Sleep Strategies: For the 9 to 18 Month Old Child - NorthBay Healthcare

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hi I'm dr. Bruce Hewitt and this segment

of our video series on helping your

child learn to sleep successfully covers

ages 9 to 18 months by 9 to 10 months a

baby's biological clock is mature and

they are synchronized to a 24-hour day

just like an adult

therefore wait times nap times and

bedtimes can be at the same time each

day which leads me to the most important

piece of sleep advice that I can give

keep your child's wait time the same

each day this is important because

modern lifestyles can be chaotic but if

you keep the wait time the same each day

you'll discover it's a lot easier to get

back on schedule

I actually think this advice applies

equally to childhood to adolescence and

to adulthood gradually the time spent

tending to them in the mid

the night will decrease in length and

your comfort measures will evolve from

picking them up and rocking them to just

patting them on the back to using your

sleep cues to just verbal comfort and

ultimately over maybe the course of two

or three weeks just using comfort

verbally from the door

for parents who worry about letting your

baby cry please keep this in mind the

main thing that gives the baby a sense

of security is the predictability of

what's going to happen next so if your

response in the middle of the ninth is

consistent your baby will quickly learn

that they haven't been abandoned but

they are safe and they will become more

confident sleeping throughout the night

but not your intervention

I would say that this age range is the

most problematic for parents if your

baby is still not sleeping through the

night please look at the sleep log

attached to this website fill it out

call the clinic make an appointment and

let's have a conversation now in our

next segment we will talk about one of

the most challenging sleep problems that

toddlers experience between the ages of

18 and 36 months