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When can I start sleep training my child?

When can I start sleep training my child?

Birth: Sleep training begins at birth, by enforcing social cues to demonstrate the difference between night and day. Once a baby has gotten back to birth weight, start stretching out night feeds and giving day feeds more frequently. By 2 months, allow junior to at least sometimes fall asleep on his own; by 4 mos, baby should usually fall asleep on his own; by 6 mos: always. ...Read more

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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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At what ages can I start sleep training my baby? She's 2.5 months old and the minute i put her in bed she starts screaming.

At what ages can I start sleep training my baby? She's 2.5 months old and the minute i put her in bed she starts screaming.

At birth: The best time to start sleep training is now. If a kid is fed upon waking, changed after, entertained until tired & put down alone & awake, they learn to settle into sleep. If you make carrying, rocking or feeding part of the go to sleep pattern, they cannot separate from you.You can start over now with the pattern above & let her fuss, checking her every 5 min until she accepts the change. ...Read more

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Baby 3 m old. We are interested in beginning sleep training. Lots of different theories and approaches. Any dr. recommended books on the subject?

Baby 3 m old. We are interested in beginning sleep training. Lots of different theories and approaches. Any dr. recommended books on the subject?

Dr. Ferber's book: Best know book is Dr. Richard Ferber's "How to Solve Your CHild's SLeep problems" His general approach is to put the baby in his/her crib awake and leave for a set period - say five minutes - then go back in if still crying to comfort the baby and then leave again but for a longer period of time. In my view three months is a bit early - can be done , but hader 4- 6 months of age better. ...Read more

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Can a baby stop breathing if left to cry for too long? We're sleep training and letting him cry for up to 10 minutes at a time and husband is worried.

Can a baby stop breathing if left to cry for too long? We're sleep training and letting him cry for up to 10 minutes at a time and husband is worried.

No he cannot: You need to slowly increase the times he cries--5 minutes,10,15,20.be consistent.go in see him but no picking up.he gets the message you are around,he is safe but will not pick him up.it will definitely happen with consistency in just a few days.good luck.next time do not wait until he is 1 yr old.do it at 5-6 months ...Read more

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What is the best way to approach sleep training?

What is the best way to approach sleep training?

Patience is perfect: Teaching yuor child to sleep does not happen overnight. Like all other developmental skills, some pick it up quick and some need a lot of practice. Start at an early age - encourage even yur infant to learn "self-soothing". Then have a bedtime routine that you are consistent with, but don't put your child in bed asleep. They need to learn to fall asleep in their own bed environment. Be patient! ...Read more

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When is a good time to start doing sleep training?

When is a good time to start doing sleep training?

Early: What we think of as true sleep training, the "cry-it-out" variety, probably is not appropriate until 5 months or so. However, start helping your baby learn how to sleep early on. By 2 months, if baby's weight is good, give him an opportunity to go back to sleep at night without feeding him. Develop a consistent bedtime routine that separates sleep from feeding and helps him learn to self soothe. ...Read more

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My 15 mth old still wakes to nurse every 2-3 hr, which would be fine if i didn't have to get up to go to work. Is it reasonable to try sleep training?

My 15 mth old still wakes to nurse every 2-3 hr, which would be fine if i didn't have to get up to go to work. Is it reasonable to try sleep training?

Nursing: Stop breast feeding cold turkey.You child may cry for a few nights. Go to him to make sure he is alright but do not pick him up! after a few nights he will stop and you will get your much needed rest. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

This is reasonable: http://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-training-the-basics_1505715.bc There is no one best way. You have to suit your needs. By nature some babies are anxious, more needy. Our own upbringing, insecurities affect such practices. So do not be too hard on yourself..do what is most comfortable to you and which is least frustrating . Both parents should agree on the plan broadly. ...Read more

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My 11month old son wakes up at night at least 3 times a night. Is this normal? Besides sleep training techniques, what else cAn I do.

My 11month old son wakes up at night at least 3 times a night. Is this normal? Besides sleep training techniques, what else cAn I do.

Check Thyroid: I notice hypothyroidism in the past history for the baby? Definitely double check thyroid status for the baby. You are correct in utilizing "sleep training" to help the baby learn to self console. If he consoles readily at night when you pick him up, then you know he is not in serious pain from a tooth cutting or an ear infection! Best of luck you are on the right track! ...Read more

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My son is 12w. When should we worry about sleep training & how should we do this? Now hislongest sleep period is 6 hrs, 6pm-12am, then it's every 3hr.

My son is 12w. When should we worry about sleep training & how should we do this? Now hislongest sleep period is 6 hrs, 6pm-12am, then it's every 3hr.

Schedule arrangement: Try to rearrange his schedulr so that he takes his longest sleep between12&6. This can be done by rearranging his feeding schedule and his nap time. Rember, if you are tired and can't face the day everybody suffers including your baby. There is no better medicine than sufficient rest. ...Read more

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Does sleep training really exist? Is it achievable at 7 weeks? I try to set routines but they don't normally work and I'm playing things by ear.

Does sleep training really exist? Is it achievable at 7 weeks? I try to set routines but they don't normally work and I'm playing things by ear.

Sleep diary: the routine is important foreffective sleep hygiene. Try early to bed, early to rise PLUS, white sounds, aromatherpay, massage therapy, no TV for 2 hours before bedtime and meditation/relaxation. ...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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Can you describe how to get child to sleep?

Can you describe how to get child to sleep?

Consistency: I will preface by saying i'm glad i don't live in your house. First, a calm, consistent bed time routine. Put them to bed while almost asleep but still awake, and allow them to fall asleep on their own. Let them fuss and cry a few minutes, comfort, put down, and leave. After a period of time, they will sleep. Even if it takes a few days. Consistently using the crib as the sleep place works. ...Read more

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Can you describe how to get a child to sleep?

Can you describe how to get a child to sleep?

Be consistent: Have a stable bedtime preceded by reading, prayers and other soothing rituals (not stimulants like tv, video games or active play). Set expectations that the child will fall asleep in his own bed. Explain that, if he gets out of bed, you'll walk him back in from behind without talking or making eye contact. He'll test you by getting worse before he gets better, but stick to it till he complies. ...Read more

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What is the safety temp for my child to sleep in ?

What is the safety temp for my child to sleep in ?

Safe temperature: What is comfortable for you is comfortable for yourchild, namely 68-70 degrees. ...Read more

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How can we help our child sleep while teething?

Teething in Babies: Teething in infants or toddlers can be painful enough to prevent sleep.Parents should check the area for pus or bleeding. If so seek a consultation with a pediatricdds or a pediatrician . If not infected, a topical over the counter oralgel type medicine is readily available to numb the gum. A chilled teething ring works.Warm slightly before using. Kids tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok. No ice which can cause choking. ...Read more

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Why does over-training make sleeping difficult?

Why does over-training make sleeping difficult?

Several reasons: You can deplete your body with too many high intensity work outs. You should drink enough fluids and give your body the right nutrition. You should eat a balanced meal with high quality protein and carbohydrages within one hour of an intense work out to prevent depletion of your glycogen stores. This will make recovery better between work outs and help with sleep. Avoid caffeine intake late in day. ...Read more

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How can I help my two week old child sleep better?

How can I help my two week old child sleep better?

Consistency: Consistent bedtime routines, even at this young age, will help your newborn sleep better as an older baby and toddler. Many parents find a warm bath, massage, songs, rocking and feeding are good bedtime routines. Try to start the routine around the same time each evening. It takes practice but eventually your little one will come to expect this and will associate this with going to bed easily. ...Read more

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When will my child start sleeping through the night?

When will my child start sleeping through the night?

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 do I sleep with my hobby to consive a male child?

When do I sleep with my hobby to consive a male child?

Anytime: The same times that can conceive a girl. The swimmers decide the sex & the first one in makes the pick. They don't care how they get there they just go for the prize. You have a 50/50 chance with each conception. All the myths out there about special timing/foods/position to get one sex or the other are bunk. ...Read more