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What is the best method to use when you are trying to help your baby be more independent?

for example, to help them go to sleep on their own or just be able to sleep by themselves period!

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Asked by sexxi_mommy09 at 12:58 AM on May. 5, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • hahahaha wouldn't that be nice.... my toddler has to be forced to sleep. :(

    Answer by llansky at 1:01 AM on May. 5, 2009

  • time

    Answer by mamajody0507 at 1:16 AM on May. 5, 2009

  • Extra love, clear statements of what is going to happen (as in a daily/nightly routine) and a strict follow through. My kids were sleep trained when they were babies. Just know that if they're not HYSTERICAL, they'll survive a little crying at bed time if you do the steps I listed. It takes about a week but it's SOOOO worth it.

    Answer by kmingledorff at 1:19 AM on May. 5, 2009

  • Be there for them. Children are more likely to become more independent when they know that they will ALWAYS have you available to cuddle, comfort or just love on them if they need it. You wouldn't climb out on a limb if no one would catch you, would you? But if you knew someone absolutely would, regardless of time of day, you would be more willing.
    Children who get clingy generally are either going through a normal stage, or are insecure because they sense their parent trying to push them away. Respect their wants and needs, INCLUDING emotional. Just as you'd be hurt and insecure if your husband denied you a hug, your child will be too.

    So, again, just be there for your child. Let him choose when to break away from YOU. It's the healthiest way to foster REAL independence.

    Answer by RanaAurora at 2:30 AM on May. 5, 2009

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