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How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?

How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?

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

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

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 more

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When can I expect my baby to sleep through the night?

When can I expect my baby to sleep through the night?

3-6 months: By age 3 months babies have start a more regular sleep/wake pattern and have dropped most of their night feedings. Somewhere between 3-6 months, most babies can sleep through the night for 5-6 hours. ...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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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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What can I do to help my baby sleep through the night again? He got messed up on vacation.

What can I do to help my baby sleep through the night again?  He got messed up on vacation.

Routine: Get back to your usual routine. Babies are dependent on routine. If your baby wakes be sure he/she is okay but don't offer too much gratification he may have to cry some of it out. Most important is routine. ...Read more

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My son is 7months and he's won't sleep throughout the whole night. What can I do to help him sleep throughout the night?

My son is 7months and he's won't sleep throughout the whole night. What can I do to help him sleep throughout the night?

Self Consolation: He is the age that he is big enough by weight that his little liver can break down glycogen into glucose to create a steady blood glucose overnight. So he can make it 8 hours in a stretch overnight. Now what happens is we all have sleep cycles and babies naturally wake at night, a "partial arousal" and he needs to learn how to suck a thumb and self console! Let him fuss and he will do it! ...Read more

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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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My 19month old won't sleep through the night wakes 2 times and refuses to let the bottle go he is always sick, how do I get rid of the bottles and get him to sleep through?

My 19month old won't sleep through the night wakes 2 times and refuses to let the bottle go he is always sick, how do I get rid of the bottles and get him to sleep through?

Throw them ALL away!: Ignore the tantrums that ensue without making eye contact, looking upset, or verbally consoling him. Buy open-mouth plastic cups, not sippy cups he can shlep around or take to bed. Have him checked for iron-deficiency with & without anemia; both can cause developmental delays. Take him to a pediatric dentist. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./ day; juice to zero. Watch him get healthy. ...Read more

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I feed my 11week old before I put her to sleep at night. She wakes up for night feedings. How do I stop this habit and get her to sleep thru the night?

I feed my 11week old before I put her to sleep at night. She wakes up for night feedings. How do I stop this habit and get her to sleep thru the night?

Feed to wake: If a kid is fed as they wake up, changed later & stimulated until they tire, they do not need to be fed again before sleep. After a 2+hour sleep, they awake to feed & start over. Feeding prior to sleep sets up feeding as necessary with settling.An infant can only learn to self settle in the night if they are not trained to require feeding or rocking or whatever to settle in sleep. ...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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How can I get my baby to sleep at naptime?

How can I get my baby to sleep at naptime?

Wake them early: Babies sleep when they need to, and you can't make them sleep if they are not sleepy. You can wake them earlier in the am to make them tire out earlier; or you can leave them alone. There is nothing absolutely essential about naptime. ...Read more

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How do I get my baby to sleep in a crib?

How do I get my baby to sleep in a crib?

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 more

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I haven't been able to sleep through the night with my cold. How can I sleep through the night?

Consider Melatonin: Also use excellent sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable. ...Read more

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How do I get my father to stop waking up at night and peeing in the closet? Clothes pins? 

How do I get my father to stop waking up at night and peeing in the closet? Clothes pins? 

Take Dad to a doctor: A person concerned about his father's nighttime urination in the closet should take dad to see a primary care doctor and a urologist. Possible issues include: does dad get a full bladder several times at night due to blockage; is the blockage a big prostate or prostate cancer; does dad have some dementia and doesn't know where the toilet is; plus what other medical conditions going on? ...Read more

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What can I do inside my home after my baby goes to sleep to exericse?

What can I do inside my home after my baby goes to sleep to exericse?

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

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Why does my baby not want to sleep at night?..

Why does my baby not want to sleep at night?..

May be hungry: You didn't state how old your baby was, or whether you're breastfeeding, but often breastfeeding put the baby to sleep, better than anything else. Mom's milk is the best if you are nursing. ...Read more

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How can I get my child to sleep thru nite?

How can I get my child to sleep thru nite?

Insomnia in child: Put your child in his or her bedroom, it might take a while till he or she be able to sleep throu the night. Make her sure that you love her and support her. Do not rush. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to sleep in her crib?

How can I get my baby to sleep in her crib?

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 more

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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 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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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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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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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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What can I do to help my baby sleep through the night again? He got messed up on vacation.

Routine: Get back to your usual routine. Babies are dependent on routine. If your baby wakes be sure he/she is okay but don't offer too much gratification he may have to cry some of it out. Most important is routine. ...Read more

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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 a baby sleep through the night , in months from due date (premie)?

Usually 2-5 mo. : Everybody knows somebody whose kid slept through the night at 2 weeks, etc. Usually though it starts around 2 mo, with a 6 or 7 hour stretch. Some don't sleep until a couple months later. Putting cereal in the bottle does not help. Putting them in their own sleep place and having a normal sleep wind down period helps tremendously. ...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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My 46 day baby sleep through the night and demands feed after 5-6 hrs. During day he demands every 2 hr. So is it safe to let him steep without feed.

My 46 day baby sleep through the night  and demands feed after 5-6 hrs. During day he demands every 2 hr. So is it safe to let him steep without feed.

Yes: This is perfectly normal for this age. As long as he is being fed every 2-3 hours during the day, he will be perfectly fine during the night. ...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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When will baby sleep through night if parents are away?

When will baby sleep through night if parents are away?

Depends: Most babies should be sleeping through the night by four months of age rather parents are home or away. If not you should seek help from your pediatrician ...Read more

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Is it ok to let my 2month old baby sleep through 6hrs at night without a nighttime feed if she doesnt wake herself?Will she still get enough calories?

Probably fine, : As long as she is gaining weight well up to this point. Most babies to sleep longer stretches after about 6-8weeks of age and after they reach 10lbs. As long as she has a good appetite the rest of the day and is making plenty of wet diapers, I'm sure she is fine. Enjoy the extra sleep! Make sure you let her doctor know she is sleeping well and they will check her weight at her next well check. ...Read more

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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 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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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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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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Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

No: Despite what some grandmothers will say, cereal feeding has not been proven to help babies sleep better. It can lead to constipation or overfeeding, though, and possibly food allergies if given prior to 4 months. ...Read more

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