Baby and Infant Sleep Resources and Tips: Sleep Safety and Sleeping Schedules - FamilyEducation

Your Baby and Sleep

Find great tips that will help your baby, and you, get a good night's sleep. Learn about infant sleep safety and sleep schedules for babies and young children.

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

A Guide to the New Rules of Parenting: Why Babies Can't Sleep on Their Stomach and More

Parenting practices, trends, and tools are always evolving. If you're an expectant mom or grandparent who's more familiar with parenting trends from the disco era, use this list to catch up on today's written and unwritten rules of raising a baby. From the latest equipment safety guidelines to new feeding and sleep recommendations, quite a few things have changed in the past few decades! 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

Attachment Parenting

Attachment ParentingThe term, attachment parenting, is attributed generally to pediatrician and author (The Baby Book, Nighttime Parenting) William Sears. Although there is no clinical definition of attachment parenting, this parenting orientation/style focuses primarily on noticing, appreciating and satisfying children's needs, especially the needs of babies and young children. 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

Daughter Won't Sleep Without Dad

What can be done once a father has created an inappropriate bedtime ritual? read more

Four-Year-Old Won't Sleep in His Bed

Transitioning from the family bed to sleeping in your own bed in another room can be and usually is a major adjustment for a youngster. read more

Getting a Child to Sleep in Her Own Bed

Our expert provides advice on helping a child make the transition from her parents' bed to her own. 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. 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

Immunizations and SIDS

A mother asks whether there is no link between immunizations and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 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

Mom Sleeps with Kids

A father seeks advice on how to put an end to his children sleeping with their mother. 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

Nighttime Feedings and Sleep Tips for Your Breastfed Baby

Nighttime Feedings and Sleep Tips for Your Breastfed BabyNight Nursings 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

Sharing a Bed

You'll find differing opinions on the appropriateness of a child sleeping in his mother's bed. 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

SIDS and Co-Sleeping: Debunking the Myths

SIDS and Co-Sleeping: Debunking the Myths Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexpected death of a seemingly healthy infant during sleep. Although the exact causes of SIDS are largely unknown, a recent study released by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found over half of SIDS cases occurred while the baby was co-sleeping with an adult or another child. Of those deaths, many occurred in a potentially hazardous environment, such as in a bed or on a sofa with an individual who had recently used drugs or alcohol. 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