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How can I get my baby on a healthy sleep schedule?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Develop a pattern

Realize that babies are only aware of awake periods until >1yr& they sleep by drifting off like you do in a boring lecture.
Use this to begin sleep training. Create a comfort place with soothing light &sound & use it for naps & nightime. Day:wake baby at the breast first, feed while strong, then do body maintaince & play while baby tires. Place back in zone for next cycle. At night baby wakes you.

In brief: Develop a pattern

Realize that babies are only aware of awake periods until >1yr& they sleep by drifting off like you do in a boring lecture.
Use this to begin sleep training. Create a comfort place with soothing light &sound & use it for naps & nightime. Day:wake baby at the breast first, feed while strong, then do body maintaince & play while baby tires. Place back in zone for next cycle. At night baby wakes you.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Pediatrics

In brief: Sleep Hygeine

To get a child on a good sleep schedule, we have to look at both bedtime and wake-up time.
Toddlers, children and even teens need a bedtime routine that includes having all electronics out of the bedroom. Reading before sleep is the best way to unwind. They also need to get up at the same time every morning, 7 days a week. Even if they had a difficult, fussy night.

In brief: Sleep Hygeine

To get a child on a good sleep schedule, we have to look at both bedtime and wake-up time.
Toddlers, children and even teens need a bedtime routine that includes having all electronics out of the bedroom. Reading before sleep is the best way to unwind. They also need to get up at the same time every morning, 7 days a week. Even if they had a difficult, fussy night.
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
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