SLEEP IS A 'DEEP' SUBJECT...Put on your diving gear...Dive In!
Step 1: Set house rules when your child is young...before they
learn to talk and use reverse psychology on you ;)
Step 2: Have a family meeting to discuss the schedule of events that will take place at home.
Step 3: Let your child know that he or she has 20 minutes to play on their floor and make
Step 4: Set a timer to help make limits clear. Just before you set the timer, let your child know that he or she is expected to use the toilet, wash his hands, be quiet and sleep after the timer goes off.
Step 5: Give your child a great big hug and ask him or her to either tuck you in the bed and give you a kiss; or you tuck him or her in the bed and give the kiss. If the child tucks you in, tell him or her to quickly get in the bed. Remember, it is the parents job to see that the child has actually made
it to the room. In other words, do not fall asleep if you get tucked in first :).
Help your child feel independent instead of like a baby. Your child will eventually follow the night time routine. Refrain from faulting your loving caregiver for how your home is managed. Kindly ask for help, and consult your child's doctor as needed. In fact, your doctor should be made aware of any behavior that you find unusual in your child. Sleep tight!
I like to refer to the many possibilities listed in the book,
SOLVE YOUR CHILD'S SLEEP PROBLEMS BY RICHARD FERBER,M.D
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR PEDIATRIC SLEEP DISORDERS
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, BOSTON
Old news is good news when you tweak it to fit your current needs.