“My son is 8. He barely sleeps. He might get 4 hours a night.”
A mom writes in asking for advice about her ex and children’s father giving their kids melatonin without her permission. This mom says that she learned from her children that her ex, their father, and his girlfriend gave them dissolvable melatonin before bed while they were on a camping trip. This mom says that her kids don’t have and have never had sleeping issues, so she can’t think of why they were given melatonin. Ultimately, she says she is not ok with this and turns to the community for advice.
A mom writes in asking for advice about co-sleeping. She says she and her wife have always kept their one-year-old son in his crib and have not had any issues. However, she would ideally like to move to co-sleeping. Unfortunately, it has not gone so well when she’s tried. She says her son thinks it’s “time to party and play” when she brings him into bed. What can this mom do to make co-sleeping work for her and her family?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her infant daughter. She says she is considering moving her three-month-old out of her cot and into a single bed placed next to the parents’ bed. She says that her daughter tends to find sleeping on a bed more comfortable. Is this mom thinking too far ahead? Is it safe to put an infant in a single bed? The community weighs in with advice below.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her baby’s sleep. She says her baby, who is almost 10-months-old, has never slept through the night. She says he wakes up “four-plus times a night” and recently has stopped napping as well. This mom has tried everything she can think, but the problem only seems to be getting worse, and both she and her baby are more tired from lack of sleep than ever. Adding to her stress is that she just started a physically demanding job for which she needs rest.
Getting your child to sleep — and sleep well — sometimes feel like an Olympic sport. Whether you choose to cry it out, co-sleep, or some combination of both, there are many developmental changes that can affect your child’s sleep patterns, particularly during their first few years. There are different approaches for how to address sleep challenges with your child and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite recommendations, many of which are from our Mamas Uncut Community.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 9-month-old infant daughter. She says her daughter has recently begun waking up multiple times a night in tears. She adds that her daughter will not go back to sleep until she is held by her mother, but then this mom is unable to put her daughter back down without the crying starting again. Her daughter used to be a great sleeper, but now things are different. Should this mom be concerned?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 11-year-old daughter, who has started sleepwalking recently. She says she’s recently found her twice in the middle of the night out of her room, doing odd things, which her daughter doesn’t remember the next day. This is “completely new” for this mom, and she’s wondering if any other moms have advice for her and her daughter.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her newborn daughter. She says her daughter refuses to sleep anywhere other than in her arms or right next to her in bed. This mom had a C-section, so sleeping with her daughter in the bed next to her causes discomfort, pain, and ultimately doesn’t really allow mom to sleep. She has tried absolutely everything, but baby won’t sleep on her own. Any advice?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her almost-4-year-old daughter. She says her daughter “hates sleep.” She’s energetic, and though this mom is constantly trying to tire her out, it never results in better sleep. She mostly only sleeps 4 – 5 hours per night total. She tries to let her daughter “cry it out,” but this is complicated because the crying is disruptive to an elderly relative with dementia who also lives with them. Any advice for this exhausted mom?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 9-year-old daughter, who struggles when she tries to go to sleep at night. This mom has tried everything — nightlights, music, limiting electronics usage before bed, CBD gummies, melatonin, and more — to varying degrees of success, but she ultimately ends up back in the same frustrating spot. Any advice for her?
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 5-year-old stepdaughter. She says her stepdaughter has started peeing and pooping on the floor of her room during the night. She gets out of bed and goes to the bathroom on the floor. This mom as attempted to speak with her stepdaughter to learn more about what’s going on but has been unable to get clear answers. Counseling is already on this mom’s mind as a potential solution, but the pandemic has complicated following through on that plan.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 8-month-old baby. She says her baby still wakes up three times a night, and the only thing that will get her back to sleep is breastfeeding/nursing. This mom says her daughter eats (solid food) at about 6 every night, is put down for sleep around 7:30, but wakes up three times a night and needs to nurse in order to fall back asleep. This mom is tempted to start the switch to formula to see if that helps change this behavior, but she doesn’t want to give up breastfeeding just yet, if possible.
A mom writes in asking for advice about managing her two-year-old daughter’s nightmares. She says that, since birth, her daughter has woken up between 1 and 4 a.m., often screaming. Her daughter’s doctor approved the use of melatonin and says it is likely due to nightmares, but this mom is wondering if there is anything she can do.
A mom writes in asking for advice about co-sleeping and getting her one-year-old daughter to start getting used to sleeping in her own bed. This single mom has co-slept with her daughter since she was born. She also wants to know how to feel more comfortable herself with her daughter not sleeping as close to her.