While such unusual methods may seem like a miracle to parents desperate to get their little ones to snooze, they could be a guarantee of many more sleepless nights, according to Jodi Mindell, an expert in pediatric sleep problems.
She says parents who turn in desperation to running the vacuum or sitting the pipsqueak on top of the clothes dryer set up a pattern where their child soon wont be able to snooze without the unusual activity being performed.
And thats bad news for parents unless you like the idea of having to sing the theme to Bonanza at 2 a.m. every morning.
Mindell says the best solution is simple: Place the child in their crib when theyre drowsy but not asleep, so theyll learn to soothe themselves to sleep.
She shares other tips in the book, Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents Can Get a Good Nights Sleep (Harper Collins).
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