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

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What techniques can I use to get my six-year-old out of bed and dressed for school?

In the morning I have to wrestle my six-year old girl to get her to remove her Doona (Duvet/Comforter/Quilt). Then I have to wrestle her to get her up and get her clothes on. I feel like she should ...
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How to teach 7 month old twins naps after lunch?

We have twin girls, 7 month of corrected age (premies). Both get tired and cranky after lunch. We have read that kids need regular schedules and that we should teach them to take a nap in their bed ...
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My 2 Yr Old Son Won't Sleep

I have a 2 yr old son who wont sleep more then 2 hrs a night. I've done the CIO (cry it out) which only means he gets up and goes into my bedroom and wakes me up, Bath time before bed, reading before ...
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When is it safe to start using a duvet?

When we brought our son home form hospital, all the advice from the midwives and health visitors was that we should not use a duvet whist he was small, and instead should use either sleep sacks (like ...
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Starting new feeding/sleep schedule for 6 month old

My 6 month old grandson has no feeding/ sleep schedule. he was born 3 weeks early. 5 lbs. My daughter in law , Liz is breastfeeding. The Dr. told her to feed as often as possible to get his weight ...
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7 month old wants to sleep on its belly — is it safe?

We have two 7 month olds (10 month premies). One of the girls wants to turn on her belly during the night. She seems to like that better than sleeping on her back. However, we heard that sudden ...
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Should I wake my 8.5 month old for feeding at night?

Our little one is 8 and a half months old, has started on solids at least twice a day, and is mostly breastfed. We are also slowing converting her to formula feeds to help my wife transition back to ...
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Can cold weather cause a potty trained child to wet the bed again?

My four year old daughter has not wet the bed in about a year. A few nights ago (on an unexpectedly cold night) she did. There are several questions here about bed wetting and regression, but I'm ...
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How can I be awoken from sleep without waking newborn in the same room?

I have a tech support job that requires me to be paged (via sms) at various times in the night. I have a somewhat subtle ringtone that slowly increases in volume but I'm still concerned that it may ...
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Bad baby dreams?

Sometimes my 5.5 month old will randomly cry, sometimes scream, while he's sleeping. He doesn't wake up. Just cries/screams for a second, then goes back to peacefulness. Is he having bad dreams or ...
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How to continue with removing breastfeeding at night

Our daughter is just two and a bit. My wife still breastfeeds a lot. Our nights aren't particularly great. Our arrangement was that usually I sleep in one room and my wife and daughter in the other ...
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Should middle school students/high school students be able to choose their own bedtime? [duplicate]

Sleeping is important, but do students have the right to choose when they do so? Or should they let their parents decide the bedtime? Students above the age 12 need over 8 hours of sleep. Its ...
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How to prevent infants from rolling out of bed?

My seven months old daughter is rolling quite a lot nowadays. This is cute when she is awake and we are present. However, lately she is also rolling in her bed during the night, when she awakes for a ...
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Is my daughter getting enough sleep?

I have two daughters, 12 and 15 years old. The younger goes to sleep at about 9 and wakes up for school at 7 so she gets around 10 hours of sleep, but her older sister is up until around 11:30pm ...
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3yo need to hold my hands to sleep during the night

I used to hold my son's hands when he was 2-3months for helping him sleep longer at night, but I never knew it will give him a habit to MUST sleep with my hands. I don't mind to hold his hands to ...
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How can i get my 2.5 year old to go to sleep without me?

She use to be fine going to sleep by herself. Then around Thanksgiving, nothing changed mind you, she began refusing to sleep unless my husband or i was in the room. We have tried changing her bedtime ...
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How do I get my 4 month old to nap longer than 15 mins

I can't seem to get my 4 month old boy to settle in his cot for naps. I have had to feed him to sleep, hold him for a while and then transistion him to his cot - in which he would just wake up 15 mins ...
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Teaching 12 months old how to fall asleep in her crib without hours of rocking, nursing, etc

We're having trouble getting our 1 year old to fall asleep at night. She fusses and cries, and we have to work with her (rocking, singing, breastfeeding etc) for at least 1-2 hours, sometimes longer. ...
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How to keep my baby's hand warm at night

I live in a cold place. The temperature of my house drops to 60 at nights. What is the best way to keep his hands warm? I've tried mittens, but he puts them in his mouth, which makes them wet, and ...
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How can I get my 13 month old to eat better and sleep through the night?

My child is 13 months old. She is breast fed, eats solids but doesn't eat a lot during supper time. Apparently she eats well at day care. She wakes 3 to 4 times at night and sometimes every hour. ...
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Children screaming and crying while sleeping

I am a working woman and a single mother. The last few days my child has become distressed while sleeping; she is 6 years old. She will start crying out as if in pain at night and though I always ...
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What age to stop son from sleeping in same bed as Mother?

A 5 year old boy has been sleeping at night in the same bed as his single mother for basically his whole life, although he has his own bedroom and his own bed. They go to sleep together at the boy's ...
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2 month old does not sleep at night

My 2 month old son is sleeping more during during the day. In the night he starts his sleep only from 5 am. I am breastfeeding him. I also give formula thrice in a day, once in the evening and two ...
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Toddler drinking a lot before/during night, too much for one diaper

Our toddler is about 16 months old now, but the situation I’ll describe hasn’t changed much throughout the past half year. He won’t go to sleep at night (around 19:00) without having had his bottle ...
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How to help 3 year old deal and stop confusional arousals when waking up

For a good amount of time now my daughter has had a hard time sleeping, whether it's at night or nap time. It seems as soon as it gets dark something triggers her to act up because she knows the ...
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Optimizing busy morning time

I have a five-year old (beautiful) daughter who is in Kindergarten. I know children of her age need ten to twelve hours, varying on the individual. She's near the top of the range. Its fairly easy to ...
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4s in winding down time, what is sitting?

This question goes to the people who have read the "Baby whisperer" where the author talks about the 4s of winding down. The 3rd S is "sitting". It's not clear what that means. "Sit with him quietly ...
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Why do babies fight sleep and how to calm them down?

My nice of 9 months is crying to fight sleep. Why does she do that? How can one calm her down? It's absolutely silly to watch :). She sits there and everything is all right. As soon as she falls ...
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My 3 year old goes to sleep very late

My 3year old boy is having sleeping problems. He was always a late sleeper falling asleep around 9:00, but for the last couple of months he has so much energy at bedtime, running around, shouting and ...
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How late in the day can my 2 year old nap?

My 2 year old son is having a difficult time falling asleep for his daily nap, which was previously not an issue. He had been napping from about 11:45-1:45, but now he fights it desperately and won't ...
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1 year old crying loudly in her sleep until she wakes up

When my niece, who is just 1 year and 2 months old, goes to sleep it takes no longer than 1 hour and she just starts crying loudly and wakes up. This has been happening for the last 4 days and ...
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frequent awake frequency between midnight and 4am

My little one (14 weeks old) gets sleepy at around 7:30pm and sleeps till about 7am, broken into 3 sections. He is breast fed, no pumping. We have not tried any sleep training. He sleeps in his crib. ...
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2-year-old needs bread to go to sleep

We seemed to have fallen into a sleep routine where my two-year-old will not go to sleep without bread. He will ask for it, and basically goes to sleep sucking it, (he starts by eating it, but there ...
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23 month old twins disturbing each other at bed time

We have 23 month old twin boys (I'll call them C&D) whom we have about 2 months ago transitioned away from a crib by taking away one side and creating an enclosure of sort (about 12 x 12 feet) ...
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Will I become a lighter sleeper after my child is born?

My wife and I are expecting our first baby very soon. However, I am a heavy sleeper and I am worried that I will not wake up to cries from the baby. Do people generally become lighter sleepers with ...
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3 year old, huge problems sleeping (nap or bedtime); wont calm down to relax

My daughter is 3 years old. She has always had a bit of trouble sleeping; she will nap during the daytime because it is sunny out still. But for bed time, as it's dark, she puts the two together and ...
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Toddler waking up too early

Our son just turned 3, and the last few weeks has taken to waking up at 4:30-5-15am. He has a long nap from 12:30-3pm then we put him to sleep at 7:30-8. He: sleeps with white noise from a fan, the ...
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3yr old refuses to sleep without me

I love my daughter so much but she is destroying my marriage. I cannot get her to stay in any bedroom when it is time to sleep. When she was younger she would at least allow one of her brothers to lay ...
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2 week old baby has few sleeps and cries a lot

My wife gave birth to our 3.7kg, 55cm son two weeks ago. We have been using formula since birth and stopped breastfeeding on the 10th day. Things have gone well until yesterday, our son has been ...
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How do I make my nocturnal 4mo baby sleep at night? [duplicate]

My 4 month old son happily sleeps soundly for hours at a stretch during the day but when it comes to the night he won't go to sleep until 4 - 5am and when he does go down, he fidgets himself awake. ...
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Is the sleep training over after they sleep for half an hour?

We are sleep training our 4 month old twins and my question is when I put them down for a nap and they cry themselves to sleep they then awaken within a half hour, should I continue the sleep training ...
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1-month old son cannot sleep peacefully

My 1-month old son startles very easily when sleeping and frequently squirms around, even in a dark and quiet environment. I don't know if he's having a bad dream or what. This happens whether he's in ...
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Sleep training and consistency

Our son is 7 months old, and as he frequently still needs our presence to go to sleep at night, we've decided that it's time for sleep training. The problem isn't that he needs our presence - the ...
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Trouble in parenting a 30 months boy

My wife and I have serious problems in parenting our 30 months boy. We have a very stubborn child, he refused to follow any kind of routine in sleeping, eating, screening times (TV and so), or ...
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Toddler waking after going to bed.

My lg is 20 months and she has started waking about 1-2 hours after I put her down for the night. She cries, not frantically, but every 30 seconds or so, which escalates until she is crying ...
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possible disadvantages of being very silent when baby sleeps

Is there a disadvantage if the parents try to be very very silent when the baby is sleeping? For example making sure that TV and mobiles are muted, no dish or clothes washing is taking place and all ...
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My 7 yr old cant stay asleep beyond 5 or 6 hours?

My 7 year old falls asleep straight away at bedtime, which is any time between 7 & 8 pm, but then wakes any time from as early as midnight onwards, then cant go back to sleep ?
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My ten month old boy wakes up three times a night for milk - How can I night wean my baby without a struggle?

I am weaning my 10 month old boy. We seem to do well during the daytime. But during the night-time he cries a lot until I breastfeed him. How can I night wean my baby without a struggle? I have ...
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How early should I start learning my baby bedtime routine? [duplicate]

my baby is 2 month old. I want know when I should start "bedtime routine" ? and also when make him sleep in his room ? now he sleep next to me, is it correct to take him sleep on his bed or should I ...
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What to do with a child that won't sleep, to the detriment of their day?

There are many questions on here asking about sleepless children but my wife and I are starting to come to our wits-end and none of the advice we've found (here or otherwise) seems to fit our ...