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Tackle the most common bedtime problems with the parenting tips in these videos.
You Will Need
- Calendar and stickers
- Toy (optional)
- Blanket (optional)
Create a routine
Create a firm and consistent bedtime routine for your child. Make sure the time and routine work well for the entire family and occur when the child is beginning to settle down and become tired.
Be firm about your routine and middle-of-the-night interruptions. If your plan is to not allow co-sleeping, do not give in to your child.
Recognize the child's fears
Do not disregard a child’s fears. It could be worthwhile to indulge them -- help them search for monsters or ghosts and install a nightlight.
Offer your child rewards for sleeping through the night. Place stickers on a calendar to mark each night the child stayed in their bed. At the end of a full week, reward them with a toy or a piece of candy.
Reassure your child
Reassure your child of your commitment to their security and safety. Make sure they understand that you are close by and that they are safe in their own room.
Consult a doctor
Consult a doctor if the problem does not cease. There may be anxiety issues or other sleep disorders that need to be addressed by a professional.