Time for a Nap

Baby Sleep Solutions

  • Pull down the shades and dim the lights. Babies sleep best in a cool, dark room removed from the distraction of daily activities.
  • Bring on the noise. Dr. Harvey Karp, a Parents advisor and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block book and DVD, suggests running "white noise" to promote sleep -- a fan, an air filter, or best of all, a CD that plays the pulsating sounds of the uterus. This steady background hum will calm your baby and screen out outside sounds.
  • Go decaf. If you're breastfeeding, avoid beverages that contain caffeine.
  • Use music. Make a mix of baby's favorite sleepy-time tunes. Beth Halper, a mom from Los Angeles, dances her 10-month-old to sleep to the strains of "Both Sides Now" by Joni Mitchell. "As soon as it comes on, she starts yawning," says Halper.

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