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Baby Sleep

Docs Debate Pacifier Use

While pacifiers can soothe fussy babies, the plastic gadgets also have been linked with lower rates of breastfeeding and higher risk for ear infection. But now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has weighed in, recommending pacifiers to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the first year of life.

Sleep Strategies for Both of You

Without being militant, there are ways to encourage good sleep habits right from the start, says Chicago pediatrician Marc Weissbluth, M.D., author of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (Random House, 2005). His suggestions:

First few days home Your baby will be very sleepy. Try not to stay up gazing at him as he snoozes--you may be able to handle it now, but you'll soon regret racking up sleep debt.