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For many new parents a good night's sleep has become an elusive dream. If you are like most new moms, you have lots of questions about nighttime parenting. We hope this answers your most pressing questions, but if you still need help, get great ideas and support right now from other sleepless moms on our Sleep message board. Wishing you peaceful nights!
1. Does my baby really need to sleep on her back?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all newborns be placed on their backs or sides when put to sleep. Once your little one is older and can roll over, both from back-to-stomach and stomach-to-back, she will most likely shift around to a different position while asleep. Once she gets to this age, the best sleeping position is the one in which she is most comfortable. Learn more.
2. How can I encourage my baby to sleep through the night?
Nighttime waking is one of the most common dilemmas for new parents. There are some things you can do to get a bit more uninterrupted sleep. Keeping to a routine, increasing daytime feeds and putting your baby down to nap in a well-lit area can help your baby begin to sleep more solidly throughout the night. Learn more.
3. Is it possible to change my baby's sleep cycle?
Babies aren't always on our schedule. If your baby is a night owl, there are some strategies to help get your baby back on your family's schedule. Begin by gradually increasing the time that she is awake. One way to do this is by carrying her more during the day. Frequent feeds during the day, and cluster feeding in the evening, can help your baby get the nutrition she needs to begin sleeping for longer periods through the night. Learn more.