Sleep Training: Is 2-Hour Crying Normal? - 😢 Sleep Training Woes: 2-Hour Cries


Hey there! I understand that sleep training can be a challenging and emotional journey for both you and your little one. It's completely normal to have questions and concerns along the way. Let's talk about when it's considered normal for a baby to cry for an extended period during sleep training.

First things first, it's important to remember that every baby is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, it's generally recommended to approach sleep training gradually and with patience. Crying is a common part of the process as your baby learns to self-soothe and adjust to new sleep routines.

During sleep training, it's normal for babies to cry for shorter periods of time, typically ranging from a few minutes to around 30 minutes. However, there may be instances where a baby cries for longer, up to two hours. While this can be distressing for parents, it's important to understand the reasons behind it.

One possible reason for extended crying is if your baby is used to falling asleep in your arms or co-sleeping and is now being transitioned to sleeping in a crib. This change can be a big adjustment for them, and they may protest by crying for a longer duration. It's important to stay consistent with your sleep training approach and provide reassurance and comfort without picking them up or bringing them back to your bed.

Another factor to consider is your baby's age. Younger babies, especially those under six months, may have a harder time self-soothing and may cry for longer periods during sleep training. As they grow older, their ability to self-soothe improves, and the crying duration typically decreases.

It's crucial to differentiate between different types of cries during sleep training. If your baby's cry is intense, high-pitched, or accompanied by other signs of distress, it's essential to check on them and ensure their safety and well-being. However, if the cry is more of a fussing or protest cry, it's generally recommended to give them some time to self-soothe before intervening.

Remember, sleep training is a process that takes time and consistency. It's important to have realistic expectations and be prepared for some ups and downs along the way. If you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure about your approach, don't hesitate to reach out to your pediatrician or a sleep consultant for guidance and support.

At Find PM, we offer a range of resources and articles on baby sleep issues, including tips on how to get your baby to sleep in a crib after co-sleeping and solutions for babies who won't sleep in a bassinet. We also have information on the benefits of using baby sleep sacks, such as the Kyte baby sleep sack and Dreamland baby sleep sack.

Remember, you're doing an amazing job as a parent, and your baby will eventually learn to sleep independently. Stay patient, stay consistent, and don't forget to take care of yourself too. Sweet dreams to you and your little one!

Aimee Larson
Neonatal care, Nursing, Baby sleep issues, Health education

Aimee Larson is a certified nurse specializing in neonatal care. Her extensive, hands-on experience with newborns and their sleep behaviors has made her a reliable source of knowledge in this field. Aimee is committed to equipping parents with practical advice and effective solutions for their newborn's sleep-related issues.