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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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I'd really like to know how to get toddler to sleep in his bed?

I'd really like to know how to get toddler to sleep in his bed?

Gradually move : Start by sitting by his bed till he falls alseep, each night move a few feet away till in hallway. Dont converse or make eye contact after he lies down with his blanky or other transitional object. ...Read more

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When can my child start sleeping in a toddler bed?

When can my child start sleeping in a toddler bed?

2 years old: Two years old is the typical age. However, if your child is trying to climb out of their crib, you should make the switch earlier to prevent any harm. ...Read more

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How to get a toddler to sleep in own bed?

How to get a toddler to sleep in own bed?

Are you & Dad ready?: When you stop rewarding his behavior by allowing him in your bed, you must ignore his protests, which increase in frequency & intensity at first, every night until he stays in his own bed.Tell him you'll read, kiss & leave him to fall asleep in his own bed & stay there till am.When he gets up, put him back to bed. Don't talk or make eye contact. Repeat till he "gets it." see aap.Org for more tips. ...Read more

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Is it better for an older baby or a toddler to sleep without a pillow?

Is it better for an older baby or a toddler to sleep without a pillow?

Pillow: There is no rule lik there are with infants to sleep without pillow. In general young children do not need them so use is not typically recommended. If your child likes a pillow at age 3-4 this should be fine. ...Read more

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How can I get my toddler to start sleeping on her own instead of in our bed? She's 18m old now.

How can I get my toddler to start sleeping on her own instead of in our bed?  She's 18m old now.

Put in own bed!: Why should your toddler sleep in his own bed when you teach him that your bed is the only safe place to sleep. He can only learn by being put in the position. (put him in his bed). Don't think he won't cry cause he will. But if you give in you will teach him crying will get what you want. Teach him the comfort. Spend some play time there, read there, listen to music there. Make his bed the best! ...Read more

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What age can my toddler/baby sleep with a blanket safely? 

What age can my toddler/baby sleep with a blanket safely? 

6 months: The risk of SIDS greatly drops around six months. It is ok to sleep with a blanky at this time. I'd still stick with a flat, silky kind of blanket, nothing super fluffy. You can try tucking it in on the sides of the crib at his chest level. ...Read more

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I have a small fever, can my infant still sleep next to me in bed?

I have a small fever, can my infant still sleep next to me in bed?

Please read the : American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for safe sleep: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/A-Parents-Guide-to-Safe-Sleep.aspx or HealthyChildren.org. Please put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib with a firm mattress, no loose bedding or stuffed animals, not in your bed. It truly reduces the chance of SIDS, which can occur up to one year. ...Read more

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How to get a toddler to sleep in a dark room?

How to get a toddler to sleep in a dark room?

Why?: After birth, visual input becomes a comforting source of information for a child. They often sleep best in a room with enough light that they know where they are if they wake up. Different from adults, their comfort often comes from having recognizable sounds & sights near them as they drift to sleep or try to resettle in the night. Let your child have a nightlight. It's developmentally normal. ...Read more