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How Can I Get My Baby To Sleep Through The Night
Avoid night activity: Babies more than 3 months old can usually be trained to sleep through the night. The younger babies might go 6 hours before feeding, but the older babies should be fine until breakfast time the next morning. Do the same relaxing bedtime routine each evening. Put the baby in the crib, say "goodnight", and walk away. He might wake up off and on and cry but will soon learn to fall asleep by himself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good sleep routine: This is possible for almost all little ones, but is more than can be described in 400 characters. Consistency, a regular sleep routine, keeping the home quiet and dark at night, and helping them learn to self-settle are essential. Talk with your pediatrician about the details, but know that it is possible - once you are ready! (the secondary gain from "comforting" your baby at night is powerful.). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Be Firm/Consistent: This is always easier advice to give than take, but it will work, and all books on the topic use some permutation of this advice. Put your baby in the crib when they are drowsy but still awake so they associate the crib with falling asleep. They will cry, but will learn to sleep in the crib in 7-10 days. Don't let them train you to rock them to sleep, bring to your bed, etc. They will be fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With difficulty!: It's not easy. Try to under-react when he or she wakes-- let some fussing occur, don't rush in there. Try to keep shades nice and dark so the morning sun doesn't brighten the room. When babies become old enough to be interested in toys and books, leave some of those in the crib for am self-entertaining. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Calm bedtime routine: From birth to about 15-18 months, a baby can be taught to sleep in a crib. After 15-18 months, some babies can climb out of a crib. From the beginning, parents should keep a consistent, unexciting bedtime routine, so their baby gets sleepy instead of stimulated. After putting the baby down to sleep, parents should stay where the baby cannot see them, if their baby is a hard-to-fall-asleep baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Limit length of naps: Your baby has one period of deep restorative sleep per day & you can push it into the night if you avoid long day naps. Waking baby during the day to feed after a 2 hr nap, and keeping it up for at least 5 min if unintrested will teach babies internal clock to get its best sleep at night. Even if up a lot the night before, don't allow > 3 hr naps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Consider Melatonin: Also use excellent sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable. ...Read more
Patience: Babies can adapt just about any schedule but you have to be very mthodical and very persistant. If you want a baby to go to sleep at a certain time, keep them awake for as long as possible before that time. But more importantly put them down for that nap at the same time every day. By the clock. Eventually they will adapt and get the idea. It may take a while. Be persitent. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Routine: Most of us have a routine that prepares us for sleep. You can do the same for your baby, by clearly letting him/her know that bedtime is near. Try to always perform the same routine before bedtime, e.g. Bath, rocking, singing, etc so your little one always is ready for bed. Eventually your baby will get the message. Even if they cry, gently reassure and leave the room. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Routine: Get back to your usual routine. Babies are dependent on routine. If your baby wakes be sure he/she is okay but don't offer too much gratification he may have to cry some of it out. Most important is routine. ...Read more
How can I get my baby to sleep through the night? He drinks milk before bedtime, could that be it?
Sleep: Rule number one-- do not give him milk when you put him to bed because you run the risk of him developing carious teeth from the milk sugars left in his mouth. Rule number two-- dont get him all keyed up before putting him to bed . Read to him, play soft music or give him a bath before bed time. ...Read more
Sleep hygiene.: You need to get back on a schedule for sleep. To reset your sleep clock, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every morning, don't nap during the day, use the bed for sleeping (not eating, TV watching, reading, etc), if you awaken during the night, stay in bed until your determined awakening time. Shoot for 6 to 9 hours of sleep nightly. ...Read more
Don't worry: If there is nothing else going on one sleepless night should not have much of an impact on you. In fact my personal experience, and several studies, suggest that one sleepless night does not have much of an effect on functioning. It is many sleeplessness nights, or other problems, that can cause difficulty. ...Read more
Try gentle routine: Keep bedroom dark & cool . Can give a warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more
My 19month old won't sleep through the night wakes 2 times and refuses to let the bottle go he is always sick, how do I get rid of the bottles and get him to sleep through?
Throw them ALL away!: Ignore the tantrums that ensue without making eye contact, looking upset, or verbally consoling him. Buy open-mouth plastic cups, not sippy cups he can shlep around or take to bed. Have him checked for iron-deficiency with & without anemia; both can cause developmental delays. Take him to a pediatric dentist. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./ day; juice to zero. Watch him get healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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