again after a little over an hour. I know some babies are naturally short nappers. ...
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Do we NEED to help a baby learn how to self-sooth? And how long can it take?

Before our girls were born, I told my husband that I didn't want to go through "crying it out" because I knew I wouldn't be comfortable with it. At the time he agreed with me. However, after close to ...
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How can I get my toddler to sleep later in the mornings?

My son, now 15 months old, was sleeping through the night, and waking up consistently at 6am. However, over the past few months he had been gradually waking up earlier. Now he wakes up consistently ...
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1 Year Old Wakes Up Screaming Multiple Times A Night

My niece just turned 1 year old and she still does not sleep through the night. She wakes up numerous times (about every 1.5 - 2 hours) throughout the night and proceeds to scream very loudly until ...
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How to approach of a child suffering from a potential sleep disorder?

My son is 17 months old with a regular routine in a nuclear family. 0700 awake 0745 in nursery Full day of nursery 1730 pick up from nursery 1800 relaxing time with mum and dad 1830 bath time 1900 ...
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Toddler requires Mom or Dad to stay in the room to fall asleep

My toddler refuses to go to sleep without my wife or myself sitting or lying next to his bed. Background - My son is about 2.5 years old. His birthday is in October. He has been sleeping in a toddler ...
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Transferring a sleeping infant from my arms to his bed [duplicate]

Sometimes my infant falls asleep in my arms and I need to transfer him to a more permanent position. When I try to lay him down in his crib, he wakes up and cries. Is there a good way to make the ...
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Preparing quality bedtime stories

When I was a child I enjoyed my mom's bedtime stories so much, and even now I can still remember some of them. Now it's my turn to pass such a wonderful experience down to my daughter. However I am ...
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Help With Sleep Training

Our son is about to turn 3 months but he is yet to sleep on his own (as in we put him to sleep, put him down on the crib then he sleeps for few hours). He only sleeps when he is carried during the day,...
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Toddler going to sleep very late

I am having some trouble with getting my daughter to sleep at a decent time each evening. She shows signs that she's tired around 7-8pm, so I take her to bed, give her some milk, read a story etc. ...
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Self-soothing and sleep training

I have a 7 month old baby boy. Until he was 4 months old he had no problems getting to sleep. Then, he started to cry and protest until he fell asleep. He even protested when he was in our arms we ...
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Are there techniques for sleep training that actually teach a child how to sleep?

I finally found some time to read the books my mother borrowed for me about sleep training. I was sorely disappointed: neither book mentioned anything about actually teaching the child how to fall ...
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How to make my 2-year-old sleep through the night and not wake up as soon as I'm away?

I have a 2-year-old son. From the time he was born, my son has never been a good sleeper, but he's never been as bad as he is now. I am really losing my patience with him. I've tried everything and ...
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What to do with a child that won't sleep, to the detriment of their day?

There are many questions on here asking about sleepless children but my wife and I are starting to come to our wits-end and none of the advice we've found (here or otherwise) seems to fit our ...
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How to make my 2-year-old sleep through the night without expecting to come to bed with us when my wife always gives in?

I know there are questions similiar to this, but mine is a little different. I have a 2-year-old son. Against my will, as a stay/work at home father, my son always slept with my wife and me until he ...
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How do dealing with infant flipping over during sleep training?

We are sleep training our 4 month old. Its working great except that now he is flipping over to him belly and then he starts crying. Should we go in and flip him back? Should we leave him to figure ...
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How do you get your kid to lay in the crib?

My son refuses to lay down in the crib and drink from his bottle before going to sleep. He gets back up, and I put him back down; but he never gives up. How do we get him to sleep in the crib and ...
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Teaching a (almost) 3 year old she can fall asleep on her own

Our toddler (almost 3) at some point a few months ago stopped falling asleep by herself - now one of us needs to sit with her in her room, hold hands, etc. until she fully falls asleep. What is ...
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Is carrying or cuddling a newborn a good way to soothe it in the long run?

Our newborn (11 days) daughter sometimes - about once every three times - has trouble sleeping unless she is being hugged, cuddled or carried by me or my wife. We have tried leaving her crying for 10 ...
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How to entertain (or keep in bed) a 5-year-old who gets up at 5am?

We have two girls: Elise, who is 2 and is decidedly an evening person: running and bouncing and laughing and playing until 7 or 8 PM if she can get away with it (which she can't, we want her in bed ...
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Sleep training while teething

Our son has experienced some sleep training... regression. I don't think that's the right word for it given the circumstances, but here goes. We started sleep training with him when he was 7 or 8 ...
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5 year old. Still needs us to fall asleep

We never successfully got our child to fall asleep on their own. We would always have to be in the room. Now she's five and still needs us in the room. We need to either hold her hand or run her back. ...
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Ferber method advice

My son is 9 months old and we started the Ferber method a few nights ago to hopefully eliminate the # of wake times throughout the night. The first night we started with the 3 min as our first wait ...
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How to deal with my son who always wants to have lights on when we go to bed?

I have a 3 year old son. Whenever we go to sleep, he will start crying when we turn off the lights and insists that lights be turned on when he is trying to sleep. So, we keep it on. When he falls ...
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Should an infant, awake and happy in the middle of the night, be helped back to sleep?

We've had a pretty good sleep routine with my three month old recently. She wakes to eat and, occasionally needs gentle rocking back to sleep. This week she started something new. After having slept ...
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Should we feed the 3MO on demand at night with more frequent wakes?

As is common with 3-4 month olds, we've gone from a very good sleep schedule to more frequent wakes. Depending on fussiness she will get to sleep between 630 and 730, and she used to sleep for 3-4 ...
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How to stop our 2-year-old's bedtime tantrums and make her sleep through the night?

Our daughter is approaching 2 and has consistently had issues with bedtime. At the mention of bedtime, she will regularly start crying (but still follows me upstairs to bed). In general, one of us ...
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Move into own room at the same time as sleep training?

Our 5 month old currently sleeps in her cot in our bedroom. We've taken one of the sides off, and the cot is right next to the the bed to make it easier for nighttime feeds, which my wife does lying ...
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2.5-year-old hyper at nap and bedtime. He is sleep deprived

We have a 2.5-year-old boy who naps at preschool (3 days a week) but not at home. He gets wild before nap and bedtime. He'll run around the room, jump on the bed or on us, and won't listen to anything....
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Sleep training and consistency

Our son is 7 months old, and as he frequently still needs our presence to go to sleep at night, we've decided that it's time for sleep training. The problem isn't that he needs our presence - the ...
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21mo escaping crib and sleep regression

So my little dude has been having a bit of trouble going to bed for about a week. Instead of just plopping down and nodding off when we place him in the crib, he would whimper and whinny for a few ...
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How to help a 2 year old go to bed alone

I am writing here because I have tried everything there is. I am 22 weeks pregnant and my 2 yo (he will turn 2 on the 12th of October) weights 17 kg so I cannot handle him easily. So here it is: he'...
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Does “Crying it Out” with a 9 month old make sense when in a hotel for a few days?

We went to the pediatrician today for our 9 month old's checkup, and based on his current sleep schedule (sleeping from ~7:30PM to 5:30AM, with multiple 30min to 1hr wakeups), the pediatrician told us ...
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1-month baby crying when on floor

I am a first time father with 1-month old DS. My wife has been exclusively breastfeeding, 20 mins on each breast every two hours. Currently both my wife and the baby are on a medication because they ...
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Why does our 7 month old wake up every 2 hours at night?

... and what can we do about it? We breastfeed, so it’s normal that she feeds regularly at night, but two out of three times, this kid wakes up just to be held and rocked for thirty seconds and then ...
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Is it possible to train a 3-month-old breastfed baby to sleep through the night? And if yes, how?

My wife is breastfeeding our 3-month-old baby. The baby will wake up every 2-3 hours to be fed. So she won't be sleeping through the night. I wonder whether it is possible to train a 3-month-old ...
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Is the sleep training over after they sleep for half an hour?

We are sleep training our 4 month old twins and my question is when I put them down for a nap and they cry themselves to sleep they then awaken within a half hour, should I continue the sleep training ...
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A three week old baby refuses to sleep in his crib

We have a 3 week old sweet baby boy. We got used that for the first few months there is very little order in his feeding/sleep time, but during night time, he wakes up to eat (my wife's breastfeeding ...
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5-month old daughter's sleep pattern problems

I have a 5-month old daughter who started out as a great sleeper. By 2-3 weeks old, she would sleep 5 hours, wake, eat, sleep about 4 hours, wake, eat, sleep. We had the day/night thing figured out ...
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Sleep Training giggles

We've been working on the Sleep Lady Shuffle with our 15-month old. We're on night three which means we're still next to the crib. We put our son down almost asleep. He's calm and relaxed. As soon as ...
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Kid standing up in crib but unable to get back down, affecting sleep

Our 10-month old child up until recently slept pretty well. We had an established nighttime routine that she reasonably quickly adapted to and eventually (by about 5 months?) went to sleep without ...
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Helping a Tension Increaser Sleep at Night without Feeding

My husband and I will be traveling overseas for a wedding separate from our 10-month-old when he is around 11.5 months; baby will be with my parents. At the time we made the decision, he was sleeping ...
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How to help a 1-year-old sleep for longer than 1.5 to 2 hours at a time when we only have one bedroom?

My 1-year-old son is only sleeping for 1.5 - 2 hours at a time. He is breastfed and we co-sleep. I have seen similar posts on here and they recommended gentle sleep training and I have come to the ...
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1-year old has trouble sleeping at night

I have a 1-year old son that has a lot of trouble sleeping at night. From the day he was born until about 10 months old he had to be rocked to sleep. At 10 months old we sleep trained him using Ferber ...
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Can I let my 5 month old fall asleep after playing in his crib?

When I put my 5 month old son to sleep, I turn on the white noise player and give him a security blankie with a teddy bear. He is playing with the teddy bear and / or sucking it and falling asleep ...
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Child will only sleep while being held - 6 mo

TL;DR: My son will sleep fine on his bed for about 3-4 hours then will only sleep if held. How do I fix this if we aren't wanting to go through Cry It Out? Loads of context: my son is 6 months old ...
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Regression in sleeping for a seven month old - is that normal?

Up until 6 months, we didn't try to train our child to sleep to any particular routine; fed her on demand through the night. At about 6 months we started to cry it out, and after one unpleasant night ...
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When to transition to letting the baby fall asleep on its own? Is my baby ready for sleep training?

Our daughter is 2 months old. As of right now, we have a pretty well working routine of putting the baby to sleep. Bath, lights out, long feeding, then falling asleep on our hands, then falling asleep ...
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How can I get my 13-month-old to sleep in his own bed

My 13-month-old is still sleeping in my bed and still breastfeeding. I have tried everything to wean him off but I am out of options. He finds it more as a comfort thing and refuses to go to sleep ...