Get started by general topic in option 1, or go straight to more specific topics based on what's happening with your baby right now, i.e. go by what you observe, in option 2. You can come back anytime of course to switch to any other topic or option, so that you can collect all the info you need.
To take it a step further (and faster), follow the steps in my award-winning 3-step self soothing solution. You'll help your baby efficiently to transition away from nursing, bottlefeeding, holding or rocking to sleep; co-sleeping, sleeping on you, sleeping in a swing, etc.: i.e. transition from being helped to sleep in any other way.
wakes up too many times at night
the cause(s) of the frequent wakings, then remedy them.
With the hourly
wakings action plan you will go through the list of the 12
most common causes of unnecessary nightly wakings. Most parents
find at least one or two culprits that keep their baby from sleeping
through for longer. For each cause, you will also find age-appropriate
techniques to remedy.
takes too few or too short naps
Find the best-fitting schedule for
your baby's age and needs right now,
extend naps and/or work on self soothing at naptime.
Important! The only way to minimize
sleep problems due to teething
is to keep up or re-enforce all basic good habits such as a safe and
pleasant sleeping environment, a regular sleep schedule, bedtime
routine and self soothing practice - all while being flexible enough to
comfort and soothe your baby when in pain.
still feeds at night but I think she could sleep through the night
nightly feeds with careful progressive techniques and look into daytime
First of all though, ensure that you have all the
prerequisites for sleeping through the night well in place, and
have not slacked with any of
them. When trying to reduce night feeds, only tackle one at a time, and
do so gradually (no cold turkey as that almost always makes things
Consider doing the complete 3-step
sleeping through program, which includes the most efficient and
safe ways to increase daytime food intake while gradually reducing
night time feeds. You will work thoroughly on self soothing as well.
Remember not to give
an extra big feed right before bed: in stead of avoiding night feeds,
this leads to restless and unhealthy sleep.
wakes up very early in the morning
a well-timed bedtime, good naps and encourage longer nights with
For starters to help extend the night: treat
the early waking as a night waking (remain in bedroom, no lights
on, no activity, etc. even if not sleeping) and/or gradually delay breakfast if appropriate (don't do
this if your baby is too young or her health condition does not allow
to go without food for long!).