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  • All About Sleep
    Getting enough sleep can be a problem for children of any age. Read this article to learn tips on bedtime schedules and routines for your child.
  • Flat Head Syndrome (Positional Plagiocephaly)
    Babies can develop a flat spot on the back of their heads, usually from sleeping in the same position too long. Alternating your baby's sleep position and providing lots of "tummy time" can help.
  • 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.
  • Should My Daughter Sleep in My Room After Having a Nightmare?
    Find out what the experts have to say.
  • Sleep and Newborns
    Newborn babies may wake up often at night. Their internal time clocks are not yet set, and their small stomachs are often hungry for milk.
  • Sleep and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
    Frequent night-feedings may be a thing of the past, but in this second year of life your tot might be rising for other reasons. Learn more.
  • Sleep and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old
    At this age, babies generally have their days and nights straightened out. Many infants even "sleep through the night," which means 5 or 6 hours at a time.
  • Sleep and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old
    By this age, your baby should have a regular sleep pattern, with a few naps a day and a stretch of about 5 or 6 hours at night.
  • Sleep and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old
    Certain sleep problems may crop up as your child approaches the first birthday, often as he or she becomes aware of time spent away from you.
  • Sleep and Your Preschooler
    Preschoolers sleep about 11 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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