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My 1 year old is about 27 pounds. How do I know when is best to transition him into 1 nap?

My 1 year old is about 27 pounds. How do I know when is best to transition him into 1 nap?

See below: His weight has nothing to do with it. At 1 year of age, he is going to require more than one nap. He will transition on his own, as he ages. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is the best way to arrange naps, so I don't have to sleep too much overall and still energetic?

What is the best way to arrange naps, so I don't have to sleep too much overall and still energetic?

Naps: Try to restrict naps to less than 30 minutes. Consider drinking coffee prior to your nap. The coffee can take 45 min to kick in and you may feel even more awake after your nap. Be sure to set an alarm and get up as soon as it rings. You might want to try using an app such as "Power Nap" to help you. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after eating lunch to have a nap? What is best to eat before and after workout

How long should I wait after eating lunch to have a nap? What is best to eat before and after workout

Eating/ nap: There is no hard and fast rule about eating but I have always waited until i felt like i digested my food. Workout i eat an hour before, that's my personal habit. ...Read more

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What is the best way to wean my 24 month old from the pacifier? He mostly uses it at night and for naps.

What is the best way to wean my 24 month old from the pacifier? He mostly uses it at night and for naps.

Wean pacifier: Starting at 12 months , take the pacifier away from the child while awake and gradually work on teaching him to use a different transitional object at night, such as a blankie or stuffed animal. ...Read more

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Why do I get a bad headache everytime I wake up from a nap? Is it best for me to eliminate naps or will it get better?

Why do I get a bad headache everytime I wake up from a nap? Is it best for me to eliminate naps or will it get better?

Hello Young Lady: I've missed you stopping by to let me know how things've been going. Wanna go over your headache diary some time? I believe I sent you one, no? Hope you're not working in those hot places anymore. Headaches get significantly worse for every 7 degrees F elevation in temperature. Headaches upon awakening can point to something called hypnopompic type and that could point to something important. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do? My tot sweating when he's taking a nap and in evening. He had pneumonia 3x last yr. Is that the cause of sweating?

What is the best thing to do? My tot sweating when he's taking a nap and in evening. He had pneumonia 3x last yr. Is that the cause of sweating?

Maybe he feels hot: While pneumonia can cause sweating, it usually happens when the fever associated with the lung infection "breaks". Given your geography (Philippines) I suspect that he is just feeling hot from the ambient temperature & humidity. One way to check is to measure your tot's temperature just b4 the sweating starts. If it is more than 39.5 deg C, seek a doctor to help diagnosis cause of temp. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the best way to fall asleep fast?

What is the best way to fall asleep fast?

Initiate sleep: Good sleep hygiene = relax properly 30mn before sleep, not engage in hi-brain stimulation activities shortly before (gaming for hours, bright light into eyes), long periods of rest during day, no use of coffee tea closed to bedtime, well balanced healthy lifestyle 8h work + 8h sleep +daily fitness program. Exercise drain stress from brain. Anxiety = problem initiating sleep as brain keeps working. ...Read more

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What is the best way to make your self fall asleep?

Fall asleep: Reciting pleasant memories of events from earlier in the day, no late smacking or drinks, comfortable bed, write down worries instead of thinking about them while trying to fall asleep. ...Read more

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How can you best fall asleep without taking drastic measures?

How can you best fall asleep without taking drastic measures?

Using good 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 many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to fall asleep at night?

Could you tell me what's the best way to fall asleep at night?

See www. Lef.org: I generally refer to www. Lef.Org for this. It stands for life extension foundation. You may also want to check out l- threanine and a product called tranquilene which is found at www. Tranquilene.Com. Also google sleep hygiene and begin to practice it. No alcohol. No drugs. If these don't work, see a sleep dctor or board certified sleep psychologist. ...Read more

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Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of ...Read more