Sleep and Your Baby: 10 Common Questions Answered
For some parents, putting a baby to bed is a nightly source of anxiety—how much sleep does your child need, can she sleep with a blanket, are stuffed animals OK? Find the answer to these questions and more.
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.”
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