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How can I get my baby to sleep at night instead of during the day?

How can I get my baby to sleep at night instead of during the day?

Limit length of naps: Your baby has one period of deep restorative sleep per day & you can push it into the night if you avoid long day naps. Waking baby during the day to feed after a 2 hr nap, and keeping it up for at least 5 min if unintrested will teach babies internal clock to get its best sleep at night. Even if up a lot the night before, don't allow > 3 hr naps. ...Read more

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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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5th week of preg, 2 days with sore throat & dry cough. Cough is getting worse at night during sleep. Will this harm my babies? Pls help. Tq.

5th week of preg, 2 days with sore throat & dry cough. Cough is getting worse at night during sleep. Will this harm my babies? Pls help. Tq.

ACUTE BRONCHITIS: Most probably not. It is a short attack of dry coughing episodes which can be viral or allergic in nature. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Exercise
45 Min, Daily, forever
Try a hot shower before bed
Once
Avoid using electronic devices 2 hours before bed
Once
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Why some babies at age 12 months don't sleep good and wake up crying every 20 -30 minutes during the night , what problem can they have?

Why some babies at age 12 months don't sleep good and wake up crying  every 20 -30 minutes during the night , what problem can they have?

Many things: It could be a number of things. Teething, gas, environmental causes, or more serious things like intussusception. The baby should be checked to make sure his/her physical exam is normal. ...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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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to bed at the same time every day
Once
Wake up at the same time every day
Once
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
Once
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
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Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Yes: Some babies develop a flattened head (positional plagiocephaly) due to spending a lot of time on their backs. The soft bones of the scalp facilitate brain growth during the first year and can be molded during this time. Make sure to rotate sleeping positions and give your baby supervised tummy time while awake. ...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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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Only use your bed for sleep or sex
Once
Do not eat or drink 2 hours before sleeping
Once
Turn off all noise-making devices
Once
Make the sleep space as dark as possible
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Is it normal for babies to have ankle clonus during sleep?

Is it normal for babies to have ankle clonus during sleep?

Yes: Babies have ankle clonus as a normal finding both asleep or awake until they are about a year of age. It is a reflection of the immaturity of their nervous system and not a sign of damage as it would be for an older kid or adult. ...Read more

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