Infant Naps and Nighttime Sleep

In this video, parenting expert and counselor Janeen Hayward talks about what you need to know about infant sleep. She discusses kinds of sleep aids, bad habits and daily routines. Join Janeen in this segment to learn when it is reasonable to expect your baby to sleep through the night and what the optimal sleep environment is for your baby.

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Janeen Hayward is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in the states of New York and Illinois and certified Gottman Educator. She graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. In graduate school, Janeen counseled children and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse, many of whom were teen parents. Upon graduating, she directed a training program for graduate students in clinical psychology at a grade school in Chicago, offering play therapy and group counseling to school-aged children. This is where the seeds of swellbeing were sown; the idea being the best way to help children is to help their parents. After working in that school-based program for three years, she moved to New York City and has been working with new and expecting parents on infant and toddler sleep issues and adjusting to new parenthood, ever since. She is the proud mother of a daughter.


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4 Responses to Infant Naps and Nighttime Sleep

  1. At six months you can begin to cut back the amount you offer him in a bottle each night as an effective way to eliminate night wakings.

    FYI: I am offering a webinar on infant sleep on March 22nd at 8:30 p.m. There is time reserved for questions and I can be more specific about each person’s particular situation and give the best advice. (

    Janeen Hayward
    Parent Consultant

  2. Marla Haskell says:

    Great Suggestions! But I was wondering what your advice would be on eliminating night wakings. Our son is 6 months old, and is still up around 1-2 am for a bottle. He will occasionally sleep through the night…from 6:30 pm to 5.


  3. Jill Miller says:

    I am curious what her advice is on sleep habits for a 8-9 month old child. Routines are certainly interupted during this time for teething pain. My daughter had difficulty falling asleep.
    What are your recommendations for bedtimes and routines for this age?

    • Yes, this is a difficult time because of all the developmental/cognitive/motor changes taking place — often at once! My best advice is to try to proceed with a consistent schedule, while flexing and bending the rules as much as needed to accommodate for the pain of teething or an illness. Teething pain shouldn’t affect a routine or bedtime, but may very well affect how you intervene in the middle of the night. Good luck!
      Janeen Hayward
      Parent Consultant

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