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Proven bedtime solutions for parents of preschool and elementary school children —— from a Yale doctor
While there are plenty of resources available to establish healthy sleeping patterns for babies and toddlers, there’s very little guidance for parents who want to help their preschool and elementary school children (ages 3 – 10) sleep well.
All parents want to teach their children to be great sleepers but sometimes they feel unsure about how to achieve this goal without anxiety and tears. They may even have considered seeking help from a professional sleep coach but they may be concerned that:
- this type of help might be too expensive
- the methods suggested by the sleep coach might involve lots of “crying-it-out.”
However, parents can be very effective sleep coaches for their children once they understand the reasons that sleep difficulties start in the first place, and learn exactly what to do about these. Countless numbers of parents, with all of the right intentions, make two common mistakes at bedtime, ones that are almost guaranteed to make their children poor sleepers. These two mistakes are:
- staying with their children until they are completely asleep at bedtime
- granting too many requests after lights out (hoping that their children will finally fall asleep if all of these requests are granted).
Parents make these mistakes out of frustration and, frankly, even out of desperation, but these mistakes result in children who stay awake longer at bedtime and, perhaps even worse, children who are often awake for long periods during the night.
Parents can use Dr. Schneeberg’s simple 5-Step Guide to address these two mistakes and teach their children to fall asleep quickly, easily, and independently (and without any crying-it-out!). They can feel confident about trying this approach because it is based on solid behavioral research and extensive clinical experience.
The 5-Step Guide shows parents how to:
Step 1: Prepare children’s bedroom for great sleep
Step 2: Use the proven 5B Bedtime Routine every night
Step 3: Teach their children to self-comfort as they work their way out of the room
Step 4: Limit “callbacks and curtain calls” after the bedtime routine is over
Step 5: Manage night wakings and early morning wakings
Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach also contains practical and proven advice on dealing with bed wetting, sleep walking, night terrors, and other sleep issues.
“A tremendous resource that will teach you exactly how to solve your child’s sleep problems.” — From the Foreword by Meir Kryger, MD, author of The Mystery of Sleep
“Schneeberg, a behavioral sleep psychologist who specializes in pediatric sleep problems, introduces a simple, five-step plan for families hoping to help their children develop the ability to sleep soundly and independently….” Read the full review in the 9/1 issue of Booklist!