If you have not already done so, please read Blog Posts 1 through 5 that describe how sleep is important and beneficial. I will post specific information for parents and children based on my book, “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.” Please do not be put off by my book’s length. This is a reference book. Read only the topic of interest to you.
Read on my website the first several segments of ‘What a Parent Can Do’ (starting with Blog Post 6) to understand and implement the simple steps needed to prevent sleep problems in your child.
Read only 5 pages in my book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: Pages 6-9 (Prevent Sleep Problems) and pages 9-11 (Help Your Child Sleep Through the Night). These 5 pages outline exactly what you need to do to prevent sleep problems. More detailed advice and explanations are presented in Chapter 4: Preventing Sleep problems.
For most children, about 80%, all sleep problems can be prevented without much difficulty. Sadly, about 20% of infants have colic (Blog Post 43) that may make it more difficult to prevent sleep problems.
If your child has colic or there are these parental issues, a Community Sleep Consultant (Blog Post 27) might be helpful.
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