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How long should my newborn baby sleep during daytime?

How long should my newborn baby sleep during daytime?

No more than 2 hrs: Try not to let your baby sleep more than two hours straight during the daytime, even if they were up the previous night. Babies can flip their day/night pattern if you do. Try to get seven to eight feedings in during the day and you might get extra sleep at night. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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When will a baby sleep through the night? Bottle feeding him?

When will a baby sleep through the night? Bottle feeding him?

8m-9m: Usually around 8-9 m. Few babies sleep 5-6 hrs starting from 4 m of age and some babies have a night feed till 12 m of age. ...Read more

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Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

No, it is not safe!: Infants should not sleep in "Baby Swings", or "Rock n' Play" by Fisher Price. The best way to prevent "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome" is to place infants on their back, which also encourages normal physical and motor development. They should sleep on a firm, flat surface. ...Read more

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Sleep disorder? Struggle to stay awake after 6 pm and keep nodding off drooling. Wake up at 3:30/4am wide awake x1year. Ruining social life. Why?

Sleep disorder? Struggle to stay awake after 6 pm and keep nodding off drooling. Wake up at 3:30/4am wide awake x1year. Ruining social life. Why?

Not sure why: You fall asleep at 6 pm because you get up at 304 am. You would benefit form seeing your doc and or a sleep specialist. You may have food allergies. I would also consult an acupuncturist. You are clearly imbalanced and they offer a whole other dimension of care that is very helpful. ...Read more

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My baby 2 months old from her birth she does not sleep at night, she wakes up to 7-8 hours at night before sleeping. How to change her sleep pattern ?

My baby 2 months old from her birth she does not sleep at night, she wakes up to 7-8 hours at night before sleeping.  How to change her sleep pattern
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Breast or bottle?: During the day, rouse her gently after 2 1/2-3 hours. Engage her in gooing & cooing & putting her on her tummy to play. Have a consistent bedtime at night, read, rock & cuddle in low light. Wipe out her mouth after the last feed to establish the habit. Put her in her crib in her own room, on her back, drowsy but awake. She'll learn to self-calm to fall asleep & may sleep 6 hrs by 4-6 mos. ...Read more

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6 wk old extreme difficulty sleeping. Won't sleep in crib, swing, car, or swaddled. Please help it takes us hours before she finally falls asleep.

6 wk old extreme difficulty sleeping. Won't sleep in crib, swing, car, or swaddled. Please help it takes us hours before she finally falls asleep.

It can be tough: Make time approaching sleep time calm and quiet. Don't feed, overstimulate, have tickles and then expect the child to just shut down and go to sleep. Won't happen. Dont respond instantly so they learn to lull themselves to sleep. Let them figure it out without a lot of interference from you. Google My newborn won't sleep. Lots of really good info from multiple sources like Parents.com. ...Read more

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My baby gasp for air while sleeping?

My baby gasp for air while sleeping?

Get it checked out!: Take a video (with your phone) and the baby to your Pediatric Health Professional and get it checked out (although it sounds normal (called "startle" reaction) Hope this helps Good Luck DrZ ...Read more

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Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Age dependent: Sleep duration or number of naps during the day varies with the age of baby. Newborns may sleep for 14-18 hrs a day. As they get older the number of naps decrease. Just make sure that baby is being fed at regular intervals for age. ...Read more

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My friend snores and twitches during sleep. Apnea?

My friend snores and twitches during sleep. Apnea?

Yes, sleep apnea: Have your friend check the epworth sleepiness scale http://www.Stanford.Edu/~dement/epworth.Html sleep tests can be performed in a sleep lab or with ambulatory sleep monitors which measure oxygen level, respiratory effort and nasal airflow. If airflow is decreased or is blocked by throat closure more than 5 times/hour, he has sleep apnea and can be treated with CPAP -continuous + airway pressure. ...Read more

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3 mos baby is sleeping good at nite, but fights nap time& barely sleeps how many naps=length?

3 mos baby is sleeping good at nite, but fights nap time& barely sleeps how many naps=length?

Great nights!: It's hard to recommend anything that might sacrifice your nights. Preserve that no matter what. For the naps, start a strict daytime feeding schedule of every 2 -3 hours. Force the nap-time, but don't allow the naps to be more than an hour at a time. This will allow your child to get some rest, but hopefully it will not affect your nights. ...Read more

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Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

No: Despite what some grandmothers will say, cereal feeding has not been proven to help babies sleep better. It can lead to constipation or overfeeding, though, and possibly food allergies if given prior to 4 months. ...Read more

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Do babies go into sleep mode before labor?

Do babies go into sleep mode before labor?

Hard to say: Babies "mode" during labor would be hard to study. Sleep states are generally documented by eeg study, which is impossible in labor.Labor itself can vary in length from a few hours to a day or more and i doubt baby would be aleart or asleep for it all. Moms note fetal movements between contractions at various stages of labor, but movement can occur in sleep. Just list this as an unknown. ...Read more

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When does a baby sleep through the night soundly?

When does a baby sleep through the night soundly?

After age 3 months: Newborns sleep 8-9 daytime hours & 8-9 nighttime hours awakening every 3-4 hours to eat. Babies begin sleeping through the night (6-8 hours) at age 3 months. ...Read more

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Can a newborn baby sleep on their tummy?

Can a newborn baby sleep on their tummy?

Safety issue: In the 90's the world data showed higher rates of crib death in all cultures that belly slept their babies. After the "Back to sleep" campaign has been in effect in the US, the crib death rate has fallen 40% in most populations studied. The can sleep on their tummy, but I would never suggest it unless there was a specific medical condition where they must. ...Read more

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Does warm milk help a baby sleep more?

Does warm milk help a baby sleep more?

No: Feeding a baby as they arise and never as part of a sleep ritual does more for good sleep habits than anything.Rocking only when fully awake and learning to recognize their drousy signals helps a lot. Letting them learn to self settle in the crib alone will promote the longest night time sleep pattern, while rocking or feeding as they go to sleep increased sleep problems 4x. ...Read more

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Always tired. Fitbit tracker says low sleep efficiency. Videotape confirmed constant tossing during sleep. Should I do a sleep study? Recommended tx?

Always tired. Fitbit tracker says low sleep efficiency. Videotape confirmed constant tossing during sleep. Should I do a sleep study? Recommended tx?

Consult sleep clinic: Good sleep helps you feel healthy and vital. Sleep apnea (frequent awakenings due to low oxygen levels during sleep) can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, and even obesity! so consult a sleep doctor. If necessary, they will recommend a polysomnographic exam where they monitor your vital signs, movements, oxygen levels, and video your sleep in an overnight sleep lab. ...Read more

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My 4month old baby not sleeping through night. Ow can I put my child to sleep at night.

My 4month old baby not sleeping through night. Ow can I put my child to sleep at night.

Sleep consolidation : Is promoted by a consistent bedtime & routine, reading, soothing, wiping out baby's mouth after the last feed, then putting her to bed on her back in her own crib, drowsy but awake. Learning to self-calm to sleep now helps her do this when she night wakes & prevents "trained night crying" at 6 mos. Or >. See the aap's healthy child app or on www.Aap.Org for personalized anticipatory guidance. ...Read more

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Can swaddling help babies sleep?

Can swaddling help babies sleep?

Yes: There perhaps is something about recreating that intrauterine environment which some infants find most comforting--swaddling. Neatly tucking a baby into a pea pod shaped bundle can provide security and warmth unlike anything else. So, once all snuggled in, sleep can not help but to come much more easily. Try it, you will like it...And so will baby! ...Read more

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6 months baby sleeps for 6 hours then wakes up to feed and goes back to sleep. How can I make her sleep 9 hours straight?

6 months baby sleeps for 6 hours then wakes up to feed and goes back to sleep. How can I make her sleep 9 hours straight?

Unlikely to happen: I'm surprised the kid will get 6 hours. Most will do up to 4 hours of deep sleep, alert and self settle for a few more and then get up for the day.No baby or adult sleeps continuously for 9 hours without cycling through shallow wake states. If you want her to wake at a different time, manipulate the start times to match your need. ...Read more