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

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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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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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3 year old will not take a nap some days

We have a 3 year old who is wonderful (most of the time ;). Somedays, however, she will not settle down and take a nap. We wakeup, go to sleep and nap on the same schedule everyday. If she doesn't ...
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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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When upgrading our toddler from a cot to a bed, how do we keep him in his bed?

We want to convert our son's cot into a bed this weekend (starting Friday evening). We think it's time to transition because he often tries to climb out (but fails yet), and during daytime playing he ...
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My 8 year old son won't fall asleep

We put him to bed at 9pm and he stays up til 1am or later. When I go to check on him he is always playing with his hands and sometimes talking. I ask him why he is awake and not trying to sleep and he ...
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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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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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2 year old wont sleep

My 2 year old son, wont fall asleep without having someone in his room with him. He doesnt want to be touched or held. He just wants you to sit in the chair. And after he does go to sleep he wakes up ...
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How do we help our toddler to sleep through the night?

My 14-month old daughter is no longer breastfeeding, and sleeps happily in her bed, although it is still in our room. But she wakes up around three times at night, and as far as we can determine it's ...
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Controlled crying isn't working at night. What are my options?

We used controlled crying to help our daughter get to sleep easier at 6 months. This was hard work at the time but now, at 10 months, we can reliably put her down at the end of her bed time routine ...
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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 ...
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How can I get my toddler to sleep later in the mornings?

My son, now 15 months old, was sleeping through the night, and waking up consistently at 6am. However, over the past few months he had been gradually waking up earlier. Now he wakes up consistently ...
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How do you potty train for overnight?

My three year old is well on her way to being potty trained. She rarely has any accidents, , at least during the day. My wife and I put her in pull ups to sleep at night. My question is, whats the ...
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Please help: my 3 year old won't stay in her bed!

Well this started about 3 months ago and it's been on going no matter where my daughter stays! She's an absolute diamond going to sleep but staying asleep is a different matter. I'm pregnant with ...
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22 month old goes to bed and wakes up an hour later

Has anyone dealt with this before? Our 22 month old daughter is put to bed at 10:30 pm everynight. She sleeps for about an hour and wakes up, crying. Our best efforts to ignore her have not ...
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What can be causing night wakings, similar to sleep walking?

My 13 month old baby wakes up once or twice every night...sits up or stands up in her crib and cries out. What could be causing this? She can't be having nightmares every night. My wife has not ...
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How do you manage free time when you have kids?

My problem is I have almost zero free time. I have two young kids 3 and 2 when they where young my wife didn't want to let them fall asleep by themselves so now I take the 2 year old and my wife ...
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Our baby crys in the middle of the night

After reading some websites, we're concerned that our 17 month old daughter might have night terrors. She wakes up 2-3 times in the night. What could be going on? What can we do?
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Baby awake in the morning but quiet?

Our baby is nearly 6 months old, and generally when awake during the day (from 8-9 AM) he needs attention and care (at least periodically, otherwise he is pretty good at inventing occupation for ...
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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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Son is two and won't sleep through night expecting to come to bed with us

I know there are questions similiar to this that have been asked but mine is a little different. Against my will, as a stay/work at home father, my son always slept with my wife and I until he was ...
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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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Should an infant, awake and happy in the middle of the night, be helped back to sleep?

We've had a pretty good sleep routine with my three month old recently. She wakes to eat and, occasionally needs gentle rocking back to sleep. This week she started something new. After having slept ...
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Should we feed the 3MO on demand at night with more frequent wakes?

As is common with 3-4 month olds, we've gone from a very good sleep schedule to more frequent wakes. Depending on fussiness she will get to sleep between 630 and 730, and she used to sleep for 3-4 ...
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Is my 7-year-old child sleeping too much?

My child gets very tired and sleeps very easily. While parents of babies might find this a nice problem to have, in a 7-year-old it's possibly a concern. She easily sleeps up to 14 hours a night, also ...
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my 2 year old wont sleep at night [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting a 2-year-old back to sleep in the middle of the night my 2 year old just started 2 week ago not sleeping at night like he use to ive tried keeping him up later ...
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What is the correct temperature and humidity to maintain in a child's room at night?

We have been advised to keep the child's bedroom cool and humid. Are there any specific guidlines on the correct ranges of temperature and humidity? Currently, we are using a humidifier and have ...
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How to soothe a 4 1/2 month old during our night time sleep routine?

We typically start our nighttime bed routine at around 6:30. We bathe her, breast feed her and then try to put her to bed. We know that she is tired because she will rub her eyes. However, she fusses ...
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Guided Meditation for Children

My second grader has been having trouble sleeping due to her anxiety. I have been doing guided meditation/relaxation with her at night but this is not my forte and am looking for suggestions, such ...
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Is it okay for an infant to sleep 10-12 hours at night?

Our 4-month-old baby regularly sleeps for 10+ hours at night. I know this isn't normal (and we feel pretty blessed for it), but is it okay? Are there any health problems or downsides to this?
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How do you establish good sleeping habits after dealing with colic?

My parenting vocabulary is quite limited, and Google Translate can help that much. Hope you understand me anyway. Our son had colic for four months, he is ten months now. The colic resulted in bad ...
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Son has stopped his normal bedtime

My son will be 2 in a few weeks. For about 90% of what goes on in his life, he's had a really good schedule that Mama has laid down and enforced quite well. His normal bedtime has always started at ...
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What is the best strategy for adjusting an toddler's sleep cycle during Daylight Savings?

With Daylight Savings coming up, we are worried about getting our son transitioned to the new time. How do we get him to sleep an hour later, when we're struggling with keeping him from waking up ...
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What to do when the pinky is the only way to soothe a newborn?

My question is: Is there any way to soothe a crying baby in the middle of the night other than inserting my pinky? Summery: Pinky method = only successful soothing found Tried the following other ...
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When should I stop swaddling my baby?

I swaddled my baby in a swaddling blanket for a short time after he was born, and then moved on to a Halo combination sleep sack and swaddle blanket. He is now nearly 3 months old, and I'm still using ...
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How will an infant sleep best on vacation?

Our 6 month old is sleeping through the night at home and used to sleep fairly well on overnight trips (with us). However, we have just had two weekends away from home when he hardly slept at all. He ...
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Why has my infant suddenly changed her sleep patterns? Is she teething?

My daughter normally goes down for the night around 7.30pm. After that she sleeps soundly (with a feed at 10pm) until 3-4am, where she'll grizzle a few times but go back to sleep without needing to be ...
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3 Year Old suddenly doesn't want to sleep

My 3 year old son has suddenly started fighting sleep at every opportunity. He is an absolute angel during bath time and getting ready for bed but will not settle. This has come out of the blue. In ...
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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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Is there any scientific evidence in favor of co-sleeping with children?

Many people choose to co-sleep with their children because of supposed psychological and sleep quality reasons. Are there any scientific studies or other concrete evidence to back them up?
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Why not let a toddler share a bedroom with a baby?

We have a 2 year old daughter and now we expect a baby in November. After the initial few months, when the newborn will be sleeping in our bedroom, we could put both children in one room together. ...
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Should we worry about my toddler accidentally banging his head against the sides of the crib?

Our son is 18 months old and sleeps in a crib. He sleeps well, but he moves around a lot and really "explores" the crib's space during the night! This isn't a problem per se, but it often causes him ...
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Is it ok for my baby to sleep in his swing?

I have a Fisher-Price baby swing that my 7-week-old is spending a lot of time in :) I've found that I often put him in wide awake, and a short while later he's soundly sleeping. Is it ok to leave him ...
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Sleeping routines and mother-father differences

The tl;dr version: The father can get a toddler to sleep easily, but the mother struggles. Has anyone else experienced this and if so, what strategies were used to overcome it? Scenario: We have ...
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how do i stop my two year old from staying awake for 3-4 hours in the night?

Since my daughter has been 10 months old she has not slept through the night. She is now two years old. She used to sleep very well, where she would go to sleep at 8pm and then wake up at 8am. ...
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How can we get our newborn to sleep at night as soundly as he does in the day?

We've just had a new arrival- a little boy, now 7 days old. During the day he sleeps like a dream. As I write this, he has been asleep for around 4 hours without really stirring at all. The only ...
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Will a Play Yard provide the same comfort and back support to the baby as a Crib?

We are debating if a Play Yard will be more practical than a crib. We believe that it will be safer than a crib, and also easy to carry around. What we don't know is if the play yard mattress will ...