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I have a hard time getting my little girl who is almost three to go to sleep. Her Navy dad started sailing again after being home for the first three years of her life. What can I do?
When drastic changes occur in a family's routine, expect sleep problems. Separation from dad is bound to keep any three-year-old awake at night. This is not the time to be tough. Your daughter needs the nighttime security of the one attachment person who remains constant in her life – her mother. Many military moms find it works best to have a preschool child sleep in their room, or even in their bed, while dad is away. Lie down together on your bed until your child falls asleep and then get up to resume your evening activities. When you retire for the night, you can leave her in your bed, move her onto a mattress at the foot of your bed, or transfer her to her own room. Beware of "sleep trainers" who advise you to let her cry it out. Your child has reason for nighttime insecurities right now, and if you respect them, you'll both probably sleep a lot better while dad is away.