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How to Help Your Child Sleep

Everyone needs a good night of sleep.  Recent research reported in a lecture at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies and reported in the August 2010 issue of Pediatric News, noted that “Parental emphasis upon a consistent bedtime emerged as the strongest predictor of favorable developmental outcomes at 4 years of age.  Preschoolers who averaged fewer than 11-12 hours of total sleep per 24 hour cycle had significantly lower test scores on language, early math, and literacy skills.”  A regular routine for sleep will help everyone in the household have a calmer day.  With that in mind, here are a few of the many references available for helping you and your child get a good night’s sleep.

American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child’s Sleep:  Birth Through Adolescence, American Academy of Pediatrics

The Sleepeasy Solution:  The Exhausted Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age 5 by Jennifer Waldburger, Jill Spivack

Bedtiming:  The Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep at Just the Right Age by Marc Lewis, Ph.D and Isabela Granic, Ph.D

Baby Facts:  The Truth About Your Child’s Health From Newborn Through Preschool by Andrew Adesman and William Sears

Sleep the Brazelton Way by T. Berry Brazelton, Joshua D. Sparrow

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