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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

9
votes
4answers
58k views

How do I help my 4 month old nap longer?

My daughter is 4 1/2 months old and she only naps for 30-45 minutes at a time. She wakes up happy, but she is tired again after a little over an hour. I know some babies are naturally short nappers. ...
2
votes
2answers
136 views

How can I get a toddler I care for during the day to take a nap?

I care for a 11 month old baby who has two weeks where they arrive at 5:30am and then 2 weeks they arrive at 1pm. For the 5:30 shift, the baby should be going to sleep. The mom had said it was ...
11
votes
8answers
18k views

Is it traumatic for a toddler to be left in their bedroom with the door shut?

I've posted here before asking for advice for getting our toddler (2 yrs 5 mths) to sleep, as he's going through a very difficult phase. Once put to bed, he constantly gets out of bed and/or screams. ...
1
vote
3answers
68 views

Napping and early waking?

A child (3 years 10 months) wakes every morning at 5am. When he is with me he has a midday nap which can last 3 hours. He is clearly tired when he wants to nap, and if he wakes too early from his nap ...
4
votes
7answers
38k views

How do we stop our daughter rolling over and waking herself up?

Our 5 month old generally gets her head down somewhere in the early evening. We lie the sleeping lump on the bed face up, and she snoozes. Then she rolls over onto her tummy and wakes up. She's at the ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

How to get my 3 month old to nap and sleep longer [duplicate]

I have a 12WO that's a terrible napper. Let me get into some details: he's breastfed and nurses every 1.5-2 hours. He does not show hunger cues like 90% of the time and hasn't done so since ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

Why won't my toddler sleep when her mother tries to put her in bed?

my daughter is 21 months old and at present behaves in a curious way. I don't think this question is a duplicate of others with similar titles. During the day she's a sweetheart, no problems at all. ...
6
votes
5answers
5k views

What should be done when your child wakes up from a nap and is extremely irritable?

We have a daughter who takes naps and (usually) wakes up extremely cranky and irritable. She is 1 month away from being 3. Because she is so irritable, she'll usually cry when she wakes up. Depending ...
4
votes
2answers
135 views

A child accustomed to sleeping with the tv on

The tv is outside my 12 year old daughter's bedroom. She likes me to sit up until she falls asleep (which is not difficult). I pull the door to and we agree on a maximum volume that makes her feel ...
16
votes
8answers
29k views

Are there any dangers or downsides to white noise as a calming tool

We find white nose to be extremely effective for soothing our 5-week old son. Loud white noise (60 decibels or so) will help soothe him when he is overtired and crying, and if we play soft white noise ...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

Wi-Fi baby monitor with local and remote viewing [closed]

I am thinking about buying a wifi camera like DropCam - for remote monitoring. However, I am quite worried about having to do a complete round trip to the Clound and back just to watch the live feed ...
0
votes
1answer
85 views

3.5 month old wakes up from nap after 30 mins and will only go back to sleep by feeding

My little guy has never been a great sleeper but we hand him on a pretty rough schedule up until last week. He had to go to the hospital for 3 days. He is well now but his naps are completely off. He ...
0
votes
2answers
133 views

8 month old wakes up crying for 2+ hours after 30 minutes of sleep

We have an 8 month old, who after a rough first few months has been sleeping relatively well for about 4 months now. She consistently sleeps 12 hours at night, and has a regular day time nap ...
2
votes
2answers
62 views

What are good ways to help my son sleep without breastfeeding?

My son is 19 months old but still need a breastfeed to soothe him before go to sleep. What are good ways to help him sleep without breastfeeding? And by the way, how bad this could be if I let him ...
6
votes
6answers
391 views

Kid screaming after waking up in a car?

I recently became involved with this awesome guy who has two kids. His son who is 3 is a very sweet boy. But when we take car rides and he wakes up while in the car he is hysterical. I've heard of ...
-4
votes
3answers
485 views

How can I deal with no-socks situation at night?

Our house is reasonably cold (and try to keep it that way) and so I insist that aside from summer, the kids wear socks; including for sleep. The problem is that they take the socks off - it seems ...
4
votes
2answers
242 views

How do I deal with a child waking up at night and starting to read?

My 6YO daughter has a major problem. She likes to read. The issue is, that she is so addicted to reading, she will do it when she really shouldn't. Like at night. More specifically, she will wake ...
3
votes
3answers
118 views

What is cranial osteopathy?

Some of our peers have recommended we take our 10 week old daughter to see a Cranial Osteopath, due to some sleeping issues and general crankiness. I've tried searching the web for an unbiased ...
14
votes
7answers
34k views

Advice for carrying out the “Stay in Bed” technique with our 2-year-old

My two-year old has always had trouble settling and sleeping through the night, but recently the problem seems to have become an awful lot worse. It all came to a head one night a few weeks ago after ...
8
votes
7answers
8k views

How can I get my 12-month baby to sleep in her bed?

My 12-month baby doesn't want to fall asleep in her own bed. We could do it in her rocking cot, but now it's too small, and currently we get her to sleep outside of bed, but every time she wakes up ...
9
votes
5answers
353 views

What is the best way to transition from away from co-sleeping

We are co-sleeping with our son. At some point in the future, we will need to transition him out of our bed. What is the best way to do this? Cold turkey vs gradual? Specific age vs signs he's ...
2
votes
2answers
118 views

How to increase the durations of sleep between awakenings at night?

Our 10 week old breastfed daughter doesn’t nap well, or sleep particularly well. She tends to sleep from 11.30pm – 2-3am, then in very short spurts if she is held, with a slightly longer 30 minute ...
30
votes
9answers
30k views

Why does my infant wake crying the instant we put him in his bed?

This is probably a classic but here goes. Some time between midnight and three my 9 month old will wake crying. Often he is hungry or has gas and can be fairly easily consoled and falls asleep in our ...
3
votes
2answers
956 views

My 2 year old doesnt want to sleep through. drinks 5-7 bottles per night

My 2 Year old girl has never slept though. she used to wake 3 times a night for a bottle and then 5 times a night for a bottle now she is so bad she wakes up 10-15 times a night and wont go back to ...
2
votes
3answers
219 views

What to do if a child wakes up before us?

My 3 year-old child wakes up after about 6-8 hours of sleep which I think is normal. I get up around that time to pick up the house, study for school, and then I head out to work. When he wakes up, ...
3
votes
4answers
17k views

What light colors will help calming down before bedtime?

I just bought a color led strip (like similar to this one) and installed it so that the ceiling can be lit with any color. We're making experiments on which color would have better effects on calming ...
1
vote
2answers
135 views

Should I let a newborn sleep when it's time for feeding? [duplicate]

I have taken up the habit of feeding my newborn every 4 hours during the day, since we left the maternity. However, sometimes when the time to feed her comes, she's sleeping. Should I wait until she ...
4
votes
3answers
184 views

How to get a new born to sleep?

I am having some trouble to get my daughter of 2 months to go to sleep. Until now, it was very easy to get her to sleep, and she slept most of the day and night. However, a week ago, it began to be ...
1
vote
1answer
242 views

Need help with snacking/catnapping 5 month old!

My son will be 5 months old next week and since about 3 months old (when he entered the ‘wakeful’ period) has gotten into the bad habit of snacking and catnapping, as well as feeding to sleep. He’ll ...
1
vote
1answer
118 views

6 month old baby sleeps 30 minutes in a stroller

My baby started to sleep only 30 minutes in a stroller. The rest of the time he looks around or just looks at me. It doesn't matter if a stroller is moving or standing in place. Can I help him sleep ...
8
votes
2answers
4k views

My 2 year old wont sleep throught he night.

From the time he was born, my son has never been a good sleeper, but he's never been as bad as he is now and I am really losing my patience with him. I've tried everything and nothing seems to work. ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Does a late evening snack improve the odds that a child will sleep well?

Some of my friends with preschool and early-elementary children routinely give their children a snack shortly before bed to help them sleep better. On the other hand, we have generally limited ...
2
votes
1answer
49 views

What are the tradeoffs to consider between monitor systems with dedicated screens and mobile-based ones (iPhone, android, etc.)

We've been using motorola's monitor system for some time, which comes with both monitors and cameras, and can be expanded with their proprietary devices. (You can add another camera and see both on ...
7
votes
2answers
133 views

Ideas for infant bedding

We have an active 10 month old, who sleeps soundly, but tends to roll a lot thereby hitting his head against the crib railings. Having a small apartment, we don't have much place for a mattress on ...
3
votes
5answers
1k views

3-year-old sleep issues

Our 3YO takes about an hour to get to sleep every night. We start the nighttime ritual at around 8pm (brush teeth, kiss goodnight, read story, lights out, go to sleep). She requires us to be in the ...
0
votes
2answers
91 views

8 year old sleep

My 8 year old daughter takes 3 melatonin just to be able to sleep, goes to bed at 830, reads till ten,wakes at 6. what to do? she seems well rested, but is getting two hours less than regulation, at 8 ...
13
votes
9answers
32k views

How can my toddler learn to stay under the blanket at night?

My 2yo son slept in a sleeping bag (see image below) until around 1½ years old, then he didn't like that anymore so we switched to using a blanket. He moves around so much while sleeping that the ...
4
votes
2answers
132 views

How can a three month old go to sleep - everything's so interesting!

Our three month old daughter has recently started to have trouble falling asleep. Not even falling - she has trouble starting to fall asleep! I have learned and accepted her way of falling asleep. ...
12
votes
6answers
2k views

Do we NEED to help a baby learn how to self-sooth? And how long can it take?

Before our girls were born, I told my husband that I didn't want to go through "crying it out" because I knew I wouldn't be comfortable with it. At the time he agreed with me. However, after close to ...
7
votes
6answers
9k views

How can I prevent my 2 year old from covering her face with a blanket when she sleeps?

For the past couple of months, our two year old has been covering her face (her whole head, actually) with a blanket whenever she sleeps. At night we usually go in after she has fallen asleep and ...
18
votes
5answers
41k views

Getting a 2-year-old back to sleep in the middle of the night

We have always had trouble with our little boy not sleeping through the night. He will do it in spells (every night for a week, then not at all for a fortnight). But he has recently developed a ...
3
votes
3answers
204 views

Three year old gets up hours before it is time - what do we do?

The other morning, the parent's of the three year old I watch most days awoke to a spooky scratching sound in their room. They couldn't place from whence the sound came but apparently it was as ...
1
vote
4answers
92 views

How can I find good lullabies for my child?

What is it about lullabies that sooth a child to sleep? What characteristics in music should I look for when trying to find new lullabies to sing to my newborn?
9
votes
4answers
1k views

Toddler is in bed but wakes up an hour early and walks into our room

We have recently transitioned our 2 year old from a cot into a bed. We did this with some reservation but he appeared to be ready as he would constantly ask to go into his bed. Also he started ...
7
votes
8answers
57k views

How to deal with a toddler who wakes up screaming during the night?

We have a 18 month old girl and for the past week she keeps waking up in middle of night (sometime between 12:30am and 3am) and screaming/crying/moaning for hours. Nothing seems to stop her. She ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Should I let my toddler sleep late when he is ill?

My two-year-old is a great sleeper. It can take him a while to get to sleep after we put him to bed (what with all the singing and bear conversations that go on after we've left the room), but he will ...
1
vote
3answers
173 views

A two year old waking at night

My two year old daughter wakes up at night crying and fighting. Sometimes I rock her back to sleep and she falls back into a calm sleep. Other times she pushes herself to get away from me or starts ...
23
votes
9answers
10k views

How can I stop my two year old from taking off his diaper in bed?

Recently, my two-year-old son has been taking off his diaper at nap time. It's usually full and dirty and makes a big mess. He has managed to do it while wearing all types of pants (even overalls). ...
5
votes
6answers
44k views

Why is my 3 month old waking up 10+ times a night?

My 3 month old went from starting on a good sleep trajectory (a five hour and 3 hour stretch at 8 weeks regularly) to waking between every 15 minutes and every 2 hours. What I'm trying to figure out ...
6
votes
1answer
210 views

How many hours should a baby sleep in a day?

Recently, I noticed that my 2-month-old baby sleeps almost all day, including naps (maybe 3-5 hours awake). Should I do anything about this? Should I wake him up or, is it normal?