July 02, 2015

Q: My 8 month old doesn't sleep longer than 4-5 hours at a time! Unfortunately the Cry it Out Method did not work like it did with my 20 month old. I don't know what to do!

A: The three key things to help a baby sleep through the night is (1) set sleep schedule that includes an early bedtime, (2) a consistent bedtime routine, and (3) falling asleep independently at bedtime.  If your little one needs your help to fall asleep, then start with just making changes at bedtime, taking small steps until he is able to fall asleep on his own.  For example, if your little nurses to sleep, then a first step is to move his feeding to the beginning of his bedtime routine but still rock him to sleep.  Once he can fall asleep easily without needing to feed, then put him in his crib to fall asleep but stay and pat him.  A few days later, sit halfway across his room.  Slow and consistent changes will usually do the trick.  If he, however, seems to be in pain during the night, be sure and talk to your health care provider.

Answered by Dr. Jodi Mindell

Comments (2)

March 18, 2019
Sleeping through the night is so important for you and your child. What really helped us was the sleep training a friend recommended us. You can find it here: www.SleepTrainChild.info
December 2, 2018
My baby never slept well (especially through the night) until I started using the website >>SleepBaby .org<< - that website has been by far one of the best things I've ever got my hands on to get him to fall asleep quickly. Best time is 45 seconds from awake to asleep! Can’t imagine life without it! I heard about it through a kindergarten teacher who uses it to put to sleep a group of 30 children. Check it out! >>SleepBaby .org<< - sorry, you can't post links here so you'll have to turn it into a normal link :) Best of luck to you and your family!