The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Does your toddler or preschooler have sleep issues -- does he refuse to go to bed, fuss about naps, crawl out of his bed and into yours, go to sleep too late or wake up too early? On June 8, 2005 Elizabeth Pantley joined us with advice for getting your child to go to bed, stay in bed, and sleep through the night.
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Sleep is such a huge issue because when children are not sleeping, parents are suffering their own lack of sleep, and sleep deprivation affects every minute of every day for every person in the family. As a mom of four I have plenty of personal experience in my history!
The good news is that every child can have better sleep when parents know how to identify the issues, and when they learn what solutions to apply in their own case. I am ready to talk with you about your questions.
When your child goes to sleep with a specific sleep aid -- like a bottle, pacifier or breastfeeding, or rocking -- she will look for that same situation whenever she wakes between sleep cycles. So what we want to do is gradually help her to fall asleep without the bottle in her mouth! First, start giving her less liquid in the bottle (You can buy cute bottles that hold less fluid.) Then, start diluting the liquid (milk/juice) with water; it won't be so interesting then. (You can give her a CUP of milk.) Eventually the bottle will lose its appeal. Those are some great first steps to take.
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