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Created by Stephanie W.

Whether it's you or child, sleep issues affect the whole family. Get advice on how to get more sleep.

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  • A waking preschooler

    I have three kids who are all great sleepers. They’ve all slept in their own space from birth and in their own rooms from about 3 or 4 months on. Lately, our youngest (3 years old) has been getting up to come into bed with us. At first it was shortly before we had to get up anyway, so it wasn’t a big deal, but now it’s in the middle of the night. Last night she came in at 11:30, so I put her back in her room, but she woke up a few more times after that. I’ve told her she needs to wait until she sees light before she can get in bed with us, but it’s not working. I’m inclined to think this is just a phase because we’ve been through enough different little parenting issues to know that these things usually pass, but in the meantime, is there a way we can help her start sleeping better in her own bed again? When she comes in with us, she keeps us both awake with her kicking feet and flailing arms 🙂

    Posted September 8, 2015 at 8:03 am
    I think all are great ideas. I would follow up with asking her why she is getting out of bed? Somet…
  • 7 month old wakes up every 2 hours at night

    I’ve had a difficult baby from about 5 weeks old, but we had finally gotten a good rhythm at bedtime and he would sleep for 5 hours, eat, and then sleep again for 3 hours. That started at about 4 months old and was going really great. Now, for the last 3 weeks, he will wake up every 2 hours. Whenever I go in to check on him, he’s either sitting up and screaming or standing in his crib screaming. I’ve tried to lay him back down and let him go back to sleep, but he usually screams even harder. I’ve tried letting him cry and just peeking in the room to make sure he’s OK (without actually letting him see me) and he will cry for 5-10 minutes and then go back to sleep. But 2 hours later, he’s back awake and doing it all over again. I don’t know if letting him cry is good for him… I hate that I have to do it, but I’m exhausted and frustrated and don’t know what to do with him. Usually I let him cry the first time he wakes up. Then the second time I’ll feed him and he’ll usually drink 4-6 Oz of expressed BM. I don’t think hes teething… I don’t see or feel any changes in his gums. We started solids about 3 weeks ago. He usually gets cereal and fruit in the morning and then vegetables and fruits in the evening (always topped off with BM). I just don’t know what else to do. I’m hoping it’s a stage, but 3 weeks seems like a long time?

    Posted January 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm
    He only woke up twice last night, so maybe thisis working?? WWe’ll keep trying… Thank y…
  • Nap and bedtime issues: good info to have!

    I was trying to find out why my almost 4-month-old was having trouble staying asleep when I put her down for the night and came across this article: http://www.babysleepsite.com/how-we-sleep/4-month-old-sleep-regression/ I wanted to know if anyone has had experience with this, or if this is very common? It seems like this is exactly what’s happening with my daughter! It’s pretty specific, so if you don’t happen to have a 3- to 5-month-old you might not find it helpful. BUT! I checked out the rest of the website and found it to be very informational on baby and childhood sleep patterns. And I love arming myself with knowledge on this kind of thing, it helps me not feel so useless when my baby is having issues! If you’re the same way (or just having a sleep issue with your child) this might be some good info for you 🙂

    Posted December 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    I like this advice. I always blame myself first when something changes in the baby’s routine,…
  • Tummy Sleeping

    AHHH I KNOW! Even seeing the words “tummy sleeping” sends any new mom into a state of panic, right?? It’s like a forbidden, taboo topic. I debated even putting this out there for fear of CPS coming to my house, but I just want to see if I’m alone here. My 10 week old sleeps pretty well at night (always on her back) in her bassinet. However, we haven’t found a place where she’ll sleep consistently for daytime naps! Seems like wherever we put her (bassinet, swing, bouncer) she’ll wake up crying after about 10 minutes. A couple weeks ago my mom (who obviously had kids before the “Back to Sleep” campaign hit) tried putting her down in her crib on her tummy, and I’ll be darned if she didn’t sleep like that for 2 solid hours. A perfect nap! Of course, those were the most terrifying hours of my life, I think I sat there watching her the whole time to make sure she was breathing. Has anyone else had experience with this?? Why is it that she seemed so relaxed and comfortable on her tummy? We’ve tried the tummy nap a few times since (only during the day so someone is always around to watch her) and she sleeps beautifully. Should we stop?

    Posted October 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    Thanks Michele!! We’ve moved away from tummy sleeping for the time being (I found putting her…
  • Not really a sleep issue…

    Sorry that this question doesn’t really fit the group topic 100%, but it is a sleep-related question. 🙂 When did you start letting your baby sleep with a blanket in the crib? My son has had a blanket in his crib since he was maybe 8-9 months old, but it’s a crocheted blanket and is full of holes, so I felt safe letting him sleep with it. Last night, my son woke up with a wet diaper. When I was changing him, I noticed that his toes were so cold! He sleeps in footed PJs, so I didn’t know what else to do other than to give him a real blanket. I was so nervous, even though he’s just over 15 months old, but he slept fine, so I guess I’ll continue to let him have the blanket.

    Posted November 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm
    I think the socks inside the PJs might be the solution. My best friend also suggested doing that. …
  • Dropping naps

    My 13 month old started crying through her second nap consistently. I decided to try and drop it, but it is driving me crazy trying to figure out the new ideal time to ensure a good long nap. She is all over the map and it effects her moods so dramatically. Should I try to reconstitute the second nap, or will her one nap get longer if I just stick with it?

    Posted October 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    My 4 year old took 2 naps for a long time then finally 1 afternoon nap at 1:00 for about 2 or 3 hou…
  • 2 year olds

    I am wondering how much sleep does your toddler get and when do they start cutting out their naps? My twins sleep from 730pm-8ish am, they nap from noon-2ish sometimes they will lounge around and not fuss about getting out of their cribs right away. They have always been good sleepers but I keep hearing that toddlers start cutting out their naps around 2 1/2-3 years old, is this correct or does it depend on the child? I am not too worried as mine aren’t showing signs of wanting to cut out their nap but I am def curious as to when I should expect it!

    Posted October 7, 2013 at 9:42 pm
    Natalie I do think it varies from kid to kid. Mine will be 3 in December and sleeps from about 7p-7…
  • Naps

    My 20 month old takes the shortest nap!! He only naps once a day in the afternoon. Anywhere from 40 minutes- an hour and a half (if I’m lucky). He seems so tired in the morning, but if I try and put him down he’ll scream the whole time. Plus, a morning nap really can’t fit into our schedule b/c I have a 4 year old with activities in the mornings. I feel like he’s a cranky baby b/c he’s not getting enough sleep. Any suggestions to get him to nap longer? Or am I just stuck with a short napper? He goes to sleep between 6:30-7:30 and wakes up around 6:30. Thank you!

    Posted September 13, 2013 at 9:52 am
    I’d be happy if our child took one nap. I think she stopped napping around 18-20 months! Th…
  • Newborn Sleeping in their own Room

    I’m having a hard time getting my newborn to sleep for more then 1 hour in his own room in his crib. If he sleeps in his swing or bassinet, he sleeps for hours. Any suggestions??

    Posted August 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm
    I did the same thing. It was the Jewel “Lullaby” CD. It even reminds me of sweet babies…
  • Newborn sleeping location

    How did you decide where to sleep your newborn? What is or is not working for you these first few days?

    Posted August 2, 2013 at 11:20 am

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