Questions tagged [sleep]

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

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How to make a 3.5-year-old stop deliberately waking up her 1-year-old sister?

We've got two daughters of 3.5 (B) and 1 (L) years, respectively. B's behaviour is sometimes a bit reminiscent of what was described in someone else's earlier question. The particular issue/situation ...
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How many hours per day should a three and a half year old sleep? [duplicate]

And what night-time/midday nap split? Please quote sources. I have Weissbluth but have difficulty parsing any proscriptive advice out of it.
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How to help my 3-year-old who wakes up at night in fear of a bug biting his leg (again)?

My child is 3 years and 2 months old. In the last two weeks, I have seen his behaviour change - he wakes up crying around 2 am, shaking and not allowing his leg to be touched, not wanting a blanket, ...
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How to entertain (or keep in bed) a 5-year-old who gets up at 5am?

We have two girls: Elise, who is 2 and is decidedly an evening person: running and bouncing and laughing and playing until 7 or 8 PM if she can get away with it (which she can't, we want her in bed ...
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How to help a 6-month-old who won't soothe in the crib?

TL;DR Version How do people get a 6-month-old to soothe without picking them up? Has this actually ever worked for anyone? We are on baby #2 and it seems like a myth? Long Form Version We are on ...
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How to help a 1-year-old sleep for longer than 1.5 to 2 hours at a time when we only have one bedroom?

My 1-year-old son is only sleeping for 1.5 - 2 hours at a time. He is breastfed and we co-sleep. I have seen similar posts on here and they recommended gentle sleep training and I have come to the ...
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How to wean a 1-year-old of breastfeeding, especially night feeds?

I have a nearly 1-year-old boy who is currently enjoying solids a lot. He'll normally eat all of his dinner, which is whatever we are having, and a lot of the time he'll also finish his big brother's ...
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How to get a 1-year-old to sleep through?

We've got a boy who is nearly a year old. He's woken practically every night. He is breastfed, and is currently eating solids very well. Down to a couple of breastfeeds a day really. However, he ...
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How to help my 4-year-old get back to sleep in the middle of the night?

My 4-year-old son gets up every night to go to the bathroom. When he goes back to bed, he has trouble falling back asleep and will either talk, sing or play until he does and that sometimes takes ...
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What to do about our 18-month-old crying screaming with eyes closed for an hour?

Our 18-month-old boy has been crying/screaming in his sleep. A lot of sleeping issues. We will try and wake him up. But he continues to cry/scream with his eyes closed for up to an hour after "waking ...
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How to make my toddler stop crying every night?

I have a 15-month-old daughter. Since birth, she has been crying every night around the same time with her eyes closed. I haven't had a real good sleep at night since she's been here. I've had ...
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One year old tends to wake up a lot in the night demanding breast

My son has turned year old last week and for the past month or so he's been sleeping less in his bed and is more agitated in the night. Our current tuck in protocol is between 19:00 and 20:00 (...
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Is my toddler's sleep pattern normal or does he sleep too much? [closed]

My 2.5-year-old son's sleep pattern has drastically changed the last couple of weeks. Now he generally goes to sleep about 10pm, sleeps through until 9am or a bit later. He is only awake for about 4 ...
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Why does our 7 month old wake up every 2 hours at night?

... and what can we do about it? We breastfeed, so it’s normal that she feeds regularly at night, but two out of three times, this kid wakes up just to be held and rocked for thirty seconds and then ...
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How to help a 3 year old to sleep better?

My 3 year old doesn't go to sleep until late after 11pm and wakes up by 7.30am. Is this ok? She sleeps for 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon until 5pm. Since birth she hasn't slept properly.
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Does sleep-talk with toddlers work?

Is there any scientific research that proves sleep-talk (reading affirmations to a child when the child sleeps) works? The promoters such as these https://gouldingprocess.com/ already say it does, ...
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My 8 months old son not sleeping

I hope someone can help us with our sleeping problems. My son was always sleeping on his back, but at around 6 months, he discovered that he can turn around to his belly, and he likes it so much that ...
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My baby stays awake and plays until 4 am

I'm trying to set a sleeping schedule for my 1-year-old daughter. The last three days she was waking up at 8 and sleeps at 9 with two naps in between and it was perfect. But for no obvious reason she ...
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My 2-year-old son is crying at midnight and keeps crying every five minutes till early morning

For the past three days my 2-year-old boy keeps crying at midnight till early morning 6 or 7 am every five minutes and not opening his eyes. We were really worried what could be the reason. He keeps ...
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1 year old keeps waking up at 3 am

In the last month or so, our 13 month old has woken up around 3 am and been vehemently against going back to sleep. It's sort of a combination of being against being put back to bed and being very ...
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Cousin (1 year and 9 months) won’t stop yelling and crying every 5 minutes during his sleep. What could be the reason?

My cousin's parents are on a trip at the moment and they left my cousin with my aunt, since they have this people above 3 years old only rule when it comes to travelling, since someone under that age ...
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2 year old demands milk midnight

my younger son turned 2 in June, he has a sleep issue that worries me and my wife. He fells asleep at late hour like 10pm every night only after long cuddling. He always wakes up around 3am ...
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How to get rid of the night feed (dream feed)? Baby won't sleep through the night without it

The baby is almost 12 months old. She has 2 naps a day (sometimes 3), can usually sleep through the night and her evening schedule is approximately: 04:00 PM wake up from nap, and have fruit or baby ...
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My 2.5-year-old wakes up and whines for hours

My 2-year-old wakes up in the middle of the night and whines for an hour or two and won't tell me why or go back to sleep. I have to work and this can't keep happening. Also I am worried about him.
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What to do about my toddler's fixation on the smell of her mother’s hair?

I would like to help my 2-year-old daughter sleep without smelling and pulling my wife's hair. Every night, my wife gets nervous and headaches, as our daughter pulls her hair for at least 30 minutes. ...
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Can an infant choke on spit-up?

I have a 5 week old daughter. She spits up after feeding sometimes (especially if she feeds too much in one sitting). We have been worried about her choking on the spit-up. Especially in the night ...
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How to make the preschooler tired enough to go to bed?

She is 5 years old. Stays in daycare till 17 30. Sleeps in daycare from 14 00 to 15 00. Watches TV from 18 00 to 19 30. After that she plays in the house on her own till 23 30. We wake her up at 9 ...
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Bottles at night are bad for teeth but what about breastfeeding?

I’d say that most people know that putting kids to bed with a bottle of milk will cause tooth decay but what about older babies and toddlers who fall asleep at the breast? My daughter is the most ...
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Kid standing up in crib but unable to get back down, affecting sleep

Our 10-month old child up until recently slept pretty well. We had an established nighttime routine that she reasonably quickly adapted to and eventually (by about 5 months?) went to sleep without ...
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Anxiety, Anger, and Major Sleep Issues in 2.5 Year Old Following Long Holiday – Is This Normal?

We went to Australia from Canada for two months to visit (and stay with) family when our son was 2.25 years old. He is now 2.5 years old. Now he is terrified to go to sleep, screams if we leave him (...
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How can I educate my 2.5 year old daughter to be quiet when my other 8 month old is sleeping during the day?

Should I punish her? With saying you can't play with your toys? I don't think that would work! Should I be quiet and when she yells...quietly tell her honey if we yell he will wake up? I did that, ...
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Can I use one time use puppy pads for toddler potty training while they sleep at night?

I'm starting to potty train my child at 20 months by not sleeping with a diaper on. It gets tiring to change / wash the bed sheets every night. I was thinking of using disposable one time use puppy ...
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How to make an 11-month-old, who wakes up multiple times at bedtime, sleep at night?

We have an 11-month-old infant. H has never been a good sleeper. We have tried everything and nothing has worked. Right now, we put him in bed around 7:30PM (after bedtime routine) he typically ...
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Is it normal for a 16-month-old to always wake up at the same time no matter what?

I have a 16-month-old daughter. I'm 5 months pregnant with her baby brother. No matter what time I put her down for bed she wakes up at 12:30 am. I've tried putting her in bed at 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 ...
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Why does my 12-month-old baby gravitate towards my side at night, even though he prefers his mother overall?

I am aware that a child preferring one parent over the other is nothing unusual. My son mostly has a bias for his mother. She can suite him more easily, put him to sleep a lot more easily and he ...
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Is it common practice to keep a 13-day-old awake for longer during the day, so she will sleep longer at night?

Our 13-day-old has not been sleeping well at night, but she sleeps fine during the day. She is breastfed and apparently in perfect health. One theory was for my wife to cut out dairy, but there has ...
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Do babies have difficulty to fall asleep after playing?

If you play with a baby before putting him to sleep, will he have difficulty falling asleep? What about if the baby is crawling playfully around the house and me is playfully chasing him around and ...
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Make a newborn baby (less than one month) sleep at night

My son was born on 26th January this year. My wife currently cannot breastfeed, so during his time in hospital he was fed every 3 hours: 0:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00, 21:00 with Nestle ...
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Bedtime for 12-13 year old girl

My 12-13 daughter currently goes to bed at 9:00 PM but lately she's been asking to go to bed at a later time, like 9:30 or 10:00 PM. I know she'll be starting high school soon and might need a later ...
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Value of pacifier as a young infant's sleep aid?

There seems to be no consensus among baby-sleep experts on the value of the pacifier; some sources consider it a good sleep association (akin to swaddling and white noise), others see it as a hassle ...
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Son screams in crib at the top of his lungs until Mom comes in

My toddler son has recently discovered how to scream at the top of his lungs, it seems. It sounds like he's being murdered or something. When he cries and wants something, he does this usually now. ...
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Child would not let me put her to sleep

Our child, 20 months old now, no longer lets me put her to sleep in the evening. We used to alternate with the mom and both cherish this part of parenting. It was fine -- we both followed the same ...
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Three-year-old back from 3-night hospital stay

Our son recently returned home following three nights in the hospital with pneumonia. He's healthy, but the experience seems to have changed him, at least temporarily: He spent his entire time in ...
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Three month old only sleeps 10-11 hours a day [closed]

Our third seems to be way more active than average baby (comparing to the previous two), all and all he hits his developmental goals so far very well. One thing that worries me is his sleep. He ...
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Is it OK for 2.5 yrs old to sleep 9 hours night + 1 hour day nap?

My daughter sleeps from 10pm-7am every night and usually takes 1 hour nap in the nursery. If she misses her nap, she'll go to bed early. So overall, getting 10 hour a day. NHS (UK) recommends 11.5 ...
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How can we 'gracefully' stop taking our 5yo for a late-night toilet visit every night?

We have a 5 year old daughter, L. Her development is normal, she is a bright, happy girl with perfect daytime continence. She has no problem using the toilet entirely unattended. However, we have a ...
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1 year old toddler changes pattern of sleep

I just noticed a recent change of sleeping pattern of my 2nd son, who is now 1 year and 3 month old. To be accurate the change started about 1 week ago. Before that he used to turn in right away ...
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1 month old, worried about overfeeding and sleep association

The baby is one month old. She is bottle fed with mostly breast milk. We feed on demand and keep a log. While the timing is somewhat predictable - every 1.5 to 2 hours during the day and 3-4 hours ...
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My child starts crying in the middle of night

When our 15-month-old child goes to sleep without playing enough or when she sleeps after crying, she cries in the middle of the night. I don't know if the mentioned cause are probable to be exact or ...
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What is the cause (or solution) to 10-min apart awakenings of 15 month old?

Father here of a child about 15 months old who has never been a great sleeper but has been improving over time. Notable parameters are: 1) very regular routine for naps and sleep, 2) still nursing, ...