Babies and Sleep Directory
Bringing home a new baby often means moms and dads get very little sleep for the first few months. A newborn can sleep for 16 hours a day. Unfortunately, newborns only snooze in stretches of about 3 to 4 hours at a time because they get hungry. Many doctors say you shouldn't let your baby sleep too long between feedings. But rest assured, your sleep deprivation will eventually subside. Every baby has its own sleep patterns, but most start sleeping through the night by age 2 to 3 months. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about babies and sleep, what's normal, what's not, and much more.
Ways to Treat Colic
If your baby has colic, learn ways to ease the crying, including changes in diet, feeding tips, and the use of motion to soothe your baby.
How to Set Good Sleep Patterns for Your Baby
WebMD's guide to your baby's sleep habits.
Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
WebMD offers tips for getting your baby to sleep - and helping him develop good sleep habits.
Baby Development: Your 5-Month-Old
Learn what to expect from your five-month-old infant in Month 5 of WebMD's Baby Month by Month Guide.
Alanis Morissette Works on Her Night Moves
Used to rocking and writing long past her bedtime, the mom-to-be/musician is taking her night life to a new level.
10 Ways New Moms Can Get More Sleep
WebMD provides expert 10 tips on getting more sleep when you're a new mom.
Move Over, Mom and Dad
Mention 'family bed' or 'shared sleeping' at any playgroup or cocktail party, and you're likely to spark a flurry of responses.
Can Your Child's Sleep Habits Make Him Gain Weight?
New research shows that a lack of sleep in childhood can contribute to obesity later on.
Toddler Napping: Should You Wake Baby?
Should a parent stop their toddler from napping, or just let them sleep?
Baby Sleep: Co-sleeping vs. Crib
Should your baby sleep with you or alone? It’s a family decision.
Baby Sleep Basics
Get the facts you need about baby sleep patterns so you can get the sleep you need.
Newborn Sleep Tips
Those first few weeks with a new baby can be a blur because of their erratic sleep cycles. Understanding newborn rhythms can help.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Children Sleep Problems
Is your kid up all night? See the top reasons children can't sleep -- including you. Blame snoring, nightmares, sleep apnea, or you!
Slideshow: Help Baby Nap Better
Learn how to get your baby napping on a schedule so he gets the sleep he needs. See what's normal and find tricks for helping baby fall asleep.
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