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- Sleepy Time
- How do I know how much sleep my child needs at different ages?
- When should my baby sleep through the night without a feeding?
- When can my baby sleep without a hat or without being swaddled?
- I know babies are supposed to sleep on their backs, but mine keeps turning over on his tummy. What should I do?
- How do I know when to take the bumper pad and mobile off a crib?
- When can my child sleep with a blanket?
- When can my child sleep with a stuffed animal or doll?
- How do I know when my child is ready to go to sleep without a bedtime bottle or nursing?
- Is there a certain age when my child will stop needing a nap?
- When is it safe to turn off the baby monitor?
When is it safe to turn off the baby monitor?
The short answer is when you are comfortable with turning off the monitor, says Dr. Sadler, reminding us that millions of the world's children are being raised without a monitor and are doing just fine.
Is the monitor being used for a newborn at night? "A typical infant monitor won't sound an alarm with lack of breathing, so it's really being used to tell parents when an infant is stirring," says Dr. Sadler. "Once parents can hear and identify cries without the monitor (which of course depends on the lustiness of the cry and the distance to the parents!), it's no longer useful."
"If the monitor is being used to bridge a distance—Mom is out gardening while her toddler sleeps in his crib, for example—it continues to be useful throughout the preschool years."