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  • Emma H

    April 12, 2024 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Elisa,

    It sounds like you’ve been doing a wonderful job establishing a bedtime routine for your little one. And from what you’ve written, it sounds like it has generally been going well – with your little one mostly going to sleep on her own after completing her bedtime routine without becoming upset or only crying for 5 – 10 minutes.

    It might be helpful to hear that it’s quite normal for babies, even those who are usually good at settling, to have occasional nights where they struggle more. So the fact that she cried for 20 minutes before settling herself last night, although longer than usual, isn’t necessarily a sign that something is wrong with your approach.

    As for the question about day naps and whether not training her to self-settle during the day could be affecting her night sleep: it’s possible. Consistency across all sleep periods can reinforce the self-settling skills you’re encouraging at night. You might consider gradually introducing similar settling techniques for her naps as you use at night to help create a consistent message about sleep.

    Hang in there! You’re doing a great job!