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Getting Your Kids To Sleep – Guest Dr. Melisa Moore. Episode 18

This week we have an episode addressing a concern for ALL parents.  We are discussing the issue of SLEEP!  Yep, do you remember what that is?  We are talking to Dr. Melisa Moore.  Dr. Moore is a  clinical psychologist in the sleep center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine.  She sees patients, teaches, and conducts research in pediatric sleep, and is also a sleep expert on the Pediatric Sleep Council’s website which is   If you are having sleep issues with your baby, toddler, or teenager, you will want to listen!   Here is what we talked about:

  • Dr  Moore’s background
  • Normal sleeping behaviors for various ages  
  • Establishing a healthy bedtime routine
  • Ways to avoid children becoming too dependent on their routine
  • Age to start a bedtime routine
  • Advantages of sound machines, alternatives for them, and cautions when using them.
  • Babies using pacifiers
  • Tips for getting kids to fall asleep on their own
  • Sleep training by having your child “cry it out”
  • An appropriate age to let your kids cry through the night
  • The family bed
  • Teaching your child to fall asleep independently
  • The Problems with screen time before bedtime
  • Use of Melatonin in children to help them fall asleep
  • Making the transition from the crib to the bed
  • Disciplining at bedtime (Use of bedtime passes)
  • Transitioning kids out of the family bed
  • Dealing with kids waking up during the night
  • How to handle night terrors
  • Correlation between adolescent sleep and physical functioning
  • Suggestions for getting your teens to go to sleep
  • Napping and teenagers
  • National Baby Sleep Day.


Mom Squad Challenge: No electronics in the bedroom!  If moms can’t do that, put your electronics on the other side of the room.  For children: No electronics in the bedroom!


Baby Sleep Day

Baby Sleep day: On March 1st from 9am-8pm EST is Baby Sleep day.  During this time the Pediatric sleep council, a team of pediatric sleep experts from all over the world will answer parents sleep questions via facebook at

  The pediatric sleep council’s website. information on this website is supported by research.  You can find answers to frequently asked questions and video clips.

The National sleep foundation:

Book Recommendations: Sleeping Through the night, by Jodi Mindell

2 Comment

  1. I have a co-sleeping 7 month old and it’s beginning to be a problem and there were some really good tips, especially about the learning to fall asleep alone first before you can expect them to stay asleep on their own and it’s ok to take them back in while they’re learning. I’m not going to ruin it!
    I laugh out loud every episode, thanks for bringing lightness to my day!

    1. I’m so happy that you felt like you learned something on the episode! I did as well. Thank you so much for the comment. You’ve got this! And thank you for listening!!

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