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

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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 ...
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How do I stop my child from grinding his teeth while sleeping?

How do I stop my 4 year old son from grinding his teeth while he is sleeping?
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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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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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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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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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Why is my toddler having trouble sleeping?

My son is 3 years old and lately he has been having problems sleeping. I've heard kids his age are supposed to sleep around 10-12 hours a day, although I'm no sure. He used to sleep on the afternoons ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How can we train a toddler that shares a room with siblings to sleep without disturbing the others?

My four children share one room. My first three children I sleep trained by using the cry it out method (I know this is controversial on this site but it worked for me). We did sleep train the ...
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Why do my children cry in my wife's arms but are quiet with me?

It's strange that my child often wakes up at night and starts crying uncontrollably and just won't calm down and go to sleep unless I take him in my arms (1.5 years of age). My second son who is just ...
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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 ...
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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 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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Should I respond to “fussing” the same as crying in an infant?

During the night my 7-week-old will fuss in his sleep (grunt, flail, etc...). This fussing rarely proceeds to crying but he usually will not settle on his own. When I pick him up he will usually ...
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How can I stop my toddler from having nightmares about robots?

When my son was one-and-a-half, my sister gave us a Wall.e Robot toy; it talks when you push buttons and moves back and forth. He loved it. But all of a sudden a year later he has become terrified of ...
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What is the recommended age for an infant to start sleeping in his own room?

Our 8½-month infant sleeps in his own crib inside our room. He was born 2 months early, so his adjusted age (equivalent age for a full-term baby) is about 6½ months and his development is ...
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What should I do about my 3 month old baby wanting to nurse all night?

I've been too tired to get up every 2-3 hrs to nurse, so I've been sleeping with him attached to my breast... Unfortunately I can't sleep well. What should I do? He doesn't burp well either, and spits ...
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How do you prevent a toddler from waking too early?

My 18 month old has started waking up progressively earlier every morning for the past couple of weeks. It used to be that he would wake up between 6am-7am, which was no problem because I would wake ...
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How should we cope with 12 month old waking in the night?

We are trying to get our 12 month olds sleep routine improved now that both of us will be returning to work. We've been working on getting the settling routine sorted out each night, and haven't ...
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At what age is it safe to have toys in a baby's crib?

I've heard many times that you shouldn't put toys (or pillows or blankets) in a baby's crib while they sleeps, to reduce the risk of accidental suffocation. But I don't remember ever hearing when it ...
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Should we change a wet diaper and risk triggering a night tantrum or leave our son be?

Our 2-year old son is going through a rough period - we have cut his breastfeeding to once daily (before bed) and his sleep pattern is changing and is therefore unpredictable. Lately, he will often ...
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How do I deal with my baby pulling herself up in her crib?

My 6 month old daughter has started to pull herself up to a kneeling or standing position. It's like someone flipped a switch-- she went from not climbing on anything to climbing on everything, all ...
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Why will my baby sleep easily at night, but not nap during the day?

I put my 6-month-old down for the night a little while ago. She was awake when I put her down, and less than ten minutes later with no crying, she was dead asleep. I try this during the day, and she ...
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How can I help my pre-schooler to relax and fall asleep?

Our 5-year-old has trouble going to sleep at night. If we put her to bed at 8, she might not fall asleep until 10 or 11, then sleep in until 9 the next day. She'll lay in bed and try to go to sleep, ...
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Is crib use (mostly) universal?

We have friends who decided against a crib in favor of a futon mattress on the floor. This idea came from the book Montessori from the Start. The benefits for the baby are that they aren't confined ...
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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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What are the (dis)advantages of parents and children sharing a bedroom?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of parents sleeping in the same room as their child(ren)? For both parents and child(ren)? Until what age (months? years?) would you prefer to have your ...
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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 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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What are good techniques to reduce separation anxiety?

What are good techniques to reduce/wean separation anxiety? My child cries when her mother or I leave the room, even to go to the adjacent room, or upstairs to get something. Most disruptively, she ...
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Is it dangerous for a child to sleep with the head hanging?

I have never been worried about our 2yo sleeping half sitting with the head hanging. However today I met a person with really strong beliefs that it may cause neck injuries later in life. Is there ...
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How can we end nighttime 'comfort' nursing?

My wife and I are just finishing up a 4 week trip home to visit the grandparents (we live in Australia, they in North America). We have introduced the unfortunate habit in our 10 month old daughter ...