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When should you put your baby to bed?

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Starting when your baby is 6-12 weeks old, soothe her until she's drowsy. When she’s on the verge of sleep, put her down and let her drift off on her own. Don't wait until she’s fully asleep in your arms. This could be a behavior that may become a struggle to get rid of later in her life.

This routine will teach your baby to soothe herself to sleep, and you won't need to rock or cuddle her to sleep every time she wakes up during the night.

SOURCES:

Mindell, J. , 2006; vol 29: pp 1263-1276. Sleep

Mindell, J. . HarperCollins Publishers; 2005. Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep

KidsHealth.org: "Sleep and Newborns."

Mindell, J. , May 1, 2009; vol 32: pp 599-606. Sleep

Ferber, R. . Fireside; 2006.  Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised

HealthyChildren.org: "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," and news release: "AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction."

Franco, P. , May 1, 2005; vol 115: pp 1307-1311. Pediatrics

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Mindell, J. , 2006; vol 29: pp 1263-1276. Sleep

Mindell, J. . HarperCollins Publishers; 2005. Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep

KidsHealth.org: "Sleep and Newborns."

Mindell, J. , May 1, 2009; vol 32: pp 599-606. Sleep

Ferber, R. . Fireside; 2006.  Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised

HealthyChildren.org: "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," and news release: "AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction."

Franco, P. , May 1, 2005; vol 115: pp 1307-1311. Pediatrics

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 7, 2019

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