Baby Care Basics:
5 Must-Know Tips for That First Week Home

1. Baby wipes
Most docs recommend avoiding premoistened diaper wipes for the first month of baby's life since some of their chemicals can irritate a newborn's tender skin. Instead, use cotton balls dipped in warm water. When baby’s ready for regular wipes, choose ones that are alcohol-free and unscented to prevent irritation.

2. Bath time
Until baby’s umbilical cord is off and healed, baby can only take sponge baths. Start by soaking your baby a little. Make sure to always keep one hand on baby, and remember that infants are especially slippery when wet. Start with his face–one area at a time since covering the whole face with a washcloth can be scary -- and work your way down. Make sure to thoroughly wash inside all the folds (under the arms, in the neck, the genital area, etc.) and save baby’s dirtiest parts -- aka the diaper area -- for last. Then, move back up and wash baby’s hair. And note: There’s no need to bathe more than every few days.

3. Newborn skin
At birth, baby's skin will probably appear to be dry. How come? It’s in the process of peeling off an entire waterproof layer of sorts. But in general, a baby's skin doesn’t need much specialized care -- just lots of TLC. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. Your baby's face takes a lot of abuse (just think of all that spitting!), so do your best to keep it clean. But if baby's skin seems excessively dry, irritated or itchy, or if you notice a rash or breakout, consult your pediatrician ASAP.

4. The umbilical cord get sucked into registering for cute toys or outfits Umbilical cord care has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; now, many hospitals recommend doing nothing but keeping the cord dry (read: sponge baths only). But some pediatricians still recommend using alcohol on the cord with each diaper change to speed up the healing process. That way you’ll be able to give your baby real baths, as opposed to sponge baths, sooner. So find out what your doctor recommends.

5. Fingernails and toenails
The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

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Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

My eight-month-old has no problem napping or falling asleep at bedtime, but he wakes every two to three hours at night and cannot get himself back to sleep. I have tried letting him "cry it out," but it has resulted in nothing. He cries for hours and when I go in he screams even harder. What should I do?

Re: My eight-month-old has no problem napping or falling asleep at bedtime, but he wakes every two to three hours at night and cannot get himself back to sleep. I have tried letting him "cry it out," but it has resulted in nothing. He cries for hours and when I go in he screams even harder. What should I do?

The Bump Expert

You could follow any sleep method exactly as described, but your hard work could be for nothing if something in your child's room interferes with his ability to sleep. One of us had a very similar experience with our child and the solution turned out to be as easy as removing a brightly lit alarm clock!

The next time your son goes to bed, try to sneak in before he usually wakes up. By spending time in his sleeping space, you can identify any environmental factors that may be causing him to wake up (like a blast of cool air from an overhead vent) or preventing him from going back to sleep (like a light shining into his crib). Pinpointing sleep inhibitors is a good first step to take if sleep training methods are not working.

sleep experts conner herman and kira ryan Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, cofounders of Dream Team Baby

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

I have been having the same problem with my 10 month old son. He has slept in his own room, in his crib and with a night light/lamp for the past 8 months. Recently he will go to bed a little early (about 1 hour early) and 45 minutes later he wakes up crying and won't go back to sleep. We go in and rock him and he looks like he is out, I put him in his crib and 10 minutes later he is awake again. I wonder if it is the lamp? If not the lamp maybe the humidifier noise is bothering him. The Humidifier has been in his room for about 2 months...

joytorgeson |

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What time are you puttling him to bed? I was putting my baby to bed around 8pm and he would still wake 1-2 times in the night. A friend recomended me to read the book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" and it solved every problem! My Baby sleep sfrom 6pm - 6am without waking 1x. The book explains that I was putting my Baby to bed too late and that he was overtired, making him wake in the night. Hope this helps!

DalyWedding |

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I'm having the same problem with my 7 month old who's slept in his crib since month 3 til now. Is it teething. We still have no teeth! I was wondering how it has worked out for those of ya'll that went thru it already!!!!

AmandaPaLooZa |

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my 8 month old has no problems sleeping through the night but I am now having problems with his napping. Every nap is a fight and he maybe sleeps a total of an hour during the day. Does anyone else having this problem. I am going crazy. He used to be so predictable with his sleeping and nap at least 3 hrs everyday.

aliciakunkel |

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how long has it been going on like this? He could just be adjusting himself to a new schedule by giving up one of his naps. I would give it a couple of weeks and see if he works it out himself. Dont give up enforcing your routine. Little hickups are bound to happen but if you are consistant, he will figure it out with your guidance. Remember the motto, "once you think you've figured them out, they go ahead and change everything on you." My guess its a phase and you will be back to being about to predict his schedule again in no time. Keep us posted!

debs090107 |

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I was having trouble with my 6.5 mo old napping. He used to take 2-3 naps and one of them was a 3 hour afternoon nap. I found that if I keep him awake for 4 hours he will take a longer nap. If I go less than that he will only nap for maybe 30 mins. We are going through an adjustment period at night currently. He had gotten to a point where he slept about 10 hrs a night. Now he sleeps about 7 and wakes to nurse, sometimes he goes back to sleep for a couple more hours. I know that any interruption in his bedtime routine takes a toll!

LoveSpellVixen |

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We found the best method for establishing good sleeping habits was letting our daughter cry it out. At 5 1/2 months she was walking up every 4 hrs to feed at night. All it took was one night of having her wake up 2 times and crying for about an hour both times .... yes, it was so hard not to comfort her. But after that night (it only took one night!) she has now slept for the past 2 months from 7pm to 7am with no problems. Crying it out is not easy on our mommy hearts but the results are fantastic!

ladylehmann |

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I have an 8 month old, and for the last month or so we've finally gotten her on what we thought was a good night time schedule. We put her down about 830 and for the most part, she goes down pretty easy, but she will wake up between 4 & 530 every morning. We try to calm her and put her back down, but she just cries even louder. We rock her and she goes back to sleep but if we try to put her down, she wakes back up. I've read she should be sleeping at least 10-12 hours, but it's hard for us to get her to bed any earlier. We could probably move it up about 30 mins, but any earlier is too hard as my husband & I both work full time. Do you think she's not sleeping later because she's going to bed too late? She still takes a 3rd nap after she eats dinner, could that be the problem as well?

Stefygrl |

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my son is 8 and half mo old. i put him to bed anywhere from 7-9 and he wakes all night long. for a while he would take a bottle at least 3xs during the night. but now, he wont take the bottle he just cries. im a single mother so it tends to be very hard and very frustrating. he cried all night long. i am a zombie during the day cause hes up most of the night. i really dont know how hes not exhausted. i am a mess... if anyone has any ideas please respond.

carolj32469 |

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Do we have the same child?? He was a great sleeper until about 4 months old. He even slept through the night a few times. I also used the book Healthy Habits Happy Baby. We have a bedtime routine that we have been doing since birth. We start bedtime at 5:30 and baby is in bed by 6:30. But the terror starts 3- 4 hours later when he wakes up and doesn't want to go back to sleep. We have also let him cry it out and he cries for hours as well and they were actually affecting his naps. He didn't want to be in his crib at all ! Not even just to lay and watch his projector. He is also 8 months old. It's also hard to tell when they are teething. It took 2 weeks of waking up every hour at night for his 2 top teeth to come in. Would love to hear advice as well.

alohabailey08 |

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I am having the same problem with my 7month old. I put her to bed at 8:30 and she always wakes up at 4am screaming. I try to let her cry it out, but after 40min - an hour I can't keep letting it go on....all I have to do is put a binkie in her mouth and she goes right back out. I am concerned because she will not fall back asleep until we put the binkie in the mouth, I dont want to be forming bad habits.

hhughes8210 |

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I have the same problem and my mom thinks that he is not getting enough to eat before bedtime and that he is waking up because he is hungry. I am going to try supplementing with a bottle before bed.

jaelles |

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I have a 10 month old. He wakes up at any time day or night; I pick him up and he stops crying. Sometimes he wants a pacifier; other time just wants a little love & swaying or rocking until he falls asleep again.Then I lay him back down and he goes to sleep. He doesn't know his ear from his elbow...how am I supposed to just let my baby cry it out and figure out how to comfort himself? I, as a mother feel it is in his best interest to soothe him and yes sometimes he is hungry; so I feed him. It is my responsibilty as a parent to provide comfort and love to my children...By the way...my 4 1/2 year old never self soothed and she is very smart and very social...not fearful and separarted. That is my opinion as a mother of 2. Hope it helps and you both get some sleep.

mommy222 |

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I literally logged on to get advice for the exact same problem with my 8 month old daughter, except now she is also fighting falling asleep more than she used to. It took me close to an hour to get her to take her afternoon nap today when I know she was ready in the first place. I, too, have tried the "crying it out" route and all it's done is made me feel sick to my stomach. Mommy222, thank you so very much for posting that your 4 1/2 year old has showed no negative signs from not being taught to self-soothe. I've read a couple different places how important it is to let them learn and now that I read your post, I can listen to my own instincts more and not worry about how I'm damaging my child :)

rachel.morales2006 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

I have an 8 mth old and the cry it out method has not worked. He doesn't sleep well in the daytime at all, but he was going to bed with ease in the evenings and was waking once in the night for feedings. Which is not a problem. But now he is unsettled once I try to lay him in his crib at night. He will appear to be asleep and as soon as I lay him dow, the crying starts. He is teething something awful right now, so I am hoping that this passes once a few of the teeth come through. But I have tried everything for those daytime naps and nothing seems to work. I think it is just the luck of the draw with each child. My first was a breeze and took two naps about two hours each time with no problems what so ever. He would follow routine and go to bed with little to no effort in the evenings as well. But then he would wake often to nurse in the night.

chesney07 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

My 10 month old slept through the night from the very beginning, from 5hrs-11hrs straight without waking. Then, as soon as he was rolling over in his sleep at around 3-4 months, those sleep patterns stopped. Ever since, he seems to wake up every 2-4 hours wanting to nurse (for comfort) or be rocked/cuddled back to sleep. Sometimes I can just pop the binkie in his mouth and he will doze back off. I have tried the CIO a few times as he has gotten older, but it does NOT work for him or me. I do not believe in letting them self-soothe, mainly just had to regroup during those times when nothing else worked. He is very gassy and is a very light sleeper, so every time he passes a bubble or gets a gas pain, he screams and almost always wakes up. I will continue to help him by comfort and love, as long as we are both happy. Both of my sister's kids (15 and 11) were nursed, slept in family bed, nursed throughout the night, and were never left to self-soothe. They are both very bright, confident, and have no issues with social skills or any other skills that we are aware of, in fact, most of my friends always make comments on how well-behaved and mature they are. For those of you who think they are "wrong" for soothing their children, I hope this helps....

mischab |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

My baby I now 9 months 3 weeks. He has been waking 4-5 times a night crying and I have to help him get back to sleep. He is getting his first tooth. Prior to this he would wake 1-3 times a night for no reason. I think he just was scared and wanted to know mommy was still there for him. Once you are pregnant you dont sleep through the night for many years :) Its part of being a mom.

slnulf |

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I am not a fan of cry it out or other "sleep training methods". Especially when they are so young. You absolutley cannot spoil a child at this age. They are crying for a reason, hunger, thirst, teething pain, etc. If you had a guest staying in your home, and they woke up in the middle of the night because they were hungry or thirsty, would you tell them, no sorry you aren't allowed to eat or drink anything till 7am, of course not! I don't go all night without a drink of water, and I certainly don't expect my 8 month old to go 12 hrs without nursing. My little one is 8 mos old and wakes 1-3 times a night to nurse, and I get plenty of sleep because she is pretty much in the bed with me all night (we have her crib sidecarred to my side of the bed). I am a proponent of co-sleeping/family bed, as long as it's done safely. Dr Sears website has a lot of good information about safe co-sleeping.

ebille |

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Thanks mischab! I've worked as a child behavior specialist for 15 years and now I have my own child. I believe allowing a child to cry when they are throwing a fit to get their way is very different than letting a baby, who doesn't understand what's going on, cry and cry when all s/he wants is comfort from a caregiver. Still, as I am bleary eyed some nights I contemplate letting him cry himself to sleep. But my heart just won't let me. This phase is so short and it wil be soon enough that he asserts his independence. Babies are in the Trust vs. Mistrust stage of development where they develop their sense of whether their basic needs will be met in this world and they will be safe. I know some moms work full-time and need their sleep. I feel for them. I choose to "coddle" my infant so he has no doubt I am there for him. He will have plenty of oppotunities to become independent when he is ready. It's nice to see some other moms choosing this path too. I think I will try putting him down earlier than 8 though to see if it helps him not be overly tired so he can rest longer.

kstanton1 |

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I totally agree with you ebile. I'm not a fan of cry it out or any sleeping methods.my little girl is almost 9 months old and I do the same with co-sleeping .it works for both of us and we do great together she sleeps thru the night very well doesn't wake up only when she's hungry And goes back to sleep we also have the crib next to our bed on my side

Karlahdez2010 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

My 8 month old was waking up every 3 to 4 hours (and I didn't want to cry it out). I changed her bedtime to a little bit later (to 8:30 instead of 7:30) and I stopped giving her cereal in the evening (instead I'm just giving her mashed potatoes, squash, applesauce, and milk). She has slept like a log for the past 3 days since I've changed things up... she slept from 8:30pm til almost 6am the first night and has slept virutally that much the other 2 nights. However, she is still sleepy when it is time to get up in the morning, so I'm going to try to tweak the bedtime to 8:15 tonight and see if that helps. Good luck!!

geckokimbo |

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I like that theory of something in the room causing your baby to wake up. We use a window unit in my son's room and my mom proposed him waking up every night was because he was getting cold. Once he wakes up he can't go back to sleep with me and a bottle, so if I can avoid him waking up altogether the better. I'm going to definately change some things in his room tonight though. Thanks for the advice. Also to the mom with the 7 month old who needs the paci. I don't think you should worry about giving her a paci to help calm her down. That's why pacis were made, to sooth.

tha2ndmymary |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

Thank goodness I am not alone! My 8 month old daughter has turned into the sleeping terror! She doesn't want to nap anymore and wakes several times a night and it is driving me nuts! The only thing that quiets her is to nurse which seems to go on all night long and I can't take it anymore. I know she is teething with no teeth yet but this is ridiculous, my nipples nor my sleep deprived body can take the constant nightly nursing anymore. She isn't even eating, just sucking and she has always refused the pacifier and bottle(I have tried every brand known to man) so to be the human pacifier all through the night is pretty darn tiring! I have stuck to the same bed routine since birth but nothing seems to work. HELP!!

tkorbely |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

What a relief to hear all this! Our 8 month old son is doing the same things: - teething with no teeth yet - starting to skip day time naps (ugh!) - he's crabby/fussy on the weekends when he's home with us, although our daycare provider says he's very happy during the week with her - goes to bed around 8:00 - is waking up 1-2 times a night - we let him CIO for 10 mins then go in and give him a pacifier and he falls right back to sleep I spoke with my day care provider today and realized that we/I were pushing finger foods too early. She is feeding him 60% of the time with a bottle and 30% of the time spoon fed food. So I am wondering if we are not giving him enough to eat before bedtime? I was mainly giving him finger food for dinner and he doesn't end up eating much of it. Maybe he is waking up hungry?? We also leave a nightlight on in his room. Tonight I am going to make sure to spoon feed him until he's full and turn off the nightlight before we go to bed. Hopefully that will help, fingers crossed!

cnchristophe |

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@tkorbely - I had the same issues with the bottle and tried every bottle and nipple, tried leaving, and many different people with no luck. Finally I had to go to drastic measures, my daughter woke up one morning and I didn't nurse her, my husband had a bottle of breastmilk. We held out and she finally drank a little bit. I fed her some cereal and puree so she didn't starve. Then I pumped and I tried giving her the fresh, warm milk in a bottle and she drank 4 oz, we have been doing it for over a month now and she is a bottle pro. This means that dad can help at night now, making all those random wakings a little easier. The bottle that worked for us was Playtex Drop-ins with the brown nipple, but honestly, I think she would have taken anything at that point she was so hungry. My daughter was surprisingly calm through the whole thing and it wasn't nearly as awful as I thought it would be.

kdvscott |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

my son is almost 7mths old and has never been a good sleeper. he would catnap (30-45min at a time) all day and then wake up every 2-4hrs at night. thankfully he would go back to sleep if i nursed him, but the last month he won't. when he wakes up at night, he isn't hungry and sometimes even refuses to nurse for comfort. i've tried CIO with no luck. he will just continue to scream. even when i do go in, he doesn't want to be held cuz he knows i'm trying to put him back to sleep. and the last week he has been standing up in his crib which means i absolutely have to go in to lay him back down and cover him up. i don't know what to do. he is teething as well, so i'm hoping that's what the problem is the last week. i just hope it gets better soon cuz i'm exhausted.

fruit loops |

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We're having the same issue with my twins - they finally started sleeping through the night in July/Aug (7 months old) and then in September they started waking anywhere between 3-5 am. (Then they'd sleep til about 9a!) We were at the pediatrician last week and she said we have to stop feeding them in the middle of the night. It messes up their metabolism and can actually lead to diabetes! So now we're struggling to let them cry it out. Each night has gotten a tad better. Hopefully just a few more before they sleep 10 hours straight. She said they need 10-13 hours for optimal brain development. Once they hit about the 11 lb. mark they should be able to sleep through the night, 10 hours minimum, according to my pediatrician. Just wanted to share those tidbits. I had never heard of the diabetes link!

gef213 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

My son is 8 months old today- and I am also having sleeping issues with him. We were lucky for a long time - he was sleeping through the night from 2-6 months, 10-12 hours through the night like clockwork. At 6 months he started waking up once through the night...sometimes up to 3 times. The doctor recomened feeding him yogurt for dinner along with a fruit or veggie because that has more carbs and should hold him over...well it hasn't. He is now 8 months and is waking up 1-2 times through the night, the problem is he is unconsolable, no amount of rocking, cuddling, will calm him down- the only thing that calms him down is a bottle. He will suck down 5-6 oz like nothing. That is the only thing to make him stop crying...then I can lay him down awake and within 5-10 minutes he goes right to sleep. We tried letting him cry out- that lasted 40 minutes and I could not do it anymore. His naps during the day have not changed, he takes two naps each around 30 minutes to an hour..so he is not getting too much sleep during the day. I am looking for anyone who is having this issue where the only thing that stops your child from screaming in the middle of the night is a bottle (he is on formula)...I would love him to be back to how he was and sleeping through the night!! Thanks Mamas.

stephaniejane85 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

"Crying it out" is abusive. Why in the world would you ignore your childs needs? When a baby cries, they are trying to communicate with you, by ignoring them you are causing harmful changes in the babies brain, decreased intellectual, emotional and social development, making the cild feel insecure, and adventually leading to depression for your child. Don't be a lazy, selfish parent. It's a small sacrifice on your part to care for your baby when it cries. You will be providing a solid foundation for your child built on trust and security. I'm a father of a 8month old that sleeps in our bed, the ONLY place a baby should sleep. I have not had a solid 8hrs sleep in over 8 months. Stop your whinning and do what is right!

Hippie B |

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Dear Hippie B - Wow. I understand that you believe very strongly that the way you are responding to this situation is the only correct way, but your language is bordering on verbally abusive and is, at the very least, meant to be bullying. "Don't be a lazy, selfish parent."? "the ONLY place a baby should sleep" is in bed with you? These things may be right for your baby, but not necessarily for everyone else's. I am certain that others are doing things differently and feel that their way is the only correct way, but most of them wouldn't dare to treat others as you are.

KnockedUp38 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

I have been having the same problem. My daughter just turned 8 months. She had slept through the night since we brought her home from the hospital up until 6 months. She woke once or twice a night. We put her down around 8:30 or so and she will go to sleep after a bottle, however she will wake up at least once or twice a night. We tried rocking/comforting her and she would still cry. After a bottle, she will go back to sleep until around 7:30-8. It's hard getting her to bed earlier as my husband and I work full time and sometimes have to work later than our scheduled hours. It was also difficult to try the CIO method as we both need to be up early to go to work and hearing her cry was unbearable. At first I though maybe teething was the culprit, she has one tooth that has come through, but now I am wondering if there is something else? There doesn't seem to be any environmental factors (ie room temp, lights on, etc) I know that as parents we are supposed to lose some sleep, but we are desperate to try to figure out something that works for us as well as our daughter. She eats plenty during the day and usually naps twice, she usually doesn't nap after 4:30. Any suggestions????

stthomas09 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

Ok, after reading this I feel a little better! My 8 month old daughter is waking at night every 1 1/2 to 2 hours, sometimes waking as soon as I lay her back in the crib. I'm starting to feel its my fault for not "sleep training" her, I usually nurse her to sleep. I just can't do the CIO method. I know it has worked wonders for some and I believe every family has to do what works for them. I just can't do it. I'm hoping time and patience and giving her lots of love and comfort at night will eventually lead to more sleep. In the meantime I'm exhausted and bleary eyed like the rest of you and trying not to guzzle too much coffee to get thru the work days!

bethanynah |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

Everyone is different...but letting your child 'cry it out' is a poor choice....read up on it. They may sleep through the night for a few yrs.....but wait it will change and its because of letting them cry it out.....so many horrible results from this method......I could go on and on on it....read up on it! There is a reason they are crying....remember its their only communication.....would you want to be ignored? And what will be the results mentally down the road?

hippie1 |

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Just as an immediate answer to physical things in the room that may interrupt the baby's sleep, I caution against having anything with blue light, epecially blue-tinted LEDs. I had a blue night light, as well as a white noise machine that has blue light emitting from the On/Off button. Then I found out from a lighting company representative that blue light actually interrupts REM cycles, and makes it more difficult to go back to sleep. Amber/red/warm colors are much better, as they actually help you fall back asleep. It took a couple of days (as I was warned), but after I removed them from my son's room, he has slept much better! This is also applicable for your own sleep too - no blue-faced alarm clocks or flickering TVs, which have cool tones. Sweet dreams!

skichiknh |

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I don't believe in the cry-it-out method, but every parent needs to do what he/she think is best. If you don't feel something is right (if it breaks your heart......why do it?) His main form of communicating with you is still crying at his age. If he's crying......there's a reason! Who knows if it's the sleeping environment, teething, reflux, growth spurt, etc. Have you ruled out a medical issue? If so, could it be that he needs to build trust with you that you're going to be there when he needs you? Have you tried the opposite of cry-it-out and used different ways to soothe him when he's crying (from rocking to simply laying a hand on his back or chest while he's still in his crib for a minute)? Is he getting too wet over night? We put our son in the next size up diaper at night and it is works great! We choose to tend to our son's needs instead of letting him cry it out (again it's whatever works for both you and your child). We soothe him with a variety of methods depending on the situation (you know your baby best). He went from sleeping no more than 2.5 hours at a stretch to now 10-10.5 hours a night. He even has his first two teeth and still sleeps well. (I'm a full-time working, pumping, mom of a 7 month old). Best of luck and hang in there!

msjelinek |

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Is anyone talking to their doctor about reflux??? If baby is crying lying down, but better once he/she's upright it could be that stomach acids are burning his/her little throat! The medication they give neutralizes the acid. You can also put a crib wedge under the mattress to help slightly incline baby. Is it something in baby's diet that has changed and causing night time discomfort? Remember the heart burn some of us experienced during pregnancy? Way worse lying down!

msjelinek |

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i have the same problem with my 10 month old. what i do is pick him up and rock and bounce him at the same time and i also sing him a song he loves and it may take awhile but it helps him fall back to sleep

jessicaJFL20 |

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My 8 month old son has been doing pretty good at night, sleeping from about 830-9PM to 6:30-7AM. I consider that good. I know some mothers want their child to sleep 12 hours but my son just doesn't do that. He's done good if he gets just ONE 1-hour nap! I try to stick with the same routine for him, and I think that's very important. Bath, some cuddle time with Mommy and Daddy, a little bit of play, some prayer and in the bed. I let him fall asleep on his own, in his bed, but after I made sure he is full and dry. Sometimes I think babies are hungry and want to eat more. I notice that with my son too that he is okay with being hungry until we leave him alone, and then we'll get some food, a bottle, and clearly he's been STARVING and we didn't know because he was having fun playing, etc.! I don't let my son cry too long, 5 min tops because I can't take it. I feed him and love on him, pray with him because I believe the devil likes to attack kids because they can't fight back, and off to sleep he generally goes. So, I'd say, pray and let God show you what will work for this child He has given you.

MrsJMWatkins |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

We had the same problem...he was 5 months old and still getting up 5-6 times a night and would not go back to sleep without a bottle..we tried EVERYTHING suggested by tons of parents...one suggestion finally helped...turns out it was reflux...although he had no "normal" signs, Zantac has helped him and he only gets up 1-2 times now and is 8 months old...he was wanting the bottle because it cooled his throat...now that he is older and so used to the bottle, i think that's why he still has to have one or two a night....we also use a white noise machine and he loves it...it's good to know other mom's are having the same problem...parents with baby's who have slept through the night since they were 1 or 2 months look at you like you are doing something wrong....hang in there, my sister's kids didn't sleep through the night until they were 18 months...all baby's are different and I just look at it like we are such cool parents he wants to stay up with us :-)

AJORDAN414 |

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I recommend to everyone to read "the wonder weeks." It explains fussy periods that every baby goes thru based on developmental leaps on their mental development. It is different from growth spurts . I have found that most times my. Baby is fussy or her sleep patterns have become off kilter she is on one of these phases. Again - this book really helps explain what is going on and to see the light at the end of the tunnel - usu a few weeks away at most... Poor babies - if it's not teething or growth spurts its something else...

dostoveysky |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

Try putting baby to sleep earlier, cut down day-time naps to 2, offer a heavy meal before sleep. Please don't continue the cry-it-out method, babies cry for a reason, it goes against a mother's instincts to let them cry like that. For 100's of years mothers have shared their beds with their babies, the cry-it-out or sleep training issues we have here are foreign in many countries they look puzzled when I talk to them about it. IT'S NOT NATURAL! If we are on mat leave we can afford to love and care for them, take an extra nap in the day that helps also!

Farah32 |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

I had the same problem with my LO. He is 8 months old now and after 2 months of waking up every 2-3 hours he is finally sleeping through the night. It all started at 6 months when I weened him off his last night feeding. He didn't need it anymore, it was more for comfort. Then soon after we stopped swaddling (he is super active and would wake himself up constantly without it). I knew when we did that it would take awhile for him to adjust but I had no idea it would take 2 months! He was also teething though so I think that contributed to it. All I can say to all you poor sleep deprived parents is hang in there. I tried everything to help him stay asleep, making sure the room was dark, that he was warm enough (I did buy a wearable blanket and I think that did help), a noise machine, etc. In the end though we just had to wait it out. Everyone hang in!

Shmegsberry |

Q&A: Something inhibiting baby's sleep?

My daughter is 8 months and has never slept more than 9 hours over night (has been sleeping through the night since 4 months) and about an hour and a half in naps during the day. What worked for us is to get her down around 11pm. I know its late but if we put her down earier she wakes up in the middle of the night. She sleeps from about 11 pm to around 8 am, which works for us.

Tricia7065 |