About My Baby Sleep Guide


I believe that everyone deserves a good nights sleep. That's why all the posts on this site are free.

I started this site when I had my first child and quickly figured out that unless you're extremely lucky, babies rarely "sleep like a baby".  It didn't take long for me to realize that I was not the only one who felt this way! The information on this site is from various books, personal experience, other people's experiences and things I learned in school. Since it is from various resources, some of it does contradict at times. Most of the time there are simply multiple solutions/answers to a problem/question.

Hopefully you will find some tips and trouble shooting advice on how to help your baby sleep better for naps or at night. Make sure to check out the sleep index, blog user guide, labels and blogger search engine (located on the right of the page) for quick answers to some of your questions. Feel free to leave a question or your own input in the comment section below a post.

This site may be more useful for those of you who prefer to follow a general schedule/routine with your babies (since I do, so much of the information centers around this) but can certainly be useful for those of you who choose not to do so. Note: This site is not here to debate over why I or anyone else should not be keeping our baby on a schedule or sleep training. If you don't have something nice to say, please don't say it :)

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This blog includes lots of thoughts and ideas but none of these should be construed as medical advice of any sort. Leave that up to your doctor. I try to give useful advice, but I cannot be held responsible for any decisions you make related to things I write. I am just writing as a mom. You are in charge of your own choices.

If you need to contact me you can reach me at contact[at]mybabysleepguide[dot]com


THANKS!
Rachel

9 comments :

  1. Ana commented on About Blog - My Baby Sleep Guide:

    Hi Rachel!

    I've read a lost of posts on your blog, but I really hope you could offer me some advice regarding my baby sleep. I apologize in advance for my English , it;s not my native language.
    So, my baby is 8 months old and his night sleep it's a mess. He goes to sleep around 8- 9 PM but not by himself. I nurse him then I held him in my arms until he's asleep. This doesn't take too long, 10-15 min and we also use a pacifier. But after this he wakes up every 1 to 2 hours. Sometimes i nurse him to sleep or just hold him in my arms until he falls asleep again, but it's terrible to do it every hour. I don't know what should i do, what it's better for his age. During the day he sleeps ok, today is the first day i implemented 2 naps and he did ok. I put him to sleep by rocking him on a pillow. I realize that our problem is probably the fact that he doesn't know how to put himself back to sleep once he's awake, but except for letting him cry it out what else can I do? Or is this the only alternative that we have? I have to go to work in a few months and a really want to do something about his night sleep by then.
    Thank you very much,
    Ana

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    1. Ana,
      You are right, the nightly wakings are probably mainly from him being used to falling asleep with your help rather than falling asleep on his own. An earlier bedtime would also likely help. Look over this post for some tips of sleep as well as this sleep training section. There are some ideas outside of cio you can try. I am working on a post with even more too but it might not be done for a couple weeks-Sorry! Reading over comments on the night sleep section can also help with some ideas.

      Good luck,
      Rachel

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  2. Maggie commented on About Blog - My Baby Sleep Guide:

    HI Rachel

    I am very interested in the wonder weeks and wonder if you could cite the evidence or research you have used for these claims? I would like to read the original research that has led you to these conclusions.

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    1. Maggie,
      I didn't come up with the wonder weeks. You can find out about the research behind it in the book The Wonder Weeks.

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  3. Katie commented on About Blog - My Baby Sleep Guide:

    Rachel - can you help me? My 10 week old daughter is sleeping fine at night (we are on a 4 hour feeding schedule starting at 7:30 in the morning, with a dream feed around 10:30/10:45 and she sleeps until about 7:15 the next morning). My issue is our naps. Often when she has her first feed of the day, she falls asleep about 45 mins, or 1 hour later (this morning she fell asleep at 8:30am). She'll usually sleep about 45 mins and then is up and we play. But then she gets tired again and needs to nap again for about 45 mins. Is this normal? How can I get her to be bit more consistent with naps?

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    1. Katie,
      At this age, it is normal to have that first wake time be pretty short, like an hour. The others will likely be a bit longer. Look over the wake time length post for more info.
      http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/2009/02/wake-time.html?m=1
      Also look over the short nap and extending nap post to see if you can lengthen naps.
      http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/2010/10/naps-index-general-information-and.html?m=1
      At this age, it sent unusual for naps to be a bit inconsistent. I find that the eat/activity/sleep routine helps create more order to the day as does having baby get up at the same time each day. The routine posts may also be helpful for you.
      http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/2010/10/sleep-schedule-routine-index.html?m=1

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  4. Hi Rachel,

    I have found your website very useful. I have a 16 week old baby and she has been catnapping since she was 5 weeks old. I have played around with her sleep times and have started the SOS approach a few weeks ago. She is still catnapping with 2 hrs of up time as per SOS approach. It has improved slightly where she is doing more 1.5 hour naps however its not enough for her and I go in and give her a pacifier. She can usually go to sleep on her own and only uses dummy to resettle. Sometimes she will do 35min, 40mins and sometimes 50mins and then wakes up screaming, in which the pacifier comes in handy. I was thinking maybe she is up for too long? really not sure . She is my third child and my other two kids were having more good days by now than bad days. I still have not been able to have a day with 2-3 good naps. Its alittle hit and miss with her sleep. I am a structured person and need her to be in a routine so I don't have an overtired child and so I can also attend to my other two children. I also don't let her cry it out either. She usually does a little protest cry and settles pretty quickly, if it doesn't happen within a few minutes I will pat her off. Any advice would be appreciated. I was also thinking of looking into the baby whisperers approach. How would you compare it to the SOS (save our sleep method) . Thanks in advance

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  5. Hi Rachel,
    I discovered your blog a week ago when I started trying to sort out day time naps for my 3.5 month old daughter. I just wanted to let you know how fabulous I think your advice and information is: a variety of techniques, non judgemental, humourous. I'm a GP in Australia and will certainly be using your page as a resource for other mothers. Thanks so much, keep up the good work, and good luck with bub #3.
    Liza

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    1. Liza Robertson,
      Thanks so much for your kind words Liza. Good luck with everything!

      best,
      Rachel

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