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How can I foster good sleep habits in my baby?
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In brief: Don't try to...
Don't try to entertain them when they are not sleeping when they should.
Observe at what time, usually, they naturally tire out, then set that as bedtime and put them to bed consistently at that time. Give them a dark, quiet, comfortable, well-ventilated place to sleep, and leave them alone, even if they think playtime isn't over yet.

In brief: Don't try to...
Don't try to entertain them when they are not sleeping when they should.
Observe at what time, usually, they naturally tire out, then set that as bedtime and put them to bed consistently at that time. Give them a dark, quiet, comfortable, well-ventilated place to sleep, and leave them alone, even if they think playtime isn't over yet.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Valencia Porter
Good advice. Train them to get themselves to sleep and you will have a much easier time. Keep doing the same routine and they will get used to it.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Put to bed awake
Set up a routine and then make sure that the child is awake when they go to bed.
This way the child learns to sooth at sleep time. Get prepared with typical routine so they know what to do next. Earliest this can be done typically is about 6 months in a normally developing child.

In brief: Put to bed awake
Set up a routine and then make sure that the child is awake when they go to bed.
This way the child learns to sooth at sleep time. Get prepared with typical routine so they know what to do next. Earliest this can be done typically is about 6 months in a normally developing child.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
In brief: A sleep routine
A very important part of developing good sleeping habits is to develop a regular bedtime routine with the goal of relaxing the baby prior to sleep.
This may include a warm bath after dinner and reading a story. It is not a good idea to have the baby fall asleep at the breast or bottle, nor is it a good idea to bring your baby into your bed, each of which encourage sleep disorders.

In brief: A sleep routine
A very important part of developing good sleeping habits is to develop a regular bedtime routine with the goal of relaxing the baby prior to sleep.
This may include a warm bath after dinner and reading a story. It is not a good idea to have the baby fall asleep at the breast or bottle, nor is it a good idea to bring your baby into your bed, each of which encourage sleep disorders.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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