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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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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

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I have to deliver my diploma thesis soon, but I really can't focus!! I can't sleep at night and I wake up late and tired! advice?

I have to deliver my diploma thesis soon, but I really can't focus!! I can't sleep at night and I wake up late and tired! advice?

Take a break: Do something you enjoy for an hour or two that will need your full attention unrelated to the thesis. Yoga or religion,exercise or watch a movie. Then take time and outline your plan for your thesis. Start from the least challenging aspect to build confidence and talk to your adviser ...Read more

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My kid is 12months old, when can I start potty training for him?

My kid is 12months old, when can  I start potty training for him?

Toilet training: Many Asian cultures start training around one. In the United States, training is suggested when a cold can indicate the need to toilet, is physically capable of sitting unsupported on the toilet, can remove underwear or diaper without assistance and is not fearful of the toilet. Good luck! ...Read more

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I get so stressed with school, how can i keep myself calm? like during and after school.

I get so stressed with school, how can i keep myself calm? like during and after school.

Meditation and...: Meditation is very useful- even at school practice slow deep breathing. Other techniques include exercise, yoga, trying to live in the moment (be here now), spending time in nature,music and dancing. Eat well,take a good multivit. and get enough sleep. Rhodiola (a herb) and Tulsi tea can help.Talking to a counselor may help. A nice guide to relaxation techniques is at http://tinyurl.com/o8lt766 ...Read more

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When can I start feeding my child finger foods?

When can I start feeding my child finger foods?

8-9 months: Most infants are getting ready for finger foods around 8-9 months. At this time, they are developing a pincer grasp and are interested in self-feeding. Appropriate finger foods are foods that are small enough to be gummed and swallowed. ...Read more

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When i sleep at night i find myself having troubles moving to begin with when i awaken why?

Sleep Paralysis: There exists a neuromuscular condition known as sleep paralysis. An individual, while falling asleep or more commonly waking up finds that for a few seconds they can't move a single muscle. It is short-lived, remits spontaneously, and can be frightening. Seen in at least 50% of patients who have narcolepsy. It is not dangerous. As with any new and or unexplained symptom, check with your md. ...Read more

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teaching practice (university student). I am stressed out i cant even sleep&wake up tired.How can i control it? It interferes with my teaching too.

teaching practice (university student). I am stressed out i cant even sleep&wake up tired.How can i control it? It interferes with my teaching too.

Many approaches: 2 of the best ways to reduce stress are meditation & exercise. Take time out for pleasure,seek support/counsel from friends, family & professionals.Do your best to live in the present moment.Herbs like ashwagandha & holy basil & supplements like magnesium (glycinate or citrate),B complex & 5-HTP can help.These should help you sleep better,which is essential.Read books like Full Catastrophe Living. ...Read more

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I notice when im training martial arts I am happy but when i take time off of training due to work and schooli get depressed should I just stay active?

I notice when im training martial arts I am happy but when i take time off of training due to work and schooli get depressed should I just stay active?

Jue Yin: In traditional chinese medicine there is a biopsychotype called "jue yin". These people need physical activity every day in order to remain physically, emotionally and spiritually balanced. ...Read more

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I feel the need to move or stretch my legs when i'm trying to sleep at night and I am always tired even when i sleep 8hours, help!

I feel the need to move or stretch my legs when i'm trying to sleep at night and I am always tired even when i sleep 8hours, help!

Many possible answer: Looking at your past history and current medications it doesn't appear that you are being treated for your reported grand mal seizures. Furthermore you're taking a muscle relaxant in Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) which can cause excessive sedation. The history provided certainly could be consistent with restless leg syndrome. A sleep study would be helpful to answer your question. I wish you well. ...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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Before three years i falled down in football game and I have started to feel back pain when i do any heavy effort and when i wake up , why?

Before three years i falled down in football game and I have started to feel back pain when i  do any heavy effort and when i wake up , why?

Back pain: At your age, most patients have back pain caused by benign conditions such as early degenerative disc, soft tissue inflammation, deconditioning, etc. The good news is that conservative treatment is usually very effective - physical therapy, exercise, weight loss, smoking cessation, improved diet. ...Read more

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I have this habit of shaking my legs when I'm sitting down and when i want to sleep; if I dont shake them I wont be able to sleep. Is this normal?

I have this habit of shaking my legs when I'm sitting down and when i want to sleep; if I dont shake them I wont be able to sleep. Is this normal?

Yes it's normal: You have developed a habit. It is not harmful to you, but you may come upon a day in which you need to change the habit - such as the day you interrupt the sleep of another with it. You CAN sleep without the leg shaking, but will have to adjust to it. ...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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Hello, I have been having trouble sleeping the night before I have to get up really early (for school or work) i get nervous. How can I sleep better?

Hello, I have been having trouble sleeping the night before I have to get up really early (for school or work) i get nervous. How can I sleep better?

Shut systems off: 90mins before lights out make sure you start system shut down- no major activities- no exercise; work or strong emotional conversations; avoid bright direct light like from computer pads; phones; if you watch tv only quiet content. Try taking a hot shower with calming scents lavender; your room should have low light. Download and use progressive muscle relaxation audio instruction after lights out. ...Read more

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When should I start potty training with my 10-month old baby?

When should I start potty training with my 10-month old baby?

Toilet Training: According to the NIH, your baby will probably be ready closer to 18 months. A baby will let you know when he or she is ready by signaling to you that their diaper needs changing. At that point, you can start training using a reward system and daily encouragement to use the toilet. Here is a link for you:https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/toilettraining.html ...Read more