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Ask questions and get answers to all your sleep questions including getting your baby to sleep through the night, sleep training your child, reducing SIDS risk, and transitioning to a toddler bed.

Liza M. posted in Sleep Saturday

Trouble with PM naps...

I am a SAHM with a 2yo (who has always been champion napper/sleeper) and an almost 3 month old. I am struggling with (amongst other things) to get the 3mo on some sort of schedule. I COMPLETELY realize she is still very young and is adjusting to being alive but I feel like I cannot give her sleep schedule the focus it needs with a toddler running around. Currently she is exclusively BF but I a... More

  • Rebecca
    Monday

    Check out the book babywise. It really helped me set up a schedule. Is your toddler nap at all ? Have quiet time ? Those are times baby can also nap. Setting up eating and nap schedule is important and can happen.

  • Lindsey
    Yesterday

    Oh, Mama, YOU sound tired! Way to keep up with both babies. You're trying hard. I had a similar issue with my second. Overtired but struggling with a nap schedule. I did have to sleep train - which also meant training myself to be specific about when I put him down and got him up. There was some crying (by both be AND I) but I made sure he was fed and comfy so that even if he did cry I kne... More

Anonymous posted in Sleep Nov 05

4 year old night wakings

My 4 year old started waking up in the middle of the night going on 3 weeks ago. He runs to our bed and insists on sleeping with us. Sounds cute, but it’s not. He kicks, flings his arms, lays on top of us. My husband and I haven’t had a good sleep since. I thought I tackled the sleep when he was a baby, I don’t know what this regression is. How do I stop it? I’ve tried to bribe, Ive even tried ... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Nov 06

    We have two methods going. One is a rule that you can t come in our bed until the clock has a 6 on it. My almost five yr old is really good with this. He gets a penny if he does this, and when he gets 40 he gets a prize but what seemed to really motivate him is a few nights of quality sleep. I pointed it out how much better he behaved and seemed to feel, and it clicked for him. Having the cloc... More

Bianca posted in Newborns Nov 02

Sleep training

Good hello everyone! Any sleep training methods/books you all would recommend? My LO is 7 weeks old. From birth, we have been working on sleep training and getting him to understand the difference between day and night and sleeping in his bassinet. We were making progress but at 6 weeks, he went through a sleep regression and no longer wants to sleep in his bassinet. If we give in and have him... More

  • Sara
    Nov 06

    I would agree with people above: 7weeks is too early for sleep training and swaddling or weighted sleep sacks are great. However, I would recommend the website and book “Precious Little Sleep”. It has everything you need to know about sleep and sleep training. In this book she recommends putting your baby down drowsy but still awake from the time they are born and this should help you slee... More

  • Tiffany
    Friday

    I’m trying to sleep train my son. He’s 1. Def too early for your little one

Anonymous posted in Behavior Oct 29

Toddler scared of bedroom

Our toddler is scared of various things at night in his bedroom (fan, monitor camera, etc). He won't sleep without us. Trying to get him to stay in his room and face it, we end up with him. I got three hours of sleep last night. Please help.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 29

    What worked for my niece was “scary spray” they put water in a spray bottle and she got to keep it w her at night. She sprayed everything that was scaring her. It worked 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • Sara
    Nov 01

    I recently read an article on the internet suggesting that you play games in the dark in their room with glow sticks or glow in the dark toys, making it fun and not scary. Our toddler also just started being afraid to sleep in his room because it’s so dark. We got him a night light which is helping, but I definitely want to try the glow in the dark games too!

Lilina posted in Babies Oct 28

Ferber method

Has anyone had success with the Ferber method? Any tips? My son is 4 months old and I would like to start sleep training as he really cannot self soothe at all.

  • Jina
    Oct 29

    What helped us with night feedings was slowly weaning from breastmilk to a small amount of water in a bottle gradually each night and it was over in a bout a week. No more night feedings after that

  • Jenn
    Oct 31

    4 months is still young enough that he may still need the milk to get him through. Have you tried dream feeding? Basically you go in to feed at a time that's convenient for you (like right before you go to bed) and make as little of a fuss as possible. The goal is basically to get them eating while they're sleeping.

Anonymous posted in Newborns Oct 26

Help!!

I have a 1 week newborn who sleeps all day and wants to to be up and fussy all night!!! Is that normal? I cannot remember if my first born did the same because it's been so long.

  • Karla
    Nov 02

    My 1 week old is also doing this. He isn't as fussy at night but still more awake at night than daytime. I'm just gonna let him be for now and hope he also gets on board with sleeping at night lol

  • Jenna
    Friday

    Newborns will have their night and days mixed up because they take so many naps. It’s very normal and over time baby will sleep less during the day and more at night

Melissa posted in Babies Oct 21

Baby too cold at night?

My 10 month old daughter always seems cold at night. I dress her in a fleece pajama with covered feet and the temp says 77 in her room. Her hands and cheeks and ears are chilly when I check her before bed. But If I add a small blanket it seems to make her very warm. Anyone struggling with this?

  • Anonymous
    Oct 21

    From day 1 my doctor said dress babies like you would dress yourself, and adjust for no blankets, because she shouldn't be using a blanket. But say you are going outside in a t-shirt and long pants, she will be fine in the same outfit. Same for sleeping. If she wakes up a lot in the night you could adjust what she's wearing but honestly I'm surprised she's not sweating through everything!

  • Danielle
    Oct 21

    If her neck is warm to the touch, then she is not too cold, even if her hands and feet are cold to the touch. Babies circulation at that age is still not great so their extremities can feel cold

Anonymous posted in Behavior Oct 17

Hair twisting/pulling

My LO just turned two and when she falls asleep she twists her hair. It’s now become a habit and I’ve had to cut out sooo many knots because she winds them so tightly that I can’t untangle them. She now has bald spots in the back of her head. Any advice?

  • Genesis
    Oct 18

    ⬆️⬆️⬆️Really good advice

  • Anonymous
    Oct 19

    I agree with a doll with similar hair!!

Lilina posted in Bathing Oct 15

Daily bathing for 3 month old?

My LO is 3 months old and we bathe him every other day as the doctor said he doesn’t need a daily bath. On the day we do bathe him he sleeps longer at night, 8pm-5:30am when we don’t bathe him he sleeps 8pm-2-3am. Can we bathe him daily to help his sleep?

  • Ivana
    Oct 15

    Go for it! That’s precious extra sleep and it sounds like the bath soothes him. If there’s worry about skin drying out, what we did was apply a thin layer of coconut oil after bath, little baby massage helps soothe them too :)

Ariel posted in Newborns Oct 14

Sharing room with newborn baby

Hello everyone. My husband and I live in a one bedroom apartment in Glendale. The rent is $1600. For now we cant move out of here for several reasons. Now I am 6 weeks pregnant and I am worried is it ok to share the bedroom with newborn baby?? Has anyone done that?

  • Kieli
    Oct 14

    Definitely do what is best for you and your family, only reason I had my daughter in my room for so long is because we were living with family and she had to be with us. As soon as my 5 month old is finished breast feeding I will be putting her in the room with my 2 year old.

  • Lindsey
    Nov 01

    Do what works for your family, it may take trying a few sleeping arrangements to find out what that is but, agree with the above comments - it's recommended babes be in the room with you. If you have a bassinet and you end up needing to put babe in the living room at night, that may work too.

Kels posted in Sleep Oct 10

Melatonin for 2yr old?

Have you guys done it before or what’s your opinion

  • Cathy
    Oct 12

    Yes we use it on occasion when we travel. If we are in a new environment we will give it to our son the first couple of nights.

  • Stacey
    Oct 21

    Yes. My husband’s cousin is a doctor and he recommended it to us. Kids melatonin is very small dosing and we don’t use it every night but on nights we’re we predict it might be rough we give him one and it does seem to help. It doesn’t knock him out but make it easier for him to calm down and get to sleep. The other night he spent the day with grandparents and didn’t get a nap. We had friends o... More

C posted in Funny Oct 09

Sleeping face down, butt up. Why?

I've got a one year old who has recently taken to sleeping with his butt sticking up in the air. What's this about? I’m not worried, but definitely puzzled.

  • Maurice
    Oct 17

    Umm, freaked me out to no end and I dared not move him due to potential injury: his body was facing left, propped up on his side while his head was completely opposite facing right. Immediately reminded me of The Exorcist. Ultimately he was totally fine, but I honestly freaked out and it actually took my brain a few minutes to understand what I was seeing.

  • C
    Oct 17

    Holy crap, Maurice. Your son wins 1st Place for Freakiest Sleeping Pose 😱

Anonymous posted in Safety Oct 08

Do you take out your babies earrings out at night?

I have a 15 month old girl. Do you let your child sleep with her earrings . My mother in law came to visit and asked whether i take out her earrings at night. I said, no. Im originally from Africa so i slept with my earrings. My husband is white so its two different cultures. Baby sleeps through the night with her earrings in with no problems. Should I take them out?

  • Anonymous
    Oct 13

    You don't need to. Just make sure the material the earrings are made with suits her (you'd know this in a day or two, if there is no rash then she is fine). On the other hand, at that young age you might end up closing the piercing if you forget to put them back for a day or two. (It happened to me at age 3 when my mom didn't put mine for 2-3 days, getting them pierced again was no ... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 13

    Get her some tiny studs in silver or such material and leave them in. Can clean once in a while.

Lilina posted in Babies Oct 08

Transitioning from swaddle to no swaddle at night

My LO is 3 months old and we have been swaddling him since birth. He moves around so much so that is the only way he sleeps. At around 2 months he would sleep from 8pm-3am eat then sleep until 7:30-8ish. I am trying to transition him from the swaddle because soon he won’t be able to use it anymore. Last night was the first night and he woke up every 2 hours. Not fully awake but fussy where I ne... More

  • Jenieze
    Oct 10

    I bought the magic merlin suit to transition my daughter out and she now sleeps way better than with the swaddle. My pediatrician said some babies developmentally want to be able to move around a bit more when they sleep and that's why it often seems that they are fighting their swaddle. I also tried the halo swaddle trick above for naps and it was great! Two days later she had both arms ou... More

  • Jenn
    Oct 10

    We did Zipadee Zip for a few months then halo sleep sack. Actually still in a sleep sack to prevent crib climbing. They're both pretty expensive but you can buy used for a little less if it's too cost prohibitive for you.

My 3 yr old takes FOREVER to fall asleep!!!!!

I don’t know if she just has insomnia or if I’m doing something wrong but bed time is a huge battle that lasts for two hours and strips me from having any alone time. I’m a single parent so I don’t have anyone helping me get her to bed. She throws a fit if I leave the room so I’m sitting here until she falls asleep. She’ll roll around in the bed, talk to herself, sing, play with her stuff anima... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 08

    Have you tried an ok to wake clock? My son used to drag out bedtime too... kept getting out of bed and screamed at the door. We got the clock with the dog and ball that turns red and green (amazon). Red means stay in bed and green means go. We got door knob covers too so he couldn’t come out of his room. With our baby monitor we would just remind him that red means stay in bed and that we would... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Oct 11

    My first two kids dropped their nap around age 3. My oldest would do exactly what your child is doing. Take forever at bed time, rarely falling asleep before 930. I used to bring my computer in the room and just sit in the corner angled away. I told my son I would tell him a story, sing a song 5x, then go do my work. He rolled with it, and I felt like i atleast could do something. Pay bills, sh... More

Should I be concerned that my 14 month old still isn’t sleeping through the night?

  • cocomac
    Oct 08

    Mine is not! And I nurse her whenever she wakes to the point of crying/close to wide awake. It’s about 1-3x a night now but looking like 2x a night so I think she’s slowly gonna wean at night and hopefully sleeping thru.

Kristen posted in Sleep Oct 03

When is bed time at your house?

What time does your LO go to bed? How old are they? My son is 3 and goes to bed late. Everything I see on the internet seems to say he should be going to bed early but he isn't tired.

  • PK
    Oct 14

    @angel, daylight savings is coming up though so 830 will become 730

  • Jennifer
    Oct 15

    I have a 4 year old and I use to just let her stay up late with me (until about 11pm)because I was under the impression she wasn’t sleepy but in reality she really was sleepy. In the mornings I would dread getting her up for kindercare! I had to put a stop to this ASAP!! So I try and cut out screen time on iPad 2 hours before bed and then we would watch tv for 30 mins (set the sleep timer on t... More

Pam posted in Sleep Sep 30

Toddler sleeping in their own room

Any advice on how to get a 4 year old to sleep back in their room. Made the biggest mistake of our lives letting her come to our room because she was scared.....now we can’t get her back. She screams and cries and says she scared and doesn’t want to be in her room by herself. I feel bad because the look in her eyes is like she’s terrified....we tried night lights...flash lights...leaving the do... More

When to switch to toddler bed

Our baby is 16 months and has a convertible crib. Just wondering when to transition her to the “toddler” stage. She sleeps through the night with only cry-outs when she can’t find her pacifier (separate problem) and sleeps with a blanket but no pillow. Our second is due Feb 1st and I was just wondering if it would be better to try the transition now rather than after the new baby comes.

  • Jenn
    Oct 01

    My LO is 16 months and I have another one on the way, due in May. I am going to wait til after the baby is born and she has adjusted before switching her to the toddler bed. She has to switch rooms and with all the other changes, I want her to have some consistency. My LO is a great sleeper and doesn't try to climb out.

  • Lindsey
    Oct 16

    Ask yourself 'why?' why transition and why not... Make a pro/con list. For my 22m old, she's still in a crib because a) it's what we have b) it allows us to know she's safe and not swallowing that one small thing on the ground we didn't vacuum up and c) she's comfortable in it. So, why transition now?

Is it a good idea to let my kids play outdoors just before bedtime?

I am wondering if it will help them get tired out to sleep better or if it is going to make it harder to calm down to go to sleep?

  • Anne
    Oct 14

    Yes! This is actually really common in other countries. Families often take a “constitutional” walk around the block/neighborhood after dinner but before bed. It helps aid digestion, calm anxiety and get excess energy out of your system. I’d give it a try!

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