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Baby Sleep

Surviving the 4th Trimester

This is it. 12 weeks. The end of the "fourth trimester." I just looked back at my blog about Charlie at 12 weeks and confirmed that this is when we were starting to emerge from the baby cave and blink into the light.  Things were definitely starting to get easier. Julia was almost potty trained…I was fitting back into my pre-pregnancy pants…Charlie was starting to sleep through the night…

Your Child’s Sleep Issues: Everyone’s Problem, Your Fault

“Your baby's sleep troubles are quite possibly your fault, but no one can tell you what you're doing wrong. Sweet dreams!” writes Paul Tough, tongue-in-cheek, in last weekend’s New York Times Magazine.

Ah, that’s cute. Let’s reduce this offensive, angst-ridden topic to the basics as I have observed them:

Getting enough sleep makes parents and children positive, open-minded and better able to cope with the challenges of daily existence.

Swaddling Tips

Multiple studies show that swaddling your newborn may help her wake less at night, sleep longer and calm her crying.

Nap Time for Baby

At first, your newborn will likely fall asleep whenever and wherever he wants. “His governing factors are sleep and hunger, and they override everything else,” says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., author of Sleeping Through the Night (2005). You won’t get him on a nap schedule yet, but you should make sure he wakes for feedings every few hours during the day. When he’s 3 months old, you can start to get serious about snoozing.

Active Kids Sleep Better

Children who don't actively move around or exercise during the day take longer to fall asleep, the BBC reports. A new study found that for every hour a child is inactive, it takes an extra three minutes for them to drift off and catch some z's.

Crying It Out

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No, I don’t. I think the best, most loving approach is to feed and cuddle a child whenever he wakes up and continue doing so for as long as it works for the family.

The Best Baby Gear: Worth a Splurge

Finding Your Rhythm

You know you're in a good groove when your day goes like this: The baby takes a long morning nap and you have time to shower and read the paper. You get to have coffee with a friend while the baby gurgles happily in her stroller beside you. Later in the day you play with the baby while she gets “tummy time.” By 7 p.m., she’s down for the night.

Sweet Dreams

“Why isn’t my baby sleeping?” is the No. 1 question new parents ask, says Jill Spivack, M.S.W., of Childsleep, a pediatric sleep practice in Los Angeles.

One reason your child might be having difficulty staying settled at night is that she is approaching a developmental milestone, Spivack says. Those exciting “firsts,” from rolling over to sitting up, can shake up a sleep routine. Here’s help:

Your Baby's Sleep

You know how good it feels to get a full night’s sleep: You awake refreshed and ready to face the world. But while adults usually prefer a seven- or eight-hour stretch, newborns typically sleep in two- to three-hour spurts. As a new parent, how do you reconcile that difference?

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