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Helping Baby Sleep Through the Night

 

Healthy babies and sleep are key to a thriving family. Our sleep strategy combines medical research with practical procedures that help parents address sleep, nutrition, and growth issues in infants and young children.

If you haven't had a good night's sleep since your baby was born, you're not alone. Sleepless nights are a ritual for most newborn parents – but don't despair. You can help your baby sleep through the night with the help of the best in home baby sleep consultant.

Newborns sleep 16 hours or more a day, but often only a few hours at a time. While the pattern may be unstable at first, a more consistent sleep pattern will occur as your baby matures and lasts longer between feeds.

By 3 to 4 months of age, many babies sleep at least five hours straight. At some point in a baby's first year of life – every baby is different – he begins to sleep about 10 hours each night.

Ideally, your baby will sleep in your room with you, but only in a cot, swing, or other crib for at least six months and, if possible, for up to a year. This can help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Adult beds are not safe for babies. Babies can get stuck between the slats of the headboard, the space between the mattress and the bed frame, or the space between the mattress and the wall and suffocate. Babies can also choke if the sleeping parent accidentally turns over and covers the baby's nose and mouth.

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