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    Exhausted? Frustrated? Feel like you need an IV drip of caffeine just to function? Welcome to parenthood! At any given moment, millions of bleary-eyed parents across the world are wondering how to get their baby to sleep through the night, which is exactly why there are countless books on this very subject. One of the most famous, and controversial, baby sleep books of all time is Richard Ferber's Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems. Dr. Ferber's book, which certainly isn't without its share of naysayers, suggests parents teach their babies to fall asleep on their own through techniques such as letting them cry for a bit and not putting them down asleep. Harsh? Maybe. But plenty of sleep-deprived moms and dads swear by this method, which is also known as "ferberizing" or "crying it out."

    More from The StirMilestones: When Will My Baby Sleep Through the Night?

    Thinking of giving it a try? Here, 7 things to keep in mind.

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    Shortly after experiencing the miracle of birth, parents across the world all begin wondering the same question: Will I ever sleep again? Thankfully, the answer is a yes (though it may not feel like that now), but not so thankfully, it might not be for some time, depending on your baby. Every infant is different, but according to the National Sleep Foundation, 70 to 80 percent of babies are able to sleep through the night (6- to 8-hour stretches) at around 9 months old. Some of you lucky parents will even be blessed with children who will start sleeping through the night as early as 4 months old ... and some of you not-so-lucky parents will have little bundles that don’t make it through the night until 12 months or later (our condolences).

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    Think it's fine to let your little one stay up late a few times a week? Think again. A new study shows that a child's sleep can be connected to his or her weight later on in life. The research out of Massachusetts General Hospital took a sample of over 1,000 kids between the ages of 6 months and 7 years and found that the children who got the least amount of shut-eye were the ones more prone to higher BMI and higher amounts of overall and midsection fat (which is the most dangerous kind of fat, linked to a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease). Doctors and parents have always known what poor sleep can do to health (ever see an overtired toddler?), but these latest findings show that lack of sleep can affect our children's metabolism for life.

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    Toddlers are always on the go and they don't want to miss a thing. That's why it can be so hard trying to get them to nap. But they need that nap so they're not cranky later and, more importantly, so mom has some "free time" to, you know, shower or clean the house.

    One adorable toddler fought his little heart out as he tried to stay awake in his bouncer. He wants to stay awake, but he's sooooo tired.

    Hello! Awake again.

    For a nanosecond.

    Nodding off again. The power of sleep is just too strong and he's got to give in.

    Or does he?

    Watch:

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    Walk into any OB/GYN or pediatrician's office and you're likely to see a poster that urges parents to place their babies on their backs when they go to sleep to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Or Google SIDS and you're likely to come across article after article -- many written by professionals -- recommending babies don't sleep on their tummies or on their sides to prevent this very tragic thing. But in spite of the efforts of the American Pediatric Academy and various child advocacy groups, new research has found that about 30 percent of infants still don't sleep on their backs.

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    Prince William and Kate Middleton are in New Zealand right now with baby Prince George, and the adorable royal family is sharing just what's it like to be new parents. Baby Prince is making a little trouble for his mum and dad -- trouble of the baby variety because it's not like anyone is really mad at him ... just look at that adorable face.

    Apparently 8-month-old Prince George is being quite a baby. And there is some apologizing going on.

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    You're fast asleep, sleeping the sleep that only an exhausted mom can sleep, when you hear it. Your baby is crying. At first it's faint. But as the clouds of consciousness slowly part, you have to admit: You are not hearing things. This is not a dream. Your baby really has woken up. And you -- or someone -- has to do something about it. Arghh! Again?!? Here are all the thoughts we have when the baby wakes up in the middle of the night.

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    Do you ever look at your baby and think, "You'd be absolutely perfect if you'd just go to SLEEP"? Don't feel guilty! Been there. Done that.

    Baby sleep -- or the lack thereof -- may be the great equalizer among parents rich, poor, and middle class. None of us really understands it, but we're all desperate for the secret to getting our babies to sleep, safely, through the night. So why isn't it happening? Well ... maybe because of us!

    The Stir turned to baby sleep experts to find out what parents commonly do wrong when it comes to baby's bedtime:

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    Parents will do anything to get their babies to sleep soundly. We'll drive around town for two hours if we know they only sleep well in car seats. We'll break our rule about giving them a bottle in the crib. Some of us will even throw the crib in the trash and let them sleep with us if it means they'll stay down for longer than five hours. Well, if you're like me and have ever used a sleep machine to help lull your baby to bed, start weeping now: a new study suggests white noise machines can harm babies' hearing.

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    Two of my friends recently gave birth and both returned home from the hospital sharing similar, unbelievable stories: their babies had been kicked out of the hospital nursery for bad behavior. One of my friends had given birth naturally with no complications, and the other had had a difficult labor, followed by an emergency C-section. Recovery and need for sleep, be damned -- their babies were acting fussy and nurses returned them to mom in the middle of the night. 

    What's the big deal, you may be asking yourself. You're the one who actually had the baby. He or she is your baby -- so why shouldn't your baby be your responsibility? And you're right, of course. But while moms used to be able to count on enjoying a sliver of rest time right after giving birth, it seems fewer hospitals are treating use of the nursery as the norm. And, as a mom who relied on it after my first birth, I'm NOT looking forward to the peer pressure of rooming in my second time around.

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