How can I get my 20 month old to put herself to sleep at night?
Q: My daughter is 20 months old and all of a sudden we are having problems putting her to bed. We have always done a bath, stories, and then bed. We have always put her in bed awake and she puts herself to sleep. I am currently 5 months pregnant - not sure if that would send alarms off for her that things will be changing or what is going on with her. What can I do to ease her bedtime issues?
A: Actually the best thing to do is to do nothing and not make any changes. It is best to continue doing what you have always done. If you start making changes looking for a magic solution, it will simply confuse the issue and result in continued problems.
Answered by Dr. Jodi Mindell