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8-Early morning waking

Early morning waking Waking up before 6am can be exhausting for parents although children seem to cope better! Early morning waking is common in children 3 years and older, but they eventually grow out of it. The first step: Why…

1-checking method

Controlled comforting or checking method Controlled Comforting or the Checking Method (for older children) is a strategy for dealing with persistent settling and waking problems in children. It involves briefly comforting, settling and then leaving your child for short time…

1-Deep breathing

Helping your child relax: Deep breathing Teaching your child ways to relax can help them fall asleep at night. This hand- out discusses a method known as Deep Breathing. Other methods include the Worry Box, Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Visualisation.…

3-sleep association

Sleep associations Some children are unable to fall to sleep without the presence of a special person, thing or activity. This can stop children from falling asleep at the start of the night, and make it hard for them to…

7-sleepwalking

Sleep walking and sleep talking Sleep walking and sleep talking are when your child walks around or talks as if awake, but is actually asleep. Sleep walking and sleep-talking do not hurt your child, and most kids grow out of…

6-Nightmares

Nightmares and night terrors Nightmares are frightening dreams that usually wake your child. In a night terror your child suddenly becomes agitated, perhaps crying or screaming, looking panicked, sweating and inconsolable – however, this does not usually wake your child.…

5-Night terrors

Nightmares and night terrors Nightmares are frightening dreams that usually wake your child. In a night terror your child suddenly becomes agitated, perhaps crying or screaming, looking panicked, sweating and inconsolable – however, this does not usually wake your child.…

4-rewards

Rewards Rewards can really motivate a child to improve their behaviour. They work best if given soon after the behaviour not after a few days. After a couple of weeks, they may not work as well but by then you…

4-Bedtime Fading

Bedtime Fading If your child is taking more than an hour to fall asleep after your chosen bedtime, you may find that trying to put your child to bed at the earlier time results in bedtime struggles. For some children…

3-rewards

Rewards Rewards can really motivate a child to improve their behaviour. They work best if given soon after the behaviour not after a few days. After a couple of weeks, they may not work as well but by then you…