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How Can I Make My Baby Sleep Away From Home
Routine exercises: Do the old standards--people got in shape long before they felt the need to pay a gym for the privilege. Walk up and down the stairs (carrying water jugs--a gallons of water is 8 pounds ), push-ups, sit-ups/crunches, yoga, head/handstands, fitness balls, jumping jacks, running in place, curls with water jugs. Use your imagination and be resourceful! ...Read more
Allow them to learn: to self-calm for sleep. if you missed the optimal period for this, 1-4 mos., they may have to "unlearn" bad habits. Have a consistent bedtime & routine including reading, soothing, brushing teeth after the last feed. Put them in their own cribs drowsy, but awake. If you're tempted to go in when they protest, see tips on extinguishing these behaviors in a graded way on HealthyChildren.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid night activity: Babies more than 3 months old can usually be trained to sleep through the night. The younger babies might go 6 hours before feeding, but the older babies should be fine until breakfast time the next morning. Do the same relaxing bedtime routine each evening. Put the baby in the crib, say "goodnight", and walk away. He might wake up off and on and cry but will soon learn to fall asleep by himself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Distraction: Sometimes nothing works but certainly distraction with common things your baby may like such as reading, videos, singing or just be soothing and reassuring with him/her. Be crafty sometimes you can let them help in the process and sometimes you just have to do it! eventually most will settle down and accept it. ...Read more
Sleep problems: First, the baby should be sleeping in another room. If baby wakes up, have dad go in and sooth baby. They know you, and if you go, they will expect nursing. Baby needs to learn to fall asleep without something in their mouth. Make sure, at bedtime, baby is put to bed sleepy, to learn to self console. ...Read more
Bottle feeding: I need to understand whether you are breastfeeding and stopping early to feed your baby formula through a bottle or feed an older baby solid foods through a bottle feeder. If it's the former, repetition is key. I hope you are not thinking of the latter as it is not recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Watch your letdown: Sometimes when your milk comes out very quickly a baby can get too much in their mouth, they aren't the most coordinated at sucking and swallowing. Sometimes pulling away is their signal that the letdown is too fast for them. If this describes you try positioning the baby so that they nurse against gravity. If it is still a problem you can pump a little first then nurse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Create a tired place: Babies do not understand or desire sleep like an adult.They drift off like you would in a boring lecture. In the womb the norm was sound (hesrtbeats) and comfort. You need to create a comfortable "tired place" where baby can go to settle and drift off, day or night. Try to use the same area for day & night naps. A fan buffeting in the background helps. Subdued light helps. Avoid direct stimulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rocking, walking: There is no magic solution unfortunately. Rocking, carrying your baby while walking around, baby riding in a car or stroller, and using a pacifier are all helpful. Some people say to let the baby cry it out, but i don't recommend it in the first 2-3 months. Your baby needs to nurse every few hours. The attachment parenting people promote nursing to sleep, so it's okay, but it's tiring for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try gentle routine: Keep bedroom dark & cool . Can give a warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more
I don't like sleeping, how many hours can I reduce my sleep to when I do go to sleep and how many hours can I stay awake?
Routine: Most of us have a routine that prepares us for sleep. You can do the same for your baby, by clearly letting him/her know that bedtime is near. Try to always perform the same routine before bedtime, e.g. Bath, rocking, singing, etc so your little one always is ready for bed. Eventually your baby will get the message. Even if they cry, gently reassure and leave the room. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be Firm/Consistent: This is always easier advice to give than take, but it will work, and all books on the topic use some permutation of this advice. Put your baby in the crib when they are drowsy but still awake so they associate the crib with falling asleep. They will cry, but will learn to sleep in the crib in 7-10 days. Don't let them train you to rock them to sleep, bring to your bed, etc. They will be fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Baby started getting a sore throat and was not able to sleep through the night. How do I make it go away?
Call pediatrician: Call your pediatrician. You child should be examined instead of seeking advice over the internet. ...Read more
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