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  • All About Sleep
    How do you get kids to bed through the cries, screams, avoidance tactics, and pleas? What if you're awakened in the middle of the night? And how much sleep do kids need?
  • Naps
    A good nap can keep kids from becoming overtired, a state that not only takes a toll on their moods but might make it harder for them to fall asleep at night.
  • Night Terrors
    A night terror is a sleep disruption that seems similar to a nightmare, but it's far more dramatic. Night terrors can be alarming, but aren't usually cause for concern or a sign of a medical issue.
  • Nightmares
    Nightmares aren't totally preventable, but parents can help kids feel better when they have one and ease their transition back to sleep.
  • Positional Plagiocephaly (Flattened Head)
    Some babies develop a persistent flat spot on the back of the head, a sign of positional plagiocephaly, a treatable condition usually caused by babies sleeping in the same position repeatedly.
  • Should My Daughter Sleep in My Room After Having a Nightmare?
    Find out what the experts have to say.
  • Sleep and Newborns
    "Does your baby sleep through the night?" is one of the questions new parents hear the most. And almost always the answer is "No."
  • Sleep and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
    Is your toddler resisting going to bed at night or taking a nap during the day? Learn how to help your child fall asleep.
  • Sleep and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old
    Is your baby sleeping through the night yet? This is the age when most infants are able to sleep through the night - even if that means only 5 hours!
  • Sleep and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old
    By this age, your baby should be on the way toward an established sleep pattern, including several naps a day and at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night.
  • Sleep and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
    Certain sleep problems may crop up as your child approaches the first birthday, often due to his or her increased awareness of "separateness" from you.
  • Sleep and Your Preschooler
    Preschoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours during each 24-hour period, and it's important to help them develop good habits for getting to sleep.
  • Sleep Problems in Teens
    Does your teen have trouble falling asleep at night? Is he or she sleepy during the day? Find out if it's just a normal part of adolescence, or if something else is to blame.
  • Sleepwalking
    Although it can be unnerving to see, sleepwalking is actually very common in kids. Here's how to keep your young sleepwalker safe.

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