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The Sleep Files

Thursday, February 09, 2006
There's never been a shortage of wacky sleep advice for tired parents:

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  • "Make the baby's time-table fit yours. It is wise to start him on [a regular schedule] when he's tiny: most hospitals will help you work out such a schedule and train the new baby to it for a few days before he goes home." - 1920s behavioral psychologist John B. Watson, Care of Infant and Child (1928)

  • "The place where baby most likes to sleep is the place where he must not be." - The Glaxo Baby Book (1921)

  • "Occasionally, a child just refuses to stay in bed, and every night there's a battle-royal. Although it sounds cruel, the best solution for this lies in tying, in 6 to 8 places, a tennis or badminton net over the top of his crib. This is a very effective method of keeping a child in his bed....Leave the bedroom door open, so your child doesn't feel totally imprisoned." - Better Homes and Gardens Baby Book (1970)

(From the research files for my book Sleep Solutions for Your Baby, Toddler, and Preschooler: The Ultimate No-Worry Approach for Each Age and Stage)

| posted by Ann D @ 11:24 AM