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Category: Sleep Training and Coaching

The Benefits of an Early Bedtime — Tips from the Sleep Lady

The Benefits of an Early Bedtime — Tips from the Sleep Lady I often get questions from parents about their children’s inability to stay asleep. These questions usually involve night waking, children who refuse to go to sleep at ‘bedtime’, or early risers. I’ve found that quite frequently these same children have bedtimes that push…

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Quiet Time for Toddlers: Tips for Dropping the Afternoon Nap

Quiet Time for Toddlers: Tips for Dropping the Afternoon Nap As much as we parents would love for our babies to stay babies, they grow up so quickly. And part of this growth involves changes in their established sleep patterns, most notably, naps. Most children give up their nap by 4 years old, but that…

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My Two-Year-Old Wakes Up Screaming At Night! What Can I Do?

My Two-Year-Old Wakes Up Screaming At Night! What Can I Do? A reader named Beth wrote in and asked me to help her with her. Beth’s toddler wakes up screaming at night, and she is running out of ideas. Night Terrors Big Beds Changes at the home Using The Shuffle Beth’s Toddler Wakes Up Screaming…

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My Baby Learned to Stand and Now He Won’t Sleep Through!

My Baby Learned to Stand and Now He Won’t Sleep Through! Parents have written to me often about this topic. As soon as their baby learned to stand, they won’t sleep. Here are two of those questions, along with my advice to help them through. Two of those notes are featured here, and I’ll help…

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Sleep Training a Four-Year-Old — Ask the Sleep Lady

Sleep Training a Four-Year-Old — Ask the Sleep Lady A mom named Ally wrote to my Facebook page asking about sleep training a four-year-old. She asked: My daughter is almost four years old and has been having a hard time lately falling asleep without our assistance. She needs us to hold her hand, snuggle or…

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Bedtime Routine for Toddlers — Soothing and Predictable

Bedtime Routine for Toddlers — Soothing and Predictable For toddlers and preschoolers, the bedtime routine can often be the most challenging part of the day. It means another transition and separation from you, at the same time that everyone in the household is a bit tired and sometimes frazzled from a long day, especially when…

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Getting Your Toddler to Stay in Bed at Bedtime and All Night Long

Getting Your Toddler to Stay in Bed at Bedtime and All Night Long As toddlers grow, their bodies and minds need to adjust to the shift of weaning themselves off of naps and appreciating the benefits of a longer night’s sleep. Between the ages of two and three, average toddler sleep needs drop to about…

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Starting Sleep Training? 10 Steps to Take BEFORE You Start

Starting Sleep Training? 10 Steps to Take BEFORE You Start When your baby reaches the 6-month mark, the first thing on your mind is starting sleep training. To make things go as smoothly as possible, there are some boxes to check before you start. This comprehensive list includes the information you need: Make sure you…

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Why Newborns Wake at Night and 10 Things You Can Do About It

Why Newborns Wake at Night and 10 Things You Can Do About It Some newborn babies seem to be born as night owls, with longer stretches of sleep during the day and wanting to be entertained at night. Newborns are not born with fully developed circadian rhythms, which is why newborns wake up so often….

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My Baby Wakes Up 30 Minutes After Falling Asleep at Bedtime

My Baby Wakes Up 30 Minutes After Falling Asleep at Bedtime “My 8-month old is sleeping beautifully thanks to your program except that every night after she goes to bed, my baby wakes up after about a half an hour and cries for at least 20 minutes. She goes to bed at 7:30 p.m., but…

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