Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Parents' Reports

Parents reports include sleep advice and sleep training stories from other parents who have had success with either extinction or graduated extinction.
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Healthy Sleep in Young Children Has Carryover Benefits in Adolescence

Benefits from early healthy sleep habits persist in preteens and teenagers, who continue, pretty much on their own, to get healthy sleep.
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Sleep Spa and Beauty Sleep

Sometimes I have recommended to teenagers who are short on sleep that they take a five-day “sleep spa” treatment. No, that doesn’t mean having their parents book them into an expensive resort! It simply means dedicating five days to going to sleep earlier than usual.
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Fathers

Fathers can help children sleep as well as mothers. Get dad on board!
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6-week crying peak

Antonio was born two weeks early and without difficulty. I remember thinking several hours after his birth that he was going to be a very easy boy, since my pregnancy and delivery were both routine and relatively easy. Three days after we brought him home, however, I realized that my expectations might have been a little off.
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Sleep Rules

Sleep Rules are designed for older children who understand consequences. 
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Consistency

Because of parental fatigue, parents may unintentionally become inconsistent and irregular in their responses to their infant. 
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Living with and Soothing a Crying / Colicky Baby

My son, now 4 months old, had colic. He lacked the ability to fall and stay asleep. He would startle at the slightest noise and required darkness in which to sleep.
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Night Wakings

Night waking may be associated with breastfeeding at night, a bedtime that is too late, or the failure of a child to learn self-soothing. Night waking is also a feature of babies with extreme fussiness/colic.
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Reset

Don’t be a slave to a rigid bedtime hour or nap schedule.  Once or twice a month, lighten up and enjoy holidays, family gatherings, or other special events. The well-rested child can easily tolerate infrequent missed naps or late bedtimes.  But the sleep debt accumulated from the special event needs to be repaid! After the special event or illness, your child might be short on sleep and the strategy is a reset: A super-early bedtime for one night only and overnight, you might have to ignore protest crying. After a long holiday, especially if you cross multiple time zones, prepare yourself for one nasty re-entry night when you return home to fill up the now empty sleep tank.
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Focus on Naps

When naps are going well, the bedtime might be a little later, but when naps are not going well, the bedtime needs to be a littler earlier. These reports include paying attention to early bedtimes.
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Early Bedtimes

Early bedtimes are based on drowsy signs (Blog Posts 7-9) because a late bedtime causes an increase in neurological arousal (a second wind) that interferes with falling asleep and staying asleep. Even a few minutes earlier might make a big difference (Blog Post 6).  Better night sleep will cause better naps and as a result, and eventually, your child will be able to stay up later. A temporary, super-early bedtime might be needed to get things going. The wake-up time might be only a few minutes earlier or surprise, she might sleep in later! Sometimes, a slightly earlier bedtime alone, while responding to all crying, is an effective sleep solution for a parent that does not want to let her child cry.
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Graduated Extinction and Extinction

Graduated Extinction and Extinction are safe and fast methods to help your child learn how to fall asleep at bedtime and return to sleep in the middle of the night unassisted (Blog Posts 24-27). Both methods work best when the bedtime is early, based on drowsy signs (Blog Posts 7-9) because a late bedtime causes an increase in neurological arousal (a second wind) that interferes with falling asleep. The younger the child is when you start, the better the outcome. Better night sleep will cause better naps and as a result, and eventually, your child will be able to stay up later. A temporary, super-early bedtime might be needed to get things going. When you establish an early bedtime, the wake-up time might be only a few minutes earlier or surprise, she might sleep in later!
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Related Blogs

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Blogs related to parent's reports
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  • 1. Graduated Extinction and Extinction
  • 2. Early Bedtimes
  • 3. Focus on Naps
  • 4. Reset
  • 5. Night Wakings
  • 6. Living with and Soothing a Crying / Colicky Baby
  • 7. Consistency
  • 8. Sleep Rules
  • 9. 6-week crying peak
  • 10. Fathers
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  | June 10, 2024
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More Sleep Makes Your Child Smarter

A healthy child needs a healthy brain. A healthy brain needs healthy sleep. Emotional health, mental health, and cognition are strengthened with healthy sleep. But what exactly is cognition?
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  | June 3, 2024
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Parents’ Decisions about SLEEP

Some parents make decisions that hinder their child’s sleep because of anxiety, depression, cognitive biases, maternal insomnia, marital conflict, lack of teamwork or ignorance about the value of healthy sleep for their child. 
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Blog 191
  | May 27, 2024
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No Longer ‘Nap-Trapped’

From thread in Blog Post 59
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Blog 190
  | May 20, 2024
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Your Baby Has an Older Sibling

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Blog 189
  | May 13, 2024
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Bed Sharing and SIDS

Bed-sharing means that the mother and her baby are sleeping together in the bed; ‘co-sleeping’ is another term describing this practice. 
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Blog 188
  | May 6, 2024
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Early Bedtimes Help: A Parent’s Report (From Blog Post 56 thread)

Our son had colic as an infant, so we held him constantly and let him nap in the carrier. He struggled to fall asleep at night and woke up frequently.
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Blog 187
  | April 29, 2024
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Naps: A Review (5 of 5)

In the past, between the ages of 4 and 6 years, a higher percent- age of children took naps, but they had fewer naps per week. 
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Blog 186
  | April 22, 2024
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Naps A Review (4 of 5)

Parents Offer Nap Opportunities
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