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"my baby has hes irregular sleep hes awake at night but sleeps at morning . what should I do? I hope you could help me out cause I'm really having a hard time." -- NINADAINEL - 6/26/2013 3:42:36 PM
"Babies are very smart and learn that if they cry for 30 minutes and then get picked up, they will cry for 30 minutes, then 35 then 40 -- as long as it takes for people to come and pick them up. Learning other soothing techniques that attend to your baby and let them know you are there without picking them up can be a helpful in-between. This site can help you learn which ones will work best for you. The Baby Sleep Site" -- TONKA_14 - 7/22/2012 1:36:19 PM
"My baby is 6 weeks old and does not sleep AT ALL....I have tried every tip I have found onthe internet and have been given by other moms and nothing seems to work. I can not get her to take more than a 20 min nap every few days. The thought of her taking a 2-3 hr nap is just a dream for us! She was sleeping through the night pretty good until a few days ago, now it's just an hr or two at a time. She cries the moment you put her down and doesn't stop until I pick her up. I know this is not good to do but it is the only way either of us gets any sleep. The Dr tells me this is normal but I find that hard to believe. I'm scared to let her cry it out longer than 30 mins at a time but that just starts the problem all over again. I don't know what to do at this point." -- KGBMOM - 7/21/2012 3:12:17 PM
"It is not uncommon for sleep patterns to change. I found the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" very helpful when my kids were newborns." -- SAMANTHABABYFIT - 10/13/2011 11:32:02 AM
"My baby is 6 weeks old and use to wake for night feeds every three and half to four hours. He is very easy to settle down to bed at eleven o clock but recently has statrted to have his awake time after his first night feed at three o clock and remains awake for hours kicking and gurgling. Any ideas as to why this is happening now after such a good start." -- KILFITHMONE - 10/13/2011 7:26:05 AM
"Good article. Sometimes when my baby is awake, I don't know if I should be trying to put her to sleep or not so this advice helped - reading her cues.

We are starting to try a nighttime routine by making the last feeding of the night always at 10 but letting her do what she wants during the day as far as eating. It seems to work b/c it's easy to feed, change her, rock her, and put her down with no issues. Now if only I could get her to nap more during the day!" -- SUZI4HEALTH - 1/19/2011 11:16:53 AM
"Great article! Mine has always adamantly resisted efforts to get him on any kind of schedule, and everyone has been happier if I just follow his cues which as he has gotten older, have organized into a flexible routine all on their own. I didn't have to force or fight him into anything, and now at 13.5 months, *all by himself*, he has weaned from the paci, nightweaned, sleeps 6-7 continuous hours about 2/3 of the time, and nurses at bedtime and then happily goes to sleep with me just patting his back for a few minutes. I would help him make adjustments as needed, but it never involved leaving him to cry alone (sometimes he cried in our arms), and it really helped to have realistic expectations.

Another note I'ld love to see about newborn sleep is that frequent waking, and sleeping close to a caregiver, is protective against SIDS. Babies who sleep very deeply for very long periods of time are at higher risk of SIDS because they may not be able to rouse from sleep if there is a problem. Not that parents of babies who naturally sleep for longer periods should be fearful, but I found comfort in knowing that my baby woke frequently and had difficulty sleeping alone probably had a good reason for it." -- MAMAMIRI - 1/19/2011 9:29:51 AM
"My baby is six weeks old & started sleeping through the night for 6-7hours from 5 weeks! I feel very blessed as she's rarer than I realised :)" -- LOVELYRUTHIE - 8/6/2010 12:38:15 PM
"My sister gave me her copy of "On Becoming Babywise" and it changed my life. My 2nd baby was very big & also a big feeder. She had to be fed so often too. I just couldn't get it together!! One thing though, I breast fed her to sleep every night. I just had to have a reliable method to get her to bed because I was just so exhausted. I feared the trouble ahead as I knew that she would need me to nurse her to sleep. But guess what!! The opposite happened. I waited until she was ready to move on and now she is so easy to send to bed. NEVER has she climbed into our bed, NEVER has she protested at bedtime, NEVER has she refused to go to bed or even get out of bed. The best thing is, if she is really tired she will say, "Mummy, I'm tired, I'm going to bed now". She started sending herself to bed at age 3. It just goes to show that there is great advice & help out there. But ultimately it's up to you & bub. Find your compromise, and don't worry about the "do-gooders". The transition periods for my daughter have been seamless & I believe it's because we negotiated with each other right from her birth. In fact, I breastfed her until she was nearly 3 .5 years old & only stopped because my Partner & I wanted to conceive our 3rd bundle of joy. Again with the breastfeeding we negotiated & compromised to suit both our needs.
So I wish you all good luck with sleep cycle establishing!! Just listen to bub and work together!" -- DOCTORSPEZZA - 7/27/2009 10:05:47 AM
"I also read "On Becoming Baby Wise" however I found it to be too rigid. After a few weeks of frustration because of trying to go by the book, I allowed my daughter to "show " me her natural "Schedule" or rhythm. I am so grateful. It has been three weeks and she now only wakes up once during the night to nurse and takes most of her naps in her own bed. It is also interesting to note she follows a similar routine as stated in Baby wise but I didn't have to force it on her she lead the way. As it is said no child is the same ( thank goodness) and trying to fit them the same size "box" just isn't realistic nor fun." -- BDIANE - 7/27/2009 9:29:54 AM
"I also read the "On Becoming Baby Wise" and it was wonderful!! My LO is 8 weeks old and is now going down to bed around 8:30/9pm and up once in the middle of the night and then up at around 8am. It was pretty easy going for him to get into a routine, we just had a challenge when he went through his 6 week growth spurt - then he emerged going to bed earlier and waking up in the middle of the night later - it's been a good experience! I also highly recommend the book!" -- RJSMOMMY09 - 7/27/2009 9:03:31 AM
"I read a book called "On Becoming BabyWise" and it really helped me out with getting my little one on a routine. So far we have his day time feedings down to almost clockwork (he wakes for his feedings, I don't go by the clock at all or need to wake him) and he only wakes up at the most twice at night for feedings!! It is a great book and I recommend it to everyone!" -- BBYDOLL509 - 5/4/2009 11:42:16 AM
"Great article!

My 11 week old has been on a routine since he was 8 weeks old. He starts to get cranky at 6. At that point it is bath (or sponge bath depending on the day), put lotion on, feed and read at the same time. Around 8 when everything is done he is fast asleep." -- ARAMSEY246 - 10/28/2008 3:21:55 PM
"This was a great article! I've received so many comments on how my infant should be sleeping, but most are unrealistic. There is so much preasure to get your baby to sleep through the night at a young age, and many books with different techniques on how to accomplish that. I am glad to know that it is normal for my infant to wake up once a night to eat." -- SYLVIA86 - 7/24/2007 12:22:17 PM
"This article is very informative. Thank you." -- 15TEDDIES - 5/2/2007 4:54:05 PM
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