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I have five kids, and we have found this book invaluable: "Health Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Marc Weissbluth (on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1WdggMU). This has been invaluable for us in understanding our children's sleep rhythms, with practical advice on how to make it work for a variety of age groups. I would ask your child's doctor about sleep, and see if ...


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Maybe this seems odd, but at 7 months you just put them in a room (or separate rooms for twins) close the door and they will fall asleep eventually. If your wife is actively calming them down then they will not learn to nap, only learn how to get her attention. This is something my wife and I read about but did not have the inner strength to do until our ...


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The first thing I'd do is figure out whether she's having trouble getting out of bed because she's too tired. Most kids I've known fall into one of two camps: the ones that wake up on their own and are bright and chippy nearly right away, usually too much so for the parents; and the ones who don't wake up on their own, have to be woken up, and are very ...


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The “Checklist” strategy worked very well for us. For my 7-year-old, we created a few checklists including the following items: Items to do every morning until she is ready for school Items to do when she is back from school Items to do before going to bed I ask her to create the checklist with her handwriting. If she cannot write YET visual stickers or ...


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As with so many "resistance" problems, the answer, hard as it may be for parents to go with, is "natural consequences". In this case, she goes to school in her pajamas and Doona. (Just tell the teacher what's up.) ETA a rationale and a caveat: Caveat: make sure it is actually just resistance (power play) and not a genuine fear to something bad/hidden going ...


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I am having the same issue. My 5 year old daughter has just recently chose to sleep on the floor instead of her bed and she can't tell me why. I put her to bed in her bed and when I check on her later she is in her sleeping bag on the floor. I don't know why or what this means. She does not mention anything scary. Her bed is a more comfortable mattress than ...


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Our son began having a hard time with naps at that time too. Most behavioral issues for children can also be traced back to sleep habits, and usually they are a result of not having enough sleep. What we found through reading and experimentation is that a few more things were happening than just a rough nap time: Separation Anxiety. Leading up to the 18 ...


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I also agree with the Ferber method. Although you don't have to do it all night long. A child at that age who is breastfeeding most of the time will probably still need to eat at night. Especially at the age where she is exploring a lot more and isn't spending enough time during the day to eat a full feeding. It would be crazy to not feed during the night in ...


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You can use waffle-knit breathable blankets that don't allow a child to suffocate. Such as these: http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-2-Pack-Thermal-Blanket-Discontinued/dp/B001P307EK I wouldn't use an actual quilt until my child was in a large enough bed, probably at age 3-4.



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