Baby Sleep Problems

Baby Sleep Problem: Help, I Feel Like A Human Pacifier at Bedtime!

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Weekly Baby Sleep Problem for The Sleep Lady: “My son is now 15 months old and still nursing at morning and night.  In everything I read, it always says put your baby in the crib “drowsy but awake.” Is it just me, or is that way harder than it sounds?!  Whenever I try and stop nursing my son at night time before bed, he fights back hard!  He fusses if…

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Toddler Sleep Question: My Toddler Needs to Be Rocked to Sleep All the Time!

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This week’s Toddler Sleep Question for The Sleep Lady: “I have made the mistake of rocking my now 13 month old to sleep. If I attempt to put him in his crib sleepy but awake he will stand and start crying. If I try to lie him back down or soothe him without picking him up he only gets madder. Any advice on breaking the habit of rocking to sleep?…

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Baby Sleep Issues: My Baby Wakes at Night! Please Help, I’m Desperate!

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“My 11 month old son doesn’t have a problem falling asleep, it’s staying asleep. He still wakes at night… sometimes 3-4 times a night! He wakes up crying and wants me to put him back to sleep. In order to fall back asleep I need to either carry him or nurse him to pacify him. He’s not nursing out of hunger. He often falls back asleep within a minute or two. I’m…

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Help! My baby learned to stand and is no longer sleeping through the night!

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In this week’s blog I decided to discuss how developmental milestones such as learning to stand up can wreak havoc with a good sleeper’s routine! Here are two questions I received: My son is 8 months old and at 6 months, he started to sleep through the night – after I tried your techniques. But by 7 months, when he started teething, he wanted to constantly be picked up at…

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Toddler Sleep Problem: Summer Sleep Routine Busters

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No matter how hard you try to keep your child on a predictable and comforting sleep routine, disruptions are inevitable, and so are some toddler sleep problems. Some routine-busters, like a vacation or a weekend at the grandparents, are planned and welcome. Others, like illnesses, strike without warning and can turn a child’s sleep upside down. Some children are more adaptable than others, and get back into their normal routine…

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Tips for When More than One Child or Baby Won’t Sleep

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What can you do when your baby won’t sleep? Many tired parents call me for help in getting all their children to sleep better! Some are upset that they have repeated a negative sleep habit with their second child and others find their level of sleep deprivation from having two children up at night who won’t sleep more than they can bear. All of these parents notice that it is…

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How to End Night Feedings After Six Months Old

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The most common problem by far that I have encountered with children and behavioral sleep disorders is that most children who experience problems falling asleep have never learned to fall asleep without a breast or bottle in their mouths. This problem of needing this sleep crutch compounds as they get older and no longer physically need a bottle or breast before going to sleep. As they become toddlers, they are…

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Creating A Secure Mother-Baby Attachment

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Many of the families Peter and I have worked with in our practices tell us they have been influenced by literature referring to “attachment theory”. I spent some time writing about this in “Good Night, Sleep Tight“, but I thought it would be helpful to write more about how to create a balanced, secure mother-baby attachment with your child. We will start with sharing a case example (names and details…

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Why Does My Baby Fight Sleep? – Sleep Coaching the Super Alert Child

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Sometimes I hear parents who haven’t tried my system, predict that it could not possibly work for their child. They believe it will only work for “easy” or “mellow” babies. It can work for all children, including some babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with special emotional needs or physical challenges. Patience and consistency are important for sleep-shaping with any child. They are are particularly essential in dealing with these more alert or…

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