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

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Our 4 year old won't fall asleep until 11pm

Our 4 year old doesn't like to sleep. I know that sounds like what every kid says, but let me clarify. She doesn't cry at bedtime, she just won't sleep. We start to get her ready for bed around 8pm. ...
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At what age do kids start sleeping through the night?

My son is now almost 12 months old and he still doesn't sleep through the night regularly. Maybe one night a month he will sleep from 7pm->6.30am without waking, and that's only if he's utterly ...
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How do you stop a toddler from trying to get into bed with her parents in the middle of the night?

For a few weeks now my 2 year old daughter has woken up in the middle of the night crying for mom or dad. This started out when we took off her diaper and she would cry to go to the potty. She picked ...
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How can I get my 2.5 year old to sleep on his own?

My toddler sleeps well at night, its getting him to bed part is really frustrating. The main problem is that he won't let me leave the room until he falls asleep. He is not scared to be alone, he ...
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What are the risks of putting a newborn baby to sleep on their front?

For our first baby, we were told by various midwives in no uncertain terms, that babies must always be placed on their backs to sleep (no explanation ever given- just instructions!). This was all very ...
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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 ...
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Is my pediatrician missing something about my 3 month old's gas pain?

My 3 month old has cried out at between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. for hours in gas pain almost every night for the past 6 weeks or so. There have been 2 or 3 nights in this time where she did not have an ...
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My 3 month old gets up 10-15 times a night?

My 3 month old newborn has been waking up every 15 minutes to every hour during the night for 4 weeks and we have tried everything from Baby Wise to Baby Whisperer to the No cry Sleep Solution with no ...
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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 ...
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How much sleep does my infant really need?

Our 7-month old boy is only sleeping an average of 11-12 hours each day. During the day, he usually takes 3 naps, and each one only last approx. 30 mins. From 3 months onwards, he has always been a ...
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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 ...
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14-week-old waking many times a night: poor sleep associations already? can we sleep train yet?

My 14-week-old has been a poor sleeper since birth. He was "colicky" for the first 7 weeks, so did not sleep well. Then until about 10 weeks, he was starting to improve: there was less inconsolable ...
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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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How can I wean my toddler off the pacifier at night?

Our 14 month old is sleeping pretty well these days (last night down at 8pm, woke at 7 for a drink, still in bed with mum when I left the house at 8am!) However we do have a problem with him losing ...
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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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When can I cover my baby with a blanket in her crib?

Once our girls figured out how to kick their blanket loose so they were no longer swaddled, while they were sleeping, we were told they shouldn't sleep with a blanket anymore because the blanket can ...
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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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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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What's the best way to deal with bedwetting?

Our toddler is bedwetting a lot, and we are unsure how to deal with things. We haven't told her off for it, but we're not sure what we should be doing. Would telling her off just make things worse? ...
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Is crying healthy for babies when they get our companionship?

Our son is approximately 2 months old, and he has problems sleeping at night (he cries like any other baby). My concern is about letting him cry while he's on my chest or in my arms while I give him ...
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How important is a settled/repeatable routine for a 1 month old

We have a one month old now and I'm just wondering how important it is that his routine is settled/repeatable at this stage. For the most part his routine is Eat-Poop-Sleep repeat, about 7 times a ...
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When to transition to letting the baby fall asleep on its own? Is my baby ready for sleep training?

Our daughter is 2 months old. As of right now, we have a pretty well working routine of putting the baby to sleep. Bath, lights out, long feeding, then falling asleep on our hands, then falling asleep ...
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How should you help your baby learn to sleep without being rocked to sleep?

My newborn daughter has a strong need to be held and rocked to sleep. In this answer, Dan notes that it is important to help your child learn how to fall asleep without being rocked to sleep. At what ...
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Does a newborn *need* some kind of cradle?

http://parenting.stackexchange.com/a/8141/2221 One of the things that your unborn baby does respond to is movement, so during the day it is constantly being rocked as you move about. At night when ...
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Toddler never sleeps through the night

My toddler boy is 2.5yrs old. He never sleeps throughout the night. He has a steady bed-time pattern: 9:00pm : Dinner (with Cartoons) 9:30pm : Shower w/ Mom 9:45pm: Simple Play 10:00pm: 2 Bedtime ...
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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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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 ...