- Determine which parent would be most likely to be emotionally available and designate them as the parent who puts the child to bed. If possible, have both parents present!
- Demonstrate emotional availability by:
- being sensitive to your child's needs; respond to demands and requests with warmth and connection.
- set developmentally appropriate limits and scaffold your child's activities.
- respect your child's autonomy and personal space.
- suppress your anger or hostility and interact lovingly with your child.
While it is not possible to respond in the above ways 100% of the time, the more you do, the more likely you will be to increase your child's sleep quality.
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So, do you think this will increase the quality of your child's sleep? Have you tried being more emotionally available at bedtime? If so, has it seemed to work?
Teti, D. M., Kim, B., Mayer, G., & Countermine, M. (2010). Maternal emotional availability at bedtime predicts infant sleep quality. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(3), 307-315. doi:10.1037/a0019306
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