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Can someone cry in your sleep?

Can someone cry in your sleep?

Yes : I have done it several times. When life situations were difficult and i could not see any solutions. Crying is a way for our bodies to make ourselves feel better. Consider it a gift. If it is happening frequently talk to someone about it. Start with a close friend if it continues seek a professional. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why is my baby crying in his sleep?

Why is my baby crying in his sleep?

Discomfort/Fear: We all cry for similar reasons: fear, discomfort, and hunger. If you know your baby's tummy is full, the most common reasons are teeth or bad dreams (depending on their age). What can you do about bad dreams? Not much. But, teething can be helped with some Ibuprofen before bedtime. I also would check your baby's diaper, clothes, and bed to make sure that there is nothing causing them discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it ok to let my baby cry herself to sleep?

Is it ok to let my baby cry herself to sleep?

Yes: Children need to learn how to sooth themselves and the younger the better. If you know she does not need to be fed or changed, is not sick or in pain, then let her cry for a short period of time, i.e. 5 minutes. You can then check on her, even pick her up, but put her back in the crib awake, and leave for 10 minutes. Gradually increase the time periods, and you will be amazed how well she'll do. ...Read more

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Will I hurt my baby if I let him cry himself to sleep?

Will I hurt my baby if I let him cry himself to sleep?

No: I agree that you should wait until the baby is between 4-6 months of age. You may know it is time to start when you baby starts to wake up more frequently at night and is not hungry. I usually recommend that you revise the bedtime routine at this point so that feeding prior to stories, etc. If the baby is breastfed it may go better if the dad (or non nursing partner) puts the baby down. ...Read more

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Why can a baby be crying at night only before sleeping?

Why can a baby be crying at night only before sleeping?

Babies who are put : In their own cribs drowsy, but awake, from birth learn to self-calm to fall asleep between 1-4 months & to fall back asleep if they night wake. Establish a consistent bedtime & routine, including reading & cleaning the gums or teeth. At/after 5-6 months it's harder for them to settle, but they do after a few nights of fussing, if parents consistently allow them to learn to self-calm. ...Read more

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At what age is it ok to let your baby cry himself to sleep, so he'll quit waking up at night?

At what age is it ok to let your baby cry himself to sleep, so he'll quit waking up at night?

Sleep hygeine: Dr.Ferber says 6 months in his book, "how to solve your child's sleep problems." which has been in print since the mid 1980"s. Certainly, beyond 9 months there is no physiologic need for babies to be fed in the deep night/morning hours. The longer one does this, it reinforces the habitual awakening and the ever more deeply entrenched"habit waking".Hard advice for many to follow. ...Read more

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If u have made sure that nothing is wrong with my baby. Is it ok to let him cry himself to sleep. He is 3 weeks old. ?

If u have made sure that nothing is wrong with my baby. Is it ok to let him cry himself to sleep. He is 3 weeks old. ?

Baby: Hi, if you have the heart to do so be my guest, but when a baby cries there is usually something wrong, either the baby is hungry, or wet, or has an abdominal colic, maybe rocking the baby on ur lap, putting the baby on top of a working washing machine could help. ...Read more

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There are days when my 1month old baby won't sleep more than an hour, then she will cry then sleep then cry, is that normal?

There are days when my 1month old baby won't sleep more than an hour, then she will cry then sleep then cry, is that normal?

Sleep irregularity: Infants basically are only aware of the awake mode.They will not understand or appreciate sleep until later. They will get sleep as their body demands it but it is up to their caretakers to help them get into a productive sleep routine.Limiting day naps to 2hrs & feeding as they awaken helps set a schedule.Comforting settings, no rocking, soft light, all help babies go down. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Mease
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