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Rapid return

  • After putting your child to bed and kissing them goodnight, the last thing your should say to them is ‘sleep time’ and leave the room.
  • Wait outside the bedroom and as soon as your child gets out of bed or stands up, you return immediately with no eye contact or conversation except saying ‘sleep time’. Put your child back into bed/lay them down and leave the room again.
  • Repeat this until your child is asleep. 
  • At first you may have to repeat this many times, but gradually if you consistently follow this approach, your child will learn to self-settle and go to sleep quickly.
  • If your child wakes up in the night, repeat the same approach. 
  • Remember consistency is key.