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Dr. Howard Schneider
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Cry It Out Sleep Training (Overview)

These approaches suggest allowing short periods of crying punctuated by comforting (but not picking up) your baby. The most well known "cry it out" technique is the one developed by pediatrician Richard Ferber, director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital Boston.


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Can a baby stop breathing if left to cry for too long? We're sleep training and letting him cry for up to 10 minutes at a time and husband is worried.

Can a baby stop breathing if left to cry for too long? We're sleep training and letting him cry for up to 10 minutes at a time and husband is worried.

No he cannot: You need to slowly increase the times he cries--5 minutes,10,15,20.be consistent.go in see him but no picking up.he gets the message you are around,he is safe but will not pick him up.it will definitely happen with consistency in just a few days.good luck.next time do not wait until he is 1 yr old.do it at 5-6 months ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
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Cry It Out Sleep Training (Overview)

These approaches suggest allowing short periods of crying punctuated by comforting (but not picking up) your baby. The most well known "cry it out" technique is the one developed by pediatrician Richard Ferber, director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital Boston.


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Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

This is reasonable: http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-training-the-basics_1505715.bc

There is no one best way. You have to suit your needs. By nature some babies are anxious, more needy. Our own upbringing, insecurities affect such practices. So do not be too hard on yourself..do what is most comfortable to you and which is least frustrating . Both parents should agree on the plan broadly. ...Read more

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Cry it out sleep training (Tip)

Avoid sleeping with lights and TV on: it prevents deeper sleep. ...See more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to sleep at the same time every day
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Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
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At what ages can I start sleep training my baby? She's 2.5 months old and the minute i put her in bed she starts screaming.

At what ages can I start sleep training my baby? She's 2.5 months old and the minute i put her in bed she starts screaming.

At birth: The best time to start sleep training is now. If a kid is fed upon waking, changed after, entertained until tired & put down alone & awake, they learn to settle into sleep. If you make carrying, rocking or feeding part of the go to sleep pattern, they cannot separate from you.You can start over now with the pattern above & let her fuss, checking her every 5 min until she accepts the change. ...Read more

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My 11month old son wakes up at night at least 3 times a night. Is this normal? Besides sleep training techniques, what else cAn I do.

My 11month old son wakes up at night at least 3 times a night. Is this normal? Besides sleep training techniques, what else cAn I do.

Check Thyroid: I notice hypothyroidism in the past history for the baby? Definitely double check thyroid status for the baby. You are correct in utilizing "sleep training" to help the baby learn to self console. If he consoles readily at night when you pick him up, then you know he is not in serious pain from a tooth cutting or an ear infection! Best of luck you are on the right track! ...Read more

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Cry it out sleep training (Tip)

Poor sleeping is associated with increased risk for metabolic disorders such as diabetes. ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
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Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
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Don't drink alcohol
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Never drive when you're sleepy
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My son is 12w. When should we worry about sleep training & how should we do this? Now hislongest sleep period is 6 hrs, 6pm-12am, then it's every 3hr.

My son is 12w. When should we worry about sleep training & how should we do this? Now hislongest sleep period is 6 hrs, 6pm-12am, then it's every 3hr.

Schedule arrangement: Try to rearrange his schedulr so that he takes his longest sleep between12&6. This can be done by rearranging his feeding schedule and his nap time. Rember, if you are tired and can't face the day everybody suffers including your baby. There is no better medicine than sufficient rest. ...Read more

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What is the best way to approach sleep training?

What is the best way to approach sleep training?

Patience is perfect: Teaching yuor child to sleep does not happen overnight. Like all other developmental skills, some pick it up quick and some need a lot of practice. Start at an early age - encourage even yur infant to learn "self-soothing". Then have a bedtime routine that you are consistent with, but don't put your child in bed asleep. They need to learn to fall asleep in their own bed environment. Be patient! ...Read more

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Cry it out sleep training (Tip)

Read book or watch tv in another room, and when start to fall asleep, go to bedroom. ...See more

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Baby 3 m old. We are interested in beginning sleep training. Lots of different theories and approaches. Any dr. recommended books on the subject?

Baby 3 m old. We are interested in beginning sleep training. Lots of different theories and approaches. Any dr. recommended books on the subject?

Dr. Ferber's book: Best know book is Dr. Richard Ferber's "How to Solve Your CHild's SLeep problems" His general approach is to put the baby in his/her crib awake and leave for a set period - say five minutes - then go back in if still crying to comfort the baby and then leave again but for a longer period of time. In my view three months is a bit early - can be done , but hader 4- 6 months of age better. ...Read more

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When can I start sleep training my child?

When can I start sleep training my child?

Birth: Sleep training begins at birth, by enforcing social cues to demonstrate the difference between night and day. Once a baby has gotten back to birth weight, start stretching out night feeds and giving day feeds more frequently. By 2 months, allow junior to at least sometimes fall asleep on his own; by 4 mos, baby should usually fall asleep on his own; by 6 mos: always. ...Read more

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Cry it out sleep training (Tip)

Sleep apnea is not a disease of obese people. 30% of people with sleep apnea are non-obese. ...See more

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When is a good time to start doing sleep training?

When is a good time to start doing sleep training?

Early: What we think of as true sleep training, the "cry-it-out" variety, probably is not appropriate until 5 months or so. However, start helping your baby learn how to sleep early on. By 2 months, if baby's weight is good, give him an opportunity to go back to sleep at night without feeding him. Develop a consistent bedtime routine that separates sleep from feeding and helps him learn to self soothe. ...Read more

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My 15 mth old still wakes to nurse every 2-3 hr, which would be fine if i didn't have to get up to go to work. Is it reasonable to try sleep training?

My 15 mth old still wakes to nurse every 2-3 hr, which would be fine if i didn't have to get up to go to work. Is it reasonable to try sleep training?

Nursing: Stop breast feeding cold turkey.You child may cry for a few nights. Go to him to make sure he is alright but do not pick him up! after a few nights he will stop and you will get your much needed rest. Good luck. ...Read more

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Cry it out sleep training (Tip)

Have a consistent sleep time. Avoid reading in bed. Avoid caffeine after 1 PM. ...See more

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Does sleep training really exist? Is it achievable at 7 weeks? I try to set routines but they don't normally work and I'm playing things by ear.

Does sleep training really exist? Is it achievable at 7 weeks? I try to set routines but they don't normally work and I'm playing things by ear.

Sleep diary: the routine is important foreffective sleep hygiene. Try early to bed, early to rise PLUS, white sounds, aromatherpay, massage therapy, no TV for 2 hours before bedtime and meditation/relaxation. ...Read more

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Can someone cry in your sleep?

Yes : I have done it several times. When life situations were difficult and i could not see any solutions. Crying is a way for our bodies to make ourselves feel better. Consider it a gift. If it is happening frequently talk to someone about it. Start with a close friend if it continues seek a professional. ...Read more

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Cry it out sleep training (Tip)

Drinking alcohol causes more frequent awakenings at night and less restful sleep. ...See more

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Why is my baby crying in his sleep?

Why is my baby crying in his sleep?

Discomfort/Fear: We all cry for similar reasons: fear, discomfort, and hunger. If you know your baby's tummy is full, the most common reasons are teeth or bad dreams (depending on their age). What can you do about bad dreams? Not much. But, teething can be helped with some Ibuprofen before bedtime. I also would check your baby's diaper, clothes, and bed to make sure that there is nothing causing them discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it ok to let my baby cry herself to sleep?

Is it ok to let my baby cry herself to sleep?

Yes: Children need to learn how to sooth themselves and the younger the better. If you know she does not need to be fed or changed, is not sick or in pain, then let her cry for a short period of time, i.e. 5 minutes. You can then check on her, even pick her up, but put her back in the crib awake, and leave for 10 minutes. Gradually increase the time periods, and you will be amazed how well she'll do. ...Read more

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Cry it out sleep training (Tip)

Stick to a sleep schedule. Keep regular hours—even on the weekends. ...See more

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Why does my baby cry in her sleep?

Why does my baby cry in her sleep?

Cry in sleep: Infants go through different stages of sleep at night just as adults do, just different amounts of time in different stages. In certain stages of sleep, people often make noise - talking, grunting, etc. A baby's communication is crying - so it is there way of talking in their sleeep. The trick is not to respond right away - if you touch/jostle etc they may wake up. Let alone to keep sleeping! ...Read more

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Anyone know about crying during sleeping?

Anyone know about crying during sleeping?

Nighttime crying: The first impulse is to rush to the toddler's room and pick him up to soothe him. The reason to respond is to make sure that he is safe.
If still asleep, leave him alone as he may just be dreaming and just monitor these episodes. If he is awake and does not seem to acknowledge your presence, he maybe having a nightmare or night terror. Wait until the episode stops - he might just go back to sleep. ...Read more

Dr. Syed H. Sajid Dr. Sajid
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Cry it out sleep training (Tip)

Sleep deprivation may lead to decreased performance, alertness, memory; and cognitive impairment. ...See more

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Why does my 2 month old cry in his sleep?

Why does my 2 month old cry in his sleep?

Dreaming?: Is he staying asleep? He may be dreaming. If he seems in pain talk to your baby's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is it ok to let my 16 month old cry himself to sleep?

Is it ok to let my 16 month old cry himself to sleep?

Yes!: As long as you have made sure there is nothing else wrong with him. ...Read more

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Cry it out sleep training (Tip)

Myth: sleep medicines are the only way to improve your sleep. That's false! ...See more

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My 1 year old baby is crying in sleep like he is in pain?

My 1 year old baby is crying in sleep like he is in pain?

See doctor: See the doctor and see if there is a reason for the crying, like an ear infection or sore throat. If not, then it could be dreaming. I think you should have the possibility of an infection ruled out first. ...Read more

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