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Diane Charles, MD Provider Pearl – “Sleep Training”

By Diane Charles, MD

How many times have you heard: “Put the baby to sleep awake but sleepy”; “Put the baby on a
schedule”; “Don’t nurse the baby to sleep”? 

Each child is different. Some are born wonderful sleepers and others need more help learning
to put themselves to sleep. If you have one of those children who was not born a natural
sleeper, it is not your fault. Each child will learn to settle in their own time, but you can help
them learn.  

Sleep Training.

When it comes to sleep training, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, even for different children within the same family. If it is your first child, you may be more willing to try the “cry it out” training method, letting a child cry in their bed until they fall asleep, than if you have a toddler in the room or next room, who gets woken by a second baby crying.  One of my favorite
sleep training methods is the “chair method.”  It is great for the baby who is used to falling asleep in your arms and can work well for toddlers with separation anxiety. The first step is to put the child in their crib awake but keep a hand on them, so they feel your touch the whole time. Once they have mastered that step – so they are calm and can be in their bed without screaming-  you then try sitting next to the crib, but not touching them. After mastering that step, move the chair back a little bit until you are out of the room. This could take many nights and may be a long slow process, so don’t get discouraged!

I think the most important thing to remember is that sleep training is incredibly personal and
the time to do it is when you as a parent are ready to start.

The bivalent COVID vaccine (also known as the Omicron variant COVID-19 vaccine) is now approved for all ages 6 months or over.

What this may mean for your child/children:

1) If they have received the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine already, then you are considered fully vaccinated at this point.

2) If your child is between 6 months and 5 years old, and have either not started the vaccine series, or have only partially completed the series, they will need to receive the bivalent vaccine(s) to complete that series.

3) If your child is 5 years or older and has never received the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, they likely have some antibody protection to COVID-19 and need just a single bivalent vaccine to be considered completely vaccinated.

If you have any questions about your child’s COVID-19 vaccine needs, please contact our office. You can contact our office at Towson by calling (410) 494-1369 or our Foundry Row location at (410) 526-7993.