The environment that your baby enjoyed for nine long months in the womb was a constant symphony of sound -- your heartbeat and fluids rushing in and out of the placenta. Research indicates that "white noise" sounds or soft bedtime music helps many babies to relax and fall asleep more easily.
My 30-year-old daughter has a beautiful 9-month-old baby girl. Previously baby was sleeping about five hours. I think that she needs more solid foods, and my daughter insists that babies cannot digest food this early. Can you help?
If your house echoes with the sound of pat-pat-pat down the hallway when your child leaves his room to climb into your bed in the middle of the night, rest assured that you are not alone. There are many gentle ways to encourage your child to stay in his bed all night...
In the majority of cases, a baby's biological clock is preset for an early bedtime. When parents work with that time, a baby falls asleep more easily and stays asleep more peacefully. Most babies are primed to go to sleep for the night as early as 6:30 or 7:00 p.m.
What you're dealing with here is a very common (and also a very frustrating) problem. Some parents of newborns find that their babies won't nap at all. Others find that their babies nap for 20 minutes maximum -- barely even a catnap. So what's going on?
If you are expecting a baby and already have one or more children, it's wise to solve their sleep problems before the new baby arrives. Remember, a newborn typically awakens every three to four hours or more often...
Myth #1: My baby wakes up because of gas. The most common reason older babies wake up and stay up is that they lack the self-calming tools necessary to manage night awakenings. Read on...
"My baby takes only short naps." There are several equally good reasons a baby may take only catnaps. First, a short nap may be all she needs; some babies are fully energized after 30 to 40 minutes of sleep. But this next reason is more likely the culprit:
Do begin offering a pacifier after breastfeeding is well established. Sometimes a baby will refuse the breast after sucking on a rubber nipple. This is commonly referred to as nipple confusion. I suspect, however, there is no confusion -- some babies simply prefer a rubber nipple.