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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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Transferring a sleeping infant from my arms to his bed

Slowly and carefully. With my kids the usual points were: Too soon. When the baby is not fully asleep, they tend to wake up. Wait for the "ragdoll state", limp arms and legs, deeper breathing and ...
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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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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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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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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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How to approach of a child suffering from a potential sleep disorder?

First, how lucky you are to experience no nightmares. Most people experience nightmares commonly. When one understands some of the purposes of dreaming, it's not really a surprise. Second, your ...
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Is the sleep training over after they sleep for half an hour?

You will find vastly different opinions on this, but I think four months is awfully young to let kids cry themselves to sleep. I know it's hard -- it's extremely hard, and with twins it's more than ...
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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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How to help a 3-year-old, who is resisting bedtime very aggressively, sleep at night?

It seems to me from your question that a few things could be going on. Is he not tired? If he is still taking naps, he may not need them any more, or his bedtime is too early. He might need less ...
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My 12-month-old baby wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning. What should I do?

Go to bed earlier, get up at 5am and be glad it's not 2 am. Your baby may just be a morning person or he could be teething or have a wet/dirty diaper or many other things. If you put your baby down at ...
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Toddler going to sleep very late

In my experience, getting a toddler ready for bed starts the minute they wake up from their nap. They have so much energy, it's up to you to make sure it gets burned up at the right pace to ensure ...
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Preparing quality bedtime stories

Since you don't provide an age, there are a few different guidelines based on age. For children under about eight or nine months, stories primarily serve the purpose of hearing the parent's voice, as ...
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1-month baby crying when on floor

Your question covers a few points, which is usually discouraged here but as you are a new parent and new to this site I'll let it slip. A few suggestions: If your baby always cries when in a ...
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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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My 12-month-old baby wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning. What should I do?

One thing about sleep is that it is quite food related. We have a "7am is morning" rule, so breakfast is about 7:30am but in the past when we've let breakfast slip earlier, whichever one is a baby at ...
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1 Year Old Wakes Up Screaming Multiple Times A Night

One thing worth doing is adjust the sleeping environment. Reduce the number of soft toys to just their favourite, but make sure that one's in bed every night. Drop the light and noise level by ...
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Transferring a sleeping infant from my arms to his bed

I come from a family whose tradition is Native American. Before cradling the child to put him or her to sleep, we swaddle the babe tightly to contribute to a sense of security. This also cuts down on ...
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Does sleep training make sense for a baby with intermittent sleep difficulty?

This is just a personal opinion, but a 6 month old is still a very tiny baby who needs your presence and affection a lot of the time. If she sleeps through the night most of the time I'd say you're ...
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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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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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