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what can i do to put a baby to sleep?

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
How old : Is your baby? What have you done yourself? How many people are involved in the care of your baby?Are you preparing formula correctly? Oftentimes parents increase volume without adding milk in proportion to water making it more dilute, baby is starving , hence crying and won't sleep, constantly eating and not gaining weight.Formula fed or breast fed? I'd like to help, need more info. Tnx.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Allow him to learn: To self-regulate, if you missed the optimal period for this, 1-4 mos., baby may have to "unlearn" bad habits. Have a consistent bedtime & routine including reading, soothing, cleaning out mouth after the last feed. Put him in his own crib drowsy, but awake. If you're tempted to go in when he protests or night wakes, see tips on extinguishing these behaviors in a graded way at aap.Org.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are some healthy ways to get a crying baby to stop crying?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
List of fixes: It helps if mom/dad make a list of what things they can do something about, for those times they are tired & can't think clearly. Offer feed if not fed within last 2hr. Warm if cold. Cool off if warm. Change if dirty. Console if in need of nurturing. A warm bath can relax them. If nothing works & baby is otherwise well, put on the headphones & let the kid figure it out.
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Please give advice on how to put babies to sleep?

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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 51 years experience
Peacefully: Slow things down, be sure baby is full, dry and gently rock to sleep. Keep it quiet with low lights. Sometimes soft music or natyre sounds like suf, rain, etc are also helpful.
A 30-year-old member asked:

I'd really like to know how to put a baby to sleep?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
In his own bed: Rock, read, nurse, then wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth even before teeth erupt. Put him in his own crib in his own room, drowsy but awake, the same time every night.Stop the bedtime pacifier by 3-4 mos. Healthy 6-mo.-old's don't need a night feed (check with his pede) & become trained night criers if parents even go in & make eye contact with them, trained night feeders if you keep feeding.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Would like to have explanation of how do I put a baby to sleep?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Remove distractions: Although babies may understand being tired, they don't understand the concept of sleep. They drift into sleep like adults in a boring lecture. Your tiredness routein should focus on settling baby down and excluding harsh distractions. A little light can help baby be aware of their comfort place; soft background noise from a fan or radio turned low. Put them down awake & don't change anythiing.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can someone here tell me please how to put baby to sleep?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Lovingly: Babies are ready for sleep when they become fussy, look away, yawn, or rub eyes. Hold baby in arms while preparing for sleep and put baby to bed on baby’s back (not on belly, side, or with a bottle propped up) while still somewhat awake. Add soft music, soft voice.

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