Sleep Issues with Adopted Kids

Getting your child to sleep and keeping them there is a huge issues for all parents, but is especially tricky for adoptive parents. How can they build attachment while also getting a good night sleep? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Beth Friedberg, a LCSW and Associate Director of the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin Services to Families & Children, and a panel of 3 moms who have helped their adopted children through sleep struggles.

Hit the Highlights
  • How does adoption impact sleep? Does it depend on the type of adoption, or age of child at adoption?
  • How do you know when it is ok to let your adopted child learn to self-soothe through longer crying/fussing before you go into them or comfort them?
  • How to strike the balance between creating attachment and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Tips for sleep issues when first home with a newly adopted child.
  • How to establish healthy sleep patterns that fit with your family goals after you have established attachment.
  • Co-sleeping: advantages and disadvantages.
  • At what age should you no longer stay with your child while he falls asleep?
  • How to cope with tantrums at bedtime?
  • What might trigger tantrums at bedtime?
  • How long should children be allowed to sleep with the light on?
  • How to help a child that doesn’t want to go to sleep until everyone in the family is in bed.
  • A child adopted from Korea may be used to sleeping with foster parents. What is the best way to transition the child to sleeping on her own?

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