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Baby Sleep

How to Calm Your Colicky Baby

Now that you know The Truth About Colic, check out pediatrician Harvey N. Karp's "Five S's"—which simulate the womb's environment,  and turns on Baby's calming reflex, helping her sleep longer. Tip: Practice with a doll or sleeping baby.

Swaddling Wrap the baby securely in a blanket with her arms tucked inside so she can't flail.

Side/stomach position Hold the baby snugly in your arms on her left side or stomach.

Co-sleeping Debate Goes On

Two new reports on co-sleeping with a baby were released this week, adding to the confusion that seems to dog this practice.

Fans Lower SIDS Risk

A new study has yielded another clue on what causes the tragic deaths of seemingly healthy infants. Researchers in California indicate that circulating air in a baby's nursery helps to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The latest information, published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, further points to a baby's sleep environment as crucial in the risk and prevention of SIDS. In the study of 185 SIDS cases vs.

Sleep Close

It's natural to want to be near your baby 24/7. But experts have differing opinions when it comes to sharing your bed with an infant. "We don't know how to make bed sharing safe," says pediatrician Rachel Moon, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on SIDS, which recommends not bed-sharing as a way to prevent SIDS.

Q & A: What Parents Want to Know About Baby's Sleep

Q: How much sleep does a newborn baby actually need?

Battle of the Baby Sleep Experts

A bumper crop of new sleep books has joined the old standbys, offering philosophies and techniques to fit every parent's and baby's needs and temperament. The tricky part is finding the perfect fit for you. Here is our guide to 10 baby-sleep guides, old and new:

Working Together, We Can Save Babies' Lives!

According to First Candle, a national nonprofit organization, at least 50 percent of all sudden infant deaths could be prevented by placing babies to sleep in a safe environment.

Here are some important tips to protect your baby from SIDS, suffocation and accidents during sleep:
• Always place your baby to sleep on her back!
• The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a sheet.

Sleep, Baby, Sleep

A recent study found that approximately 15 million American school-age children suffer from health and behavioral problems caused by inadequate sleep. And since babies with good sleep patterns turn into children with good sleep patterns, it's wise to start instilling healthy habits early on. Here's how:

It's Tummy Time!

You no doubt know that placing your baby to sleep on her back dramatically reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). But did you know that putting her on her belly when she's awake is also important?

Safe Sleep

As nighttime temperatures plunge, you might be tempted to crank up the thermostat and bundle your baby in blankets. Your intentions are good, but keeping her too warm may put her at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which peaks in winter and strikes most often between ages 2 and 4 months. Instead, keep the room temperature at 68° F to 72° F and follow these sleep-safety tips from Baltimore's First Candle/SIDS Alliance: