Baby Sleep: All About Nap Time
Find out how and when to get babies to sleep during the day.
Baby Sleep: The Importance of Self-Soothing
Teach your baby to fall asleep on his own by helping him practice self soothing.
One of the most important skills a baby can learn is the fine art of falling asleep on his own. In the first 8 to 12 weeks of life, if your baby can do this easily, by all means, start to practice putting him down awake and letting him fall into a deep sleep without your extra help. If, however he seems to really need the extra rocking, body contact or sucking to fall asleep, these early weeks are the ones to give him just that. Babies like adults, go through cycles of deep sleep , light sleep and brief wakings throughout the night. Adults hardly notice these shifts and generally get through a night without disruption. In
Baby Sleep: When to Give Up Nighttime Feedings
At about 4 months of age, babies are physically able to give up their nighttime feedings. At this time, it actually becomes counterproductive to feed your baby in the middle of the night. This is often very hard to believe since up until now, the baby has needed this fuel to make it through the
eliminating that is required during and right after a feeding. The whole digestive system is turned on. This is quite a lot of work for a baby's body to do. What their bodies really need is
Baby Sleep: When to Let Your Baby Cry It Out
Listening to your baby cry it out can be heartbreaking. Here are some tips to make sleep training easier on both you and your baby.
be upset and learn some soothing on his own. Listening to your baby cry if only for 10 minutes out of stretch can be gut-wrenching, but unfortunately it is almost always necessary to endure some crying in order to help your baby learn to soothe himself, fall asleep on his own and sleep through the night. It is important to untangle your emotions from your baby's needs during his critical time. The sound of your baby crying can evoke powerful raw emotions . Listening to your baby cry can stir feelings from childhood. You may remember being afraid of monsters or of the dark or feeling like you needed a
Baby Sleep: Get the Facts
We think of the first 3 months of a baby's life as the fourth trimester, a time of transition from womb to world. In terms of sleep in utero, your baby is used to being gently rocked, continuously fed, warm in the dark and always close to his mother's heartbeat and voice. Up until birth, everything
the world and to make him as comfortable and secure in his new environment as possible. He will need regular day and night feedings and most likely will need help to get and stay asleep. So anything you do to help your little one from nursing to rocking, from swaddling to pacifier, sound machines, bouncing- any methods or devices you come up with that help, you can feel good about. This is not a time to worry about setting up bad habits . Babies vary tremendously even from day 1 about how easy or difficult it is to get them the sleep they need. Some