Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Parents Do The Craziest Things To Get Their Kids To Sleep

PHILADELPHIA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some parents of newborns do the craziest things to get their tots to slip into la-la land – like humming the theme song to Bonanza night after night.

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 won’t be able to snooze without the unusual activity being performed.

And that’s 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 they’re drowsy but not asleep, so they’ll 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 Night’s Sleep (Harper Collins).

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