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Baby Whimpers In 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
On his or her back: The chances of dying from sids (crib death) are worse, if a baby sleeps on his tummy. Years ago in america, when babies slept on their tummies, about 3 babies out of every 1000 would die of sids. Nowadays, when babies sleep on their backs, about 1 to 1.5 babies per 1000 die of sids. Parents should talk with the doctor if a baby won't sleep on his or her back. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Drowsy but awake: Self soothing is a valuable skill that babies learn as newborns, when parents put them down drowsy but awake. When we hold babies until asleep, they associate parent's heartbeat, voice, rocking with sleep. Without those cues they can't fall asleep. Started as newborns, most babies learn to put themselves to sleep in 5-10", older children take longer to learn to self soothe-up to 60". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Typically over 10: People get hung up over absolute numbers. The ideal 2 year old sleeps around 10-11 hours at night, and naps around 2 hours during the day. However, some sleep more, and some less. The question is, how are they when they are awake? If the baby is happy and alert, then there is enough sleep. It's important to remember it's total sleep time, not just at night. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Behavioral specalists have found that rocking baby to sleep leads to a 4x increase in sleep problems in childhood. If you plan to be there 24/7 for the first 3 -5 yrs go ahead but what seems neat now can bring lots of tears later. Rocking stimulates their brain & can delay sleep entry. Since this mimics movement in the womb, they may embrace this as necessary--for years. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Too many answers !!!: Disturbed sleep in babies is incredibly common. This is clearly a question to address with your pediatrician or family practice doctor. It may simply be your child has a low threshold for arousals. Formula/milk reflux is quite common as is formula and milk protein intolerance. Simple things like broken finger and toe nails, constipation and diaper dermatitis abound. Is parenting a baby great! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Self Consolation: Between four and six months of life a baby has the ability to learn the skill of self consolation, this is an important life skill for parents to help their baby learn! so you'll want to put the baby down after your evening routine and last breastfeeding/bottle when he is sleepy, yet not asleep! he will learn to suck a thumb, rub a blankie, twirl his hair, etc... And console himself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
That varies: New babies don't sleep through the night because they need to awaken to feed. As they get bigger, they sleep longer. Most babies can safely do an 8 hour stretch when they're several months old; some do it a little younger, some a little older. Babies are people; what happens one way in one happens a bit differently in another. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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