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

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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. ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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2 year old still does not (and has never) slept through the night

In his now 26 months of life, he has probably slept all the way through the night 15, maybe 20 times. They seemed to be an irregularity, never happened two nights in a row. He is a easy as pie to ...
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My 1yr 3month old daughter crying every night

Don't know what could it be but my daughter keeps on crying every night. She's sleeping and suddenly she starts crying. Hungry ? (She drinks her last bottle of milk around 8pm.) Maybe teething? (every ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Do I need to space big changes? How much?

We're moving house (within the neighborhood) in early August. In September, our 2-and-a-bit year old moves to a new daycare. But at the same time, she's also at a stage where she's getting big for her ...
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Is there a quick-nap device for kids too big for a Bjorn (or other) bouncer?

Our 13-month-old regularly takes a short nap in the early evening. It's usually both too short (under an hour) and too close to bedtime (within 2-3 hours) for us to want to put him in his crib in ...
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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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How do children manage to sleep in noisy environments?

Children seem to be able to sleep in noisy environments, even when carried around. Is this generally true and what are the reasons? How does the ability to sleep with sound around differ with age and ...
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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?
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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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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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Self-soothing and sleep training

I have a 7 month old baby boy. Until he was 4 months old he had no problems getting to sleep. Then, he started to cry and protest until he fell asleep. He even protested when he was in our arms we ...
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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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Is it a problem to go to sleep just after a big dinner?

Our kid is nearly 3 years old and really enjoy eating. We have dinner together when I come back from work at around 20:00, and he eats a lot. His belly is really full then. Recently he wakes up during ...
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How do I prevent my child from freeing their hands in a SwaddleMe

My daughter is currently in a SwaddleMe and has recently begun to wake herself up by getting her hand out and playing with her face This was always a slight problem but since she has started to seek ...
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How to reverse a new born's sleeping schedule? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can we get our newborn to sleep at night as soundly as he does in the day? My wife and I had our first child three nights ago. The last two days she has been ...
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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. ...
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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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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 ...
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How do we break nursing associations at naptime?

We've recently tried Ferber's method of progressive waiting to help our 4-month-old sleep better. At nights, it's worked extremely well... after his bath in the evening he now falls asleep within ...
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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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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 ...
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What to do about night owl kids? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Nightowl at 5 years old. Any way of dealing with it? Our 3 and 5 year-olds won't sleep before 10 pm and won't wake up before about 9 am. They share the same bedroom. ...
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How to help a child not to worry about sleeping

My 7 year old daughter has always been an excellent sleeper, she has never had any trouble dropping off to sleep, even when we have been away and she is sleeping in a different room. Recently she has ...
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How quickly do I need to change my newborn with a dirty diaper?

How quickly do I need to jump on changing a dirty diaper? What are the downsides of waiting vs getting right to it? I have two specific scenarios in mind: I'm holding my son during the day time, ...
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Do I really need to wake my newborn to feed him?

We have a two week old child. He's eating well during the day, eating at least 8 times a day, and is breast feeding. His weight gain has been 'normal' so far, and he regained his original birth weight ...
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Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a travel bed instead of his crib?

My "Pack n Play" is easy to move around the house and it contains things I need such as changing pad or diapers. Is there any disadvantage for letting my newborn sleep in this for a long period of ...
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Nightowl at 5 years old. Any way of dealing with it?

My son is 5 and a typical night-owl he becomes pretty active when sun goes down. This is all well and good but when we put him to bed we can hear him play until at least 11 pm. That wouldn't worry ...
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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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Teaching a (almost) 3 year old she can fall asleep on her own

Our toddler (almost 3) at some point a few months ago stopped falling asleep by herself - now one of us needs to sit with her in her room, hold hands, etc. until she fully falls asleep. What is ...
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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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Should we roll our baby back onto his back so he can sleep?

Our baby's new trick is rolling onto his tummy. Unfortunately, he hasn't quite figured out how to get back to his back. He remains beached until we flip him. The problem is, he doesn't nap because ...
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Should I stil swaddle my child when preparing her for sleeping even though it doesn't seem comfortable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I stop swaddling my baby? My daughter is ~12 weeks old. We were swaddling her all along and was able to calm her and help her fall asleep using the 5 S's. ...
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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 I help my 3 month old sleep better through the night?

My 3mo daughter was sleeping pretty well through the night (from 11 PM to 7 AM) for about a week, and now she wakes up every 30 mins to 1 hour wanting her pacifier. I've been running in at the first ...