5th Edition: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
The new 5th edition of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child published in 2021 begins with a 16-page Step-By -Step Guide that is easy to read. It gives you all the core information you need on ‘How to Prevent Sleep Problems’ (3 steps), ‘How to Help Your Child Sleep Through the Night’ (3 steps). And ‘How to Treat Sleep Problems’ (4 steps). The book is a reference book, so you do not read it cover-to-cover. Instead, like a cookbook, please read only the section of interest to you.
Be sensitive to your cultural values and customs that impact your child’s sleep. (Blog Posts 14, 64 and 65).
Practice sleep banking when anticipating a period of reduced sleep. (Blog Post 63).
Glance at summary of Weissbluth Method. (Blog Posts 58 and 59). Review baby sleep advice from mothers: (Blog Posts 60, 61, and 62).
Provide opportunities for naps. Blog Posts 53, 54, 55, and 56. Parents’ Reports 3.
Start early to help your child sleep well and your child will sleep through the night at an early age. Blog Posts 16, 51, 49, 52 , 57 and 67.
The earlier you start to help your child develop healthy sleep, the better. (Blog Posts 16 and 57).
Become sensitive to your child’s temperament. (Blog Post 46). Mold an easier temperament for your child by helping your child sleep better. Blog Posts 47 and 48. Begin to help your child sleep well as early as possible. (Blog Posts 49, 57 and 67).
Seek professional help if your child is not sleeping well and you suspect parental anxiety or depression might be present. (Blog Posts 39, 40, 41, 42 and 45).
Accept the fact that your friends and relatives may not be aware of why a healthy brain depends on healthy sleep. (Blog Posts 38, 72 and 73)
Ignore myths such as sleep regressions or that teething or growth spurts disrupt sleep or that late bedtimes are fine because your young child is an “owl”. (Blog Posts 36, 37, 70 and 90A).
No television or digital electronic devices in child’s bedroom (Blog Post 21 and 22).
Some babies sleep better than other babies. Develop coping strategies to reduce stress if your baby has extreme fussiness or crying. About 20% of babies with colic might be encouraged to deveop self-soothing skills at 2 to 4 months of age. (Blog Posts 20, 43 and 44). Parents’ Reports 6, 9 and 10.
‘No Cry’ sleep solutions (‘Fading’ and ‘Check and Console’) may solve sleep problems. (Blog Post 19)
Communicate with each other and coordinate nighttime parenting practices. Consider delaying your response to nondistress sounds your baby makes at night by 5-10 seconds, especially after 3 months of age. (Blog Post 18).
Be emotionally available at bedtime. (Blog Posts 17 and 57).
Encourage self-soothing; the earlier the better. Consider leaving the room after putting your child down to sleep. Encourage partner to help care for the baby daytime and nighttime. (Blog Posts 16, 48–52, 57 and 77). Parents’ Reports 10.
Plan for healthy sleep by focusing on sleep quality, not just sleep quantity. Provide opportunities for naps based on drowsy signs. (Blog Post 15, 53–56) Parents’ Reports 3.
Make a sleep plan that you are comfortable with; be flexible and tolerant. It may be difficult to begin or choose a sleep solution (Blog Posts 14, 23 and 26). A Community Sleep Consultant may be helpful (Blog Post 27)
Become more aware of the difference between how you feel when well-rested versus mildly sleepy. (Blog Post 13).
Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule. (Blog Post 12).
Try to not respond immediately to every quiet sound your baby makes at night. (Blog Post 11). Parents’ Reports 5.
Practice soothing to sleep and consistent bedtime routines, every night, if possible. (Blog Post 10, 87, 89 and 90).
Focus on timing: The time when drowsy signs (Blog Post 9) begin to appear is the time when to begin your soothing to sleep (Blog Posts 28-35).
Respect your child’s natural sleep rhythms. (Blog Posts 8)
Encourage an early or earlier bedtime (even a slightly earlier bedtime may produce better sleep. (Blog Post 6, 68 and 69, 70, 74, 81 and 91) and especially at 6 weeks. (Blog Post 7) Parents’ Reports 2.
Recognize that a healthy brain requires healthy sleep. Protect Brain Development with Healthy Sleep. (Blog Posts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 38, 50, 51, 72, 73 , 75 and 76).