If you're the parent of a two-year-old, then you're not getting enough sleep. Who ever does when living with a toddler that age?
Toddlers are pretty amazing and so delightful (some of the time). A developmental understanding of why toddlers have difficulty getting to sleep and sleeping through the night will definitely help you and make your toddler even more adorable (maybe tolerable is a better word.)
Parenting Guide to Toddler Sleeping will make your life easier. With wit and understanding, based on his 50 years of treating children and their parents, child psychiatrist Calvin Colarusso M.D., clearly describes the developmental issues that explain why toddlers are not the best sleepers in the world. And he gives practical suggestions on how to manage bedtime intruders and get a good nights sleep.
This book will help you level the playing field, so you will have at least an equal chance of managing your toddler's endless energy and negativism.
The book contains information on:
Problems with co-sleeping, at any age
The importance of appropriate weaning and toilet training.
The reasons for the "Terrible Twos"
The need for a bedtime ritual to facilitate the transition from active play to quiet sleep
The reasons why toddlers have difficulty falling asleep and sleeping through the night
Dr. Colarusso is a Board Certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego. He is also a Training and Supervising Analyst in child and adult psychoanalysis at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute and an internationally known lecturer to students, professionals and the general public on many aspects of normal and pathologic development.
His books and professional papers have been published in English, Spanish and Korean. See www.calbooks.info.
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So-so: A taste of some issues
I liked that the book just kind of confirmed how common night waking and bed time issues are for toddlers. It listed some issues.. but they were basic and didnt really tell you how to resolve them. Also, I'm not sure I agree with the recommendation that breastfeeding past 1 and co-sleeping are an issue. I didnt co-sleep but I think the issues couldve been just as successfully addressed without that bit. It was ok
It was a little robotic