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Get your infant & toddler sleep questions answered by CheekyChops! Get your infant & toddler sleep questions answered by CheekyChops!
I remember sitting around with my group of mama friends in the first few months of Portia’s life, and chatting almost weekly about diapers,... Get your infant & toddler sleep questions answered by CheekyChops!

I remember sitting around with my group of mama friends in the first few months of Portia’s life, and chatting almost weekly about diapers, teething, feeding, and sleeping (or most often- a lack thereof!).

I think that one of the most common discussions amongst parents in the first few months of a baby’s life is regarding SLEEP. It might be because, as parents, we are so deprived of sleep that it becomes such a focus and the centre of our worlds, but it is definitely one of those new-parent mysteries that comes with more questions than answers.

Everyone seems to have their own opinion as to what is and what is not okay when it comes to getting your baby to sleep through the night. So, how on earth are we supposed to know what we should be doing with our own precious little baby?

I’m happy to be partnering with CheekyChops Consulting on a chance to have your dire sleep questions answered!

With ‘sleep’ being one of the biggest challenges we face with our children, you probably have some sleep-related questions you’d love to have answered. Whether it’s a young baby waking every 2 hours, an older baby who takes hours to fall asleep being rocked or fed, or a toddler who is tackling transitions such as moving from the crib or dropping a nap, knowing how best to handle these situations does not always come easy . Cheeky Chops is here to help!

Parents are often intimidated by the vast amount of information there is out there about sleep: in books, on websites, or just advice from friends and family. It’s hard to know what is right for your child or your parenting style. Cheeky Chops is experienced at assessing the challenges you may be facing and finding the solution that best works for your family.

Here’s Your Chance to Submit Your Sleep Questions!

Please leave a comment on this post detailing your specific sleep-related question. Please include the following information in your comment, so we can better assess your specific problem:

  • age of your child
  • current sleep pattern for the day (number of naps, length, time of bedtime / wake up, how your child falls asleep)

Cheeky Chops Consulting will be answering 3 questions, and will share the answers in a new blog post on North Shore Mama. Please submit your questions by Monday, November 19th.

About CheekyChops

CheekyChops Consulting has assisted thousands of families, locally, nationally and internationally, to regain the sleep that they need. If your methods have not been as effective as you had hoped, do not feel as though you have failed. We want to assure you that, as a mothers ourselves, we understand the emotions that come with being a parent. We can help you with the knowledge and support you need to get a good night’s sleep – for the whole family! Follow Cheeky Chops on Twitter @cheekychopscare or on Facebook.

So, fire away with your questions and make sure you pop back in a week to find out some of the answers!

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Angela Pestana

    November 12, 2012 #1 Author

    I have a 31 month old son who naps once a day for 2 hours. He goes to sleep at 8:30pm and wakes up around 7-7:30am. He falls asleep with me in his “big boy” queen sized bed. I need to know, what can I do so that I don’t need to lie next to him in order for him to fall asleep?


    • northshoremama

      November 14, 2012 #2 Author

      Thanks for submitting your question and for stopping by North Shore Mama! :)


  • Reny lenzo

    November 16, 2012 #3 Author

    My 7mo wakes up every 2-3 hours during nightime and wouldnt go back to sleep unless i nurse her, and almost always takes no naps (on a good day she’ll take 1 2hours nap). And on top of that she doesnt like sleeping flat on her back. I bought her a sleeper from fisher price that is positioned like a car seat (45 degree angle seat). I tried sleep trained her, but she would cry all night and in the end ended up so gassy that she needed a good dose of gripe water just to calm her down enough to sleep the next night. The no cry method doesnt work at all. Help!


    • northshoremama

      November 16, 2012 #4 Author

      Thank you for submitting your question, Reny!


  • Shelly

    November 17, 2012 #5 Author

    I have a 4.5 month old who only sleeps for 3 to 4 hour stretches at a time during the night. His daytime naps are normally 45 minutes each, and one nap is sometimes an hour and a half. Our bedtime and nap routine is to hold him close in an upright position, with his paci in his mouth. Once he is relaxed, we place him in his crib and swaddle him.

    He wakes up at night right on time for his feeding schedule – 3.5 to 4 hours after his last feed. His wake up times vary, so I know it is not habitual waking.

    He is formula fed, and is a big boy. He weighs 21 pounds, and is 27 inches long. I feel like I just can’t get him to eat enough during the day, and I’m certain that he is waking in the night due to hunger.

    Also, I can never seem to get a consistent bedtime or wake time going. His natural bedtime seems to be around 8:30, and wake up times are usually 7, 7:30, or 8:00am.


    • northshoremama

      November 17, 2012 #6 Author

      Thank you for submitting your sleep concerns, Shelly!


  • Scarlet Hudson

    November 17, 2012 #7 Author

    I have a 14mo old who, until now, has been an angel of a sleeper: went down easily for naps and at bedtime, slept through the night at 5mo, and took 2hr naps routinely. This all changed when, last week, he began to have separation anxiety (from me only, not my husband). Now when I put him down for his nap (12pm) or at bedtime (7pm) he stands up in his crib and screams! I’ve tired letting him cry it out (he finally fell asleep after an hour while still standing up in his crib), and the controlled crying method (my husband was successful within 5mins of doing it) where he cried for an hour and a half, then fell asleep standing up. When I went to lie him down, he woke up again. By this time, we were both in tears… all while my 3yr old was being pretty good at trying to occupy himself while this was all going on.

    At the same time, last week, he began waking up throughout the night, every night. He wakes at inconsistent times and often seems to be WIDE AWAKE! I’ve tired rocking him with no success, shushing him (same), but haven’t let him cry much as I don’t want him to wake his brother (who started sleeping through the night routinely again three weeks ago. His issues started 14mo ago when his baby bro was born). So, I’ve begun bringing him into bed, because I’m completely exhausted. I know it’s a bad habit, but I don’t know what else to do. I’m so sleep deprived I feel as though I’m starting to go batty! Help!


    • northshoremama

      November 17, 2012 #8 Author

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having such a rough go! Thank you for submitting your question! I’m sending sleep vibes your way :)


  • Jen

    November 18, 2012 #9 Author

    I’m curious about how Cheeky Chops recommends making the transition from crib to bed… We’re not quite ready for the transition yet (she’s happy in a crib and I don’t want to muck up a good thing!), but it’s something I have to do some looking into sometime soon. G is 2 years old (2 years & 2 1/2 months to be exact), goes to sleep happily on her own, and sleeps from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and naps from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


  • Joanna

    November 18, 2012 #10 Author

    My baby has just turned 9 months old. She’s a great sleeper- 12 hours interrupted overnight, and two 1.5 hour naps (I’m sure I’ve just jinxed myself). However, the 4-month sleep regression was not too pleasant, and I’m dreading the 9-month sleep regression. Any tips? Can I prevent it?


    • northshoremama

      November 25, 2012 #11 Author

      Make sure you check out the follow-up post with some answers to these questions :)


  • Mike

    February 18, 2013 #13 Author

    After buying a toddler bed 2 months ago for our daughter (20 months), transition from the crib was great. She loves sleeping there, but we are facing with two issues now that we want to correct as soon as possible.

    First problem is waking up during the night and going out of the bed. Usually it is around 1-2 AM, and she would come straight to our room. We would either take her back, or put her in our bed if we are very exhausted. We started giving her milk thinking she is hungry, but with or without milk, it would take us spending 30-60 min every time putting her back to sleep again. She goes to bed around 8 PM, having dinner around 7 PM and milk just before sleep. Most of the time diapers are not full, so this is not the reason.

    The second problem we believe is related to the first one. She is not able to put her-self back to sleep! She was a great baby with good sleeping habits until around 15 months when she got high temperature for a week and we would sleep with her. Now she would normally fall a sleep just fine after reading a book to her, but if we try to go out of the room before she fells a sleep, she would start moaning and coming out of the bed every time. She had her favorite sleeping cap, we tried with a doll, but still not able to fell a sleep by her self.


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