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How can I help my 5-week-old, who fights sleep for hours every night?

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How can I help my 5-week-old, who fights sleep for hours every night?

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The sleeping habits of a newborn are very different from those of an older infant. You should cuddle and soothe your newborn whenever he cries, even at night, until about 3 or 4 months of age. However, you can do several things to encourage him to sleep more at night. Don't let him sleep more than three hours at a time during the day, and try to stretch out the time between feeds to at least two hours. At night, keep the bedroom dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature. At bedtime, put him to sleep when he is drowsy, rather than when he is asleep, crying, or playful. When he wakes up in the night, take care of his needs with the least stimulation possible—no playing or talking.  
 
 
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