Baby Sleep | Fit Pregnancy

Baby Sleep

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


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.

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?

The Low-Down on Controversial Co-Sleeping

A fiery controversy surrounds that most gentle human activity: a baby’s sleep. Actually, the debate hinges on where the baby sleeps. Put her in a crib, some people say, and you’ll deprive her of necessary, reassuring contact. Put her in the parents’ bed, others maintain, and she’ll never learn to be independent. A report from the U.S.

The Truth About Colic

“Colicky” is a label given to babies who cry and fuss for at least three hours a day. But most experts believe it is an overused, ambiguous term at best. “‘Colic’ is an old-fashioned term that actually means ‘upset stomach,’ which it usually isn’t,” says pediatrician Harvey N. Karp, M.D., author of the book and DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block. “It’s starting to be replaced by ‘fussy’ or ‘irritable.’

Related: The New Mom's Survival Guide

Infant sleep expert James McKenna

World-renowned sleep researcher James McKenna, Ph.D., is among those challenging the recent conclusion by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) task force on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) that sharing a bed with your infant is more dangerous than putting her in a crib. (However, the AAP does recommend placing babies to sleep close to their parents but on a different surface, such as in a bedside co-sleeper.)

Q & A: Your Baby's Sleep

Q: How much sleep does a newborn need?