Have you ever thought, that as we sleep we are in our most vulnerable and defenseless state. For this reason, it’s no surprise that many children crave the companionship, support and comfort of their parents as they wind down for bedtime. For those with common sleep issues, it’s characteristics that many children will make their way in your bed by way of habit and or to simply help comfort their fears.

Broken sleep patterns and sleep deprivation for parents is a very real health risk, for this reason, and may others it is important that a healthy sleeping routine and guidelines are set in the entire family.

But what do you do when your child refuses to sleep in their bed alone and throughout the night? Well, our special guest, Deb Herdman, is here to tell us exactly what that is.

Deb Herdman is a mother, registered nurse, sleep practitioner with over 10 years experience and one our partners at Kiddipedia. She is also an author of 2 e-books, composer and developer of the Nigh Nigh Lullaby and ever-growing nigh nigh brand. On a regular basis presents on radio and podcast, locally and internationally on how parents can get good quality sleep by providing sleep solutions that work.

We ask Deb questions including:

  1. How difficult can it be for parents to identify why their children won’t stay in their own bed?
  2. How important is it for parents to set boundaries for children’s night time routine?
  3. Can situations like this help build resilience in children?
  4. It’s common when transitioning from a co-sleeping scenario that children may cry worried they are going to miss their parents. What should parents do in this instance?
  5. How important is it to have nighttime routines structured?
  6. Should parents reduce the amount of choices for children and not ask too many questions before the children’s bedtime?
  7. Do you have any tips for children that have separation anxiety in extreme cases?
  8. What about when siblings observe their brother or sister throwing a tantrum, how can we limit this to one child and prevent other children from getting upset also?
  9. How can parents get children to cooperate?
  10. How would you best describe the dos and don’ts in this situation, starting with the don’ts?

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