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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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My 5 month old won't sleep in his crib all night what can I do to get him to sleep in his crib.?

My 5 month old won't sleep in his crib all night what can I do to get him to sleep in his crib.?

Get ear plugs: You have one good chance to deliver a baby & begin to acquaint it with functioning separate from your body. If you rock it to sleep or carry it everywhere, it decides that is the only way it can exist. Feed the kid while waking, do body maintenance, play until tired & then put it in a crib to sleep. Pick it up only to begin a new feeding cycle 2 hours later. You can teach it to rest alone. ...Read more

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Why will my 5 month old sleep perfectly fine in the bed with me, laying next to me, but won't sleep in his crib?

Why will my 5 month old sleep perfectly fine in the bed with me, laying next to me, but won't sleep in his crib?

Opportunity: A woman has an opportunity at birth to start baby off on the right course. Delivery provides the natural event that makes baby begin to adapt to changes. Putting him into a crib, wrapped up for comfort, allows him to start the process. We loose about 100/yr in the US who suffocate in bed linen. It is never good to sleep with them. You need to start now and let baby learn. ...Read more

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My 2month old won't sleep in his crib or his bassinet what can I do?

My 2month old won't sleep in his crib or his bassinet what can I do?

Get ear plugs: You have one good chance to deliver a baby ; begin to train it to separate from your body. If you rock it to sleep or carry it everywhere, it decides that is the only way it can exist. Feed the kid as it wakes, do body maintenance, play until tired ; then put it in a crib when sleepy. Read or sing to it from nearby until asleep. Pick it up only to begin a new feeding cycle 2 hours later. ...Read more

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My 13 month old son will not go to sleep in his crib. He screams and makes himself so upset that he vomits. Is it okay to let him cry or no?

My 13 month old son will not go to sleep in his crib. He screams and makes himself so upset that he vomits. Is it okay to let him cry or no?

Separation anxiety: Kids will go thru a stage where separation is difficult. After 6-9mo they realize how well u provide for their needs, yet their brain doesn't understand u can leave and return, by 18-24mo most begin to understand. You can soften your night ritual by reading to baby from a few ft away, then say nitenite and leave. Its ok if he screams (a bunch). You can return & check but avoid picking him up. ...Read more

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When can my baby start sleeping in a crib?

When can my baby start sleeping in a crib?

As soon as possible: Your baby can sleep in a crib as soon as you bring him/her home. Make sure your baby doesn't sleep on his/her belly. ...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 to make your baby sleep in crib in his room?

How to make your baby sleep in crib in his room?

Start out that way: Though sometimes hard, delivery is the natural point to separate baby from mom in some wakeful & all sleep intervals. Parents can create a restful area for babies crib & enlist audible or visual monitors if worried. Babies are capable of learning to self settle in sleep almost immediately & will do so unless a parent insists on rocking or holding until asleep. ...Read more

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When will baby sleep through the night in its crib?

When will baby sleep through the night in its crib?

Sleep consolidation: Through self-regulation occurs between 1-4 mos. If there has been a consistent bedtime & bedtime routine (rocking, reading, feeding, wiping out baby's mouth with a soft cloth after the last feed) & baby is put in his own bed in his own room, drowsy, but awake. Allow him 5 min. To self-calm if he awakens. At 6 mos. Old, your going in & making eye contact will create a " trained night crier.". ...Read more

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Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Avoid co-bedding: Placing several babies in a single crib (aka co-bedding) increases the likelihood that none of them will get a good night's sleep. Co-bedding is also a major risk factor for sudden unexplained infant death (suid). So it is better, if possible, to provide a designated, segregated spot for each baby in order to guarantee uninterrupted sleep for the infant. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Yes: Make sure it is safe and the appropriate size for your baby. Check the mattress, as many models of travel cribs provide a very thin one. Many online vendors sell the thicker travel crib mattresses that may be more comfortable for your baby.
Avoid anything else in the crib like pillows, blankets a baby may become entangled in and toys.
Check always for recalls and safety issues with your crib. ...Read more

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My son is three weeks old. Doesn't like sleeping in his crib. Is this normal?

My son is three weeks old. Doesn't like sleeping in his crib. Is this normal?

Yes: Most babies feel comfortable close to another person and will get accustom to sleeping like in this manner. But most babies can be trained to sleep in their own space which is safer for them. Continue putting your infant in the crib over time he will sleep well through the night. ...Read more

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Is it better to put for my baby to sleep in a cradle or a bassinet before I move him to a crib?

Is it better to put for my baby to sleep in a cradle or a bassinet before I move him to a crib?

Either works fine: Both bassinets and cradles serve as temporary sleep locals for newborns until they are ready to transition to a crib. Whether parents choose one or the other is a matter of personal preference rather than a stoic medical recommendation. Safety is less of an issue now that newer models have sufficient base and slat width and wheels locks. Be sure to check manufacturer's infant weight limits. ...Read more

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7 week old Doesn't sleep during the day or night time She will sleep for 15 mins on her crib yesterday she only sleep for 5 hours total. Normal?

7 week old Doesn't sleep during the day or night time She will sleep for 15 mins on her crib yesterday she only sleep for 5 hours total. Normal?

Growth spurt: Expected during growth spurt. You need to put the baby down to sleep after feeding her. Don't wait until she falls asleep to put her down. Allow her to self settle before picking her up again. Try putting her down for an hour before picking her up again to feed. Make sure she is being fed on both breasts. Consider an inbox consult if you have additional concerns. ...Read more

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How do I get my baby to sleep in a crib?

How do I get my baby to sleep in a crib?

Routine: Most of us have a routine that prepares us for sleep. You can do the same for your baby, by clearly letting him/her know that bedtime is near. Try to always perform the same routine before bedtime, e.g. Bath, rocking, singing, etc so your little one always is ready for bed. Eventually your baby will get the message. Even if they cry, gently reassure and leave the room. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to sleep in her crib?

How can I get my baby to sleep in her crib?

Be Firm/Consistent: This is always easier advice to give than take, but it will work, and all books on the topic use some permutation of this advice. Put your baby in the crib when they are drowsy but still awake so they associate the crib with falling asleep. They will cry, but will learn to sleep in the crib in 7-10 days. Don't let them train you to rock them to sleep, bring to your bed, etc. They will be fine. ...Read more

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Is it necessary for my baby to sleep in a crib?

Is it necessary for my baby to sleep in a crib?

Yes: Cribs are very safe for infants, and cribs make life less stressful for babies and their parents. In a crib, a baby can fall asleep, wake up, make noises, play with toys, look around the room, and fall asleep again. . . All without the intervention of a parent. If a crib and its contents are properly set up, an infant cannot climb out of the crib. Therefore, the infant can't get into trouble. ...Read more

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How do we get our baby to sleep in his own crib?

How do we get our baby to sleep in his own crib?

Patience: As long as you pander to him he will keep it up indefinitely. You have to leave him in the crib until lhe gets the message. It requires patience, love and understanding. Read a book on child care. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby will not sleep in a crib?

What should I do if my baby will not sleep in a crib?

Check crib: Make sure that crib is comfortable, that the room is not too cold or too warm, no scary things around. The next steps will take a few days but you need to do it. Put the baby in the crib. Leave the room. Let him/her cry a little bit. You can return to the room, try not to pick the baby up. No yelling, no screaming, no body punishment, just make it clear that the baby has to sleep in the crib. ...Read more

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How to handle for 1the wk 23mo son fight to go sleep&waking @nite for 3 hrs. In crib still. I think he wants sleep w/ me. Prev did great. Health good.

How to handle for 1the wk 23mo son fight to go sleep&waking @nite for 3 hrs. In crib still. I think he wants sleep w/ me. Prev did great. Health good.

Sleeping with parent: Often a bad habit hard to break. Wait until your son is practicslly asleep, then put himi in his own bed. If he wakes up, go to him to make dure he's ok. Donot pick him up. Itwill take a few nights to break him of old habits. ...Read more

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Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Crib is ok: A crib is fine. It must meet safety standards so be careful of used cribs avoiding any built in the 1970's or earlier. Those have crib spindles/slats that are too widely spaced and may have lead paint. Also check for any mfg recalls. No bumpers, pillows, toys should be in the crib. A blanket snuggly swaddled around baby is fine but no other blankets. Check at www. Aap. Org for all crib safety tips. ...Read more

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Can pet cats sneak in and harm my baby while he's sleeping in his crib?

Can pet cats sneak in and harm my baby while he's sleeping in his crib?

I would encourage: You not to house the cat and baby together in the same room. Many sites document that an animals behavior with an infant can be unpredictable when the adult human is not present. ...Read more

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My baby is 1 month old, when can he start sleeping in his crib, which is in another room?

My baby is 1 month old, when can he start sleeping in his crib, which is in another room?

When you're ready: Now is the time to start sleeping apart if you"re having the impulse to try. It's an individual choice but it, s time if you are ready would recommend a monitor and you will be amazed how much activity and vocalizations your child has during the night ...Read more

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I have a one year old son. He is waking up way too much at night. Is this a good time to sleep train him? He sleep in the crib in his own room.

I have a one year old son. He is waking up way too much at night. Is this a good time to sleep train him? He sleep in the crib in his own room.

Sleep: Try these things: A. A quiet time to settle down. B. A white noise source in the room C. A dark room. D. Give the bottle or cup before bed and not in it. E. Give him a blanket that you cuddle him with. F. Put him in bed at the same time. G. Let him fuss a bit to find a sleep position. H. Respond to night calls slower and with a set wait time. I. Be patient it does go away. ...Read more

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My 8 month son was falling asleep on his own and sleeping through the night. Now when we put him to bed in his crib he just screams and will not sleep through the night. How can we get him back to sleeping in his crib on his own?

My 8 month son was falling asleep on his own and sleeping through the night. Now when we put him to bed in his crib he just screams and will not sleep through the night. How can we get him back to sleeping in his crib on his own?

Work on sleep ritual: Your infant has likely developed some separation anxiety which emerges & peaks between 6-9m in most. They can fear that you disappear permanently when you leave the room. All parents have to deal with it to some degree. Try to be supportive & avoid taking him to bed with you or the next 2-3 years will be rough. Work on a consistent settling routine, check on him briefly if crying after a few minut. ...Read more

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My baby is 3 months and will only sleep in stroller. When can I stop worrying about sids if she doesn't crib sleep?

My baby is 3 months and will only sleep in stroller. When can I stop worrying about sids if she doesn't crib sleep?

6 months: Sids is related to more than sleeping in a crib. For everyone's well-being, get baby out of a stroller for sleeping and into an empty crib with a firm mattress. No pillow, animals, blanket or bumper pads. Have her tummy-sleep. Don't smoke. Once she is rolling over consistently both ways, you can feel comfortable that sids is highly unlikely, usually by 6 months. The crib is the safest place! ...Read more

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Is 3 months to young to let the baby cry it out when trying to get him/her to sleep in the crib. If so then what month is good?

Is 3 months to young to let the baby cry it out when trying to get him/her to sleep in the crib. If so then what month is good?

Crying: Good question. One in which millions of mothers have asked. There is no right answer. Baby crying is common sense. They are hungry, dirty diaper, gassy, needing affection, etc..... Each is different. As long as they are healthy, been checked by their pcp, then you'll have to wait it out. The baby will let you know when they are ready to sleep in crib without crying. ...Read more

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Trying to get my 4 mo. Old from sleeping in swing at night to crib. Tonight he laid in crib and startled himself awale multiple times. Tried to soothe?

Trying to get my 4 mo. Old from sleeping in swing at night to crib. Tonight he laid in crib and startled himself awale multiple times. Tried to soothe?

Sleeping infant: Continue to put him in his crib (on his back) until he get comfortable. This may take several "frustrating" nights, but he will get use to it if you are consistent. ...Read more

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My daughter is 7 months & cries a lot when I put her down in her crib to sleep and throws herself around. She's not use to sleeping alone. What do I do?

My daughter is 7 months & cries a lot when I put her down in her crib to sleep and throws herself around. She's not use to sleeping alone. What do I do?

Train her: Crying is the only way kids can tell you their opinion at this age. Crying is not harmful to babies who don't have a history of heart or brain problems. So have a soothing bedtime ritual then put her down and walk away. Let her cry it out even if it is for 1-2 hrs this will gradually decrease over a day or two and she will be trained. Most important is not to let her see you when she is crying. ...Read more