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Getting your baby to sleep through the night: The good (and maybe not-so-good) news

November 19, 2018

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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
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November 27, 2018

There are no-cry methods of teaching a baby to self-sooth. I can recommend Susan Urban’s guide with her HWL method. I used that with my second child and was super-amazed with the results! Seriously gentle and working pretty fast. You can easily find it on amazon.

Muhammad Ilyas
November 26, 2018

Midnight wakening of babies is better with reference to their future to compare with the preference of the sleep with out the disturbance in the night of the new parents. Very useful motivational information.

Terry Goldman
November 21, 2018

OK, it’s ‘normal’, but why? What evolutionary advantage did it provide?

November 22, 2018

Not all traits provide any advantage per se, it may be that it doesn’t cause any disadvantage.

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