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

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How long do you need to use a hot water bottle to warm an infant's bed?

I know that a hot water bottle is used in the beginning to pre-warm the bed as infants cannot control their own body temperature - but at what point of time can you stop using them? Our bedroom (our ...
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How do we get an eight month old back to sleeping in his crib?

Our son's crib is in our bedroom, and he was mostly sleeping the whole night in his crib with no issues. Do to a series of events (power outage, spending the night at relatives with no crib, needing ...
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3 year old resisting bedtime very aggressively

Me and my husband have a 3 year old son who always had a little bit of trouble going to sleep but in the last 3 or 4 months have become nightmarish. I do not like who I am when I get to the point of ...
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My newborn won't sleep

Yet another sleep-related question. My baby is five weeks old. He sleeps like a champ at night - he'll go down around 10 or 11 pm, wake up for a feeding or two (and sometimes we even have to wake ...
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My 1 year 3 months daughter wakes up crying suddenly at night. [duplicate]

My 1 year 3 months daughter wakes up crying suddenly at night. I try medicine for stomach pain, leg pain, check the AC (As it is hot summer) but this happens every day from last one month. Actually ...
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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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At what age should my child sleep in his or her own room to greatest decrease the risk of SIDS?

At what age should my child sleep in his or her own room to greatest decrease the risk of SIDS? It sounds like the risk for SIDS is greatest at age 2-3 months or 2-4 months, and that it is no ...
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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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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 ...
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How can I help my one year old transition to sleeping in crib?

My son has slept with me most his life, due to a C-section on my part and a bad belly on his, which made him wheeze from acid reflux. I felt better touching his belly to know he was OK. Now I can't ...
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How do I stop a twitching newborn waking itself?

When we eventually get our three day old baby to sleep after what seems like hours of pinkie time and rocking, within five minutes of putting him down his violent arm and leg twitches cause him to ...
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Should I wake a newborn to feed? [duplicate]

My baby boy is 9 weeks old, he always drinks every 2 or 3 hours at day times. At night time he's always asleep more then 4 hours. I am afraid he is hungry. Should I wake him up to feed at night if he ...
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Toddler cries when bedtime comes

Our girl is 1 yo, and used to go to sleep without much problem at night. However, for the last week, it's become quite difficult. Here is how it goes : when bedtime comes, we put her as usual in her ...
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My 3 year old will not fall asleep without me in the room. How can I break this? [duplicate]

My 3 year old daughter will not sleep unless someone is in the room with her and when she doesn't want to go to sleep and finally does and wakes up and we're not in there she cries and doesn't go back ...
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1Y8M old daughter won't sleep thru night

My daughter will not sleep thru the night. She goes down to sleep most nights but now can climb out of the crib and open doors. She won't go down at night and I do a steady routine before bed. If I ...
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Are there techniques for sleep training that actually teach a child how to sleep?

I finally found some time to read the books my mother borrowed for me about sleep training. I was sorely disappointed: neither book mentioned anything about actually teaching the child how to fall ...
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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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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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Preparing quality bedtime stories

When I was a child I enjoyed my mom's bedtime stories so much, and even now I can still remember some of them. Now it's my turn to pass such a wonderful experience down to my daughter. However I am ...
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How do I help a stressed out 9 year old sleep?

Some years ago my partner, A, and their spouse, B, separated, and now their daughter, O, lives with A and me. At the time everything was of course incredibly stressful for all involved, but in the ...
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3 year old refuses to nap or sleep

I am facing a very tough time with my 3.5 year old who suddenly is refusing to nap in the afternoon or sleep at night. She used to nap at daycare but refuses to do so at home. Due to unavoidable ...
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16 month old, former good sleeper, now screams entire nap

We've got a 16 month old girl who has been on a fairly regular sleep schedule for a long time now. Recently, in the matter of about a week, she refuses to nap anymore though. We do our normal nap ...
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How can I get my 4 month old to sleep longer then 9-10 hours a day?

My 4 month old has never been a great sleeper, in the hospital I expressed concern several times that he was not sleeping. When we got home he slept for 15-30 minute stretches due to poor latching (...
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Toddler going to sleep very late

I am having some trouble with getting my daughter to sleep at a decent time each evening. She shows signs that she's tired around 7-8pm, so I take her to bed, give her some milk, read a story etc. ...
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How can I keep my infant from sleeping while bottle feeding?

We've been trying to get our infant on a schedule, but he tends to fall asleep before he's done eating, which makes it challenging, because he doesn't finish, and wakes up hungry too early. It also ...
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Looking for Baby Monitors with Mobile App and Device

I'm looking for a baby monitor that comes with both a monitor device that I can use to view it and also the option to download a mobile app that can view it via a mobile (over Wifi). I have googled ...
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My children like to fall asleep to music, what product will turn itself off after an hour?

My children like to fall asleep to music, have you used a helpful product that will timeout after, say 1 hour? Otherwise, the music plays all night. I'm not sure if that is bad.
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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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7-year-old can't sleep

What has worked for you to get your small child to sleep at bedtime? My daughter is 7, bedtime is 8:30. It's currently 11:10 and she is still calling because she can't sleep. We've counted sheep and I ...
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6-year-old bed wetting

It seems that most questions on this site about bed wetting involve toddlers. My 6-year-old daughter (almost 7) still wets the bed almost every night. After she was potty trained (a long, difficult ...
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Why don't my twins sleep for a longer stretch of time? [duplicate]

My twins are 4 1/2 months old. They are exclusively breastfed. We start our bedtime routine at 8: we take a bath, breastfeed, then rock to sleep. By 10 they will be asleep. However, each 2-3 hrs they ...
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How can we address lapses in potty training during afternoon naps?

Our two and a half year old daughter was potty trained fairly early just before she became two. This went quite smoothly, and after a few weeks she had almost no accidents. During her afternoon naps ...
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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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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 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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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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Toddler wakes up after hour of sleep crying

My 17 month old has been waking up after approximately an hour after he goes to sleep frantically crying. It's been going on for about a month. Sometimes he is sitting up crying and sometimes he is ...
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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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Sleep in booster seats

We frequently travel in the car at night, and booster seats aren't comfortable for kids to sleep in. We've tried pillows on either side of their heads but this doesn't help when they fall asleep and ...
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What are reasonable expectations and reasonable ways to be supportive for an young adult with a sleep disorder?

My 22 year old child has recently been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, namely, idiopathic hypersomnia. What this means is that he sleeps for long periods of time (in my child's case, sometimes in ...
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9 month old baby girl sleep habits

My 9 month old daughter is giving mommy & daddy the sense she's fighting her sleep. This is causing us to lose sleep. My daughter wakes up, or at least moves and makes noises in her sleep. She ...
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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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Baby sleep associations - how important are they?

We are working to try to help our 9 month old baby sleep better. I have read a lot of information online as well as baby sleep books such as Weissbluth, Ferber, Pantley. We are not interested in ...
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Risks of suffocation when the baby starts turning around

We have a 4 month old baby and she is starting to turn around. We are worried when she goes to bed now that she might turn on her front (she never turned around 100% yet, only to her side) at night ...
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my 3 year old daughter no longer wants to sleep in her room, wants to sleep ours and I dont know why

it used to be she wouldnt sleep in her room but slept in the living room. now she wants to sleep in our room and we dont believe in that. I am ok with naps but not at night-she moves a lot in her ...
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Why do children become active when tired?

I'm sure everyone's aware of the scenario: the kid is exhausted, but instead of laying down and going to sleep, she won't sit still, won't stop asking questions, won't stop thinking of things to do ...
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Letting a newborn sleep - bassinet or full-sized baby bed?

Is it a bassinet really necessary for a newborn? We are expecting our first in a bit less than half a year. We have been asked if we want to use the family heirloom bassinet, and we really can't ...
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How do you do nap time if some kids want to be rowdy and others need to sleep?

I do home day care, but this could also apply to people with mixed age kids. I have twin girls aged 18 months who I think need to nap in the morning and also later in the afternoon. My 10 month old ...
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7 month old is waking up frequently to be picked up

We weened our 7 month old daughter off using a pacifier at night about 2-3 weeks ago. When using the pacifier, she sleep well (once she was asleep). Since getting rid of it, she sleeps through the ...
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High pitched screaming before sleeping

One of my 6-month-old twins has decided it's fun to scream before any sleep time. To be perfectly clear: he doesn't cry before nap time, and it's not a screaming cry, in fact it doesn't seem like he's ...