Posted on August 10, 2016

Baby Sleeping Tips – Answers To Common Questions + Sleep Chart

 **I have an awesome guest post today with some great baby sleeping tips from Lynette Harper, a Sleep Consultant with Serene Sleep Solutions! I know there may be a lot of you mommies and daddies out there who could use these tips. Read below about the answers to some of her most popular questions and reach out to her if you have any more questions!
Hi Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Guardians, Aunts, Uncles, and any other family members. If you’re reading this blog post chances are you have a baby in your family that doesn’t like to sleep or has a hard time sleeping. You may even be about to have a little one.

I should introduce myself before we get started. I’m Lynette Harper, the owner of Serene Sleep Solutions and a dedicated baby and toddler sleep consultant. I love helping families find the solution to why their baby won’t sleep and seeing the results of families getting the sleep they need! I feel honoured to be able to do a guest post on Let’s Find Joy.

Here are the most commonly questions I get as a sleep consultant:

“Do I have to let my baby cry-it-out?”

The answer is NO. I do not offer cry-it-out methods. By this I mean leaving your baby alone to cry until they fall asleep from exhaustion. However, the majority of the time, there will be tears involved in the process of sleep training. There are three methods I offer and how your baby responds to them depends on what type of personality your baby has and how old your baby is.

There is an intermediate method that usually involves tears, a gentle method that involves few tears, and a very gentle method that involves a few sniffles. The one thing to keep in mind is the more gentle the method you choose, the longer it will take. You can read more about my methods through the following link:

http://www.serenesleepsolutions.ca/approach

“At what age should my baby stop eating through the night?”

This is a question that I never have a set answer for. All babies are different. Some need to eat more often than others. The majority of the time, breastfed babies tend to eat more often in the night than formula fed babies. The first thing I always tell my parents is to check with their family doctor or pediatrician to make sure your baby doesn’t need as many night feedings. Usually this comes down how well your baby is growing.

Some people will tell you your baby has to reach a certain weight before you can stop their night feedings, others will give you a set age. However, if you have gone through the sleep training process and your baby is still needing a night feed then chances are your baby still needs that feeding. On average, 6 month olds are capable of sleeping 12 hours straight, but a small percentage of babies will still need a feeding in the early morning hours. From 3-6 months, some babies will be able to do 8-12 hours, but most will need 2 night feedings. Always remember that you know your baby best and if your baby is hungry, the most important thing to do is feed your baby.

“What age can I start sleep training?”

I don’t recommend sleep training prior to 3 months old. Newborns are still trying to get used to the new world they are in, and are still learning to differentiate between day and night. For those first 3 months, make sure to give you baby plenty of time to get used to their crib by laying them down awake in their crib throughout the day. The most important thing to do is to get your baby to sleep in those first few months. So do whatever it takes to get your baby to sleep. Swing, car rides, rocking, shushing, etc.

The earlier you start sleep training after 3 months, the better and easier it is. As babies get older they become more set in their ways and it becomes harder to change with fewer tears. I recommend doing it as early as 3 months.

“Is it possible to continue to co-sleep and sleep train?”

Yes, it is. It’s not always the easiest option but it can be done. The best and safest way is to have a co-sleeper, DockATot, or a bed side crib.

“How do I get my baby on a schedule?”

Most babies don’t start to form a consistent schedule until 6 months. The best way to get your baby on a schedule is to follow the recommended awake times for their age.

Age Awake Time Naps Total Sleep (Naps+Nightime)
1-2 months 1 hour 4+ 14-17 hours
3 months 1.1.5 hours 4 14-17 hours
4 months 1.5-2.25 hours 3-4 12-15 hours
5 months 1.5-2.25 hours 3 12-15 hours
6 months 2.5 hours 2-3 12-15 hours
7 months 2.5-2.75 hours 2-3 12-15 hours
8 months 3 hours 2-3 12-15 hours
9 months 3 hours 2 12-15 hours
10-11 months 3-4 hours 2 12-15 hours
12-18 months 4-6 hours 1 12-14 hours
2-3 years 6-8 hours 1 12-14 hours

“What are some things that I can help you with?”

– Eliminating Sleep Props

– Separation Anxiety

– Transitioning to a Toddler Bed

– Early Wakings and Frequent Night Wakings

– Short Naps

– Soother Dependency – Even though this is a sleep prop, I’m mentioning it separately because I’m not against a soother. There are ways to keep a soother and you and your baby still have a good nights sleep.

– Inconsistency

– Proper Bedtime Routines

– Milestones

– Nap Transitioning

– Sleep Environment

– Co-sleeping

If you have any questions about your baby’s sleep and would like to get to know me better before purchasing a consultation, you can visit my website: http://www.serenesleepsolutions.ca/

How is sleeping going in your house? It can be a hard thing to manage with some babies! Let me know in the comments below! –Melissa

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