Welcome to our Sleep Advice Column, in Partnership with Little Sleep Stars. Here, Lauren, Founder of Little Sleep Stars, helps our tired Mamas who have reached out for advice on the challenges that night time brings. If you, or someone else that you know, is struggling to get their little ones to sleep, please drop us a message, or leave your question in the comments below. Sleep deprivation is real, it impacts on both our mental and physical wellbeing. We are here to help get you back on the right track and on your way to a good nights sleep!
My little girl is now 17 months and we still have multiple night wakings. She was breastfed until 12 months then went straight to cows milk. She wakes at night for a cuddle…..this can be a minimum of 2 to 5 times a night! Needless to say I’m shattered! It doesn’t matter who puts her to bed, daddy or mummy she’ll still wake. Yes, we cuddle her to sleep, she won’t settle otherwise. My son was different and luckily started sleeping well by 1. I have been advised to do sleep training/controlled crying but I know that she will not settle. If she’s left too long she gets really worked up and I’m not happy to try this.
The first thing to note is that 2-5 wake ups through the night is biologically very normal.
All children can learn to initiate sleep.
Finally on the difference between this little one and her brother, it’s very common to have siblings with different relationships with sleep.