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

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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 to remove electronics and shift sleep schedule of 6-year old?

I started taking care of my grandchild when she was still 7 months old. During her first day to 6 months old she was with her father and my daughter. Sadly, their relationship didn't last. Right now, ...
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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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11 month old wakes multiple times at bedtime

Our baby 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 falls asleep right away in his ...
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Toddler sleeping problems

My daughter is 16 months old and 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 pm and even as late as 11:30 pm and no ...
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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, ...
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Newborn baby sleeps a lot, cries little and less animated [closed]

I am a new parent; my first baby is 10 days old. There is something that stuck in my head from the first days that I would like to have your advises about my baby: He did not cry when he was born; ...
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Putting a toddler to sleep and have him continue to sleep

We have a 2 year old son. He's wonderful and we love him very much. There are two problems that we have... 1 - I am his father. I have very rarely put him to sleep by myself. I'd like to help my ...
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4 years old violently shaking head when sleeping

I'm a proud parent of a wonderful 4 years old boy. He's healthy, smart and kind. Nonetheless, my wife and I have been struggling with a sleeping disorder since is first year. When falling asleep (or ...
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Strategies for 2-year-olds who play in bed instead of relaxing

For most of his life our toddler had no issue settling down to sleep on his own (in fact leaving him alone in a crib was the only way, as an infant, we could get him to sleep, and it worked reliably; ...
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Our 3 month old wakes up almost every hour through the night and wants to breastfeed only to wake up again 1 hour to half hour later [duplicate]

We are new parents to our first baby boy. When we got home from the hospital 3 1/2 months ago, our baby cried a lot when put down, and just wanted to be held. He hated swaddling so after trying every ...
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My 7 year old will not sleep

I have an 7 year old will be 8 soon and she will not go to sleep. I put her to bed and she says she is not tired and is constantly getting up and will lay awake for hours. When she finally does sleep ...
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6 and 9 year old having sudden sleep problems

We have a 6 year old son and 9 year old daughter. Up until a few weeks ago they very rarely had issues going to bed or staying in bed. Suddenly they seem to be suffering from severe anxiety over ...
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Music that helps a baby to sleep

I am wondering if it is practical to play music that helps a baby to sleep. If it is, which is your favourite?
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Frequent night wakings - what can be done to help a mobile poor sleeper

I am a sleep deprived mum of a 9 1/2 month old boy. He's otherwise a smiley, healthy and seems to be on the top percentile for both weight and height for his age. So he doesn't seem to be sleep ...
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Strange sleeping behavior of 9 month old

My 9 month old has never been a good sleeper (never slept through the night), but in recent 2 weeks it's gotten worse. Here's a typical sleeping patter: 6:45PM - After washing and reading, put her ...
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Does my toddler have night terrors or anything else? [duplicate]

My daughter is 2 years and 7 months old. Sometimes at night, she starts crying badly during sleep and wakes up, but does not stop crying. She calls me mama mama and when I hold her she never stops ...
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Eight-week-old baby sleeping through the day and active at night

Our baby girl goes full eyes open at 10:30-11 PM and needs be walked around to calm down. She gets restless and cries the moment she is on the co-sleeper. Holding AND walking her is the only way to ...
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Is a four hour long drive too much for a 9.5 month old?

Am thinking of driving her, with my wife in the backseat next to her car seat, to my in laws, who lives 4 hours away by car for July 4th weekend. Obviously we'll be bringing all the essentials: ...
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5 months old breast-fed baby is regressing on her sleeping pattern after given formula milk

I have been sharing about my baby sleep's problem 2 months ago, but now things have taken a worse turn from what I can tell. My baby is now 5 months old. We feel that it's time to reduce the ...
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1 year old crying several times a night - pain?

I know similar questions have been asked, but mines slightly different again, and I'm exhausted. I've got a 1 year old, he's got almost 12 teeth (4 molars), he's been pretty constipated from Nurofen. ...
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Both parents are exhausted from 6.5 month old child waking up every hour at night

Our 6.5 month old used to sleep well; put up/put down. She'd fall asleep on her own at around 8pm only to wake up once for feeding. She would then wake up around 5:30am to then be held to sleep till 7:...
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Toddler wakes many times in night

My nearly 2 1/2 year old daughter has now started waking up during the night mostly after 1am and waking into our room. We recently took down the cot side rail (it was one of those that converts into ...
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How ( or is it possible) to train a 3 month old breastfed baby to sleep through the night?

My wife is breastfeeding our 3 month old baby. The baby will wake up every 2-3 hours to be fed. So she won't be sleeping through the night. I wonder whether is it possible to train a 3 month old ...