The Importance of Sleep Associations

Sleep associations can be a very important thing for helping your child fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. Sleep associations are what your child has or experiences in the few minutes before they nod off and fall asleep. For my daughter this is her nightlight, her stuffed animal, favorite blanket, the noise from … Continue reading The Importance of Sleep Associations

Bedtime Routine Tips

Here are a few reminders to help with your bedtime routine: Same place, same time, same order every night – The more routine you have, the better. In our house, it was and is bath, jammies, teeth, story, bed. As they’ve gotten older, we changed from us reading aloud for 20 minutes, to us for 20 and them … Continue reading Bedtime Routine Tips

Bedtime Routines

When they are done consistently overtime, bedtime routines can help children to fall asleep easier. Being structured can also help reduce the push back and power struggles that are common around this time of the day. Here are a few general guidelines. Same time, same place, same order every night. For a long time in our … Continue reading Bedtime Routines

Nap Time Question

Parent Question: My three-and-three-fourths-year-old doesn’t want to nap. It takes her time to fall asleep when she does nap, both at bed time and naptime. When she does nap, I would say that, on a 24 hour period, she sleeps 10-12 hours. How much sleep should she be getting in a 24 hour period? How … Continue reading Nap Time Question

Scared at Bedtime

Dear Dr. Rene, I have a three-year-old who recently started having bad dreams and would come into our room in the middle of the night. If I didn’t fall asleep, I would put her back in her own room. Now she’s afraid of her room saying there’s ghosts in there, is  afaid of the dark … Continue reading Scared at Bedtime

>Excuses for Sleep

>Hello Dr. Hackney, I have a 3 ½ year old and a 2 ½ year who share a room. We have a bedtime routine of bath time and reading two to three books. My husband and I then try to put our kids to bed by 8:15. The problem we are having is once we … Continue reading >Excuses for Sleep