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Sleep Difficulties in Preschoolers

Whether you're eager to help your preschooler begin sleeping alone for the first time, or you have a child who's suddenly developed bedtime resistance, find ways to help everyone get a good night's rest.


Q: I have a 4 year old who still sleeps in bed with me and my husband. We have tried and tried to get him out, but he cries for hours and eventually we give in. What should we do?

Q: My 5-year-old daughter has recently started throwing fits at bedtime. When I tell her it is time to brush teeth and get jammies on, she says she has a scary feeling and points to her belly. My husband and I have tried everything we can think of, but we can't seem to ease her fears. We have stayed and read stories, sung songs, and prayed together. We have also tried the quick good night approach. None of it works. She still screams and demands that I be with her until she falls asleep. Then everything is fine for the rest of the night. We are puzzled since this never happened when she was younger