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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  • 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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  | August 8, 2022
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Why Early Bedtimes Are Important

Some statements are easy to understand and easy to study, for example: “teething causes sleep disruptions”. This popular myth, and others are clearly identified as false statements in scientific publications.  
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  | August 4, 2022
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Fake News on Instagram

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Blog 90
  | August 1, 2022
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Bedtime Routines #4

At bedtimes, do you leave the room after soothing or stay until your child is in a deep sleep state? Leaving the room after soothing predicts better sleep for your child.
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Blog 89
  | July 25, 2022
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Bedtime Routines #3

Bedtime routines help children calm down before falling asleep because children learn to associate the routines with the natural state of relaxed drowsiness.
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Blog 88
  | July 18, 2022
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Cultural Differences in Maternal Sleep-Related Cognitive Biases

"Expectant mothers who strongly tended to interpret infant night-waking as a sign of infant distress that requires immediate intervention were more likely to get actively involved in settling their infants to sleep, and their infants had more night-wakings, compared to infants of mothers who were more likely to endorse cognitions emphasizing the importance of promoting infant self-soothing."
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Blog 87
  | July 11, 2022
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Bedtime Routines (#2)

“More bedtime routine consistency predicted less nighttime waking and sleep problems, and more bedtime adaptive activities predicted longer sleep duration and fewer sleep problems.”
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Blog 86
  | July 4, 2022
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Cumulative Sleepiness & Subjective Blindness to Sleepiness (#3 of 3)

If you allow your child to have consecutive nights of insufficient sleep, your child’s brain will never adapt to the insufficient sleep.
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Blog 85
  | June 27, 2022
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Cumulative Sleepiness & Subjective Blindness to Sleepiness (#2 of 3)

Insufficient sleep degrades the brain’s function. The more sleep the brain gets, the better it functions. The effects of inadequate sleep on brain function and performance are well-documented.
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