14 Tricks for Ending Bedtime Battles

childWhen the one-size-fits-all advice from the sleep experts doesn't seem to be working for you and your child, who are you going to turn to for help? Other experienced moms! We asked members of our Parent Soup communities to share their tried-and-true tips for getting their children to sleep. And presto -- an impressive 500 of you heeded the call. While most of you nursed, sang and soothed your children to sleep, sticking to the same routine seems key to sleep success! Virtually, all of you are slaves to ritual. If you find something that works, you stick with it!

 AUDIO: Click here to hear tips on getting kids to sleep from Dr. Alan Greene.

Here is a sampling of the best sleep advice offered by the parents of Parent Soup:

1. We have an air filter in our daughter's room that makes a low-grade noise. I think this helped her to learn to sleep at night.

2. I tried the sleep training thing, but I didn't like it. My son always seemed to get a bad night's sleep and would wake up feeling cranky. He'd cry so hard, he'd vomit. Rather than force him to sleep, I spend time getting him to relax before he goes to bed. After his bath, I give him a massage and read him a story and just try and wind down. If I sit quietly in his room, he usually just drifts off after 20 minutes.

3. My son has an early bedtime (between 6 pm and 7 pm). About 30 minute before bed, I sit and rock him and have quiet time with him on my lap. I then nurse him, carry him to bed and pat his pack while I hold him for a few minutes before putting him down.

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