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How Do You Get Baby To Sleep Through The Night
In his own bed: Rock, read, nurse, then wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth even before teeth erupt. Put him in his own crib in his own room, drowsy but awake, the same time every night.Stop the bedtime pacifier by 3-4 mos. Healthy 6-mo.-old's don't need a night feed (check with his pede) & become trained night criers if parents even go in & make eye contact with them, trained night feeders if you keep feeding. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sleep hygiene.: You need to get back on a schedule for sleep. To reset your sleep clock, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every morning, don't nap during the day, use the bed for sleeping (not eating, TV watching, reading, etc), if you awaken during the night, stay in bed until your determined awakening time. Shoot for 6 to 9 hours of sleep nightly. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: A baby can cry at night for a number of reasons. Depending on the age, and assuming they are not wet or hungrey, it could be their sleeping condtions , hot, cold or anxiety. Children at a young age can not vocalize their problems so they cry. If you determine nothing is wrong then allowing a baby to cry for a while is fine. Sometimes the child has programed you to pick them up even though nothing. ...Read more
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
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.
Lots : Lots of people have problems getting to sleep, staying asleep, or both. In many cases, poor sleep is caused by bad sleep habits. The good news is that bad sleep habits can be fixed by good sleep hygiene. The even better news is that good sleep hygiene doesn't cost much, and unlike some pills, won't leave people feeling groggy in the morning. Here are some basic sleep hygiene tips: it is best to wake up at about the same time, and to go to sleep at about the same time, 7 days a week. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods in the hours before bedtime. Have a consistent, relaxing bedtime routine. A warm bath, a good book, listening to relaxing music, stretching exercises, or watching a low-key television show are good options before bedtime. Use the bed and bedroom for sleep, not for studying, television, telephone, hobbies, or surfing the internet. Make the bedroom comfortable, quiet, and dark. In the morning, get exposure to bright light. The morning is also a good time to get physical exercise, which boosts energy during the day. Avoid napping. Many medications can interfere with sleep or can make people drowsy during the day. A talk with a doctor can sort these problems out. Signs of a severe sleeping problem include falling asleep at work, at school, during conversations, during meals, or while driving. People with severe sleeping problems need to see their doctor right away. Even people with mild sleeping problems can be drowsy during the day. Never drive when drowsy or sleepy, and if sleepiness occurs while driving, pull over and take a nap. ...Read more
Try ear plugs or: White noise. 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, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more
It is too soon: At 4 months, you still need to respond to your baby at night. Many babies still need to eat at 3-5 hour intervals at this age. Ask again when your baby is 8-9 months old if he/she is still waking at night. ...Read more
How is the best way to educate my sleep time? Its hard to me to sleep at same hour, and I prefer to work at night. I need to take care of myself.
Routine: If you mean what is the best way to have a good night sleep, having a good routine at bedtime is the best. Always go to bed around the same time and use the bed only for sleep and intercourse. Do not watch tv right before going to sleep. Do not exercise close to bedtime. Do not have a lot of alcohol or heavy meals in the evening and especially before bedtime. Always wake up at the same time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rule out problems: Make sure there are no problems causing lack of sleep as in hunger, bloating from bacterial imbalance. If these things are clear. Try a drop of pharmaceutical grade essential oil of lavendar available at many health food stores. Place a drop at base of the neck for best results. Several drops in a tbsp of olive oil and massaged into feet, back or chest provides excellent bonding experience. ...Read more
Don't worry: If there is nothing else going on one sleepless night should not have much of an impact on you. In fact my personal experience, and several studies, suggest that one sleepless night does not have much of an effect on functioning. It is many sleeplessness nights, or other problems, that can cause difficulty. ...Read more
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