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Sleep Tips: When kids wake at night

Posted October 2, 2012 8:30 p.m. EDT

Irene Gouge of Loving Lessons Pediatric Sleep Consulting often hears from parents who are able to get their baby or child asleep at the beginning of the evening. The problem comes when the child wakes up throughout the night and can't fall back to sleep on his own.

Why can't they just fall back asleep? Because, sometimes, they don't know how, Gouge said.

If parents are rocking, feeding or holding a child until she is asleep, they likely haven't developed the skills they need to fall asleep on their own.

If you want your child to go back to sleep on his own, then you need to remove those so-called sleep crutches such as rocking or feeding with something else such as a sound machine or a lovey.

Gouge talks more about it in my video interview with her. Find more tips from Gouge in the box above and go to her website to learn more about what she offers. We'll have another tip next Wednesday.