Sleeping and waking are part of the body's natural cycle of circadian rhythms, as predictable as sunset and sunrise. But try explaining that to a baby. Some infants find their rhythm -- and begin to sleep through the night -- as young as 6 weeks, while others doze in fits and starts for months, waking the entire household at regular intervals.
Certain babies are just better snoozers than others, but even the lightest sleeper can be coaxed into a more restful routine. Here, strategies to soothe those who can't yet count sheep, so the whole family can finally catch more zzz's:
Linda Henry, the mother of two, is an editor at Window Fashions, a magazine for home design.