Baby Sleep

“Baby Stop Crying!” – Learning the Secret Language of Babies

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Excerpt from the Updated and Expanded version of “Good Night, Sleep Tight” The Secret Language of Babies Babies have a lot of different cries. I have been fascinated by Priscilla Dunstan’s work on baby sounds, and many families have found it very helpful in understanding their babies’ preverbal communication. Understanding what our little babies are trying to tell us, of course, makes it easier for us to meet their needs….

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Baby Sleep: A Drowsy Baby is a Baby Ready For Bed

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People always ask how they can help their baby sleep. Often in my book, “Good Night, Sleep Tight”, I will instruct you to put your baby down to sleep when she is “drowsy but awake” so she can learn to do that last part of falling asleep on her own. If you have trouble visualizing what “drowsy but awake’ means, imagine a scale of one to ten, one being wide…

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How The Sniffles Can Mess Up Your Toddler and Baby’s Sleep Patterns

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How the Sniffles Can Mess Up Your Toddler and Baby’s Sleep Patterns – Guest Post by Lewis J. Kass, MD For those of us who were forced to take physics in high school or college, you may recall a physical property related to the flow of air through a tube. That property stated that as a tube became more and more narrow, the harder it was for air to flow through…

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A Guide to Getting Baby To Nap at Daycare

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In my work with parents, I constantly stress the need to be consistent. But consistency isn’t always possible if babysitters, nannies, child care centers or grandmas are also involved with your child’s sleep. To the extent possible, work with these other caretakers to develop consistent or at least not wildly incompatible, sleep rules and schedules. Explain my system – and why good sleep is good for your child.  But if…

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Excessive Crying in Babies – A Mother’s Story

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When Joe and I were expecting our first baby we were convinced that I would have a natural birth and that our baby would sleep like an angel in her white bassinette that we had painstakingly prepared. Looking back on it I’m glad that at least the bassinette was prepared because we sure as heck weren’t. It was May 19th, 1999 when my husband and I made our way to…

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My Baby Sleeps – Why Can’t I Sleep?

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After experiencing the usual sleep disruptions that come with having babies and children, some parents find their internal clocks waking them up every few hours, even after the baby sleeps soundly and has learned to stay asleep. Some parents awake with jolts of anxiety when they don’t hear that familiar sound of 2:00 AM tears and wonder if the baby has stopped breathing. (It’s very common, so don’t feel silly.)…

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What are Baby Sleep Aids? Do You Need Them?

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What is a negative baby sleep association? It is a connection a child makes with an action made by an adult to facilitate sleep (a sleep aid). It is referred to as “negative” because it will require the continued re-creation of the sleep association by parent or caregiver each time the child goes to sleep or experiences a partial arousal. Some well known examples include having to nurse, bottle feed,…

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Infant Massage – Ten Steps to a More Peaceful Baby

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Giving your baby an infant massage can help baby relax and drift off to sleep. Have you ever had a massage? The lights are low, soft music gently floats through the air, your thoughts drift as you sink onto a decadently covered surface where you delve into relaxation and begin to part with all of your daily tensions . . . Wow – That was GREAT! Why shouldn’t we offer the…

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You’re Baby Won’t Sleep? Putting Yourself to Sleep is a Learned Skill

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Research shows it takes the average person 15-20 minutes to fall asleep. What do YOU do during this time? Some parents read, take a both, meditate, or watch TV. Children, too, need to find something to help put themselves to sleep – playing with stuffed animals, sucking their thumb, looking at books, twirling their hair, rubbing their blanket, humming, rocking, or babbling. We need to give our children the opportunity…

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“My Baby Will Not Sleep” Is All About Quantity AND Quality Sleep

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First, let’s begin by addressing four of the most coveted words in parenting – “sleeping through the night” – a term most parents long to understand, experience, and feel! Throughout our sleep time, we are constantly transitioning and cycling between light and deep sleep (known as REM and non-REM). During these transition periods, we experience partial arousals – when we wake up, turn over, rearrange our pillows, or go to…

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