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What's a good way to avoid battling to get my baby to sleep?

What's a good way to avoid battling to get my baby to sleep?

Keep a routine: Have a bedtime routine. Remember babies learn by association, so if the last thing he remembers is being rocked to sleep, that is what he will expect as this is what he knows. Place the baby in his crib when he is sleepy and avoid rocking or feeding right before you put him to sleep. Help him develop self soothing skills. Be patient, he is just learning and it will take a bit of time. ...Read more

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Is there a way i can get to sleep and start a regular sleep schedule?

Is there a way i can get to sleep and start a regular sleep schedule?

Sleep question: Counseling people for insomnia helps to control the cercadium rythm and allow you to sleep. Medications may be necessary for insomnia if counseling does not help. Melatonin or other meds may be needed. A good way to start is no caffiene after 5:pm and no lights in room while you sleep. Use your bed only for sleeping. During the day get some sun to set your vitamin d levels, see a sleep doc. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips on getting a normal sleep schedule?

Can you suggest tips on getting a normal sleep schedule?

Sure. Use good sleep: Hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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What's a good, natural way to get to sleep when having sleeping problems?

What's a good, natural way to get to sleep when having sleeping problems?

Sleep hygiene : Start with looking at your sleep hygeine. Go to bed and rise at the same time each night and morning. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and relaxing, not too hot or  cold. Avoid caffeine. Avoid large, late meal. Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping. Physical activity may help, but not too close to bedtime. If your doing all these things and not sleeping see your doc. ...Read more

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How can I get more sleep with a new baby?

How can I get more sleep with a new baby?

Alternate duties...: ...With a partner or family member. Maybe even pump breast milk ahead of time and have someone else do some of the actual feedings. ...Read more

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New baby and toddler. So how to get an infant to sleep?

New baby and toddler. So how to get an infant to sleep?

Comforting routine: Although babies may understand being tired, they don't understand the concept of sleep. They drift into sleep like adults in a boring lecture. Your tiredness routein should focus on settling baby down and excluding harsh distractions. A little light can help baby be aware of their comfort place; soft background noise from a fan or radio turned low. Put them down awake & don't change anythiing. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is good for a baby to sleep without a pillow?

Please tell me if it is good for a baby to sleep without a pillow?

Yes: An infant should sleep without a pillow so that they won't accidentally suffocate. ...Read more

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Is it better to put for my baby to sleep in a cradle or a bassinet before I move him to a crib?

Is it better to put for my baby to sleep in a cradle or a bassinet before I move him to a crib?

Either works fine: Both bassinets and cradles serve as temporary sleep locals for newborns until they are ready to transition to a crib. Whether parents choose one or the other is a matter of personal preference rather than a stoic medical recommendation. Safety is less of an issue now that newer models have sufficient base and slat width and wheels locks. Be sure to check manufacturer's infant weight limits. ...Read more

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Want tips on how to make an infant sleep?

Want tips on how to make an infant sleep?

Help settle: You can't " make" a child eat, sleep or use the potty. Do what dr. Carlin recommended, wipe out baby's mouth after the last feed & put him in his crib in his own room, drowsy but awake at the same time every night. Most healthy infants don't need a middle of the night feed after 6 months, when night waking becomes a learned behavior. American academy of pediatrics has a good book on birth-5. ...Read more

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My daughter has been getting late for school often and I want to know if there's a way to help her sleep better and help her get up early?

My daughter has been getting late for school often and I want to know if there's a way to help her sleep better and help her get up early?

Time to Wake Up: Be consistent and create a routine. Make sure all of her electronics are turned off 15 minutes prior to sleep, create a bedtime routine you can both live with and set an alarm for the same time every morning. ...Read more

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What can I do to get my baby on a more regular sleep schedule?

What can I do to  get my baby on a more regular sleep schedule?

Set a pattern: I find it helpful to push baby into "circuit training". As baby wakens/feed first; then change diaper & bathe as needed; play with baby until tired:then back to crib for 2 hrs before starting over. At night mn+ baby gets you up for feed(hope 4-5 hr sleep) but days push a feed after 2hrs rest. Your goal is to never let baby deep sleep during the day (3+hr) and to harness all sleep energy for feeds. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to go to sleep in a crib?

How can I get my baby to go to sleep in a crib?

Calm bedtime routine: From birth to about 15-18 months, a baby can be taught to sleep in a crib. After 15-18 months, some babies can climb out of a crib. From the beginning, parents should keep a consistent, unexciting bedtime routine, so their baby gets sleepy instead of stimulated. After putting the baby down to sleep, parents should stay where the baby cannot see them, if their baby is a hard-to-fall-asleep baby. ...Read more

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What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?

What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry.  I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep.  And want her to learn to self soothe.?

10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...Read more

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How will keeping a sleep diary help me manage my sleeping?

How will keeping a sleep diary help me manage my sleeping?

Essential: If you want to manage something you need to be able to measure it and define it. A sleep diary will help you collate essential information which will give you insight into how to maximize your sleep. Answer who, what, where and how in your diary to unlock your sleep condition. ...Read more

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What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

Trouble Sleeping: Consider melatonin. Sleep hygiene is key. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, along w light reading or warm bath.
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What are helpful recommendations for getting to sleep with a tummy bug?

What are helpful recommendations for getting to sleep with a tummy bug?

Symptom control: If you have a fever, take Acetaminophen (tylenol) or aspirin. If you have nausea, use Meclizine (non-drowsy dramamine). For diarrhea, use imodium (loperamide). Good control of symptoms should allow good sleep. ...Read more

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I would like guide to ways to have a good sleep?

I would like guide to ways to have a good sleep?

Sleep hygiene: The first step is to clean up sleep: go to sleep and wake at consistent times each day. Spend no more than 15-20 minutes trying to sleep in a dark, quiet room. Avoid activity that could be causing you to have trouble sleeping. Avoid napping during the day. Get up and out of bed if you cannot sleep. Relaxation and imagery techniques may help if racing thoughts. See your doctor if problem persists. ...Read more

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Exhausted so how to get a newborn to sleep?

Exhausted so how to get a newborn to sleep?

These things...: Swaddling, rocking, soft sounds such as humming or singing, sucking , make sure they are clean and well fed. ...Read more

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How can I get my infant to sleep through the night?

How can I get my infant to sleep through the night?

Good sleep routine: This is possible for almost all little ones, but is more than can be described in 400 characters. Consistency, a regular sleep routine, keeping the home quiet and dark at night, and helping them learn to self-settle are essential. Talk with your pediatrician about the details, but know that it is possible - once you are ready! (the secondary gain from "comforting" your baby at night is powerful.). ...Read more

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Was wondering how much sleep should an 8 month old infant get?

Was wondering how much sleep should an 8 month old infant get?

A lot: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released and in children provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps the body to grow and develop. This is why infants require so much sleep. ...Read more

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New baby and toddler. So how to get an infant to sleep?

Comforting routine: Although babies may understand being tired, they don't understand the concept of sleep. They drift into sleep like adults in a boring lecture. Your tiredness routein should focus on settling baby down and excluding harsh distractions. A little light can help baby be aware of their comfort place; soft background noise from a fan or radio turned low. Put them down awake & don't change anythiing. ...Read more

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Why do babies get fussy about going to sleep even when they are tired?

Why do babies get fussy about going to sleep even when they are tired?

Change: A babies perception may be stressed as they enter into a sleep phase as they don't understand leaving an awake state. They are aware something is happening but don't wish it too. Try playing soothing white noise - spa music - in the background to help the baby relax. Avoid rocking to sleep as they will get used to it and will grow older and have sleep issues unless always rocked. ...Read more

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My one month old infant doesn't sleep well, he stayed up a lot lately. What can I do to help him get a good deep sleep and more?

My one month old infant doesn't sleep well, he stayed up a lot lately. What can I do to help him get a good deep sleep and more?

Baby sleep: there a lot of issues that can prohibit an infant from sleeping, from a multitude of GI issues to bad feeding schedules. Try "The Newborn Sleep Book" for some advice. ...Read more

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Mum of 3 babies. Bad sleeping pattern i can't get out of. Its been10 yrs. Cant sleep before 2am no matter what.Cant get up b4 10am!help?

Mum of 3 babies. Bad sleeping pattern i can't get out of. Its been10 yrs. Cant sleep before 2am no matter what.Cant get up b4 10am!help?

Sleep pattern: At least you are getting eight hours. Try resetting your time clock for ten P.M. At9 turn off electronic devices including your telephone. Listen to soft music, reading a boring book, take a warm bath and drink a glass of wrm milk. Try going to bed at the same hour every night. ...Read more

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Is polyester safe for babies to sleep on?

Is polyester safe for babies to sleep on?

Yes: Some parents prefer natural fibers like cotton, but polyester is fine. Unlike cotton, if it catches fire, it melts rather than burns. That's the main safety difference. Poly tends to be less breathable or moisture absorbent than cotton, but it also depends on the type of fabric. ...Read more

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Want tips on how to make an infant sleep?

Help settle: You can't " make" a child eat, sleep or use the potty. Do what dr. Carlin recommended, wipe out baby's mouth after the last feed & put him in his crib in his own room, drowsy but awake at the same time every night. Most healthy infants don't need a middle of the night feed after 6 months, when night waking becomes a learned behavior. American academy of pediatrics has a good book on birth-5. ...Read more

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First month how long should babies sleep for?

First month how long should babies sleep for?

At least 12-14 hours: Oftena new baby will sleep one extended period about 6-8 hours or longer at night and then have two long naps 2-4 hours in the am and in the afternoon. There may be 1-3 or more shorter naps as well. ...Read more

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Tell me when do babies sleep through the night?

Tell me when do babies sleep through the night?

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 more

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When will babies sleep through the night first?

When will babies sleep through the night first?

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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How long do fifteen to eighteen old babies sleep?

How long do fifteen to eighteen old babies sleep?

Varies: There appears to be no right answer to how many hours a child sleeps. It is really unique to that child. If they are growing, happy, behaving and developing normally , then whatever amount works for that child. Having said that, most seem to sleep 8-12 hours at night. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to put babies to sleep?

Please give advice on how to put babies to sleep?

Peacefully: Slow things down, be sure baby is full, dry and gently rock to sleep. Keep it quiet with low lights. Sometimes soft music or natyre sounds like suf, rain, etc are also helpful. ...Read more

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When can babies sleep through the night in general?

When can babies sleep through the night in general?

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 you tell me how do lullabies help babies sleep?

Can you tell me how do lullabies help babies sleep?

I think in my case, : It soothes my children so that they relax enough for their brain waves to start slowing down. When my daughter can't sleep she asks me to sing her to sleep. She now associates sleep with these songs and often after struggling to fall asleep- she will nod off in seconds to minutes once i begin gently singing lullabies. ...Read more

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How long do twelve to fifteen month old babies sleep?

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How long do twelve to fifteen month old babies sleep?

Baby sleep: They still sleep 12-14 hours per day total, including naptime. ...Read more

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What month do a infant start rolling on side to sleep?

What month do a infant start rolling on side to sleep?

Accident/purposeful: Infants may flip occasionally from birth and fully roll with a purpose by 4 months. It has been found that side sleeping is just as risky as belly sleeping with relation to crib death. Always put them down to sleep on theit back, and re-position them if they roll to the side until at least 4 months. ...Read more

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Why do people use the phrase "sleep like a baby" when babies wake up every hour!?

Why do people use the phrase "sleep like a baby" when babies wake up every hour!?

Sleep all day: I guess because when babies sleep they sleep soundly and if they do not they have all day to catch their sleep. ...Read more