Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:14 PM
I concur with Barry! Kids will actually learn how to put themselves to sleep but you've got to set them up for success! A well structured and reliable bedtime routine over time will prime their little brains for slumber. My first boy did not have this and we suffered! Horribly late nights, tantrums, he'd have a bad attitude during the day due to lack of sleep. . . Our next three were different and bedtimes go very smoothly.
We would do something simple that started at pretty much the same time every day: Dinner, Bath, Teeth Brushing, Storytime, Bed. When they're toddlers, they will let out a cry that makes mom and dad very anxious, but take Barry's advice. Go in the room, sing a song or two maybe, pat their back, and leave the room.