February 20, 2014:
DECIDE: Babies can learn to put themselves to sleep.
PRACTICE: Today, if you have a baby, talk with any other adults in your household about how you plan to leave your baby in her crib at sleep times even though you know she will cry for awhile.
Explain that you plan to do this so she can discover ways to calm herself down and fall asleep.
Explain that you know it will be hard to let her cry at first.
Explain that babies need to know they are going to be taken care of so you will set a limit on how long you will let her cry before you calmly and quietly go in an check on her and reassure her.
If you don’t have a baby, share this idea with someone you care about who has a baby.
To see more about letting babies cry, scroll down to “Getting Babies to Sleep” in our “Getting Kids to Sleep” post.
Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THE DREAM JAR. Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.
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Read the whole story at Getting Kids to Sleep.