Sleep and Nap Schedules

Learn how to establish routine sleep schedules for your baby.

8 Essential Products to Help Babies & Toddlers Sleep

Are you struggling to get your baby to sleep through the night or to get your toddler to fall asleep (and stay asleep!) at bedtime? Check out these helpful and soothing sleepy-time products that some other parents swear by. read more

Adding Cereal to Baby Formula

Adding cereal to a bottle to help a baby sleep is a myth. read more

Are Nightmares Possible Before the Age of One?

The chances of a child younger than one year being woken up by what we term nightmares are slim to none. read more

Baby Hates Crib

Find helpful tips on how to get a child to sleep in his crib. read more

Bottle at Bedtime

Find out what you need to do to get an 18-month-old to give up her bedtime bottle. read more

Bottles and Baby Teeth

Find out how to break your child of the need for a bottle to get her to fall asleep. read more

Getting Baby on a Sleep Schedule

Getting Baby on a Sleep Schedule Sharing in a bedtime ritual is the fun part of getting your baby to sleep. Putting him down and getting him to go to sleep is the hard part. After rocking, cuddling, nursing, feeding, reading, singing, telling stories, sitting with, leaving, punishing, and every other trick in the book, you may understandably throw up your arms in surrender. For many parents, the only solution seems to involve the torture, as bad or worse for parents than for the babies, of letting the baby "cry himself to sleep." read more

Getting Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Unfortunately, an increase in nighttime awakenings is very common during a baby's second six months. read more

Getting Your Baby to Sleep

Getting Your Baby to Sleep Getting a child to sleep on her own is not an easy thing to do. You have to be strong. I did a great job with my oldest child, but to this day I have trouble with my younger children and bedtime. The trick is to outlast them. Your baby will cry her eyes out and be totally pitiful when you first try to get her to settle in to sleep on her own. read more

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: 7 Books Explain the Most Common Sleep Training Methods

How well does your baby sleep? Whether he screams at bedtime, frequently wakes up, or doesn't like to nap, it may seem like a good night's sleep (for everyone!) is something only dreams are made of. If you think sleep training might be the answer but aren't sure where to start, you've come to the right place. From cry-it-out to tear-free approaches, this list of books outlines the most popular sleep-training techniques. Before starting any sleep training method, talk to your pediatrician about your child's sleep needs. read more

How to Set Up a Pack 'N Play

How to Set Up a Pack and Play A Pack 'N Play is a great item to have for travel and as a safe place for baby to play. read more

How to Swaddle a Baby

How to Swaddle a Baby Many newborns only sleep well when swaddled, but swaddling is harder than it looks when you have a wiggly newborn. read more

Infant Has Flat Head

Learn about the connection between sleeping position and a flat head in babies. read more

Infant Sleep Patterns

Learn what sleep patterns are normal in infants. read more

Infant Won't Take Naps

Paying attention to an infant's cues (for example, waiting until he seems tired) and keeping to certain routines with naps can be helpful in getting him to nap. read more

Nap Time for Toddlers

Nap Time for Toddlers In the months after your baby's first birthday, he will probably still take two naps a day to meet all of his sleep needs. During these months, he will clearly reach his limit after a stretch of four to five hours of wakefulness. If he stays up longer than this, your child will become whiny, belligerent, and generally miserable. So if your toddler wakes at six, you'll probably need to put him down for his morning nap between ten and eleven. read more

Putting Baby to Bed

Putting Baby to Bed Q-tip During most of the first year, you may find a pacifier more trouble than it's worth. If it falls out of her mouth while she's going to sleep or later, in the middle of the night, she probably won't be able to find it herself. Who do you think she'll call for help? It may help to scatter half a dozen pacifiers all over her crib. If she rolls over on top of one, it's not likely to disturb her sleep. But if she loses the one in her mouth, she may be able to find another without your help. read more

Recommended Sleep Needs By Age

Use this printable guide to help determine if your child is getting enough sleep as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. read more

Setting the Mood to Get Your Baby to Sleep

Setting the Mood to Get Your Baby to Sleep Q-tip If your baby's bedroom is far from your own (or from other rooms where you spend time after he falls asleep), you'll find it worthwhile to invest in a baby monitor. If he does start to cry, and especially if he cries hard, you'll want to know it. read more

Should a Two-Week-Old Sleep Through the Night?

You should not even attempt to get a two-week-old infant to sleep through the night, but there are some things that will help her sleep. read more

Six-Month-Old Not Sleeping Through the Night

It is important to establish regular routines with babies to promote longer periods of sleeping. read more

Stopped Napping...for Good?

Developmentally, children show tremendous individual differences in how frequently and for how long they nap, as well as when they stop napping. read more

Tips on Going to Sleep, Staying Awake, and Crying

Tips on Going to Sleep, Staying Awake, and Crying My sister had a birthday party for my seven-year-old niece. My other niece, who was just eight months old, was as happy as could be sitting in the high chair at the table with all the other little girls at the party. The six boys, my two included, sat at another table about five feet away. The boys' table was loud and filled with battling action figures. The girls' table was filled with quiet excitement while the cake was being prepared. read more

When Can an Infant Sleep on Her Belly?

When a baby can get onto her belly by herself, it's okay for her to sleep that way. read more

Where Will Your Baby Sleep?

Where Will Your Baby Sleep? Even if you have a well-designed nursery and a beautiful crib, it can be tough to decide where your baby will sleep. Should you put her in her crib right away or use a bassinet or side sleeper to keep her close? Or do you plan on letting your baby sleep with you in your bed? Although you will have to decide what is best for your baby, you should avoid letting your baby get used to sleeping in a bouncy chair, moving swing, or car seat. read more

Your Baby and Sleep

Your Baby and Sleep How much sleep does your baby need? The amount of sleep a baby gets varies greatly with the individual. Age plays a factor; your baby will probably need two to three hours less sleep at the end of her first year than she did at the beginning. But your child's individual nature plays much more of a role in determining how much she will sleep. In looking at the table, keep in mind that the average takes account of individuals at both extremes. read more