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How can we get our son to stop sleeping in our bed?

Children have all kinds of reasons for feeling more comfortable in the presence of their parents at night. I can respect that. But you need your sleep and your time with your wife. One option people ...
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My 9-month old baby only sleeps in our arms

I don't really agree with Ferber, but I think there are parts of the approach that can be adapted without as much of the "make your baby cry, and usually the parent also" portion. It's ...
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My 9-month old baby only sleeps in our arms

Your baby is used to being soothed to sleep by you. This is normal (and I believe healthy) in infants and young babies. At some point, however, it's important for babies to learn to self-soothe at ...
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How can we get our son to stop sleeping in our bed?

Our daughter is three years old now and has slept in our bed for about two and a half years. Even now, when she wakes up in the middle of the night, she continues her night at our bed. And like yours, ...
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How can we get our son to stop sleeping in our bed?

Many people around the world sleep with their children. I am not saying you should, but that children are not as disturbed as you are by sex. They seem to ignore it or sleep through it. The point is ...
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Toddler requires Mom or Dad to stay in the room to fall asleep

I think the simple answer is: "This too shall pass." You need to stay with him until he's comfortable not having you with him. He obviously has anxiety around sleeping by himself in his bed. The ...
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Does "Crying it Out" with a 9 month old make sense when in a hotel for a few days?

I think you're right in your concerns about confusing your baby. It's a good idea to wait until you get back from your trip to start sleep training unless you are going the "Extinction with parental ...
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How can we get our son to stop sleeping in our bed?

Our first son had a mattress on the floor in his room. We would do bedtime routines in his room, and when he was asleep, we went to our bedroom. This gave us the privacy we needed. At some point in ...
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How to entertain (or keep in bed) a 5-year-old who gets up at 5am?

We have a son who is a bit like that, though he gets up a bit later. It used to be a problem until he knew how to read. Now he just gets up and quietly sits downstairs reading until the rest of the ...
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Does rocking your infant to sleep negatively impact their ability to self soothe?

Rocking your infant to sleep will not cause harm down the line. Parents often start sleep training well after infancy. There is no critical specific time in development for this to occur, because you ...
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Make a newborn baby (less than one month) sleep at night

First of all, your baby is still very young. At less than one month, it is normal that he needs to be fed around the clock. His stomach is still very small, so he can't really stock up on food! Also ...
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Toddler requires Mom or Dad to stay in the room to fall asleep

I had this issue (still sometimes do) with my littlest son. What worked for us was a little stuffed animal that he picked out. The stuffy substituted for Mom and Dad when he woke up at night. We still ...
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Is it possible to train a 3-month-old breastfed baby to sleep through the night? And if yes, how?

This is one of the cases where every answer should start with: Every child is different. There will always be those that sleep though the night almost from day one and others that need more time. A ...
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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?

It's not your daughter's fault that you brought another person into the house; she should never be punished for that fact alone. Keeping her quiet during that time is your responsibility. So make it ...
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Why does our 7 month old wake up every 2 hours at night?

So first off, it is totally normal for babies to still be waking in the middle of the night, and more frequently than once or twice. However, it's also possible to sleep through the night (barring ...
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What to do about a 11-month-old baby waking up screaming?

The sudden step back might have a physical cause (tooth breaking through, coming down with a fever, stomach cramps from a change of diet, whatever), in which case the problem will be short-lived and ...
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Toddler requires Mom or Dad to stay in the room to fall asleep

For issue number 1: What works best for us is the 'I will be right back' method. We do the following: Put them to bed and sing a song Tell them: I will sit here 5 min, then I will leave. Close your ...
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How to entertain (or keep in bed) a 5-year-old who gets up at 5am?

I sympathize with your sleepless nights... and we all know that hearing someone stirring in the house doesn't allow you to really sleep. But. Now that she's 5 and able to move about freely, perhaps ...
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How to teach a six year old to sleep alone?

Your situation sounds almost exactly like ours. In our case we had endless conflicts trying to get him to sleep on his own. Trying things like moving slightly further from the bed each night etc. ...
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Techniques to handle a stubborn newborn that doesn't want to sleep

I know you are a new Parent. My boy turned 1 yesterday, so I have seen all that you are going through. I think the answer is not in engineering. You need to understand as a human what he is going ...
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Seven month baby won't sleep or nap for short period

From my personal experience, and those of friends, sleep training is a must. My son (now 9 months) did not sleep through the night until he was 7 months, and even then it was only 8 hours. As for his ...
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How to train infants to sleep in bed and in parent’s arms

I wouldn't recommend co-sleeping in the same bed, there are dangers associated with it (http://www.parents.com/advice/babies/sleep/is-it-safe-to-let-my-baby-sleep-in-my-bed/), and it isn't a good long ...
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How to make toddler stay in his own bed at night

Have you tried just repeatedly taking him back to his room each time, but not engaging with him in any way overnight? So pick him up and take him back to his bed, but don't talk or try to reason with ...
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How to get a 1-year-old to sleep through?

TL/DR: Many 1 year olds just are not ready to sleep through. Rather than trying to fix something that is not broken, try to accept how it is and find ways coping with it. Last night he woke at 1am,...
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How to entertain (or keep in bed) a 5-year-old who gets up at 5am?

My 5 year old son is very similar in his wake-up routine. I’ve found a few things that help keep him occupied for a bit longer in the mornings so that I and my daughter can get some more time to sleep....
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How to stop our 2-year-old's bedtime tantrums and make her sleep through the night?

I have no doubt about the value and effectiveness of @Adam Heeg's answer and have upvoted it. Routine, resolve, and realistic expectations are key. However, it might be hard to go "cold turkey" with ...
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How to begin sleep training with a 2 year old?

Patience in sleep training is critical. You're setting up a routine, and that takes a lot of time. My first note would be that sleep training at home is not necessarily related to sleep at nursery. ...
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My 9-month old baby only sleeps in our arms

You are putting her from your warm arms (and your warm chest) in a relatively cold crib. Put a warm blanket in the crib first. You could put the blanket on the heating or so to war up. So the drop in ...
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Techniques to handle a stubborn newborn that doesn't want to sleep

As a scientist 😉 I think it is important to understand what is happening and act accordingly. A newborn cannot be trained - they are not at that level of mental development yet, this will come in... ...
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