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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Toddler requires Mom or Dad to stay in the room to fall asleep

My toddler refuses to go to sleep without my wife or myself sitting or lying next to his bed. Background - My son is about 2.5 years old. His birthday is in October. He has been sleeping in a toddler ...
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23 month old twins disturbing each other at bed time

We have 23 month old twin boys (I'll call them C&D) whom we have about 2 months ago transitioned away from a crib by taking away one side and creating an enclosure of sort (about 12 x 12 feet) ...
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How can I get my 12-month baby to sleep in her bed?

My 12-month baby doesn't want to fall asleep in her own bed. We could do it in her rocking cot, but now it's too small, and currently we get her to sleep outside of bed, but every time she wakes up ...
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Starting new feeding/sleep schedule for 6 month old

My 6 month old grandson has no feeding/ sleep schedule. he was born 3 weeks early. 5 lbs. My daughter in law , Liz is breastfeeding. The Dr. told her to feed as often as possible to get his weight ...
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5 year old. Still needs us to fall asleep

We never successfully got our child to fall asleep on their own. We would always have to be in the room. Now she's five and still needs us in the room. We need to either hold her hand or run her back. ...
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My 2 Yr Old Son Won't Sleep

I have a 2 yr old son who wont sleep more then 2 hrs a night. I've done the CIO (cry it out) which only means he gets up and goes into my bedroom and wakes me up, Bath time before bed, reading before ...
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Getting used to Stomach Sleeping

My daughter is going to be 5 months. She has recently started to turn herself over onto her side and that is how she likes to sleep. She then in her sleep rolls onto her stomach and sleeps on her ...
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sleeping schedule of 2year baby is messed [duplicate]

my 2 year old baby's sleeping scheduled has mismanaged from 1 month. he sleeps the whole day (i.e. in morning 8am to 4 pm) then sleeps at 9 or 10 pm but wakes up after 1 or 2 hours and then dont sleep ...
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What light colors will help calming down before bedtime?

I just bought a color led strip (like similar to this one) and installed it so that the ceiling can be lit with any color. We're making experiments on which color would have better effects on calming ...
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Should we let our toddler cry herself to sleep when she asks for night feeding?

Our daughter just turned 2 and it has been since 8 months since she has been weaned off breast milk. She now drinks whole milk. On some nights she sleeps through the night but on some nights she wakes ...
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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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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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3-year-old sleep issues

Our 3YO takes about an hour to get to sleep every night. We start the nighttime ritual at around 8pm (brush teeth, kiss goodnight, read story, lights out, go to sleep). She requires us to be in the ...
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How to calm a toddler before bedtime?

I don't know about older children, but toddlers often get more agitated as they get more tired and by the time they are in bed it can take a while before they actually sleep. I often read that taking ...
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Do Soothies cause nipple confusion?

My wife and I had our first 6 days ago and have been having a lot of trouble to get him to sleep at night. We were exclusively breastfeeding until we found we needed to supplement a bit to get him ...
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1 year old baby won't eat in day, drinks milk all night

My baby boy is almost a year old and most of the time doesn't want to eat his food. He occasionally has a good meal but most of the time just messes around, throwing food on the floor, spitting out ...
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Should I allow my 19 year old son to sleep during the day?

My son is 19 years old, he is a computer science student and has just finished college and is awaiting his grades. In September he will be going to University if he gets the needed grades which he is ...
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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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Toddler crying in the early morning

I have a 2 years old toddler who cries constantly in the early morning (typically 2am-4am) for a long period of time (over 1 hour) if not longer. This consistently happens 3-4xs a week! When my ...
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How can I stop my two year old from taking off his diaper in bed?

Recently, my two-year-old son has been taking off his diaper at nap time. It's usually full and dirty and makes a big mess. He has managed to do it while wearing all types of pants (even overalls). ...
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Should I let my toddler sleep late when he is ill?

My two-year-old is a great sleeper. It can take him a while to get to sleep after we put him to bed (what with all the singing and bear conversations that go on after we've left the room), but he will ...
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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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When is it safe to start using a duvet?

When we brought our son home form hospital, all the advice from the midwives and health visitors was that we should not use a duvet whist he was small, and instead should use either sleep sacks (like ...
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What are some do's and dont's for an effective bedtime ritual?

I think most parents agree that it's helpful to follow some fixed ritual when putting a child to bed. What elements in such rituals are particularly useful, and what should be avoided? There are ...
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3 year old won't get out of bed without assistance?

I seem to have the opposite problem to what everyone else has. My kid sleeps well. He stays in bed well.. too well. In the morning he can hear activity and everyone talking yet he will not get out of ...
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How can I get my 13 month old to eat better and sleep through the night?

My child is 13 months old. She is breast fed, eats solids but doesn't eat a lot during supper time. Apparently she eats well at day care. She wakes 3 to 4 times at night and sometimes every hour. ...
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Toddler scream at night during sleep, but she does not wake up

My 19months old daughter, who sleeping between me and my wife, screams (for once or few times) during nighttime/sleeptime but she not waking up. just scream..... around 2 - 4am and her normal sleep @ ...
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How to teach 7 month old twins naps after lunch?

We have twin girls, 7 month of corrected age (premies). Both get tired and cranky after lunch. We have read that kids need regular schedules and that we should teach them to take a nap in their bed ...
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My 2 year old wont sleep through the night

From the time he was born, my son has never been a good sleeper, but he's never been as bad as he is now and I am really losing my patience with him. I've tried everything and nothing seems to work. ...
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What techniques can I use to get my six-year-old out of bed and dressed for school?

In the morning I have to wrestle my six-year old girl to get her to remove her Doona (Duvet/Comforter/Quilt). Then I have to wrestle her to get her up and get her clothes on. I feel like she should ...
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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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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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Why would a child choose to sleep on the floor?

My five year-old daughter has been sleeping on the floor lately. We've asked her why, but this is one of those situations where she's not very self-aware, and you have to probe to get to the bottom ...
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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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what is going on with the 2 mo old morning struggle?

2 mo old baby - sleeps very well at night, 6 -7 hours with 1 feeding, then immediately slumps over again. He does this thing in the morning around 6,7am, where he is all squirming all over, his face ...
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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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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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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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7 month old wants to sleep on its belly — is it safe?

We have two 7 month olds (10 month premies). One of the girls wants to turn on her belly during the night. She seems to like that better than sleeping on her back. However, we heard that sudden ...
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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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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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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 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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Can cold weather cause a potty trained child to wet the bed again?

My four year old daughter has not wet the bed in about a year. A few nights ago (on an unexpectedly cold night) she did. There are several questions here about bed wetting and regression, but I'm ...
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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 can I be awoken from sleep without waking newborn in the same room?

I have a tech support job that requires me to be paged (via sms) at various times in the night. I have a somewhat subtle ringtone that slowly increases in volume but I'm still concerned that it may ...
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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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What can help a seven year old boy cope with night terrors and being constantly afraid?

My son used to be very independent little boy without any fears. In the last two years his night terrors and fears have gotten out of control. He dreams about robots, house fires, tornadoes. The ...