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

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How should you help your baby learn to sleep without being rocked to sleep?

My newborn daughter has a strong need to be held and rocked to sleep. In this answer, Dan notes that it is important to help your child learn how to fall asleep without being rocked to sleep. At what ...
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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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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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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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My baby buries her face on the mattress before sleep

My 6-month old baby now prefers to sleep on her tummy or her side, but she has some strange behavior prior. She buries her face on the mattress, moves her buttocks up and down (a bit like a ...
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Wi-Fi baby monitor with local and remote viewing [closed]

I am thinking about buying a wifi camera like DropCam - for remote monitoring. However, I am quite worried about having to do a complete round trip to the Clound and back just to watch the live feed ...
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How can I get a toddler I care for during the day to take a nap?

I care for a 11 month old baby who has two weeks where they arrive at 5:30am and then 2 weeks they arrive at 1pm. For the 5:30 shift, the baby should be going to sleep. The mom had said it was ...
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What are the tradeoffs to consider between monitor systems with dedicated screens and mobile-based ones (iPhone, android, etc.)

We've been using motorola's monitor system for some time, which comes with both monitors and cameras, and can be expanded with their proprietary devices. (You can add another camera and see both on ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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How important is “at night time” as part of a newborn's feeding schedule?

Now that we have conquered jaundice, our doctor has shifted our breast-fed two-week-old daughter's feeding schedule from "every two hours; wake her; no exceptions" to "every two hours; wake her; you ...
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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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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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At what age get a child to stop using pullups at night? [merged]

At what age get a child to stop using pullups at night? And how do you encourage a child and give them the confidence to try sleeping without one? I know one OK way is telling them it's Ok to wet the ...
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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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Does sleep training make sense for a baby with intermittent sleep difficulty?

We are pretty lucky as far as sleep goes. We have a 6 month old who generally sleeps through the night. ...except that when going down to sleep (unless she's completely wiped out) she cries and we ...
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possible disadvantages of being very silent when baby sleeps

Is there a disadvantage if the parents try to be very very silent when the baby is sleeping? For example making sure that TV and mobiles are muted, no dish or clothes washing is taking place and all ...
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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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Napping and early waking?

A child (3 years 10 months) wakes every morning at 5am. When he is with me he has a midday nap which can last 3 hours. He is clearly tired when he wants to nap, and if he wakes too early from his nap ...
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15 month old waking in the night, screaming and hysterical

My 15 month old has suddenly started waking at night crying. We go into her room to try to comfort her, and sometimes bring her into bed with us, but our presence seems to make things worse. Sometimes ...
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1 year old stays up late at night

My parents have raised some concerns about our 1 yo child going to sleep late in the evening (typically 10:30 pm, sometimes later if she struggles going to sleep). A typical day : she doesn't go to ...
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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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Trouble in parenting a 30 months boy

My wife and I have serious problems in parenting our 30 months boy. We have a very stubborn child, he refused to follow any kind of routine in sleeping, eating, screening times (TV and so), or ...
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My ten month old boy wakes up three times a night for milk - How can I night wean my baby without a struggle?

I am weaning my 10 month old boy. We seem to do well during the daytime. But during the night-time he cries a lot until I breastfeed him. How can I night wean my baby without a struggle? I have ...
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Need help with snacking/catnapping 5 month old!

My son will be 5 months old next week and since about 3 months old (when he entered the ‘wakeful’ period) has gotten into the bad habit of snacking and catnapping, as well as feeding to sleep. He’ll ...
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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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Bad baby dreams?

Sometimes my 5.5 month old will randomly cry, sometimes scream, while he's sleeping. He doesn't wake up. Just cries/screams for a second, then goes back to peacefulness. Is he having bad dreams or ...
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3yo need to hold my hands to sleep during the night

I used to hold my son's hands when he was 2-3months for helping him sleep longer at night, but I never knew it will give him a habit to MUST sleep with my hands. I don't mind to hold his hands to ...
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2 month old does not sleep at night

My 2 month old son is sleeping more during during the day. In the night he starts his sleep only from 5 am. I am breastfeeding him. I also give formula thrice in a day, once in the evening and two ...
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4s in winding down time, what is sitting?

This question goes to the people who have read the "Baby whisperer" where the author talks about the 4s of winding down. The 3rd S is "sitting". It's not clear what that means. "Sit with him quietly ...
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How to handle baby waking up while sleep training

I've read that at 3 months you can start to try and train your child to sleep through the night. My child starts squirming and making little sounds (not crying) in the middle of the night still. I've ...
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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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Suggestions for 16month old who cries horribly and bangs his head when put down for a nap

My son has never been good at going down for naps. But lately he is getting so bad that he sometimes skips them and I am also afraid he is going to hurt himself as he purposely throws himself at the ...
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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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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 ...
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Should I wake my 8.5 month old for feeding at night?

Our little one is 8 and a half months old, has started on solids at least twice a day, and is mostly breastfed. We are also slowing converting her to formula feeds to help my wife transition back to ...
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How to continue with removing breastfeeding at night

Our daughter is just two and a bit. My wife still breastfeeds a lot. Our nights aren't particularly great. Our arrangement was that usually I sleep in one room and my wife and daughter in the other ...
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How do I get my 4 month old to nap longer than 15 mins

I can't seem to get my 4 month old boy to settle in his cot for naps. I have had to feed him to sleep, hold him for a while and then transistion him to his cot - in which he would just wake up 15 mins ...
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Children screaming and crying while sleeping

I am a working woman and a single mother. The last few days my child has become distressed while sleeping; she is 6 years old. She will start crying out as if in pain at night and though I always ...
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My 3 year old goes to sleep very late

My 3year old boy is having sleeping problems. He was always a late sleeper falling asleep around 9:00, but for the last couple of months he has so much energy at bedtime, running around, shouting and ...
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3 year old, huge problems sleeping (nap or bedtime); wont calm down to relax

My daughter is 3 years old. She has always had a bit of trouble sleeping; she will nap during the daytime because it is sunny out still. But for bed time, as it's dark, she puts the two together and ...
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How to help a toddler go to sleep on their own?

Our toddler is 2 and half, and has just started to become difficult at bedtimes. We have always given her milk and held her until she goes to sleep. Once she goes off, she usually sleeps very well. ...
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How to get baby back to sleep throughout the night without needing his bottle

I have a 6.5 month old son. For a while I wasn't having him sleep in his crib just because he refused to do it. The past few weeks he will sleep in his crib half of the night and then normally his ...
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14 mo old cries everyday at night even when being held

My son has always had difficulty falling asleep. He sleeps with us and we usually pat or rock him to sleep. Every night he cries for atleast 5 mins before he stops fighting and drifts off to sleep. We ...
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At what age will babies start resisting sleep?

One of the books I'm reading, "Your Baby Week by Week" by Simone Cave and Dr Caroline Fertleman, states in week 6: "As your baby becomes more sociable, he'll start to resist falling asleep because ...
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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 ...