Q&A: Something Inhibiting Baby's Sleep?

My eight-month-old has no problem napping or falling asleep at bedtime, but he wakes every two to three hours at night and cannot get himself back to sleep. I have tried letting him "cry it out," but it has resulted in nothing. He cries for hours and when I go in he screams even harder. What should I do?
ByConner Herman and Kira Ryan
Dream Team Baby Sleep Consultants
Updated
Mar 2017
Hero Image
Photo: Getty Images

You could follow any sleep method exactly as described, but your hard work could be for nothing if something in your child’s room interferes with his ability to sleep. One of us had a very similar experience with our child and the solution turned out to be as easy as removing a brightly lit alarm clock!

The next time your son goes to bed, try to sneak in before he usually wakes up. By spending time in his sleeping space, you can identify any environmental factors that may be causing him to wake up (like a blast of cool air from an overhead vent) or preventing him from going back to sleep (like a light shining into his crib). Pinpointing sleep inhibitors is a good first step to take if sleep training methods are not working.

Related Video

Best Baby Sleep Tips Ever

Elena Donovan Mauer

Kim Kardashian’s Photo of Baby Psalm Raises Sleep Safety Concerns

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
05/28/2019

Serenity Now! How to Sleep Train Baby

Anna Davies
Contributing Writer

This Pacifier Sleep Hack Is Hilariously Effective

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
01/08/2018

​Parental Sleep Deprivation Summed Up in One ​Crazy Graph

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
10/09/2017

Why Did My Newborn Change From Sleepy to Cranky?

Bonnie Vengrow
Contributing Writer

Mom Perfectly Sums Up the 'Million Reasons' Why Parents Don't Sleep

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
11/20/2018

Toddler Cosleeping?

Elizabeth Pantley
Parenting Expert

When Should I Stop Swaddling?

Conner Herman and Kira Ryan
Dream Team Baby Sleep Consultants

How Disagreements About Baby’s Bedtime Affect Co-parenting

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
08/23/2017