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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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Sleep (Definition)

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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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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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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I'm having problems with my babies and sleeping through the night--help me please?

I'm having problems with my babies and sleeping through the night--help me please?

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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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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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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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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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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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 it common for the newly born babies to have milk coming out through the nose during their sleep?

Is it common for the newly born babies to have milk coming out through the nose during their sleep?

Yes: It is common for babies to spit up with feedings and/or with a change of position. Having it come out the nose is common. As long as baby is growing normally, is urinating frequently and having regular bowel movements, is content and is not having significant color change or any difficulty breathing, not to worry. Make sure to discuss it with your pediatrician at your next checkup. ...Read more

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Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Depends on age/posit: In the first 6m the neck is so short the baby must hold the head up & back to drop the jaw & mouth breathe. This is not a natural position so babies seldom sleep well.The growth of the neck by about 2-3 cm over that time allows the head to be neutral with the jaw open. In early infancy the nose must be clear to breathe without a struggle. ...Read more

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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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