What can I do to help my baby sleep at night?

Q: MY daughter is 3 months old. She will sleep for half an hour, then gets up crying loudly..then it will take 5-10 min to calm her down...then she will start playing...then again she will sleep for half an hour and get up crying. The whole day and night she does this same thing. What can I do to help her sleep calmly?

A: Babies this age can usually sleep for longer stretches than 30 minutes, especially at night.  Be sure that your daughter has a bedtime routine and you can even be sure to start putting her down awake at bedtime, so she learns how to fall asleep on her own.  Babies who fall asleep on their own at bedtime are able to put themselves back to sleep when they naturally awaken during the night.  In addition, contact your daughter’s health care practitioner to be sure that there is nothing else that is disrupting her sleep, such as reflux. 

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