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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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Sleep (Definition)

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 does baby sleep through the night without you?

When does baby sleep through the night without you?

Train from birth: There are hundreds of babies that die each year from co-sleeping with parents. Either smothered or strangled in bed linen.These are avoidable deaths. Babies should be put in a crib alone from birth & helped settle from a distance. Feeding on awakening rather than tired allows them to learn to settle without your body contact. No baby sleeps more than 4hr without waking but can resettle if allowed. ...Read more

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Will a later bed time or cutting an afternoon nap help my baby sleep through the night?

Will a later bed time or cutting an afternoon nap help my baby sleep through the night?

Yes: We all need a certain amount of sleep per day. Even as adults, we know that a nap will make us go to bed later in the day. In a perfect world, we should have a good night's rest every night. The only way to answer your question is for you to try taking out the afternoon nap, and see if your baby will sleep at an earlier bed time and longer at night. If it doesn't help, let him/her nap. ...Read more

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When will my child start sleeping through the night?

When will my child start sleeping through the night?

Three to four months: Babies are capable of one period of deep sleep (3-4hrs) per 24 hours starting at birth and generally drift in and out of lighter sleep states for the rest of their day. By 3mo their brain waves include mature sleep patterns and longer sleep is expected. Babies can learn to self settle soon after birth and return to sleep after they wake, though a brief feeding may be needed.Good routeins help. ...Read more

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When do baby sleep through the night if breastfeeding?

When do baby sleep through the night if breastfeeding?

Varies: Babies vary on when they begin to sleep through the night. Breastfed babies often sleep an extended period within the 2-4 week after birth, but may still wake up at night for at least one feeding. Some people feel adding a little watery cereal at bedtime by spoon may help stretch the one long sleeeping time during the night, but it usually should not be started until about 3 mos. Of age. ...Read more

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Why won't my baby sleep through the night?

Why won't my baby sleep through the night?

Depends: Depneds on age. If less than 3 months, then it's what theyare built to do. Welcome to parenthood. Babies are built to feed most at night, when moms breadtfeeding hormone peaks, even if bottle feeding. After 3-4 months most infants should sleep most of the night without feeding. Some babies just never learn to do so without help and thus wake up. 9-12 month olds wake up more with teething issues. ...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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When should babies stop being swaddled? My 2m baby startles too much and wakes up but the swaddle allows her to sleep through the night.

When should babies stop being swaddled? My 2m baby startles too much and wakes up but the swaddle allows her to sleep through the night.

Swaddling: When the baby can independently undo and release the swaddling. At this point, the blanket they are wrapped in becomes a hazard. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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11 month old baby gets up once a night for a bottle. How do I break this habit and get her to sleep through the night?

11 month old baby gets up once a night for a bottle. How do I break this habit and get her to sleep through the night?

Gradual reduction: If you begin reducing the volume of the night feed & shift over to water, you will eliminate the "feeding clock" effect that gets baby up for a feed. Within 2 wks you should have a baby that may alert at night but won't be trained to seek a meal & should be able to self settle in the night. ...Read more

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When will baby sleep through the night in its crib?

When will baby sleep through the night in its crib?

Sleep consolidation : Through self-regulation occurs between 1-4 mos. If there has been a consistent bedtime & bedtime routine ( rocking, reading, feeding, wiping out baby's mouth with a soft cloth after the last feed) & baby is put in his own bed in his own room, drowsy, but awake. Allow him 5 min. To self-calm if he awakens. At 6 mos. Old, your going in & making eye contact will create a " trained night crier.". ...Read more

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When traveling w/6 months old to country that is 9 hours ahead will it cause my baby sleep all day(now he sleeps all night)and be awake through night?

When traveling w/6 months old to country that is 9 hours ahead will it cause my baby sleep all day(now he sleeps all night)and be awake through night?

It may take a few: days for your baby (and you) to adjust to the time difference. Depending on when you are leaving, you may be able to help that transition, but adjusting his sleep schedule a little bit at a time before you go. Otherwise you can keep him as awake as you can during the daytime once you're there and hopefully move the schedule to be more accommodating to the new time. ...Read more

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Sleep is off and I'm sleeping throughout the day and night. Up at odd times. How can I change my sleeping pattern?

Sleep is off and I'm sleeping throughout the day and night. Up at odd times. How can I change my sleeping pattern?

Circadian rhythms: The body has it's own internal clock - which for the most part matches the light/dark cycle of this planet. Certain things however can throw it off - especially alcohol or problems with the mind (anxiety/depression). Stimulants too like caffeine can cause haywire with the system. Sounds like you need someone to help you review 'what' you're doing wrong to set you back on track. I believe you can! ...Read more

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Can a 6 month old baby have night terror? My baby has been crying in his sleep during the night, without opening the eyes, what can I do?

Can a 6 month old baby have night terror? My baby has been crying in his sleep during the night, without opening the eyes, what can I do?

Separation anxiety: Does your baby cry or show displeasure when she loses sight of you? Does she do the same thing when somebody else picks her up and sees you away from her? If you answered yes, she is starting to show separation anxiety which usually appears at this age. These episodes are repeated in her sleep and cause her to cry. Just do nothing and ignore her crying. She will grow out of it in about 6 months. ...Read more

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7m old baby wakes 1.5hrs once in night breast feed and sleep.is it cause of concern. he does this even after eatin well at night before going to bed?

7m old baby wakes 1.5hrs once in night breast feed and sleep.is it cause of concern. he does this even after eatin well at night before going to bed?

Advance Solid Foods: Infants this age grow rapidly & require adequate nutrition. Solid foods are routinely introduced at age 6 mos. As infants advance w/ solids, breast feeding gradually becomes supplemental. Nighttime feedings are still fairly common at this age. If your baby is progressing well with solids, returns to sleep after night feed, has normal growth/development at doctor visits, then no action is needed. ...Read more

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My baby 11 weeks wakes up at night to eat only 3oz should I cut out night feedings? Let her cry it out? She does not sleep through the night help!

Feed her: It is normal for 11 week old infants to not sleep through the night and to need to eat. They have small stomachs and need feedings every 4-6 hours. Exhausting as it is, it will get better. ...Read more

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How do I prevent my infant from self-turning to sleep on it side?

Back is best: The back to sleep campaign that started in the 90's brought a 40% drop in crib death rates in the us.After initial resistance, most have come to understand it's value. Thankfully, the most vulnerable period has passed when kids can roll and turn over. Positioners, wedges and other items offered to stop this are unreliable.Infants should be on a firm mattress with no pillows, blankets or bumpers. ...Read more

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•I'm 19 can not get sleep at night •during the day I get tired and take a nap. •how can I prevent this from happening?

•I'm 19 can not get sleep at night                     •during the day I get tired and take a nap. •how can I prevent this from happening?

Narcolepsy: Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder involving the loss of the brain's ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. There is also disturbed sleep at night which is confused with insomnia. Get yourself evaluated . See a neurologist ...Read more

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Is it true that nursing can cause tooth decay? I've heard that nursing can cause a child's teeth to decay, especially if they nurse right before falling asleep. Is there any truth to this? If so, is there anything we can do to prevent it? .

Is it true that nursing can cause tooth decay? I've heard that nursing can cause a child's teeth to decay, especially if they nurse right before falling asleep. Is there any truth to this? If so, is there anything we can do to prevent it?


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Decay happens!: The same rules apply whether you bottle feed or nurse...Teeth that are not cleaned and are covered with breast milk, formula or food will be at higher of decay. The cure is to make sure you use the age appropriate oral hygiene techniques after ever feeding - even bedtime! you're the parent and you create the culture of oral healthcare and oral hygiene in your home. ...Read more

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Really difficult to sleep in the night. Feeling kind of anxious but don't know why and this prevents from falling asleep. And happens only at night?

Really difficult to sleep in the night. Feeling kind of anxious but don't know why and this prevents from falling asleep. And happens only at night?

Initial Insomnia.: When some people lie down to sleep and there are no distractions, they begin to ruminate. The more they ruminate, the more anxious they feel & the more they stimulate their brain. The brain needs to slow down for you to sleep. Buspar (buspirone) sometimes helps someone to be calm at that time just before sleep. Consider deep breathing exercises, meditation or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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Is it safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Is it safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Yes: It is safe as long as it is used properly and their airway is free and clear. In other countries, babies are "worn" by a mother 24/7! ...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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Will caffiene prevent you from getting deep sleep if you are able to fall asleep?

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Will caffiene prevent you from getting deep sleep if you are able to fall asleep?

Sleep onset: It is more likely to increase the sleep onset, in other words, it makes it harder to go to sleep. It may also make if more likely to have more light sleep which might mean less deep and rem sleep. All stimulants should be avoided to give you the best chance of good sleep. ...Read more

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Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Depends on age/posit: In the first 6m the neck is so short the baby must hold the head up & back to drop the jaw & mouth breathe. This is not a natural position so babies seldom sleep well.The growth of the neck by about 2-3 cm over that time allows the head to be neutral with the jaw open. In early infancy the nose must be clear to breathe without a struggle. ...Read more

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I have stiffness in my fingers and sometimes when i sleep and wake up my fingers are asleep. What supplement can i use to prevent this?

I have stiffness in my fingers and sometimes when i sleep and wake up my fingers are asleep. What supplement can i use to prevent this?

Poss carpal tunnel.: Numbness in fingers in AM is suggestive of carpal tunnel syndrome where there is compression of the nerves at the wrist. Try wearing a wrist brace at night that keeps the hand extended. Also, there are exercises for carpal tunnel that stretch the nerve and tendons. ...Read more

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Last night I laid in bed for 5 hours and couldn't fall asleep(I'm sick). What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

Last night I laid in bed for 5 hours and couldn't fall asleep(I'm sick). What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

See a Doctor: You need to treat the illness not take something for sleep. If you could sleep because you were sick you should be seen ...Read more

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I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

Need evaluation: During that interval between wakefulness and sleep there is some normal shifting around of arms and legs. This does not normally require treatment.Anxiety can make these movement more pronounced and when anxiety is treated they lessen and sleep comes more quickly. Sometimes however when the restless movements are very bothersome they represent restless legs syndrome (rls) and need meds. ...Read more

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I randomly fall asleep during the day. How do I prevent this?

I randomly fall asleep during the day. How do I prevent this?

Need more info...: You need to see a sleep specialist. If you have significant hypersomnolence, it could be due to something as simple as insufficient sleep, in which case you need to increase your total sleep time. It could also be a disorder of hypersomnolence such as narcolepsy, or medication side effect. Or a combination of the above. Bottom line: see a sleep specialist. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from falling asleep while standing up?

How can I prevent myself from falling asleep while standing up?

Unusual: Sleeping in unusual positions or situations indicate the possibility of what we call sleep attacks, a symptom of narcolepsy. This can result in bodily injury. You should see a sleep specialist asap. ...Read more

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What healthy and natural thing can I take or what can I do to stay prevent falling asleep on a long road trip.?

What healthy and natural thing can I take or what can I do to stay prevent falling asleep on a long road trip.?

Ideas: When on a long trip of any sorts, breaking time up can be helpful. You may want to set timers and play games. Thinking like listening to audio book or podcast can help and changing focus (actually changing books after 30 minutes to 1 hour) can be helpful. Chewing gum/eating but don't want to add a ton of extra calories. The last recomm.--> stop and brisk walk for 5 min every ~60 miles. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my hands from falling asleep?

How can I prevent my hands from falling asleep?

Sleeping hands: It sounds like you are having tingling in your hands, this is often related to nerve problems in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome is one form of this. You cannot prevent this if it is happening, but you can see your physician for testing to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How to prevent itchy throat while I am asleep?

How to prevent itchy throat while I am asleep?

Itchy throat: An itchy throat in your sleep can be secondary to post nasal drip or acid reflux. You need to see your doctor to determine which it is and treat it accordingly. ...Read more

Naps (Definition)

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