Infant and Toddler Sleep Disorders


This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse and other sources. Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Note that some videos may be viewed online, and journal titles will take you to the publisher’s homepage.

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Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle : A Parent’s Sleep Guide for Infants and Toddlers
Melissa Guida-Richards
Skyhorse, 2020  
This book includes more than ninety tips and tricks and discuses common nighttime hurdles such as sleep training, getting baby to nap when they don’t want to, weaning babies who breastfeed to sleep, handling sleep regressions, and more.
Only available as an eBook 

It’s Time to Sleep In Your Own Bed
Lawrence Shapiro
New Harbinger Publications, 2008
This compassionate children’s book follows Alex as he struggles with his feelings about sleeping in his room, learns his bed is a special place and finally goes to sleep by himself in his own bed.
Call#: WM 188 S529 2008

The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Audio book)
Elizabeth Pantley
Tantor Audio, 2018
This audiobook on CD is to help sleep-deprived parents of children ages one to five offer their children loving solutions to get the rest they need. A gentle, child-centered approach is used to help children overcome sleep problems.
Call#: WM 188 .P364 2018

Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions
Lisa Meltzer
American Psychological Association, 2015
This book presents behavioral interventions for common pediatric sleep problems. Step-by-step instructions show readers how to clinically assess and treat children from toddlers to teenagers, and case examples apply the instructions to real-life scenarios.
Call#: WM 188 .M496 2015

Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs
Mark Durand
Brookes Publishing, 2013
From bedtime tantrums to bedwetting, sleep problems can be one of the biggest sources of worry and frustration for parents of children with special needs. Help is here in this down-to-earth, nonjudgmental guide packed with widely tested, easy-to-use techniques that work for all children, with and without disabilities.
Call#: WM 188 .D931 2014
Also available as an eBook 

The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep – from Birth to Age 5
Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivak
Health Communications, 2007
The authors provide a customized sleep plan, clear step-by-step instructions and emotional support as your child learns.
Call#: WM 188 .W157 2007

Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep?
Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
HarperCollins, 2006
Based on the personal experience of parents as well as up-to-date scientific research, this book focuses on the topic of sleep deprivation and its solutions as a way to look at child behavior and development issues.
Call#: WM 188 .K96s 2006

Sleep Well on the Autism Spectrum: How to Recognize Common Sleep Difficulties, Choose the Right Treatment, and Get You or Your Child Sleeping Soundly
Kenneth J. Aitken
Jessica Kingsley, 2013
This book is targeted to parents of children on the autism spectrum who have trouble sleeping. This book has information on how to get these children to sleep and how to determine if your child has a sleep disorder or not.
Call#: WL 108 .Ai93 2014

Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders : A Guide for Frazzled Families
Terry Katz and Beth Ann Malow
Woodbine House, 2014
Pinpoint and solve the problems underlying sleep difficulties and improve your entire family’s quality of life with the effective interventions found in this easy-to-understand and empathetic guide to good sleep. This book is based on a multi-year study of sleep in children with ASDs which concluded that parent training was the key to resolving children’s sleep problems.
Call#: WL 108 K1591 2014


Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
23 min; DVD
Medical Center for Health Concerns, 2006
This video shows how to help babies soothe themselves to sleep, hints for enhancing your child’s sleep environment, how babies learn the differences between day and night and a gentle 4-night program to eliminate post-midnight feedings.
Call#: WM 188 H483 2006

The Sleepeasy Solution for Crib Sleepers
97 min; DVD
Sleepy Planet, 2007
This video is a complement to the book with the same title. Highlights include the 6 sleep stealers that cause most sleep problems in children and a step-by-step guide to solving your child’s nap and nighttime sleep problems.
Call#: WM 188 .W157d 2007


Children and Sleep
This article has information about children and sleep and provides tips to make sure your child gets a full night’s sleep.

How Much Sleep Your Kids Need: Recommendations by Age
Healthy sleep habits for children are important. These tips can help to set up healthy routines.

Web Resources

How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained
The AAP’s updated policy statement and technical report includes new evidence that supports skin-to-skin care for newborn infants; addresses the use of bedside and in-bed sleepers; and adds to recommendations on how to create a safe sleep environment. Also in Spanish.

Establishing Healthy Sleep Habits (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

SIDS: Back to Sleep
Losing a baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a tragedy that grieves parents, family members, friends, and others who care for the child. The good news is that all of those who provide care for an infant can help reduce the risk of SIDS. Also available in Spanish and Polish.

ZZZs, Please! Bedtime for Preschoolers
Getting enough sleep is important for your child’s mental and physical development. Although there isn’t one sure way to raise a good sleeper, the key is to try from early on to establish healthy bedtime habits. Also available in Spanish and Polish.