How To Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night

How To Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night

Back to Bed and Close the Door (for use with the cold turkey or controlled crying approaches)

Do the same as in game-plan I above, but this time tell your child that you are going to close the door and keep it closed for one minute. Tell him that if he is still in bed when you open the door you will leave it open and come and see him when the time is up, if he is out of his bed then you will shut the door for two minutes. Every time your child is still out of bed when you open the door close it again for a minute longer than you did last time. It may be hard for your child to understand all this at once. So you could just say, Get into bed, I’ll open the door in a minute’.

The only trouble with this approach is the undignified battles you may have with the door handle: you and your toddler on opposite sides of the door pushing and pulling. If you find yourself in this position, give thanks that you have such a tenacious child, but that you are still physically stronger than he is.

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Door Fixed Ajar (for use with the cold turkey or controlled crying approaches)

This solution is recommended by Dr Christopher Green in his blog Toddler Taming (1995). He calls it the rope trick. Many children are frightened when their bedroom door is shut at night, but nevertheless make a habit of coming out. You could try tying the door with some string so that it is just ajar. The gap you leave should be small enough to stop them squeezing out but wide enough to allow sufficient light to enter the room. It is imperative that if you choose this method of controlling your child’s wanderings, you make the gap too small for him to force his head through and get it stuck. Make the gap too large and this technique can be dangerous.

Alternatively, a stair gate fixed across the bedroom door can work well unless your child can climb over it. Move away any objects from the doorway that could be climbed.

How To Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night

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