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How parents deal with infant and toddler sleep problems
Common childhood sleep problems and how parents deal with them was the subject of a report in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The authors conducted a telephone survey of almost 300 parents with children 12 to 35 months of age. This dealt with the problems of infants' and toddlers' resistance in going to bed as well as awakening and crying episodes during the night. The methods parents use to deal with these problems and their attitudes towards these interventions were also part of the survey. Some of the interventions included in the study were toys or blankets in the crib or bed, pacifiers or bottles in the crib, cosleeping with parents, systematic ignoring or "crying it out", and progressively delayed responding to enable self-soothing.
The first basic issue addressed the actual prevalence of this …