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Why is it bad to let the baby fall asleep with the bottle?

Why is it bad to let the baby fall asleep with the bottle?

Tooth decay: Babies who fall asleep with a bottle in their mouths are sleeping with milk sugar on their teeth. This leads to baby bottle tooth decay. It is much better to use a pacifier, if needed, at bedtime. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is it wrong to let my baby fall asleep with the bottle in the crib?

Is it wrong to let my baby fall asleep with the bottle in the crib?

Yes: Saliva protects a baby's teeth while awake, but disappears while asleep. If you regularly let your baby fall asleep with a bottle, you are greatly increasing the chances of tooth decay from too much milk sugar coming in contact with the teeth. Consider water (if you've started solids) or a pacifier at bedtime instead. ...Read more

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Why does rocking a baby make the baby go to sleep?

Why does rocking a baby make the baby go to sleep?

Just a theory: While in the womb mom walks and moves all the time rocking the baby all the time. Baby is more active a night when mom is still. Baby's like the motion! ...Read more

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Why wont my 1 month old baby go to sleep during the night? He sleeps good during the day, seems to be more active at night.

Why wont my 1 month old baby go to sleep during the night? He sleeps good during the day, seems to be more active at night.

6 months: The majority of babies will sleep through the night by 6 months. We consider 6-8 hours as sleeping through the night. 1 month old babies have no concept of night and day. You can try to keep him awake a little more each time he is up and very slowly he will sleep more at night. ...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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How do I teach my baby self-soothe and go to sleep?

How do I teach my baby self-soothe and go to sleep?

Mostly...: ...By leaving her alone to cry it out. If you are there, she'll have to rise to the occasion. ...Read more

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My baby is one month old. He won't go to sleep at night. Is this normal?

My baby is one month old. He won't go to sleep at night. Is this normal?

Yes. Wait a month.: If a baby is eating fine, growing fine, and seems happy, then one need not worry about him knowing about "night" yet. By keeping the "night" dark, quiet, and without noise or activities; and making the "daytime" bright, with sounds, feedings, and activities; a parent can help his baby have a good, natural bodily rhythm. The baby will sleep better at night, and behave happier during the day, soon. ...Read more

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My baby is 6 weeks old and will only go to sleep when held, is she to young to use the ferber method? 

My baby is 6 weeks old and will only go to sleep when held, is she to young to use the ferber method? 

Advice from dad: My advice on this matter comes as a father, not as pediatrician. You can't spoil a 6 week old. They need to be held. They're so little! ...Read more