Sleep Tips for Parents

The SLEEP-EEZ KIDZ and SLEEP WELL / WORK WELL Top 10 Parenting Tips to Correct Sleep Issues

• If you teach your child good sleep habits EARLY, you will PREVENT sleep problems.

• Develop a REGULAR and AGE APPROPRIATE sleep schedule for your child and COMMIT to it.

• Develop a BRIEF and CONSISTENT nap time and bedtime ROUTINE. Children feel safe and comforted knowing what will occur at sleep time every day.

• Provide your child with MOTIONLESS SLEEP. This means no rocking, strolling, bouncing, etc. This will allow your child to learn to fall asleep unassisted.

• Put your child to sleep BEFORE becoming overtired. The MORE TIRED your child, the HARDER it is to fall asleep and stay asleep.

• An EARLY bedtime provides your child with ample opportunity to get the 11-12 hours of nighttime sleep NEEDED.

• Do not shorten or cut out naps hoping for a longer night of sleep. The MORE well rested your child is during the day, the BETTER your child will sleep at night.

• Parental CONSISTENCY in schedules, routines, and sleep training methods is the key to raising a good sleeper. Remember that CONSISTENCY and COMMITMENT lead to success.

• Think of sleep as a HEALTH ISSUE, just as you would nutrition. It is a basic biological need to eat and to SLEEP for both you and your child.

• In order to get the Zzzz's, you must follow the ABC's (ASSERTIVE parenting behavior, BELIEF in yourself and your child, and COMMITMENT to sleep training).

Contact Dr. Roban by calling (646) 504-9448 for additional baby and child sleep tips! Dr. Roban has shared the SLEEP-EEZ-KIDZ baby and child sleep tips with parents nationwide.  If you are interested in having pediatric sleep consultant Dr. Roban address your parenting group or working parents within your corporate wellness program, visit the healthy sleep contact page.