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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why some babies at age 12 months don't sleep good and wake up crying every 20 -30 minutes during the night , what problem can they have?

Why some babies at age 12 months don't sleep good and wake up crying  every 20 -30 minutes during the night , what problem can they have?

Many things: It could be a number of things. Teething, gas, environmental causes, or more serious things like intussusception. The baby should be checked to make sure his/her physical exam is normal. ...Read more

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Why do babies make weird noises and cry while asleep?

Why do babies make weird noises and cry while asleep?

Dreams.: They act out what is happening in their dreams, more frequently than this (sleep-talking) happens in adults. ...Read more

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What do babies dream of that makes them cry while asleep?

What do babies dream of that makes them cry while asleep?

Unknown: Since there is no way to research this area (babies don't converse or describe events) there is no way to know. Age regression hypnosis has been able to tap that information as far back as 2 yo, when kids worry more about abandonment or getting lost than anything. Younger kids ? No one knows. ...Read more

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Are night wakings in infants other than those for feedings common and should the infant be helped to fall back asleep or left to 'cry it out'?

Pediatrician: Touch base with your pediatrician. It's common, and reasons could include teething, increased need for food, etc. But if your baby was sleeping well, then maybe something else is going on. ...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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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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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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I have been advised to let my baby cry herself to sleep. I took the advice and now, she has a coarse voice from crying. Is that really advisable?

I have been advised to let my baby cry herself to sleep. I took the advice and now, she has a coarse voice from crying. Is that really advisable?

A real problem: Trouble is that your anxiety is being perceived by the baby. She needs reassurance by your loving activity around her. Try to show that her environment is safe and if she is old enough to understand, try telling her that "mommy needs her sleep too". It is love that wins the day. Your anxiety must be extinguished----not easy to do but is the "art of motherhood". ...Read more

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My baby 11 weeks wakes up at night to eat only 3oz should I cut out night feedings? Let her cry it out? She does not sleep through the night help!

My baby 11 weeks wakes up at night to eat only 3oz should I cut out night feedings? Let her cry it out? She does not sleep through the night help!

Feed her: It is normal for 11 week old infants to not sleep through the night and to need to eat. They have small stomachs and need feedings every 4-6 hours. Exhausting as it is, it will get better. ...Read more

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I can't let my baby cry her self to sleep coz she cries so hard she can hardly breath, what shall I do in such a case, shall i still leave her cry hard?

I can't let my baby cry her self to sleep coz she cries so hard she can hardly breath, what shall I do in such a case, shall i still leave her cry hard?

See her pediatrician: Take along a video of an episode. If she has no congenital heart or lung disease, have a set bedtime & routine: read, rock, wipe out her mouth after her last feed, then put her on her back in her crib in her own room, drowsy, but awake to learn to self-calm for sleep. Doing this between 1-4 mos. Helps her consolidate sleep & avoids " trained night crying" at 6 months & older. ...Read more

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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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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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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

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MY BABY IS 1 MONTH SHE HAS colic not sleep she is cry whatis usefull ?

MY BABY IS 1 MONTH SHE HAS  colic not sleep she is cry whatis usefull ?

Has her pediatrician: seen her? Did it start when you took Keflex? Always take deep breaths & relax your body before you pick her up: Tense moms may talk, walk & jiggle a baby who needs less stimulation. At a set bedtime, nurse, then wipe out her mouth with a soft cloth. Rock, read to her in low light. When she's drowsy, put her on her back in her crib in her room to learn to self-calm to sleep. See tips below. ...Read more

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My baby always cries before she goes to bed. What causes her to scream and cry herself to sleep?

My baby always cries before she goes to bed. What causes her to scream and cry herself to sleep?

Age dependent: It depends on the age of the baby. Small babies can have reflux after they eat if put to bed directly after feeding. Also some babies cry a lot and this is called colic and goes away over time. If she is older then she could have separation anxiety from being away from you which scares here and finally this could be behavioral and she wants to stay up and be with the family ...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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10 mnth baby keeps wakin up at night&crying coz she wants me around her!how can I teach her to sleep by her self?Wn shes beside me, she sleeps all nite

10 mnth baby keeps wakin up at night&crying coz she wants me around her!how can I teach her to sleep by her self?Wn shes beside me, she sleeps all nite

Being a parent: You may gave list this very common battle. It is your job to teach your child. She cannot sleep with you forever. That means you cannot ever give in and move her now. You have got to let her be mad at you. Or to let her cry. She must stay in her bed. You are the parent here. ...Read more

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