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The Sandman’s School of Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Have you been flunking out in Baby Sleep School? Are you obsessed with getting baby to sleep through the night, but experiencing nothing but failures?

Maybe it’s not you.  (Phew!)

Maybe you’ve just been listening to the wrong teacher. Who could be a better sleep teacher than Mr. Sandman himself?

Fortunately for you, he owes me a favor.

Here are his five simple lessons for snoozing baby all-night bliss. So, class, take out your No. 2 pencils and an extra bag of sleeping sand.

There may (or may not) be an exam at the end. So look sharp!

*rapping on desk with yardstick*  

STOP! Do Not Proceed If…

  • Your baby is younger than 16 weeks.  Newborns 0-4 weeks can focus on finding baby’s natural rhythm, while 2-3 month olds should go with this.
  • If your baby is sick or teething.  Snuggle her through it, and then try these tips when she’s healthy.
  • Your baby struggles with acid reflux.  Get the reflux under control first, then work on sleep coaching.
  • Your doctor has not given you the thumbs up towards sleep coaching.  Keep a 48-feeding log to share with your pediatrician.  He can then decide if your baby is getting enough calories during the day to start night weaning, or if one or two night feedings are still necessary.
  • You are going on vacation later this week.  Especially for the first 4-5 nights, you need a consistent evening at home with no traveling or major transitions.
  • You switched formula this week.  Allow your baby at least a week to get used to the new formula and make sure there aren’t any tummy issues before proceeding with sleep coaching.

Mr. Sandman’s Advice on
Handling Hysterics

At some point, your baby is going to get very VERY angry with you. There is crying…and then there is hysterical crying.

The first is a pout: It’s like he’s saying “I don’t like this”.

The second is rage: It’s like he’s saying, “There’s no way in hellenski I’m going to nod off.  You. Can’t. Make. Me.”

The first one can be overcome with patient endurance, but the second will require an intervention.

Here’s how to handle hysterical crying: 

  • Pick him up until he’s calm, as briefly as possible.  Then put him down again while he’s still awake.
  • Shhhh-shush him and make other soothing sounds.
  • Don’t talk to him too much.
  • If you do walk him around to calm him down, stay in the nursery. Don’t leave the room.
  • When he’s calm, give him a kissy, put him back in the crib and sit down next to him.

If those things aren’t working, sign up for my online Soothing Class. It’s FULL of soothing techniques that you’ve never heard of before. (Guaranteed)

Getting Your Baby Sleeping Through
the Night with the Truffle Sleep Shuffle

(Oh….the truffle shuffle.  Such memories….)

The following steps detail the Sleep Shuffle, just one of the techniques I learned through my Gentle Sleep Coach Certification classes.

This method is one of my favorites because it empowers parents to be parents, while at the same time offers the gentle reassurances that babies need so much.

Here are five steps to get your baby into a regular routine of sleeping through the night.  Usually parents transition to each step every 3-4 days.  However, if your baby seems to be “getting it” a lot sooner, go ahead and move the timetable up.

If you’re following her method, and still struggling to see results, meet with myself or Gentle Sleep Coach Amy Estell. We can go over your sleep log and help you identify where there may be holes.  OR we can evaluate your baby’s personality and your unique parenting style, and perhaps suggest a different sleep coaching technique that may work better.

What About Weaning Off Night Feedings?

If your doctor has given you permission to wean off some night feedings, you don’t have to cut out those feedings cold-turkey.  There are gentle ways to wean him off those extra feedings. It’s one of the major skills we teach in our Sleep Sessions or with our Full Coaching clients.

On the other hand, there’s no requirement that your baby be completely off night feedings in order to sleep coach.  If you decide to keep a feeding or two past 6 months, that’s totally okay.

It’s 100% possible to sleep coach your baby and still keep night feedings.  Sign up for a session or let us help you (and get our 110% Sleep Guarantee) and we’ll talk through the process together.

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Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night: Lesson One

For nights 1 -3, follow your regular evening routine using tricks like these, getting him drowsy and sleepy, but not sleep-ing. Then pull up a chair to sit next to her in the crib.  (Right next to the crib.)

Chances are she’s going to fuss about this new arrangement.  So, on occasion, reach over and pat or stroke her through the crib.

The key here is to control the touch – so that she is comforted when you touch her, but doesn’t become dependent on your touch to go to sleep.  If you let her hold your finger while she falls asleep, she’ll just wake up when you take your finger away.

Your assignment is to be consistently present, but completely boring until she has fallen completely asleep.  

Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night: Lesson Two

On the fourth night (through the 6th night), move your chair halfway to the door.  (If your nursery room is teeny, skip to Step Three.)

Continue with the comforting shushing sounds you made before.  Only get up to stroke him if it’s absolutely necessary.  Picking him up should only happen if he hits the “hysterical cry” stage.

By this point, you should have a better idea of what comforts him, and what stimulates him.  Some babies actually do better if you don’t touch them at all.

Your assignment is to be consistently present, but completely boring until he has fallen completely asleep.

Cameron  & Heather’s Secret Weapon:   When it came to the “I want this and you’re saying no and that makes me upset” kind of cry, we found ear plugs were invaluable.  They took the sharp edge off and helped us stay consistent in our resolve of “I know you don’t like this, but it’s best.”  I recommend these corded ear plugs, they won’t become a choking hazard if left out.

Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night: Lesson Three

Starting on night seven, move the chair to the dim doorway inside the room, with the door open.  Occasionally shush her as a verbal reminder that you are with her in the room.

Stay until she’s asleep.  Don’t just leave when her eyes close because there’s something else you want to do.  If you leave before she’s asleep you’ll defeat the whole purpose – which is to make her feel calm and reassured while she’s sleeping.

Your assignment is to be consistently present, but completely boring until she has fallen completely asleep.

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Getting Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: Lesson Four

On the eleventh night, move your chair into the hallway now, so he can still see you through the door. Close your eyes so he can see it’s sleeping time.  Shush him when necessary and stay until he falls asleep.

Your assignment is to be consistently present, but completely boring until he has fallen completely asleep.

Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night: Lesson Five

If she’s still having trouble falling asleep on her own by Night 13, move the chair in the hallway and shut the door almost all the way. You will need to occasionally use your voice to soothe and remind her that even though she can’t directly see you, you are still there.

Pay attention to her cries, but don’t go rushing in at the first sign of a whimper.  If you MUST go in, stand at the door and offer soothing tones, then step back outside.

Your assignment is to be consistently present, but completely boring until she has fallen completely asleep.

How to Handle the Nighttime Wake-Ups

When/if your baby wakes up in the middle of the night, simply repeat the position you had in the shuffle the evening prior.

Do not feed your baby, and do not change his diaper unless you absolutely have to.  (And if you have to, keep the lights low and don’t speak.) Repeat this position every time he wakes up until 6-7 am until it’s time to start the day.

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Sign up here for a Full Coaching Session and let us work together to meet your sleeping goals. Did I mention it comes with the internet’s only 110% Money Back Sleeping Guarantee? We want you to know we are as committed to your success as you are.

Okay Then, Class!
It’s Quiz Time!

What?

You thought I was joking about the quiz?

I never joke about sleeping. It’s just too precious to take lightly.

So here goes!  Fill in the blanks:

Your assignment is to be __________ __________, but completely _____________until he has fallen completely _________.

No looking back and cheating. I see that wandering eye there, Miss Smith!

Did you write down this? Your assignment is to be consistently present, but completely boring until she has fallen completely asleep. 

I would say the most important phrase on that sentence above is CONSISTENT. Don’t try this method for a two days and give up. Trust, me that will make your sleeping struggles worse, because it’s just going to confuse him.

And do you know what confused babies do? They cry. A LOT.

So set your mind to the task ahead, my friend. Stay focused. Stay plugged. And stay encouraged. You know you have a backup plan! 

The Sandman promised to give all his best pupils an extra bag of sand tonight. He’s generous like that. 

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234 thoughts on “The Sandman’s School of Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night

  1. Any advice for a mom who has a 3.5 yr old who shares a room with a 16 week old? We sleep trained my 3 yr old when he was 6 mo but I don’t k or how to do it if they r sharing a room? Baby sleeps in my room or living room most nights.

    Xoxo

    1.   Ya that’s a great question and a common hiccup for many families, so thank you for asking. At 16 weeks your youngest MAY be close to being able to sleep coach. You want to make sure your baby is past his/her 4 month milestone shift.  Does baby seem more like a BABY than a newborn?  That’s a sign that he/she may be ready for coaching.  (Trying to coach before they are ready often leads to more tears – for everyone.)
      If you see some readiness for that then I recommend that you do that first (perhaps in your room like you mentioned) and then move them in the room together. If your littlest one isn’t ready for sleep coaching and you want to move baby in now (or even after you’ve done the sleep coaching), the most helpful recommendation is to always put baby to bed first, while big brother or sister is busy with something quiet to do in the other room. You can then have part of big brother or sisters bedtime routine happen in that other room and finish it quietly together in the bedroom after baby is sound asleep.
      Now, babies wake at night, as you know….so when this happens, you may want to go to your older child first and reassure him that it’s okay. Let him know that little baby woke up but that it’s okay to go back to sleep while you are tending to his little sibling.
      In addition to this, you can teach your older child good sleep manners like: no talking to, playing with or waking the baby when he asleep. You can explain that it is so special to get to share a room  together and offer rewards for good sleep manners. 

      Amy and I’d love to do this with you, if you have an hour to talk back and forth!  Click here to learn about our Super Sessions.  This way we can look beyond this little comment and really help you write up a step-by-step plan, for now AND for later when she’s ready to coach!

      warmly, Heather
  2. Our Monkey was a sleep champ in the beginning. We had our routine down pat => bath, massage, cuddle & songs followed by a bottle and we would lower her into her crib (still awake) and walk out the room. She would fall asleep herself without a single cry. Wake up once or twice for a bottle or the pacifier and happily go back to sleep by herself. We joked that she put herself to bed each night. And we patted ourselves on the back… big mistake.

    Then came the teething – so we did lots of cuddling and a bit of co-sleeping (sleeping on my chest in the evening).

    The moment she could sit up, crawl and pull herself into standing position (8months) – she refused to go down in the crib without a fight each night.

    Now at 9.5months… every night is a battle of wills. We tried our previous routine with us walking out of the room the moment she went into the crib – but this has resulted in hysterical crying while standing up holding onto the crib bars and throwing her pacifier across the room (we thwarted this by placing more pacifiers in the crib) and she could CIA for over an hour – but I couldn’t.

    I know I am being played… because after 20-30minutes of hysterical crying (snot, tears, saliva all over her face) – the moment I return to the room, she stops and smiles at me.

    tonight we try the above method… because I don’t know what else to do.

    Any other suggestions?

    1. Hi Maxine!

      Just wondering how your new method worked? I love it that you can tell that she is “playing’ you a bit. If the above article and print out didn’t perfectly fit the sleep bill for your little one, it sounds like she would be a good candidate for scheduled, timed checks. In other words, you  are checking on her regularly rather than trying to let her CIO for too long. That could be too hard on her AND you, for sure! Poor mama….

      So here’s the deal, you will be setting a timer for every 7 minutes or so (once she starts crying) and quietly swinging in to reassure her that you are there, but that you still expect her to go asleep. Give a hug, “I love you”, “go back to sleep…” and leave the room again. Since she stands herself up, you may not even bother laying her back down because she will likely pop right back up, which will lead to a little power struggle and that’s never productive! So,  leave the room and set your timer to go back in and check on her again, the same way. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Until she is asleep.

      Hope this is helpful! Happy sleeping, Amy

    2. Thanks Amy!

      One week in and so far so good! Half the time, she is so knackered, she is 99% asleep as I am lowering her into the crib. The other half of the time, I have sat there making myself as boring as possible and the time it takes her to settle down as diminished from an hour to 40minutes and recently 20minutes. So fingers crossed it continues this way!

      Now to get her to sleep through! (we tried the sitting next to her at 2am… but after an hour I couldn’t keep my eyes open and she was in full bouncy mode – so I relented, gave her a bottle and within minutes she was happy to go back to sleep!)

      Happy sleeping indeed!

  3. Is 9 months old too late to do this? I worry that I have waited too long and now we are in trouble for the long hall.

    I have slowly weaned my 9 month daughter from being nursed to sleep now to just being rocked to sleep but it seems like this sleep association is keeping her sleep cycles extremely short as she wakes up from each nap after 30 minutes… not able to put herself back to sleep?

    While doing the shuffle and she is rolling around and trying to move… do I just allow her to move around hoping she will eventually settle dowN?

     

    THANK YOU!

  4. I’m at a loss. We’ve been trying to sleep train since 9 mo., my son is now 18 mo. He’s still up screaming for hours (11pm to 5am) all night long and will only sleep being rocked in my arms, no one else. I’m so sleep deprived I can’t function anymore and I don’t know what else to do. I hate to let him just cio, and he will just cry for up to 5 hours until he falls asleep from exhaustion and then wake up screaming again two hours later. His dr says there is nothing medically wrong woth him, he’s just stubborn. The sleep consultant we hired told us to just keep working on it and he will get it eventually?! Help!!

    1. Andrea,

      Five hours of crying! Goodness, you poor thing. That’s terrible. I can’t give you any solid advice (normally I read a 13-page health history and sleep logs for that kind of thing), but I will try to offer you some guesses and encouragements!

      1. I would stop any kind of coaching for a week and do whatever works. He may have a negative association with sleeping, or his crib, or his nursery (???), and before you start back up, you’ll want to replace those. I would make sure you spend time playing with him in the nursery every day, then put him in the crib for some happy crib play time while you sit next to him for a few minutes, etc. The goal here is to recreate the Nursery as a fun happy place to be. (I’ve worked with some parents whose kid would start screaming in the HALL before they even got to the nursery door because they knew what was coming! We want to remove any negative nursery feelings, since they will make any sleep coaching harder.)

      2. I would try a gentler approach (like the Shuffle explained in this article). This way he can see that you are with him, and you can feel like you’re actually supporting him, rather than leaving him to CIO. Talk with your sleep consultant about other options (there are other methods to try).

      3. Decide on a new coaching method and develop a NEW plan, but make sure it’s something you can be consistent in. Right now it sounds like he’s confused. Is mom going to leave me to sleep? Or pick me up? Perhaps if I keep crying she’ll give in and I can sleep in her arms (which is my favorite place to sleep anyway)… When it’s time to start up again, you will have to work hard to be consistent, so that he knows what is expected of him. The more consistent you are, the faster the coaching results.

      4. That said, brace yourself for a rough first week. If you’ve been inconsistent in the past, you’ll have to dig yourself out of a little hole before you can start fresh. This means he’s going to wonder in the first few days what in the world is going on. This doesn’t mean you can’t soothe him with your words or touch (even picking up once every 15 minutes is okay, if he’s getting hysterical), it just means you need to know what your soothing plan is before you get started and then stick to it religiously until he starts to understands how things are going to be now. Once he “gets that” things will go much faster.

      5. If you’re still struggling after a week or two and want someone to walk through this with you, contact me. My friend Amy (also a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach) will be accepting new clients in May and would love to work with you. I am not currently taking clients at the moment, but (quite honestly) Amy is better at this than I am. 🙂 (We do meet twice a week to go over all her cases together, because two brainstorming heads are always better than one!)

      I hope this can encourage you, Andrea! I’m so sorry the reply is tardy, somehow this skipped my radar – Danielle had to remind me TWICE that I owed you a reply! (Praise God for Danielle!) 🙂

    1. Depends on the age of your baby, Denise. For many babies, naps don’t start reaching a regularity until around 5-6 months. I do recommend using the Shuffle for naps, yes. If you’d like to hear of other options (like if you have another child in the home and can’t sit there for nap training) or don’t know how long to sit there, you may find the Napping Know-How Webinar helpful!

  5. Hi! I have a question about this method. My little one sleeps through the night like a champ – she’s 3 months old, 4 next week. She sleeps from 9 PM – 9 AM every night, occasionally waking for one night feed. She sleeps in a pack-n-play in our room. BUT nap time is a nightmare during the day. She will only sleep on me post nursing, or in the car. I cannot get her to nap either in her crib or her bassinet to save her life. I’m not sure if my wake-time is off or what but I am wondering if this method could be applied to nap time, as we have no issues at night time. Or if there is something else I should be trying! Not that I mind the snuggles, but this Mama would like to do some laundry during the day!

    1. Amber,

      I think the first thing you should know is that babies can’t really self soothe until they have passed their 4 month milestones. That being said, there are some sleep shaping things you can try. Take a look at this article. This one also gives some good ideas (I recommend looking at what Heather says about the nursery needing to be quiet and very dark). And know that soon she will be ready to give the sleep shuffle a whirl (if needed).

  6. Hello,

    I have a dilemma about which sleeping problem to tackle first and how to do that – I have a four and a half months old baby. She just recently got rid of the gas pains. She was ok with them sleeping wise when two months old, but then it got worse and she could sleep only on her tummy (previsously on her back), so I gave in and let her do that. Also, before that she would go to sleep while breastfeeding, I put her down in crib, she would wake up after several minutes, but would fall asleep on her own. After the gas pains got worse, she began crying several times some time after I put her to sleep, so most of the time I picked her up and rocked her to sleep. In other times she would stop after a while without my intervention.

    The dilemma – should I start with the sleeping on her tummy thing or helping her fall asleep on her own? Because there have been several times when she has fallen asleep on her own, for example, yesterday – we took a tour around the room, I sang a little and sat quietly for a while, put her on her tummy in the crib, stayed there and held her hand very lightly. She whimpered a little, but soon went to sleep without any fuss. Seems like a progress to me. I guess it also depends on the mood and just the right “amount” of sleepiness.

    Then again I’m not very happy about the tummy thing – are there any little steps I can take to make the transition easier? She only sleeps on her back in the stroller (I put her there completely asleep).

    Another thing is that she partially wakes up after one sleep cycle (40-50 minutes) during the naps. But to me that’s not the biggest problem. Somehow it feels that once she learns how to fall asleep on her own, it will get better.

    1. Liv,

      It sounds like you are doing such a great job of reading your baby’s sleep cues! Regarding sleeping on her tummy, is she rolling over yet? If so, she might just roll over to her tummy either way! If she is not rolling over yet then I wouldn’t put her down to sleep on her tummy yet. You might consider trying the slanted seat described in this article. It might make a difference if she is not completely flat on her back (since you said that she sleeps well in her stroller).

      Breastfeeding her before bed is great, I just recommend that you try (not always possible!) to put her down while she is drowsy but not completely asleep. This will help her avoid a habit of using breastfeeding as a sleep crutch.

      Sounds like you two are doing so well though. Keep up the good work!

  7. Hi there!  I’m getting ready to start this with my 8-month old and I’m wondering if I should be doing it at nap times or just at night?  Thank you!

    1. Jennifer, great question. You can do both at the same time, but start with nighttime first (it’s usually easier). So the evening you’re going to start, try to get him/her to get some really good rest during the day, so he’s not overtired at bedtime when you start. (That means, do whatever you have to do to get naps that day!). Good luck, friend! I hope it helps! Just remember, if you get stuck and feel like things aren’t going well, we’re always here. An ace in your pocket, just in case! There are other gentle sleeping methods out there, so if after consistent effort the shuffle isn’t getting you closer to your goal, perhaps consider joining me for a Sleep Workshop and we can talk about some of the other methods and create a plan together. So keep that buzzing in the back of your mind, so you don’t feel it all rests on this! There are always options! xoxo

  8. Hi Heather and everybody else 🙂

    I have a 5.5 months old baby boy. He is the happiest and content baby! Loves being with other people, which does not mean he constantly is. I just want to mention that he does not have any separation anxieties. He will eat/drink, sleep, play with anybody. Takes beautiful naps, where we used to let him sleep up to 3 hours 2-3 times a day. Since a Month now we started to wake him up after 2 hours for the first nap, 1.5 hours for the second nap and about 45 min for the 3rd nap. We have no bedtime issues. We have a routine of massage, diaper, pjs, book, nurse. He is put to bed fully awake at night as well as during every nap. He will babble himself to sleep. NEVER an issue. So he CAN soothe himself and put himself to sleep. He used to sleep 4-4.5 hours twice and then a little more until he woke up for the day. Since about 6-7 weeks he will not stay asleep. We are battling 1.5-2 hours all night. Needless to say Mom and Dad are exhausted. I usually wait to see if he will go back to sleep before I go get him. When I pick him up he will go right back to sleep,  but if I dare to put him down anywhere. Weather the crib, in bed with us,… nothing pleases him to the point where even picking him up will not work anymore. I eventually have to nurse him and he will suckle for about 10-30min until he falls asleep nursing. Only when he let’s go by himself can I put him to bed. There has been many nights now where we are just so exhausted that we give in and nurse right away. Which sometimes leads to pretty big spit ups an hour later (I assume its just WAAAYYYY to much) Our doctor said he is physically and mentally one of the best babies he knows and that it’s time to let him cry 🙁 THIS IS NOT AN OPTION FOR US. While I understand there will be crying, I will not leave him alone to cry it out. What are other options??? We are desperate.!!!

    1. Heidi,

      Sounds like you have a precious little guy there!
      Since the doctor has given him and clean bill of health, (yay!) and he is past his 4 month milestones, he is ready to sleep train. That’s good news!
      I recommend starting with the very gentle Sleep Shuffle method, the one described in this article. Since he has been used to nursing back to sleep he might not do well with you being in the room. Can dad step in and take over? Give this a try. If you find it’s not doing the trick I highly recommend Heather’s Sleep Workshops. She will help you find the best method for sleep training that works for your family. There are plenty to choose from that are more gentle than the CIO method (we aren’t a big fan of that method here at Incredible Infant, either!). Hope this helps!

  9. I posted on here when my baby was first being sleep trained and it helped SO much so I thought I’d post again now that I’m having issues again. My little boy is 17mo now and we went down to 1 nap about a month ago because he stopped sleeping for two. In the last two weeks he’s been waking up 1-1.5hrs earlier in the mornings. Any tips on how to push this later again? Is it time for a later bedtime? He was sleeping 7:30-7:30 and napping from 12:30-2:30/3:30 depending on the day. Thanks!

    1. Erin, I’m glad to hear it helped the first time around. Hope this one will as well! 99% of the time, a baby waking earlier in the day (before 6am) is linked to being put down too drowsy at bedtime. If your baby is rising before 6am, try slipping in an Emergency Nap (something I talk a lot about in the Napping Webinar) at the end of the day to help him not be so exhausted at bedtime.

      If he’s sleeping later than 6am, but is still too early for you, you could try slipping in there for a dreamfeed about an hour before he wakes up. Feed him with no lights, no talking, no diaper changes, nothing, and then put him back down again and see if that helps. Do that for a few days and then stop and see if he extends that morning time on his own. That is a gamble, though, because he may decide his day has started and not cooperate with the dreamfeed. Still, it may be worth the risk. Hope this can help Erin!

  10. Hi! Thanks for the reply. This is why I’m confused she goes to bed not drowsy she takes about 5-10 mins to fall asleep with no crying etc so is great! She can also self settle during naps. I usually wake her at her cat nap after 20 mins. Should I not? She can go 45 mins. What timings should her morning nap be starting at? Thanks?

    1. Amy,

      It sounds like your baby is a champion sleeper, you are blessed! Why don’t you try letting her sleep the full 45 minutes instead of waking her after 20. This might help her find her more perfect rhythm (though, it sounds pretty lovely to me already 🙂 )!

  11. Hi there. My 7m old has just got herself into a great routine. She was a 45min Napper but stopped this at about 6 months. She goes to sleep well and has no sleep props. However she goes to bed at 630/7pm and is waking at 5-530am. She wakes happy and is usually ok to stay there till 630 then she has a bottle. She looks like she’s trying to go back to sleep but can’t. She takes a nap at 830 for an hour or so and then 12 for about 1.5 hours and a cat nap around 3-4 for 20-30 mins. Should I cut back on her morning nap? I tried df a while ago and it didn’t work. She is also a great eater 3 bottles and 3 big meals a day! Any ideas would be great ?

    1. Amy, if you’re concerned about the early waking (before 6am), I would try to make sure she’s not being put into the crib too drowsy. That’s the most common cause for a child waking up too early in the morning – they are being put down too drowsy at night. So instead of her being an 8 on the sleepy scale, I’d try to put her down when she’s a 6. The average daily total for a child at this age is around 3.5 hours, so you’re getting really close to that. If you want to learn how to stretch that catnap a bit, I do talk a lot about that in The Napping Know-How Webinar, you may find attending that helpful.

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