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Exhausted so how to get a newborn to sleep?

Exhausted so how to get a newborn to sleep?

These things...: Swaddling, rocking, soft sounds such as humming or singing, sucking , make sure they are clean and well fed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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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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How do you get your baby to sleep during the night?

How do you get your baby to sleep during 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

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How can I get my baby to go to sleep in a crib?

How can I get my baby to go to sleep in a crib?

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 more

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What can I do to get a 9 year old child's cough to calm down enough for him to go to sleep?

What can I do to get a 9 year old child's cough to calm down enough for him to go to sleep?

Find the cause: You need to know first what is causing him to be coughing that much. Asthma, post nasal drip, regurgiation can cause cough, let his doctor evaluate him. ...Read more

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What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?

What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry.  I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep.  And want her to learn to self soothe.?

10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...Read more

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Want tips on how to make an infant sleep?

Want tips on how to make an infant sleep?

Help settle: You can't " make" a child eat, sleep or use the potty. Do what dr. Carlin recommended, wipe out baby's mouth after the last feed & put him in his crib in his own room, drowsy but awake at the same time every night. Most healthy infants don't need a middle of the night feed after 6 months, when night waking becomes a learned behavior. American academy of pediatrics has a good book on birth-5. ...Read more

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What's a good way to avoid battling to get my baby to sleep?

What's a good way to avoid battling to get my baby to sleep?

Keep a routine: Have a bedtime routine. Remember babies learn by association, so if the last thing he remembers is being rocked to sleep, that is what he will expect as this is what he knows. Place the baby in his crib when he is sleepy and avoid rocking or feeding right before you put him to sleep. Help him develop self soothing skills. Be patient, he is just learning and it will take a bit of time. ...Read more

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Looking for answer to how do I get my baby to sleep at night?

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

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I'm in high school.I need to get to bet by 8:00 pm to get 9hours of sleep.I find myself stating up until 11 pm. What can I do to get to bed on time ?

I'm in high school.I need to get to bet by 8:00 pm to get 9hours of sleep.I find myself stating up until 11 pm. What can I do to get to bed on time ?

Good sleep hygiene: Many of us in the medical profession are chronic offenders of that, so you aren't alone. :) what we advise is good "sleep hygiene, " meaning not watching tv right before bed, not exercising within a couple hours, only using the bedroom for sleep and not for tv/computer/etc., not eating right before sleep, avoiding caffeine, etc. Sometimes medications can help as a last resort. Best of luck! ...Read more

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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.

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

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I trying to get information on how to get baby to drop and what can I do to keep heart rate normal almost 38 weeks?

I trying to get information on how to get baby to drop and what can I do to keep heart rate normal almost 38 weeks?

Walk: Walking might help but you normally just have to wait. It should drop in the next 2 weeks. If the baby is doing Ok then the hear rate should stay normal. ...Read more

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I'm taking an overnight flight and I need something that will help me sleep. I tend to get a little anxious and therefore unable to sleep. ?

I'm taking an overnight flight and I need something that will help me sleep. I tend to get a little anxious and therefore unable to sleep. 
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Calm flight: You might try Melatonin, which is OTC. But check with your pcp first. An eye mask may also help. Avoid caffeine the day before until you've landed as it will keep you awake and heighten anxiety. Listen to "sleep music" or whatever soothing sounds you prefer on youtube. Hope this helps. ...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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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 to get to sleep with this cold?

How to get to sleep with this cold?

Try cold remedies to: Decrease your symptoms. For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. Consider an oral decongestant. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Melatonin can be >. ...Read more

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I constantly struggle getting to sleep. It usually takes me like 2-3there something i can do to help me get to sleep?

I constantly struggle getting to sleep. It usually takes me like 2-3there something i can do to help me get to sleep?

Suggestions: I would suggest some sleep hygiene helps. Keep a schedule, if you don't fall asleep within 15 minutes, get up and do a quiet activity until you get sleepy, avoid alcohol before bed, avoid exercise before bed, and see a sleep physician if you continue to have trouble. ...Read more

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Have twins so how to get toddlers to sleep?

Have twins so how to get toddlers to sleep?

2 Links may help: http://www.twinparents.com/articles/twin-toddlers/getting-toddler-twins-sleep.html http://www.Multipletreasures.Com/getting-twins-to-sleep.Php enjoy the challenge.

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What might I do to get to sleep quickly and easily?

What might I do to get to sleep quickly and easily?

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 many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more