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Can Sleep Training Help my Baby Sleep Through the Night?

Many parents get confused about the sleep training process, and wonder how they could possibly get their baby, who wakes every 2 hours, to sleep through the night. They hear "sleep training" and they run, because they think that this means that the only way their baby will sleep is by closing the door and leaving the baby to cry it out, until he/she falls asleep from exhaustion. So I wanted to clear up some common misconceptions and explain how "sleep training", can help your baby sleep through the night.



What is sleep training?

First, let's define "sleep training". Baby sleep training should not be used interchangeably with the cry it out technique. It is not the same thing. There are different sleep training techniques, and CIO is just one of them. Sleep training is the process of helping your baby get to sleep, and stay asleep by teaching good sleep habits. This can be done by using any method that you feel most comfortable with. 



How can sleep training help my baby sleep through the night?

Now let's talk about how sleep training can help your baby sleep through the night. Learning to sleep is a process, and for most babies it's not something that just happens naturally, especially not at night. During this process your baby learns a bedtime ritual, starts to associate different things with going to sleep, and learns different soothing techniques to help him/her sleep through the night. It's not much different from an adult. Before you go to bed each night, I'm sure you have a ritual. Whether you watch your favorite show, read a book, or take a warm bath, these things help you wind down for the night. Then you get in bed with your favorite pillow, blanket, or pajamas, and these things are sleep associations and help you associate with going to sleep. During the night, when you wake I'm sure you can use your sleep association to help you get back to sleep. That can be snuggling your pillow, or turning into a certain position. Even the comfort of your cozy pajamas can help you get right back to sleep. Now imagine that all of those sleep associations were something that would require someone else to come in and help you with. This is exactly where sleep troubles begin for your baby. If her sleep association is something that you have to provide (nursing, feeding, rocking, movement etc) then your baby will continue waking and crying for you to come in and help her get back to sleep. Your baby needs to learn how to associate sleep with something that does not rely on you. Once a baby learn this, she can go back to sleep completely on her own in the middle of the night without needing your help at all. Makes sense right?

We never think about these things and that the journey of sleep is an actual process. Because we have been doing it for so long, it's just second nature to us. But the fact that sleep is a learned process is evident when your baby starts having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. If a baby hasn't learned the right rituals and associations, or the process of sleep is dependent on you, then your baby will continue to wake and cry for your assistance.



Will My Baby Sleep Well If I Don't Sleep Train?

Another misconception is that a baby will just "grow out of this". I have heard this a million times. In my experience, a baby will not just grow out of the habits she has learned to fall asleep. How can she? If your baby has learned that she needs certain "props" to fall asleep, then how can she just one day forget about those props and rituals? She can't. A new process has to be learned. And that's where sleep training comes in. Remember sleep training is a process of helping your baby to get to sleep and stay asleep, by teaching good sleep habits. Teaching your baby to fall asleep on her own, without any props is a great sleep habit to teach. Thinking a baby will just "grow out of it" is a huge misconception. As a matter of fact studies have been conducted to prove that a baby will not just grow out of her sleep troubles. One study shows that babies that have trouble with sleep will continue to do so until the age of 3 yrs. A more recent study has shown that the sleep troubles continue up until the age of 5 yrs. 



What can I do?

Helping your baby learn to fall asleep and stay asleep independently, is the best thing you can do for him/her. Not to mention the extra Zzz's you will benefit from. Sleep training can involve ridding of any other bad sleep habits, but relying on you or a feeding is the most common, so I talk about that a lot in this article. 

Sleep training is not easy and can seem daunting to parents. Many parents give up because they don't know how to respond to the wakings. They don't know when to feed, when not to feed. How to stop the crying, and how to help their baby get back to sleep in the middle of the night. It gets confusing, exhausting, and parents just give up and deal with the wakings. The problem is, 3-5 years is a long time to deal with the wakings…

This is where my expertise comes in. I have gone through this over and over with hundreds of parents, and in the end they always tell the same thing "I couldn't of done this without your help". I help parents with the entire process, and give them a step by step plan of exactly what to do when their baby wakes or starts crying. In addition to that, I am available whenever questions or variables arise. As mentioned before, questions always come up, and parents give up because they don't know how to handle certain situations. That's why I offer this unique service, so that you know exactly what to do, and succeed at sleep training. 

Getting my baby to sleep through the night was one of the hardest things I have ever experienced. I went through months and months of sleep deprivation, until I decided to "sleep train". Once I figured it out, I applied the techniques to my second baby. She started sleeping 8hrs at 6weeks and 12hrs by 3 months. It wasn't long before I started helping other sleepless parents. If your baby has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep please consider one of my Sleep Packages, or learn more about my story here in my candid Biography.

Baby Sleep: Frequently Asked Questions

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Everyone always wants to know how to to get their baby to sleep through the night. I wish I had a simple answer and a quick fix, but this is an extensive topic. Here are a few of my articles that will guide you in the right direction.

Sleep Training: The Basics
Sleeping Through the Night: My Secrets Revealed
Sleeping Through the Night

When do babies sleep through the night?
Every baby is different, but most experts say anywhere between 3-6 months a baby is capable of sleeping an 8-12 hour stretch. Read more about that HERE

What age can I start sleep training my baby?
There are some components you can start within the first weeks of birth, while others you will have to wait to implement. Here's a great article  When Should I Start Sleep Training?.

Does sleep training mean cry it out?
Absolutely not! There are many different methods of sleep training. These phrases should not be used interchangeably.  Here are some no cry sleep solutions

Why is my baby waking so often at night?
Newborns wake frequently because they need nutrition, this is normal. If your baby is older and still waking often during the night. Here are the Most Common Reasons Babies Wake Up at Night.


How can I eliminate unnecessary night time wakings?
The best way to eliminate unnecessary wakings is by teaching your baby how to fall asleep on his/her own. However a baby goes to sleep is how he/she will expect to fall back asleep when they wake in the middle of the night. So if you nurse or rock to sleep, you can expect that your baby will cry for you to do the same when he/she wakes up in the middle of the night. Here is my article on How Do I Teach My Baby to Self Soothe?.


What if I have tried everything on your site and still can't get my baby to sleep through the night? 
Some babies take a little bit longer to sleep train, because of their personality, temperament, or just because parents need a step by step process to help their baby. Because of this, I offer Personal Email Consultations. Your Consultation will include a step by step plan, along with email support from me each night, so that you know exactly what to do. I offer a variety of options, take a look at my Baby Sleep Consultation Packages. You can also see what others are saying about my services on my Testimonials Page.

What books or program do you recommend to help my baby sleep through the night?
I highly recommend the Sleep Sense Program. I have read just about every book and tried every program out there. The Sleep Sense Program is truly the best program available. When I recommend something, I don't like to only base things on my personal experience. I always look at how successful it is for other parents as well. The Sleep Sense has a very high success rate, with almost 100% of parents being successful at getting their baby to sleep through the night. Over 32,000 parents have purchased this program, so with a success rate that high, that speaks volumes about this program, and the reason I recommend it on my site.  Here is more information about the Sleep Sense Program.


Sleep Training: No Cry Methods

Everyone always thinks that sleep training has to involve letting your baby cry it out. You don't have to let your baby cry her little head off, to get her to start sleeping through the night. I'm going to introduce some sleep training methods and techniques that don't involve leaving your baby to cry alone. I like to call these methods No cry sleep solutions.

Womb-Like Environment
no cry sleep solutionThis is something that works great for very young babies (0-2 months). This is not really a method, but I did want to mention it because a "womb-like" feel, is all some babies may need to sleep well. It works great for young babies because they are so use to being in a warm cozy womb, that they get all confused when they are born, and have a very difficult time sleeping. So what you want to do is create what I call a "womb-like environment".
  • Swaddle your baby nice and snug, a HALO SleepSack works great for this. 
  • Slightly elevate the head of the bassinet, co-sleeper, or crib. Your baby didn't sleep flat in your belly, don't think she's going to love sleeping flat in her crib. You can use this baby sleep positioner, or you can use folded towels under the mattress. You can also take off one set of legs on one side of the co-sleeper
  • Turn on some womb sounds or white noise . 
  • For newborns, place a rolled up receiving blanket on each side of the body (armpit level), which makes your baby feel as if you are holding her. Since I am a strong advocate of the SIDS campaign and believe a bare crib is best, this is only appropriate for newborns because they don't yet wiggle enough, where this can pose a danger.

Pick Up Put Down (PUPD)

This is a method made popular by Tracy Hog. It involves you picking up your baby when she cries, comforting her, and putting her back down when she calms down. You do this over and over until your baby falls asleep. I know what your thinking, this sounds exhausting. And it can be, but eventually your baby learns that when she cries, you are right there to comfort her. She learns that you won't desert her when she cries for you, and she will feel safe to fall asleep on her own. 


Shush/Pat

This is a technique used to calm your baby down when she is crying. For an "easy" baby, you can use this method alone. For a more difficult baby, you may want to use this in combination with another method. But the general idea is that, you make a shushing noise which mimics the sound of your womb and acts as white noise for your baby. You can also pat your baby, or leave your hand on her back. This lets her know, you are there and you are not leaving. This works great when you don't want to pick your baby up from the crib, to give her a chance to calm down, and learn to self settle.


Getting Rid of "Sleep Props" or Sleep Associations

This method, introduced to me by Dana Obleman creator of the Sleep Sense Program, helps get rid your baby of sleep associations, that cause her to wake multiple times at night. Dana explains that however a baby falls asleep, is how she will expect to fall back asleep when she wakes up in the middle of the night. So if your baby nurses to sleep, she will need to be nursed back to sleep, even if she is not hungry. Since babies have shorter sleep-wake cycles than adults, they wake up many times at night wanting to be put back to sleep by that particular "sleep prop". The sleep sense program teaches you how to get rid of sleep props and teaches your baby to fall asleep on her own.


Drowsy but Awake

A baby that falls asleep in your arms and wakes up in her crib becomes very alarmed. Just as you would if you fell asleep in your bed and woke up in your back yard. So with this method, you lay your baby down "drowsy" or very sleepy, but making sure she is still awake. This does two things. First, it gives your baby the opportunity to self soothe and fall asleep on her own without any "props". Second, it allows her to fall asleep in her crib so that she doesn't get alarmed when she wakes up in the middle of the night. For babies that have been nursed or rocked to sleep, this is obviously not going to be as easy as just laying them down. You are probably going to have to use one of the methods above in combination. PUPD is a good one to add to this.


All of these methods take some time, commitment, and consistency. It's obviously alot easier to close the door and just let your baby cry. I don't know about you, but I would much rather put in some work, than leave my child alone to cry her head off until she falls asleep. Bedtime should be a relaxing, calm, and cozy opportunity for you and your child to connect. Not a dreaded, all out crying disaster.

I have had great success teaching my baby to sleep using very gentle, no tears type of sleep training techniques/methods. My first baby was a very stubborn, strong-willed little girl. I thought it would be impossible to get her to sleep through the night when she was already 9 months old and still waking every 2 hours. Her habits were so set, on top of her strong personality. She insisted on being held, nursed, or rocked back to sleep. But I did it, within a week she was falling asleep on her own and sleeping through the night. It's not an easy process, and you have to know exactly how to respond to the crying in order to be successful. Also, every baby is different. So what may work for one baby, may not work for the next. Age too, plays a huge part in the process. You can't expect a 3 month old to respond, the same way a 9 month old will. Some techniques are appropriate for younger babies, but will not work for older babies, or vice versa. I learned that helping your baby sleep, is more than just reading about a few techniques on the web, and trying them out. There are many different components to consider, and it's whole process. If you don't consider your baby's age, development, or temperament, you can use the PUPD technique till your arms fall off and he/she still won't sleep. That is exactly why I decided to offer customized sleep plans along with consultations to help parents with the entire process. I offer tons of advice on my site, but I realized that everyone's situation is very unique. In order to help, a consultation may be the best way I can offer my assistance. Please take a look at my Consultation Packages which are designed to help, no matter your budget.  


Most Common Reasons Babies Wake Up at Night

    
Using Sleep Props

The use of props to help a baby fall asleep, is the number one reason a sleeping baby wakes up at night (something I learned from the Sleep Sense Program). Here are some common props or sleep associations: 
  • Bottle or breastfeeding to sleep, 
  • Rocking to sleep 
  • Swinging to sleep
  • Movement in a carseat or stroller.
  • Even the *pacifier if your baby is dependent on it. 

If your baby relies on any of the above to fall asleep, and needs them when she wakes up at night, then it is considered a prop or sleep association. Your baby will continue waking throughout the night and not be able to soothe herself back to sleep, without that particular prop. Your baby should always go to sleep awake, *without any props. Trust me, your baby will find a way to soothe herself. When Brianna was in the  HALO SleepSack , she would rub her face against the sheets. She would turn her head side to side, until she fell asleep. She now sways her hand across the sheets back and forth. The texture of the sheet soothes her, and she falls asleep. That would never cross my mind as soothing, but that's what she does. We even bought her these Velour sheets, which she absolutely loved.

By teaching your baby to fall asleep on her own, and getting rid of sleep props, you will solve most, if not all of your baby's sleep troubles. I am not suggesting, by any means, to be cold or harsh to your baby. As a matter of fact you want to do everything you can, to comfort your baby before bed. Kisses, hugs, and cuddling, is the best part of our bedtime routine! Of course you want to make your baby feel safe, secure, and loved before bed. Just don't let the sleep props be the reason your baby falls asleep.  Here's a separate article that explains Sleep Associations and how to handle them. 

You obviously don't want to impose anything strict on a newborn. Newborn sleep troubles are very common. You should give your baby some time to transition. When you first bring your newborn home, you may need to use some rocking, swinging, or even a white noise machine, just so your baby can associate night with sleep-time. Womb sounds work really well to help a baby transition. Once your baby has settled into this world, then you can start working on helping your baby sleep without any sleep props. 

* A side note on the use of the pacifier. I encourage the use of a pacifier because it has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. However, if your baby is crying in the middle of the night because it fell out, and you need to go and put it back in, then you might want to evaluate if you really want to use it. This is a personal choice, one you will have to make weighing your pros and cons. I thought Brianna was reliant on the pacifier, then I put her to the test. I took the binky away, and let her fall asleep without it for a few nights, and she didn't cry for it. So I knew she wasn't relying on it. She fell asleep with it, but didn't care when it fell out. So I decided to keep it. I think I would of kept it either way, at least for the first few months because of the whole SIDS thing. Tell a nurse something reduces SIDS, and she's not going to think twice.
 
Circadian  Rhythm

 It's also known as our biological clock. It's a 24 hour pattern of biological activities that occur in our body. The sleep-wake cycle is part of that circadian rhythm. As part of sleep-wake cycle our body releases certain hormones during night time to help us fall asleep. It also releases daytime hormones to help us wake up. Babies are born with an under developed circadian rhythm. That's why when you bring your baby home from the hospital, he or she sleeps during the day, and is awake at night. Also, don't forget throughout your pregnancy, your baby was rocked to sleep during the day by your movements. That's why you felt her movements at night when she was awake. So what can you do to help your little night owl? Just keep your baby on a regular feeding cycle. Keep the blinds open, turn on the t.v or radio, and just go about your day as you normally would to help create an association with daytime. Then at night, obviously you do the exact opposite. Quiet all noise, turn down the lights, and establish your bedtime routine. Be patient it can take some babies up to 8 weeks to know the difference between day and night. To complicate things even more, melatonin (the sleep hormone) is not produced until a baby is about 2-3 months old. So don't get discouraged, it takes a while for a baby to settle into this world.

Startle Reflex

Also known as the Moro reflex, is a normal infantile reflex. When some stimulus causes your baby to startle, the legs flex and the arms stretch out. This stimulus can be a loud noise, an unexpected touch, or a bad dream. This reflex lasts only a few seconds, but can wake a sleeping baby. Some babies can drift right back to sleep, while others will completely wake up. This reflex usually diminishes by 4 months of age. Until then the  Swaddle Sleep Sack is great. Those nifty velcro patches were intended to keep your baby's arms inside, and prevent awakening from the startle reflex. I watched Brianna, completely wake up from the startle reflex over and over. Her arms would fan out and she was awake! That's when I decided to put her in the Swaddle Sack. She slept so much better.


Temperature 
  
At one point Brianna started waking more frequently for a few days in a row, right at the start of winter. I noticed her little hands and feet were cold. Now it's pretty warm in our house. As a matter of fact, I slept in shorts and a tank top. Apparently that wasn't warm enough for Brianna. I had to adjust the temperature for her. When I did, she was back to her normal sleep schedule. The same thing happened in the summer when it got really warm out. At this point she was sleeping through the night, and I found her waking up a few nights… it was too warm for her. It was only April, I never turn on the air condition this earlyI had to put a low fan setting on the A.C. and that kept her comfortable. Babies are picky about the right temperature. We naturally regulated their temperatures for them, while they were in utero. Out here, it's a bit more difficult to get that temperature just right.

Hunger

Ok this may sound self explanatory but it's not. You may Think your baby is hungry, but she may not be. Here are some clues your baby is waking up because she is truly hungry:

1. She's wakes up whining at first, then transitions into a louder and louder cry. If your baby wakes up hysterical, she's probably waking up because she's scared or confused not because she's immediately hungry. Babies will wake up screaming if they fell asleep in your arms, and didn't go to sleep on their own. They wake up alarmed, wondering where they are, and where you disappeared.

2. Your baby is waking up consistent with her daytime feeding schedule. Meaning if she's eating every 4 hours during the day, she will probably do the same at night. Especially if she is young. A young baby may only be able to make it 4hrs at night. If your baby is older, her consistent wakings may be purely out of habit, so continue reading to see if other clues are present

3. She only wakes for one feeding. If your baby is only waking for one feeding, and goes right back to sleep, she is most likely hungry and still needs that feeding. If your baby is waking up multiple times a night, chances are she is just comfort feeding. (Unless she is really young of course)


4. When your baby is eating, you hear loud, audible swallows. What I mean is, she is not just playing around, suckling a little here, a little there. She is truly drinking and actively eating. Some babies wake up from a sleep cycle, and just want to be soothed back to sleep, and the bottle or breast is obviously going to do the trick. Brianna was infamous for this. She would wake up, suckle a little, and fall right asleep on me. I would slip her into bed and half hour to an hour later, she did it again. She wasn't hungry, she was using me as a soother!

5. Your baby stays awake during the entire feeding, and usually drinks a large bottle or feeds from both breasts. A baby wouldn't be able to eat that much, if she was not hungry. It is also possible that your baby is eating a large amount out of habit, or simply because it's offered and she knows it's an easy way to fall back asleep. If your baby is comfort feeding while her stomach is full, she will eat a little bit and fall asleep on the bottle or breast. So it can be very tricky. You have to really be in-tune with your baby's hunger cues. 


6. Here's the biggie, your baby falls asleep after you place her back in the crib awake! Now only a content baby could do that. If you fulfilled her need for calories because she was hungry, and she falls asleep knowing that she is back in her crib, then she was most likely hungry. Otherwise she would put up a fight and stay awake.

When Brianna was finally waking only to eat, I knew she was truly hungry. By now I learned the difference. She would guzzle her milk like it's the last time she would ever have it. She stayed awake the whole time with the sole intention of eating. She didn't play around, waste time, or fall asleep on the breast. When she was done (usually within 10min), I would place her back in the crib awake. She fell asleep right away, of course so did I, and we both woke up with a smile in the morning. She continued to have this one night time feeding, until she was just about 8 months. I even emailed the Sleep Sense Program who's opinion I truly value, just to make sure I was doing things right by still feeding her, and this is the response I got:

Hi Violet,

That is absolutely fine then as long as she is staying awake for it and falling asleep in her bed, on her own afterward. You're on the right path!


Best,


Regan Forsyth
Sleep Sense Client Support

Growth Spurt

We all heard about this right? Your baby grows at a rapid rate and needs to eat more. Common growth spurts are 7-10 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months. Give or take a little, they are not exact. Brianna must of hit every single one of these. She was on a great sleep schedule, then all of the sudden started waking frequently. I knew it was only a growth spurt, because it only lasted 3-4 days. After a while, I loved growth spurts. Because at the end of each growth spurt, she would get right back on her sleep schedule, and even slept a little bit longer. My recommendation, just feed on demand during a growth spurt. If you are breastfeeding, don't worry about your supply being low. Your supply will actually increase to meet the demand of your baby. I always thought it was cool how that works. Don't forget to drink extra fluids. You are going to be thirsty from all the feedings. And if you are bottle feeding, your partner can help with the extra feedings. Growth spurts can be exhausting but thankfully they don't last long.

New Developmental Skill

Your baby learned how to kick, roll, sit or stand and now they want to do it all night. Sound familiar? You can't stop a baby from exploring her new skills. For younger babies, the Swaddle Sack is great. You can use it up until your baby starts to roll. It keeps their little arms and legs inside. At first I wasn't very fond of using the Swaddle Sack. I felt like I was restraining my baby. After a few uses, I realized it was really helping her. By using a good swaddle, you are keeping your baby snug, and preventing her from even getting the idea of kicking or swinging her arms. At first I was swaddling Brianna in a regular receiving blanket. It didn't take long for her to slip out of there. As soon as an arm or leg broke loose, she fully woke up to further experiment. With the SleepSack , that never even crossed her mind because her extremities never came out of it. She slept so soundly in it. Now you see why I love this thing?

When my baby Brianna learned how to sit and crawl, that's all she wanted to do! I would put her in the crib awake, and up she went. When your baby starts practicing her new skills, simply remind her it's time to sleep and place her back into her usual sleep position. You will most likely have to do that over and over, because chances are she's going to keep getting up. After a few tries she should get the point and tire out. Keep in mind that she could be testing you, to see if you allow her to play. Keep conversation to a minimum, so that you don't over-stimulate her. Only repeat it's sleepy time if she really resists, whines, or fusses. If you did your bedtime routine, and did everything else right, your baby will eventually fall asleep. Because guess what time it is?… sleepy time, meaning she is already drowsy and tired. Your baby will soon tire out and give up and fall asleep. If however, your baby thinks this is a game, walking out of the room may work better. Not all babies respond well to being laid down over and over. 

I also encourage lots of playtime on the mat during the day. This helps your baby practice her new skills, so she's not doing it so much at night. Unfortunately there's not much you can do when your baby is going through this part of development. Just wait it out, until your baby learns and masters the skill. She will soon go back to her regular sleep schedule. Learn more about Sleep Regressions

Teething

For some babies teething can feel like an itch, and for others it can be very painful. But either way, it's annoying and can keep a baby up. 6 months is the average time a baby gets her first tooth, but it can be way earlier or later. Bottom line, you will have to find some way to ease the pain. Talk to to your doctor about some options. You can also check out my article Chamomile for Babies. I have some really neat tips.

Light

Is there any light coming in the room? Perhaps it's a full moon, or your neighbor just bought a new garage light. Lights can really bother a sleeping baby, because they disrupt the sleep-wake cycle. Illumination suppresses Melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. If you suspect light to be waking your baby, I recommend room darkening or black out shades. Before we put Brianna in her own room, she slept 2 hours later in our bedroom which had the room darkening shades. I learned that she's one of those babies that wakes as soon as there's any tiny bit of light coming through. Blackout shades are great, they keep the bright sunlight out, and most of them block out 95-99% of light. 

Some babies are just more sensitive than others. Studies show that even a small amount of light can prevent us from going to sleep and staying asleep. You may have to get rid of the cute nightlight you registered for, or cover up the light on the smoke detector. I actually had to cover the green light coming from the baby monitor camera. I just stuck a piece of black tape on the light. I caught Brianna staring at it the first few nights we installed it, it was preventing her from falling asleep. It was such a tiny pin size light, but it still bothered her. Some babies won't even give you any clue that a light is bothering them. Instead they will just have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.

You can buy room darkening shades in Home Depot or Lowe's. You might have to custom order the black out shades, which don't permit any light. You can also take a look at these blackout shades. I have done some research and these seem to have the best reviews. They are also less expensive than custom shades.

Illness
It should be no surprise that a baby that is sick, is now waking in the middle of the night. Whether it's a cold, stomach bug, or just a fever, your baby will have a hard time sleeping due to the discomfort. Stuffy noses cause mouth breathing, and mouth breathing causes dry mouth, which in turn makes your baby wake more frequently. Fevers are also very uncomfortable, even for us adults, so think about what it does to our babies who can't communicate their needs. During this time, try your best to soothe your baby, but you may just have to deal with a few rough nights. 


So there you have it, the most common reasons a baby wakes frequently at night. If your baby is still waking, for reasons other than the ones mentioned above, you may want to try taking a free sleep assessment, to see what's going on with your child's sleep. You answer a few questions, and get emailed back a detailed report with suggestions on what to do. 
Check it out here.

I am also available for consultations. I can create a sleep plan for your baby and help you with the entire process, so that your baby can start sleeping through the night. If you need help getting your baby to sleep, please take a look at my Consultation Packages, or see what others are saying about my services on the Testimonials Page



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When Do Babies Sleep Through the Night?


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When a baby is waking up several times a night, parents want to know, when will my baby sleep through the night?. If you have researched and googled this topic already, then you have most likely noticed that every source gives you a different answer. So I will attempt to clear things up, and provide you with the best answer to this question. After all, I bet your dying to know when this exhaustion will end, and when your baby will finally sleep through the night.

First, let's define sleeping through the night.

The "medical" definition of sleeping through the night is 5 hours. Now I know some of you would be happy with a measly 5 hours, but most of you want to know when your baby will sleep the entire night right? Say 10-12hrs?

After doing so much research I have narrowed the numbers down, and only considered answers from highly trusted sleep experts and organizations. Such as, pediatric sleep expert Jodi Mindell, The National Sleep Foundation, American Academy of Pediatrics, to name a few. I am a firm believer in gathering the most trusted and up to date information. Anyone can say anything they want on the web. Making sure the information is from a reliable source is very important, so that you know what information to trust. With that being said, most of these experts say that a baby is capable of sleeping an 8-12 hour stretch between the ages of 3-6 months.


Some babies take a bit longer than 6 months, but usually only wake and need one feeding. If for example your 7 month old baby is sleeping for a 10 hour stretch, then wakes for a feeding and goes right back to sleep, then this may be normal for her age. Chances are, that is the longest she can make it without needing a feed. As she gets older the stretch of sleep will extend, until she no longer needs it. To make sure that this doesn't become a habitual waking, always remember to put your baby down awake after a feeding.  It is very easy for a baby to start waking at a certain hour to be nursed back to sleep as a habit. Especially during the morning hours, when sleep is the lightest. So if your baby truly needs a feeding, always make sure she is put down awake when she's done . For more information on how to put your baby down awake, please refer to my article "How to Teach Your Baby to Self Soothe"


Another point worth mentioning is that just because most babies are capable of sleeping through the night at this age, doesn't mean they do sleep through the night. Many babies have bad sleep habits. They rely on sleep props or associations to fall asleep. They need mommy to do the work for them, and have other issues preventing them from sleeping through the night. If these issues are not addressed, then your baby may continue waking several times a night. Parents like to think that their baby's sleep troubles are just a phase and their baby will eventually outgrow this phase. A recent study shows that sleep troubles in infancy continue until 3 years of age. A similar study shows up to 5 years. Chances are your baby is not going to outgrow her sleep troubles anytime soon.


So somewhere between the age of 3-6 months, a baby is capable of sleeping through the night. Even if your baby is a little bit older and still waking for that one feeding, that is perfectly normal. But waking several times a night at that age definitely needs to be investigated further. Because by waiting and hoping that things will improve on their own, you will see that things usually only get worse. 


If you need more help getting your baby to sleep through the night, I have many resources on my site. Please look through my articles, and feel free to contact me. A great start would be this article "How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: My Secrets Revealed".




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Sleep Sense Program Review

When your baby keeps you up all night long and you can’t get more than two or three hours of shut-eye at a time, it can feel like your whole world is falling apart. You’re exhausted. You can’t think straight. Your nerves are completely frayed. In other words, you’re not exactly at your parenting best. And your child isn’t at his or her best, either. When babies and children don’t get a full night’s rest, everything is harder for them. They are fussy and cranky all day. They don’t eat right. Learning basic skills is more challenging. Sleep deprivation starts to take a toll on the whole family. I know I have been there!

I used to have a lot of trouble getting Brianna to sleep well at night. For months, she’d go to bed really late, then wake me up four or five times a night,  demanding to be fed, rocked, or just held back to sleep. It was a nightmare! I love her to pieces, but she was cranky and always tired. I was sleep-deprived and exhausted! And it wasn't getting any better either, this lasted almost a year! I knew something had to be done. Through the midst of all my crazy research on how to get her to sleep through the night, I came across the Sleep Sense site. It's run by  Dana Obleman a professional sleep coach who created the Sleep Sense Program. I started reading and a lot of the things she was saying, described to a T what was going on with Brianna. So I immediately took the free customized sleep plan. I have to be honest, at first I was a little bit weary about this site, and the way it is advertised, sort of "sales pitch" style. But I am so glad I tried her methods. The first night it took Brianna 1 hour to fall asleep on her own, by the 3rd night we were down to 5 minutes. Brianna was a very stubborn and strong-willed 8 month old, with many sleep associations. Dana's methods worked wonders for our family. She uses a very gentle and effective approach. If you have been reading my blog you know I'm totally against CIO. It was really hard to trust any program guaranteeing my baby to sleep through the night, but at least this one will give you your money back if your baby doesn't. I could not believe that within a week my baby who was waking every 1-2 hours was falling asleep on her own and sleeping through the night. Needless to say…we didn't need our money back:)

Before I even purchased the program, I became a fan on Dana's Facebook page and saw a lot of really great comments about her sleep training methods. Those are real people on there and real comments, no marketing and no gimmicks. Each day I read testimonials and success stories, and saw that she’s obviously helped a huge number of families! These families were a real inspiration and the reason I decided to give the Sleep Sense a try. 

Here is a comment a Father...yes a Father posted on her page. It's kind of long but I just had to share.

"Not sure if this is a real email address or not, but I wanted to send a response. My wife and I have been struggling with our 5-month old to sleep (naps and at night) since we brought her home. She rarely slept more than an hour at a time at night and rarely napped for more than 30 minutes during the day. We have been suffering from sleep deprivation for many weeks, and although I think we inherently knew we were doing something wrong, we were simply too tired to think straight.

I signed up for your program yesterday morning after a HORRIBLE sleepless night and forwarded the user and password information to my wife at home. She began reading the material almost immediately and called me in tears saying how many mistakes we've committed and bad habits we've instilled in our daughter. The way you laid it out really made sense to us and gave us hope from the very beginning. We read the material together aloud yesterday evening and put the bedtime routine into action last night.

We're not naive enough to believe all is well instantly, but after a 45 minutes of mixed screaming-crying-sobbing...Abi
gail slept for 12 straight hours: from 7:30 pm to 7;30 am. We woke to my alarm in stunned disbelief. We look forward to daytime naps that will allow us to exercise, clean house, or even relax. We are craving the adult time we can enjoy by putting her to bed earlier and going out for dinner together. But most importantly, we look forward to the happy, giggly times lasting longer and knowing that our daughter is getting her proper rest. As parents, we can tell that she has been WANTING to sleep and was getting frustrated that she COULDN'T!! She didn't know how, and you're helping us teach her
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Your program is not rocket science. The principles are simple and straightforward--as were reading we kept saying "that makes total sense." The value in your program is the way you lay it out, the plain language you use to describe your ideas, and the kind way you point out the mistakes we're making. Thank you very much for making your product available...what a difference a day can make.

This morning, I drank a cup of coffee because I like the taste...not because I needed it to stay awake on the drive to work.

May God watch over you and bless you and your family."

Jonathan and Patricia

This is why I recommend the Sleep Sense program, many other books and programs just sound like gimmicks to me. This is a program created by a real mom, just trying to help other sleep deprived moms. I see nothing but great things being said about this program and Dana Obleman herself. She's helped so many people with a success rate in the 90's in getting babies to sleep through the night. I like to see proof, so that was pretty impressive to me! I don't think any other program could offer that. I would never lose credibility on my blog which has so many loyal readers, by recommending something bogus. I'm just really, really, impressed with this program. I just had to review and share it. Here's more information on the program. It's currently on sale on this page: www.sleepsense.net/share  

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: My Secrets Revealed

So if you have been following my blog, you know that my first baby was a horrible sleeper, totally my fault! I was a new mom and had no idea what I was doing. I had no clue that little things like nursing or rocking my baby to sleep would be the reason she would be up all hours of the night. Babies should really come with manuals! I have done tons of research and now I know, and I vow never to make the same mistakes again.

sleep training, train baby, what age do babies sleep through the nightSo when I had my second baby, I did things right. She started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks...Yea I know that's nuts! I never thought it would be possible. Friends say things like, "you're lucky, you have an easy baby". Little do they know, it has NOTHING to do with luck.  The reason a baby wakes up multiple times at night has a lot to do with how mommy or daddy puts that baby to sleep (unless of course they are teething, sick or going through a growth spurt). So I am about to reveal to you my secrets of how I got my baby to sleep through the night.


Bedtime Routine

This is the easy part. Start with a solid, and consistent bedtime routine, at a descent hour (no later than 8:30pm). This will help teach your baby predictability. The more they know what's coming, the more likely they are to accept it. You can start by something simple like a bath and reading a book. It doesn't have to be anything complex. As long as it is the same routine, every night, at the same time. Eventually your baby will get use to this routine and know it's time to go to bed and not time to play.



Create a good sleeping environment 

This may include things such as: room darkening shades, swaddling if your baby is young, comfortable jammies, proper room temperature. Anything you can do to make them as comfortable as can be, to promote a restful nights sleep. Take a look at my recommended sleep items to help you get started. 


Teach your baby to self settle

Take my advice, unless you want to be up all night replacing that pacifier, comfort nursing, or rocking your baby back to sleep, allow your baby to self settle and fall asleep on his or her own. It's the best thing you can do for your baby's sleep. And imagine how many extra Zzzz's you can catch, if you don't have to keep running back in the room to put your baby back to sleep. I wrote a whole separate article about this topic, read more here .



Make sure your baby is not hungry.

So here's the thing with this. A baby can usually sleep through the night, when she can take in enough calories during the day so that she doesn't need to wake at night to eat. If your baby's stomach is not yet mature enough to do this, you can fill her up all you want, and she still won't sleep through the night. A newborn's stomach is small and needs to grow enough to be able to hold a substantial amount to make it through the night. With that being said, you want to make sure you are always giving your baby enough breastmilk or formula, so when that developmental milestone happens, she will be able to sleep through the night, and not wake hungry a few hours later. We don't really know exactly when that happens, so it is hard to gauge. Experts say between 4-6 months, but it can vary greatly. So we don't want to overlook this opportunity. A perfect example is my daughter, who was sleeping sleeping 5 hours at night, but would sleep longer stretches (7-8 hours) during the day. I knew she was capable of going that long without needing a feed. So why not at night? I thought. I figured out that by the time we reached bedtime, she had exhausted my supply, she was breast-fed  and I didn't have what she needed to make it through the night. This was a simple fix. I pumped an extra 2 ounces in the morning and added it to the nighttime feed and voila! She started sleeping 8hrs through the night that same night. 

Another scenario is that if your baby has many bad sleep habits and sleep associations, you can also fill her up all you want, and she won't sleep through the night. My first baby had so many sleep associations, I tried everything to get her to sleep through. I gave her more breastmilk, I put cereal in her bottle (horrible, I know), I tried increasing solids when she reached that age, and nothing worked! She just had to learn the skills to fall asleep on her own to be able to sleep through the night. Babies have many sleep-wake cycles and if they don't know how to put themselves back to sleep after a cycle, they are going to need you to do it. Whether by rocking, nursing, or any other sleep association. So make sure you allow your baby to self settle, so that when her stomach reaches maturity, she can sleep through the night without needing your help to put her back to sleep. 


Don't put off fixing bad habits

If you have been putting off making any changes in your baby's sleep routine, for fear of what you might have to deal with, then remember that it's only going get harder as your baby gets older. Also, keep in mind that a tired baby is a cranky baby, so you are not doing your baby a favor by putting things off. It makes daily tasks for them harder. It makes skills like rolling, crawling, standing alot harder to accomplish. Can you imagine putting a baby that is not well rested down on a mat to do tummy time...yeah right! Babies need to get their daily sleep requirements in, otherwise reaching these developmental milestones is going to be extremely difficult for them. Not to mention what the fragmented sleep does to you as a parent. Your nerves get frayed, you're on edge, you're anxious about what the next night is going to be like. Trust me, I know! I have been through months of exhaustion and lack of sleep. When I finally found out why my baby wasn't sleeping, I was astonished to find out that for the most part it was my fault. I quickly learned how to fix things, and now I have two wonderful sleepers. I hope that my tips can help some of you. I have started this site for that reason. Please read through my articles. I hope that my extensive research brings you a wealth of information. I have helped many families over the years, and have talked to many parents that were struggling with the same problems as me. Because I could relate, I poured my heart into these "sessions".  As you could imagine, the demand for my assistance got really high. So I recently started consultation packages so that I can work with families one on one. If you need help beyond the articles that I have written, and your baby will not sleep well, please take a look at my Consultation Packages


Sleep Regression

This is what a typical sleep regression looks like:
Your baby goes from sleeping through the night, to suddenly waking several times a night. She can't fall asleep, or stay asleep. She fights naps, bedtime, and wakes frequently at night, often crying. Your baby is clingy, cranky and super needy during the day. You have ruled out illness, teething, and it's way longer than a few day growth spurt.


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A sleep regression most commonly presents itself at around 4 months, 9 months, and 12 months.  This is around the time that your baby is going through some major milestones: rolling, sitting, standing, crawling, walking etc. What's actually happening with your baby is pretty interesting. Your baby is going through tremendous cognitive development. She is learning new skills and is practicing them in her head. Over and over, until they finally master the skill, which usually then terminates the sleep regression. Your baby's brain during this time is in overdrive. Try to imagine for a minute what you feel like the night before a big event like going away on a vacation, or the night before your wedding. You stay up all night thinking about everything, making sure you don't forget anything. You toss and turn, and keep looking at the clock. It keeps getting later and later and no matter what you do, you can't turn off your thoughts and just fall asleep. You start to get angry which makes it even harder to fall asleep. At this point you just want to scream! The next day you are over tired, cranky and just want to crawl back into your bed. This is exactly what's going on with your baby. Your baby can't turn off the brain work. She tries to soothe herself to sleep like she always did, but that doesn't seem to work. She often wakes up crying and screaming for your help, because she can't do it on her own. Your baby becomes overtired from all of this interrupted sleep, and ends up being cranky all day long.

So what do you do?

 1.) Try your best to stick to your bedtime routine to keep things consistent. You may have to make minor adjustments during a regression, but you don't want to completely change your routine, this will only confuse your little one even more.

 2.) Extra comfort during this time. Extra hugs and kisses. Try your best to settle your baby.

 3.) Don't let your baby cry. Respond to her need. She's telling you she's confused, tired, and doesn't know what to do with all these new ideas in her head. Respond to her, distract her, let her know it's ok and that you are there beside her, to help her through this.

 4.) Pull out your bag of tricks (most of which you probably used when your baby was newborn). White noise, bouncer, binky, "lovey", whatever it takes to get your baby to sleep. You both need sleep, otherwise you will find it very difficult to make it through several week of this.

5.) Lullabies work great to calm your baby down before bed, and to slow down all that brain work. Try incorporating a few lullabies in your bedtime routine. Brianna's favorite was Baby Einstein Lullabies

6.) Give your baby some practice time during the day to master her new skill. Let her roll around on the carpet or mat. Encourage tummy time if she's having a hard time rolling off her tummy. Help her out with crawling, with activities like these 
Toys for Crawling Babies

7.) Remember a sleep regression doesn't last forever, on average 2-6 weeks. The 8 month sleep regression usually lasts the longest because of all the physical development. Keep reminding yourself that this will pass, and your life will be back to normal soon.

8.) Sometimes there's not much you can do, but just tough it out.  Stay strong, don't get frustrated, and take naps during the day to be handle the rough night

I have been through this and it's not pretty. My baby went from sleeping 12 hours to suddenly waking several times a night. I was so confused and frustrated, until my Pediatrician told me about the regression. Made total sense to me once it was explained. Brianna's sleep regression only lasted 2-3 weeks. I thought to myself  "I have been through months of not sleeping, I can sure handle a couple weeks". So I just cuddled her more, responded right away, and even gave her extra feedings. I was so afraid that the extra feedings would be a major set back. I thought I would have to start sleep training all over again, but I knew she needed it during that time. I strongly believed that since she had already mastered the skills of falling asleep independently for several weeks, she would go back to that once the regression was over. And guess what? That's exactly what happened. Once she worked out whatever she was working on in her little noggin, she immediately went back to sleeping 12 hours a night.

I look at a sleep regression  like when you first bring your baby home from the hospital. Anything goes at that point, anything she needs you provide. No set rules.  So that the both of you get some sleep, otherwise you'll slowly start to lose your sanity. Don't be afraid that your going to have to start sleep training all over. Like I said, once your baby already has those skills, the most that you'll have to do is remind her, not start all over.

If it has already been several weeks and your baby is still waking up frequently or relying on you to fall asleep, there may be other sleep issues causing this. Take advantage of the free sleep assessment HERE. You will get a detailed report back within a few minutes on what might be going on, and how you could fix it. This a wonderful tool and it's the first step I took to get Brianna sleeping through the night. If you are still having trouble, I am also available for consultations. I can create a sleep plan for your baby, and help him/her start sleeping through the night. Please take a look at my Consultation Packages or see what others are saying about how I have helped them.


My next article How I got My Baby to Sleep Through the Night!



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Sleep Associations

What exactly is a sleep association?

baby wakes screaming, baby wakes everySleep associations or "sleep props" are anything that your baby uses to fall asleep. Nursing to sleep and rocking are the most common. But there are many others. The breast, a pacifier, a blankie or "lovey", white noise, rocking, swinging, movement in the car or stroller, can all be sleep associations. Sleep associations are a normal part of falling asleep. Even us as adults need something to help us fall asleep. But it's when your baby will not sleep at night or takes poor naps, that it becomes a problem...



How do I know if my baby has a sleep association?

Babies that have strong sleep associations usually have very bad sleep patterns. Here is a typical "sleep association baby".

  • Baby will not go to sleep without nursing, rocking, bouncing, stroller, or any other prop.
  • Baby Wakes up crying, or screaming only 30 minutes after being laid down to sleep. (Sometimes even as soon as being transferred into the crib).
  • Wakes frequently at night, usually every 1-2 hours. 
  • Will not sleep through the night without your help. 
  • Naps poorly. Babies that have sleep associations, usually nap no longer than 30 minutes (1 sleep cycle).
  • Cries hysterically when laid down awake.
  • Is clingy, cranky, and fussy throughout the day from all the fragmented sleep.
  • Bedtimes and Naptimes are an all out mess, and you're usually stuck rocking or feeding your baby until she is completely asleep.



How sleep associations can keep your baby up all night.

Think about how you go to sleep each night. Do you read a book, or watch your favorite show before bed? Do you take a warm bath, and slip into your comfy pajamas? Or maybe all you need is your favorite pillow? These are associations that help remind us it's time to sleep, and any deviation from that can completely throw us off. You could be up all night, tossing and turning, just because you don't have your pillow, or you weren't able to take your warm bath. We associate these props or rituals with sleep, so without them it's almost impossible to fall asleep, even if your dead tired! This is exactly what happens with babies. They need that exact sleep association in order to fall asleep, and since they have many sleep-wake cycles during the night, they will also need that particular prop to fall back asleep. Not to mention if your baby has a sleep association with you, then she is going to wake up alarmed, when she realizes she is no longer in your arms. That is something I learned from the Sleep Sense Program.  This is what Dana, the creator of the program says "Everybody is very aware of their environment when they sleep so if you fall asleep on the couch and end in up in your bed, you are probably going to wake up feeling fairly alarmed. A lot of babies, if you watch them when they wake up, they wake up in a startled response, they usually throw their arms out, sit up or stand up if they can, and they are instantly upset because it’s a frightening experience. Also, in transferring, remember that your baby was nice and cozy in your arms and now you are trying to transfer them to the crib. Usually, they wake up on route or just a few minutes after they finally get in to the crib". 

Rocking and nursing a baby to sleep is a parent's natural and immediate response to their baby's crying. And at times, that's ok. However, it becomes a problem when you're up all night nursing, rocking, bouncing to sleep because that's the only way your baby will fall asleep. I rocked and nursed my first baby to sleep, and put her in the swing for naps. For 8 long months we were up multiple times a night. Now with my second baby, I vowed not to make the same mistakes. At only 6 weeks, she started sleeping through the night. 



What can I do?

Like I said, we all need some sort of sleep association each night. However, you have to decide which one you can deal with, and which one won't interfere with your night time sleep. Pacifiers, soothers, white noise machines were all created to help soothe babies. They are all fine to use if they don't become a problem. If your baby needs a pacifier to go to sleep, but doesn't mind when it falls out, then that's great! It's when you're waking up every half hour to stick it back in her mouth, that it becomes a problem. My recommendation is to help your baby learn to fall asleep on her own, so that she doesn't require your help getting back to sleep in the middle of the night. Many parents fear that this means that they will have to incorporate some harsh means of sleep training. Let me reassure you that there are plenty of gentle techniques to achieve this, and you don't have to miss out on any cuddles, kisses, or hugs. My babies got plenty of cuddle time with mommy every single night before bedtime. When we were done cuddling, I laid my baby down awake, and she fell asleep completely on her own in under 2 minutes. No crying, no fussing, just happily and peacefully fell asleep. For more information, read my article on how to Teach Your Baby to Fall Asleep Independently .

If your a baby will not sleep at night or naps poorly, I am also available for Personal Sleep Consultations. Teaching a baby to fall asleep without props is one of my specialties!

Baby Sleep Training: The Basics


baby night, baby will not sleep, baby sleep help, sleep trainingSo you decided that enough is enough! Your baby will not sleep. You need your sleep and sanity back! And the only way to do that is by creating some structure in your baby's sleep routine. Well sleep training will do just that. Learn more about How Sleep Training Can Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night. You don't have to think of sleep training as some harsh means of controlling your baby. And you certainly don't have to hear your baby cry all night. In fact, there doesn't have to be much crying at all. There are many things you can do to help your baby get to sleep, and stay asleep. There are also many no tears, no cry sleep solutions. 

 Here are some of my best sleep training tips:
  • The best place to start is a solid, and consistent bedtime routine, at a decent hour. This will help teach your baby predictability. The more your baby knows what's coming, the more likely she will accept it. You can start with something simple like a bath and reading a book. It doesn't have to be anything complex. As long as it is the same routine, every night, at the same time. Eventually your baby will get use to this routine and know it's time to go to bed.  
  •  Create a good sleep environment. This may include things such as: room darkening shades, swaddling (if your baby is young), comfortable jammies, proper room temperature. Anything you can do to make your baby as comfortable as can be, to promote a restful night's sleep.
  • The next thing is a biggie. What I always try to teach parents is to put your baby down to sleep "drowsy but awake". This may be a little difficult, but it is essential to getting your baby sleeping through the night. Your baby has to learn the skills to fall asleep independently, so that she may do the same when she wakes in the middle of the night. A baby that falls asleep by rocking or nursing, will expect the same thing when she wakes at night. Since babies have many short sleep cycles, they wake a lot. So I'm pretty sure you don't want to keep running in your baby's room to rock or nurse her back to sleep all night. Do yourself and your baby a favor, and put her down to sleep awake. It's the best thing you can do for your baby's sleep. 
  • The next important step, is to find a sleep training method or program that works for you and your family. Sleep training is not easy, and neither is teaching your baby to fall asleep independently. It's going to take major work and you're going to need help, there's nothing wrong with that! There are many programs out there to choose from. Some involve letting your baby cry, others involve little or no tears. To make a decision on which one is best for you and your baby, ask yourself these questions?  Are you comfortable with letting your child cry it out until they fall asleep? Or would you be more comfortable with going in to comfort your baby? There are some programs that utilize both crying and comforting, but if you feel uncomfortable with letting your baby cry at all, then make sure your research first. Think long and hard about how you want to do this, because once you start, you're going to have to be firm and consistent. I highly recommend the Sleep Sense Program. I wrote a review on it here. If you don't want to buy a program, you can try a variety of different methods created by "sleep experts" to see what works, but this may take a lot more time and patience. It will be a trial and error kind of thing. To learn more about those methods refer to my article Sleep Training: No Cry Methods . There are many choices, pick something you feel comfortable with, and something you can actually see yourself committing to.
  • The last, and most important piece of advice I can offer, is to be consistent and don't give up! Whichever program or method you choose, no matter how hard it gets, and how badly you want to give up, stick to it! If your baby takes and hour to fall asleep the first night and 50 minutes the next, that's progress. Take every day at a time, don't look too far ahead and hope your baby is going to be sleeping through the night within a few days. Sleep training takes time, patience, and commitment. And think about what your poor baby is going through, this isn't easy for her either. Your baby wants to be able to just fall asleep and stay asleep just as much as you want her to. It's a process, you have to go through together. If your lucky, you can sleep train your baby within a week, but for most, it's going to take a bit longer. It's not easy, but I promise you the uninterrupted and blissful night's sleep, makes it all worth it in the end. Good luck, happy sleep training!

For more help and information on how to get your baby to sleep through the night, please take a look at my Personal Consultation Packages