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

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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Sleeping duration for a toddler [duplicate]

My 15-month old has 2 long sleeps during the day. From 10am to 12 or 1pm and the second sleep from 3.30pm to 6pm. I have read around that at this age he should be sleeping around 2 hrs during the ...
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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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my 17 month old wakes up crying during night [duplicate]

My 17 month old keeps waking up everynight at around 3 half 3 crying and her crying lasts for an hour every night and I can't seem to settle her this has happend for about a week now, since we moved ...
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How do I get my toddler to stop waking at 4am? [duplicate]

My 12 month old has been waking at 4-4:30 am for quite some time. He usually doesn't require anything to go back to sleep but just wakes crying and grizzly. Sometimes I go in and give him his dummy ...
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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 ...
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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?
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My son sleeps too much

MY 4 yrs,11mths old boy sleeps too much but mostly at school. He has just changed schools, but there was no report of similar behaviour from his previous school. It is getting worrisome as this is ...
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How to put a newborn/infant to sleep to bed without waking her?

There is a question "why do children wake up and cry immediately after being put to bed" already on this site, which has answers partly covering my question. But only partly. How do I put my newborn ...
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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 ...
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10 month old won't nap

My daughter is just now 10 months old and fights naps as much as possible. We try to follow a schedule of 2-3-4 as much as possible, and she's exhausted, but just will not sleep. She stands in her ...
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Unusually agitated and constantly sucking two-week old

Today our two week old was (and still is) unusually agitated. She slept two hours less than her up-until-now average, requested breastfeeding for entire one hour more and was more cry-prone than ever. ...
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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. ...
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My 4 year old son always keeps something besides him when he sleeps. Is that normal?

My son always keeps something besides him while sleeping. It can be anything, not necessarily a toy. Does that mean he fears something?
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Is carrying or cuddling a newborn a good way to soothe it in the long run?

Our newborn (11 days) daughter sometimes - about once every three times - has trouble sleeping unless she is being hugged, cuddled or carried by me or my wife. We have tried leaving her crying for 10 ...
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Does my newborn sleep too little?

My 8 day old daughter has slept about 13 hours during last 24 hours. She eats a lot, poops often and properly (at least 7 times in 24h), is breast fed and there is enough milk for her. Is that ...
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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 ...
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How do I wean my 2 year old from requiring holding my hand to sleep?

Sometimes my wife would hold my 2 year old daughter's hand during her bedtime to put her to sleep. Recently when she wakes up in the middle of the night she would cry and ask for our hand so she can ...
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27 month old won't sleep

My 27 month old son won't sleep during designated nap time in the afternoon. We do the same sleep prep routine we do at night, 2 books in a rocking chair, in dim lighting, followed by tucking into bed ...
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How do you help a child with nightmares?

My child is 3. Sometimes he has nightmares. What's a good technique to help him deal with these, both at the time when he wakes, and long term to help him overcome them? (He's not having night ...
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Why does my 4 month old playful infant suddenly start screaming at the top of her voice?

This is not a normal cry. This cry indicates extreme sudden pain. For example: If you were sitting peacefully somewhere and someone threw burning coals on your body, how would you scream? She ...
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How to deal with 5 year old who suddenly doesn't sleep through the night?

My daughter has slept through the night since she was 6 months old but suddenly, at age 5, she started waking up in the middle of the night and seems a bit scared (she started turning the lights on). ...
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8 year old too stressed to sleep

My 8 year old is so stressed out about not getting enough sleep that she can't sleep. When school started the teacher explained to them that is is important to get 10 hours of sleep a night because ...
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Toddler scream at night during sleep, but she does not wake up

My 19months old daughter, who sleeping between me and my wife, screams (for once or few times) during nighttime/sleeptime but she not waking up. just scream..... around 2 - 4am and her normal sleep @ ...
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What are some alternatives to bouncing on an exercise ball?

Our 2 month old loves to be held while we bounce on our exercise ball. It is a great technique for soothing him, but our backs are tired and sore! What are some alternative bouncing contraptions, ...
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Am I wrong in what I did? Locking a door on a screaming toddler at bed time!

Our first son would cry every night for my wife to come lay with him to go to sleep. At 3 years old, it continued.....every night. My son would be put to bed and he would start his whine - "Mommy, ...
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Is putting a 9-year-old to bed early abusive?

My 9-year-old goes to bed between 6:00 - 7:00 pm, though she doesn't go to sleep for an hour or so later. Her teacher was "very concerned" about us putting her to bed so early and commented that it ...
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Why does my infant bang her head sideways in sleep? [duplicate]

Age 2.5 months. I swaddle her and put her in my lap. When she's asleep I notice her banging her head sideways. Also, today I tried Kangaroo Care and put her naked on my chest (on her stomach), when ...
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How can I wean my active baby from swaddling?

I have a very active 4 1/2 month old baby, who has been swaddled since birth. For the last month, he has been breaking out of his swaddle (we use the SwaddleMe brand) and waking up several times per ...
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My 6 month old will not sleep all night.

My 6 month old son will take 2 naps a day, but when it comes to be around 10 or 11 o'clock he is wide awake. He usually don't go to sleep until 2 in the morning and wakes up 3 to 4 times a night. I ...
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3 year old won't get out of bed without assistance?

I seem to have the opposite problem to what everyone else has. My kid sleeps well. He stays in bed well.. too well. In the morning he can hear activity and everyone talking yet he will not get out of ...
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Our infant was sleeping through the night, but at 5 months old started waking up in the middle of the night; is this from starting to dream?

My little girl started sleeping all night long when she was 3mo. She was sleeping from 11:00PM to 7:00AM, without waking up. Shortly after she turned 4mo, she woke up during 2 days, screaming and ...
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Getting a 5-year-old up and going in the morning

Ok, so this question was somewhat helpful, but my son's problem is not quite the same. He is 5 and will be starting kindergarten in a few weeks (August 7th). Right now, we have the luxury of taking ...
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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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Baby always rolling over and ending up sleeping on his stomach, is it dangerous?

Our 3 months old baby is very keen on rolling over and being on his stomach. Most of the time he automatically rolls over in a few minutes after we put him on his back, including during bed time. Is ...
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How disruptive is an occasional exception to a toddler's sleep schedule?

My son's sleep patterns are pretty good. We start our bedtime routine around 20:30 - 21:00, and he's usually in bed by 21:30 (and asleep within minutes). We have been planning our activities and ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Is it ok to wake up my 3yo boy for a pee?

My 3 years old boy is often wetting his bed at night, and I'd rather not get back to diapers if possible. One solution I found out is to wake him up and take him to the bathroom just before I get ...
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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 ...
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In what way does reading story books to babies help them (besides falling sleep), and at what age should it be started?

There is a cultural difference. Where I come from there is no concept of reading story books as a bed time ritual to babies. Though I do remember my father telling me mythological stories in order ...
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Convincing 18-month baby to sleep in the morning - using a training clock?

Our 18 month old son goes through phases of waking up early (between 4:30 am and 6 am) and sleeping to a decent time e.g. 6:30-6:45. So his early waking doesn't seem to be due to hunger, and he is not ...
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15 month baby never sleeps through the night

I have a 15 month old daughter who slept great when she was 3 and 4 months old, but never again after that. She's never had a pacifier and she has her own crib, but it's in our room. Our current ...
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How do you prepare a toddler to sleep in a strange place (a hotel room)?

We're preparing for our first overnight vacation since my son has outgrown a crib. He's been in a "big boy bed" for several months now, and still is very proud of this fact (and very proud of his bed ...
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What should be the ideal sleeping posture in the third trimester of pregnancy?

I have observed that in the seventh month when I lay down on the floor and turn right side (for a while), the baby starts kicking. Then when I turn on my back, the kickings decrease noticeably. Have ...
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Why does my baby moan every 3-5min during sleeping?

My baby girl is 2 weeks old. She starts making squeaks, moans, yawns during sleeping every 3-5min. She did that as well before, but not as often as these two days. She also gets more difficult to ...