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Why do babies get fussy about going to sleep even when they are tired?

Why do babies get fussy about going to sleep even when they are tired?

Change: A babies perception may be stressed as they enter into a sleep phase as they don't understand leaving an awake state. They are aware something is happening but don't wish it too. Try playing soothing white noise - spa music - in the background to help the baby relax. Avoid rocking to sleep as they will get used to it and will grow older and have sleep issues unless always rocked. ...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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I can't sleep at night.Even as a child, I slept less than others. But now its getting worse. I keep lying down the whole night and fall asleep at 5!!

I can't sleep at night.Even as a child, I slept less than others. But now its getting worse. I keep lying down the whole night and fall asleep at 5!!

Sleeping problem: you need to make sure you establish bedtime routines. No tv or phone when you go to bed. Try to try to read a book and keep lights a little dimmed. Sometimes, problems with sleep is a sign of anxiety you need to address ...Read more

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My 3 months old baby cries out loud every day at night only before going to sleep all day he is active and feeds well what could be reason ?

My 3 months old baby cries out loud every day at night only before going to sleep all day he is active and feeds well what could be reason ?

Fatigue, anxiety: Babies at 3 months do get tired but do not understand the concept of sleep. They have enough memory to handle their wakeful periods, but really just pause between them.They do not seek or understand sleep until into their 2nd year. An illness or food reaction would cause fussiness all the time.This often improves as they pas 4-5 months and can roll over and entertain themselves more as they settle. ...Read more

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My 7mths baby is on levothyroxine & I notice that she has difficulty in sleeping e.g take time to fall asleep and seems uneasy. Are these normal?

My 7mths baby is on levothyroxine & I notice that she has difficulty in sleeping e.g take time to fall asleep and seems uneasy. Are these normal?

Cong.hypothyroidism: this is why your baby is on levothyroxine I am sure your physician is monitoring the TSH and FTI levels on the baby and this restlessness you are describing may be due to some thing else ...Read more

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How to make a baby fall asleep?

How to make a baby fall asleep?

Comfort her: There are many reasons for the baby not to be comfortable and refuse to go to sleep. Things which make baby uncomfortable are dirty diaper, hunger, loud noises and light around. Baby over exhausted, over tired, over sleepy. Then there are medical reason like stuffy nose, fever, formula problems. ...Read more

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Afraid to let baby fall asleep!?

Afraid to let baby fall asleep!?

Why ?: If you have specific concern please discuss them with your pediatrician. Babies need a great deal of sleep. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to fall asleep?

How can I get my baby to fall asleep?

Create a tired place: Babies do not understand or desire sleep like an adult.They drift off like you would in a boring lecture. In the womb the norm was sound (hesrtbeats) and comfort. You need to create a comfortable "tired place" where baby can go to settle and drift off, day or night. Try to use the same area for day & night naps. A fan buffeting in the background helps. Subdued light helps. Avoid direct stimulation. ...Read more

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How to make my baby fall asleep earlier at night?

How to make my baby fall asleep earlier at night?

Good Luck: The child is getting you on their schedule. You can try to keep them up during the day, but it is unlikely to be successful. ...Read more

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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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How can I help my baby adjust and fall asleep in new surroundings?

How can I help my baby adjust and fall asleep in new surroundings?

Bedtime routine!: Develop a short but very consistent bedtime routine that you can use anywhere. When you use it regularly at home and condition your baby to go to sleep with that routine, you can then use it at a friend's house, on a trip, anywhere. Add in a "lovey" to have an extra bit of familiarity at bedtime. ...Read more

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Could my baby be at risk of sid is she won't fall asleep lying in her back?

Could my baby be at risk of sid is she won't fall asleep lying in her back?

Yes: The risk of sids (sudden infant death syndrome) is greatest in the first 6 months of life, and is significantly increased by putting your baby to sleep on her stomach or side. Infants should always be put to sleep on their backs. Another factor that increases sids risk is having a smoker in the house. Factors that decrease risk include pacifier use and background noise such as a fan. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to let my baby fall asleep after he has had a serious fall?

Is it safe to let my baby fall asleep after he has had a serious fall?

Yes: After a serious fall, your child should be examined by a medical professional. If they determine that there is no brain injury then allowing your child to sleep soundly through the night is no problem. ...Read more

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Why does my baby always fall asleep while feeding on my wife's breasts?

Why does my baby always fall asleep while feeding on my wife's breasts?

Likely tired: If you change your schedule to offer feedings when baby first wakes up, baby will less likely fall asleep feeding. If fed when tired, they often settle into a quiet period & drift off to sleep using feeding as a sleep ritual. ...Read more

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What is the best way to train a baby (1yo) to fall asleep again in his crib when waking up at night?

What is the best way to train a baby (1yo) to fall asleep again in his crib when waking up  at night?

Start of right: Babies do not understand sleep like an adult.They drift into sleep like you would in a boring lecture. If you lay baby down awake but tired &read to him from a distance, he can start the night off alone, like he will be @ 3am. Once he knows how to go down on his own, you can check on him in 5-10 min intervals until he resettles.He may just have some separation anxiety & need to know things are ok. ...Read more

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My milk is not enough for my1month old baby so igive him formula120ml.But to fall asleep he still needs me tobreastfeed him.Well he eats a lot.Normal?

My milk is not enough for my1month old baby so igive him formula120ml.But to fall asleep he still needs me tobreastfeed him.Well he eats a lot.Normal?

Babies vary!: The best way to know if your baby is getting enough is through his growth. If a baby is growing and gaining normally, he's likely getting enough. You can also gain information through the number of wet diapers your baby is putting out (6-8 wet diapers per day is pretty common). Your baby may like the breast feeding at night because of the extra warmth and contact that only you can give him! ...Read more

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