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Could My 9-Month-Old’s Schedule Cause His Night Wake-Up’s?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about parenting, it’s that as soon as you think you’ve got something under control or figured out, a different challenge pops up. It’s been that way for me, and it seems to be that way for all of the families I’ve supported.  This week I’m answering a question from Ruth, wondering if her little one’s latest regression and night wake-ups are due to the sleep schedule.

Consistent Schedules are SO Important!

When I work with families, before we even have our initial meeting, I have them record sleep, feeding and more for at least 3 to 4 days.  In addition to a detailed questionnaire, completing these sleep logs on an app called Baby Connect, really gives me insight into their 24-hour day as well as the impact on sleep. The timing of sleep tells me SO much.  If a baby or child is overtired, their body produces stress hormones, causing them to fight sleep, sleep more restlessly and wake up sooner.  At the same time, if a baby isn’t tired enough, it’s hard to go to sleep too. Finding the right balance is essential.

As I answer Ruth’s question, it’s entirely possible that her 9-month-old’s schedule is contributing to the night wake-ups.  Watch the quick video below to learn more!  And, if you have a sleep question, feel free to submit it here.  I publish answers to your newborn, baby, or toddler sleep questions every Monday.


Meet Mary!

Mary Foster is a certified sleep consultant and founder of Sleepy Lambs Sleep Consulting and the renowned Sleepy Lambs Sleep Academy. She has an incredible husband, and they had three little ones in three years (along with an international move at seven months pregnant with #3, which just means she’s a bit crazy and adventurous). Their little “lambs” keep her busy, with their oldest newly 6, their middle one almost 5 and their youngest nearly 3.

Mary is Canadian and lives in Surrey, UK, near the Hampshire and Berkshire border. She has supported hundreds of families in 11 countries. Mary’s unique approach is always holistic and focuses on emotional wellness, always respectful of parenting choices. Click here to send her an email.