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Sleep

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.

Kids and Sleep

Getting enough sleep can be a problem for children of any age. Here's how to know if your kids get enough sleep.

Naps

A good nap can keep kids from becoming overtired, which 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 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.

Sleep and Your 1- to 2-Year-Old

Nighttime 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 be on the way to having a regular sleep pattern, sleeping longer at night, and taking 2 or 3 naps during the day.

Sleep and Your 8- to 12-Month-Old

Sleep problems are common in the second half of a baby's first year. It's best to respond to your baby's needs with the right balance of concern and consistency.

Sleep and Your Newborn

Newborn babies don’t yet have a sense of day and night. They wake often to eat – no matter what time it is.