4. When we tuck our son in, he gets a backrub and we have a real heart-to-heart chat til he drifts to sleep.
5. A bedtime routine is essential. When my kids were babies, I would nurse them and lay them down drowsy or awake (never fully asleep so they wouldn't form a bad habit of having to nurse to go to sleep). Now that they are older, we play games, read a book, then off to bed. On occasion, they will crawl in bed with us in the morning, especially on Saturday.
6. I recommend the family bed to people suffering from sleep deprivation. How can something be so bad that brings such great sleep to everyone in the family?....A good majority of us do grow into adults that end up sleeping with their partners. I think it can be a good thing for children to get used to having a warm body next to them at sleep time.
7. I put glow-in-the-dark stars and constellations on their ceilings so they can dream about the stars. We put up a "dream catcher" and talk about the legend of what a "dream catcher" is. We also try to read them happy stories at bedtime.
8. We found that our little guy was scared of the dark so we strung Christmas lights in his room to keep it dimily lit at night. (After we did this) he stopped screaming when he woke up at night.
9. We have a family bed where my daughter sleeps with us plus two 80-pound black Labrador Retrievers! Originally, the routine was to put my daughter down with a bottle and her doggie sisters....It's probably a good thing my spouse is frequently out of town!