Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
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Prevent Sleep Problems
March 13, 2023

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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

5th Edition: 
A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep

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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

5th Edition: 
Chapter 1 (only 16 pages!) outlines everything you need to know about your child's sleep.

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Introduction

A Healthy Child Needs a Healthy Brain, A Healthy Brain Needs Healthy Sleep

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.

Blog 122Prevent Sleep Problems

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.  

For some parents, there might be issues (Blog Posts 3942) that make prevention of sleep problems problematic. 

If your child has colic or there are these parental issues, a Community Sleep Consultant (Blog Post 27) might be helpful.

To stay up to date with my new latest work, make sure to subscribe to my sleep training blog today.

Comments

  1. Hello, my 4 month old sleeps 8-9 hours straight overnight. He wakes I feed him and I lay him in his crib awake after feeding. He takes about an hour to fall asleep on his own. Then up at 6. Is this normal, I am thinking of dropping that feeding. He’s close to 16 pounds.

  2. Thank you. Does your method eliminate the pacifier ? He sure does love that thing and associates that with sleeps

  3. Is it possible for a baby to get too much daytime sleep? We just established a 5:30 bedtime for our 16 week old and she naps 2.5 hours for the first two naps then about 45 min for her third and last nap, then bedtime. I’m worried we should be capping those first two naps so her overall daytime sleep isn’t so long.

  4. Dr. Weissbluth,

    I purchased your book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and I cannot find an answer I’m looking for. When baby is put down for a nap, how long do I let them sleep for? Until they wake? My 3 month old naps for long periods of time and I am unsure if I need to wake him. I’m hoping you can answer this for me. Thank you for your time and help.

  5. Hi,

    My 14 month old has slowly transitioned to 1 nap a day. For a while, he was only taking a morning nap and even though we would put him in his crib for his afternoon nap, he wouldn’t take it. So we slowly moved his morning nap and are now at a 12 pm nap (which I plan to make it to later when he starts day care). He usually naps from anywhere to 1 1/2 hours to even sometimes 3 hours (although that’s probably more rare). I originally was putting him to sleep around 5:30 pm or so when we were transitioning his nap. Or if he doesn’t take such a long nap, I would still put him in early. But he seems to have a very early wake up time, even when I put him in after 6 pm. There have been too many nights that he wakes up in the 4s and won’t go back to sleep, even though I leave him until 6 am or so. I read in your book about trying a later bed time in certain cases to try to make the wake up time later (even though I generally know to do earlier bed times). I’m not sure why he is waking up so early. I thought he has a pretty good routine.

    If you have any suggestions or something to try, that would be great. Thank you!

    1. I wish I had a simple answer to your concern. The discussion “The 5:30 Bedtime Rut” in my book addresses this issue.

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