How and when children sleep. For questions on how to get them to sleep, see the [bedtime] tag.

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Short naps and infrequent feedings

I've been trying to do an eat wake sleep cycle with my 4 month old, but it has seemed impossible as he usually only takes 4-5 45 min naps a day. Doing this I'm feeding him every 2 hours. I struggle to ...
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difficult toddler

I have a three year old who just love to push my buttons. I'm a single mom who has him every night but while I work he goes to his fathers. His dad says he tried to follow the same discipline and naps ...
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How to handle baby waking up while sleep training

I've read that at 3 months you can start to try and train your child to sleep through the night. My child starts squirming and making little sounds (not crying) in the middle of the night still. I've ...
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My one year old daughter keeps waking up same time every night screaming and crying

I am very confused and concerned - My 13-monthld daughter wakes up between 1:30 am and 3:40 am screaming and crying in her crib. I have tried giving her a bottle of milk, cup of water, cuddling her, ...
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Swaddle for energetic infant? Or am i thinking this wrong?

So our girl (5 months chronological, 3.5 months or so adjusted) has a pretty strong tic when she wants to go to sleep. Her arms and legs flail pretty wildly and seems to keep her up. Why does it seem ...
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While on vacation, how can I balance toddler's needs with parents wants/needs?

Most toddlers are creatures of habit and routine, and our toddler is the same. She is happiest when she has consistent mealtimes, naptime, and bedtime. When we go on vacation, however, we undoubtedly ...
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My 3 year old is not sleeping through the night

He will go to bed around 9:30-10:00, and usually he will sleep through the night. But suddenly he only sleeps for couple of hours, and is up by 2:30-3:00. I've tried melatonin, it's all natural, but ...
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Not so sleeping beauty at 4 years old

My 4 year old daughter is not going to bed at a decent time. We have a routine in place: dinner at 6, story time at 7, bath time at 7:30. 8 is quiet down time and 8:30 is bedtime. The problem: she ...
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14 mo old cries everyday at night even when being held

My son has always had difficulty falling asleep. He sleeps with us and we usually pat or rock him to sleep. Every night he cries for atleast 5 mins before he stops fighting and drifts off to sleep. We ...
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what is going on with the 2 mo old morning struggle?

2 mo old baby - sleeps very well at night, 6 -7 hours with 1 feeding, then immediately slumps over again. He does this thing in the morning around 6,7am, where he is all squirming all over, his face ...
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Sleep training while teething

Our son has experienced some sleep training... regression. I don't think that's the right word for it given the circumstances, but here goes. We started sleep training with him when he was 7 or 8 ...
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At what age will babies start resisting sleep?

One of the books I'm reading, "Your Baby Week by Week" by Simone Cave and Dr Caroline Fertleman, states in week 6: "As your baby becomes more sociable, he'll start to resist falling asleep because ...
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How long do you need to use a hot water bottle to warm an infant's bed?

I know that a hot water bottle is used in the beginning to pre-warm the bed as infants cannot control their own body temperature - but at what point of time can you stop using them? Our bedroom (our ...
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How to prepare a toddler's sleep habits for the disruption of a newborn?

In the near future, there will be a new baby in the home. From previous experience, sleep is highly disrupted. I'm wondering what effect this will have on my son and his sleep quality, and how it may ...
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My newborn won't sleep

Yet another sleep-related question. My baby is five weeks old. He sleeps like a champ at night - he'll go down around 10 or 11 pm, wake up for a feeding or two (and sometimes we even have to wake ...
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My 1 year 3 months daughter wakes up crying suddenly at night. [duplicate]

My 1 year 3 months daughter wakes up crying suddenly at night. I try medicine for stomach pain, leg pain, check the AC (As it is hot summer) but this happens every day from last one month. Actually ...
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Short naps and frequent night wakings

I have a 4.5 month little boy. He has never been a great sleeper. He has never slept longer than an 4.5 hour stretch his whole life. He is able to fall asleep on his own most of the time, especially ...
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How do I stop a twitching newborn waking itself?

When we eventually get our three day old baby to sleep after what seems like hours of pinkie time and rocking, within five minutes of putting him down his violent arm and leg twitches cause him to ...
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Should I wake a newborn to feed? [duplicate]

My baby boy is 9 weeks old, he always drinks every 2 or 3 hours at day times. At night time he's always asleep more then 4 hours. I am afraid he is hungry. Should I wake him up to feed at night if he ...
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What can help a seven year old boy cope with night terrors and being constantly afraid?

My son used to be very independent little boy without any fears. In the last two years his night terrors and fears have gotten out of control. He dreams about robots, house fires, tornadoes. The ...
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How can I help my one year old transition to sleeping in crib?

My son has slept with me most his life, due to a C-section on my part and a bad belly on his, which made him wheeze from acid reflux. I felt better touching his belly to know he was OK. Now I can't ...
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At what age should my child sleep in his or her own room to greatest decrease the risk of SIDS?

At what age should my child sleep in his or her own room to greatest decrease the risk of SIDS? It sounds like the risk for SIDS is greatest at age 2-3 months or 2-4 months, and that it is no ...
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My 3 year old will not fall asleep without me in the room. How can I break this? [duplicate]

My 3 year old daughter will not sleep unless someone is in the room with her and when she doesn't want to go to sleep and finally does and wakes up and we're not in there she cries and doesn't go back ...
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Toddler cries when bedtime comes

Our girl is 1 yo, and used to go to sleep without much problem at night. However, for the last week, it's become quite difficult. Here is how it goes : when bedtime comes, we put her as usual in her ...
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1 year old stays up late at night

My parents have raised some concerns about our 1 yo child going to sleep late in the evening (typically 10:30 pm, sometimes later if she struggles going to sleep). A typical day : she doesn't go to ...
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1Y8M old daughter won't sleep thru night

My daughter will not sleep thru the night. She goes down to sleep most nights but now can climb out of the crib and open doors. She won't go down at night and I do a steady routine before bed. If I ...
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Suggestions for 16month old who cries horribly and bangs his head when put down for a nap

My son has never been good at going down for naps. But lately he is getting so bad that he sometimes skips them and I am also afraid he is going to hurt himself as he purposely throws himself at the ...
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How to keep our toddler in bed

Our toddler (2 yr) just got a bed instead of a cot. The cot had high sides and she wasn't able to get out of it by herself. We bought her a bed recently, because she grew out of the cot. While we ...
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Preparing quality bedtime stories

When I was a child I enjoyed my mom's bedtime stories so much, and even now I can still remember some of them. Now it's my turn to pass such a wonderful experience down to my daughter. However I am ...
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How do I help a stressed out 9 year old sleep?

Some years ago my partner, A, and their spouse, B, separated, and now their daughter, O, lives with A and me. At the time everything was of course incredibly stressful for all involved, but in the ...
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3 year old refuses to nap or sleep

I am facing a very tough time with my 3.5 year old who suddenly is refusing to nap in the afternoon or sleep at night. She used to nap at daycare but refuses to do so at home. Due to unavoidable ...
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1 Year Old Wakes Up Screaming Multiple Times A Night

My niece just turned 1 year old and she still does not sleep through the night. She wakes up numerous times (about every 1.5 - 2 hours) throughout the night and proceeds to scream very loudly until ...
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16 month old, former good sleeper, now screams entire nap

We've got a 16 month old girl who has been on a fairly regular sleep schedule for a long time now. Recently, in the matter of about a week, she refuses to nap anymore though. We do our normal nap ...
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How to approach of a child suffering from a potential sleep disorder?

My son is 17 months old with a regular routine in a nuclear family. 0700 awake 0745 in nursery Full day of nursery 1730 pick up from nursery 1800 relaxing time with mum and dad 1830 bath time 1900 ...
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1 year old baby won't eat in day, drinks milk all night

My baby boy is almost a year old and most of the time doesn't want to eat his food. He occasionally has a good meal but most of the time just messes around, throwing food on the floor, spitting out ...
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How can I get my 4 month old to sleep longer then 9-10 hours a day?

My 4 month old has never been a great sleeper, in the hospital I expressed concern several times that he was not sleeping. When we got home he slept for 15-30 minute stretches due to poor latching ...
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Toddler going to sleep very late

I am having some trouble with getting my daughter to sleep at a decent time each evening. She shows signs that she's tired around 7-8pm, so I take her to bed, give her some milk, read a story etc. ...
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My 12-month-old baby wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning. What should I do?

My 12-month-old baby wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning. I tried to feed him a bit more before bed time and get him sleep later. but it doesn't work.. What should I do?
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Looking for Baby Monitors with Mobile App and Device

I'm looking for a baby monitor that comes with both a monitor device that I can use to view it and also the option to download a mobile app that can view it via a mobile (over Wifi). I have googled ...
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My children like to fall asleep to music, what product will turn itself off after an hour?

My children like to fall asleep to music, have you used a helpful product that will timeout after, say 1 hour? Otherwise, the music plays all night. I'm not sure if that is bad.
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Why don't my twins sleep for a longer stretch of time? [duplicate]

My twins are 4 1/2 months old. They are exclusively breastfed. We start our bedtime routine at 8: we take a bath, breastfeed, then rock to sleep. By 10 they will be asleep. However, each 2-3 hrs they ...
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6-year-old bed wetting

It seems that most questions on this site about bed wetting involve toddlers. My 6-year-old daughter (almost 7) still wets the bed almost every night. After she was potty trained (a long, difficult ...
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7-year-old can't sleep

What has worked for you to get your small child to sleep at bedtime? My daughter is 7, bedtime is 8:30. It's currently 11:10 and she is still calling because she can't sleep. We've counted sheep and I ...
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Why would a child choose to sleep on the floor?

My five year-old daughter has been sleeping on the floor lately. We've asked her why, but this is one of those situations where she's not very self-aware, and you have to probe to get to the bottom ...
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Toddler wakes up after hour of sleep crying

My 17 month old has been waking up after approximately an hour after he goes to sleep frantically crying. It's been going on for about a month. Sometimes he is sitting up crying and sometimes he is ...
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Sleep in booster seats

We frequently travel in the car at night, and booster seats aren't comfortable for kids to sleep in. We've tried pillows on either side of their heads but this doesn't help when they fall asleep and ...
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What are reasonable expectations and reasonable ways to be supportive for an young adult with a sleep disorder?

My 22 year old child has recently been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, namely, idiopathic hypersomnia. What this means is that he sleeps for long periods of time (in my child's case, sometimes in ...
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9 month old baby girl sleep habits

My 9 month old daughter is giving mommy & daddy the sense she's fighting her sleep. This is causing us to lose sleep. My daughter wakes up, or at least moves and makes noises in her sleep. She ...
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Baby sleep associations - how important are they?

We are working to try to help our 9 month old baby sleep better. I have read a lot of information online as well as baby sleep books such as Weissbluth, Ferber, Pantley. We are not interested in ...
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Risks of suffocation when the baby starts turning around

We have a 4 month old baby and she is starting to turn around. We are worried when she goes to bed now that she might turn on her front (she never turned around 100% yet, only to her side) at night ...