As many of you know, I've been hired to write a book about helping your baby or toddler sleep. It's going to be sort of a collection of parent-to-parent advice, tips, strategies, and general thoughts on the subject, so I wanted to solicit my (several) readers for contributions. (I've posted on a couple of "parenting" message boards but have gotten very little response so far. If any of you know about any online parent groups whose members are thoughtful and active and at least marginally articulate, I'd love to hear about them.) Here are some questions to get the ball rolling; please feel free to answer any or all of them, or suggest other topics, or go off on your own tangents. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just write comments here. And of course, please pass along my request to anyone you know who might be interested—I need all the input I can get. Thank you!
What would you tell new parents that might help the whole family get more and/or better sleep?
What is your philosophy of parenting (if you have one) when it comes to helping your child sleep? How does breastfeeding or formula feeding impact that?
Have you changed your mind about any sleep-related issue since your baby was born, have your expectations regarding sleep changed over the months or years, or have you changed your approach for some reason?
Are there any non-cosleeping breastfeeders out there who get full nights' sleep regularly (I'm one, and I don't yet!)?
I understand that "sleeping through the night" is not the same thing as getting enough sleep and that it's not necessarily a productive way to think about sleep (especially when you're breastfeeding), but has anything in particular contributed to improving the quality or quantity of your sleep and/or your child's daytime and nighttime sleep?
What happens when your baby sleeps well but you don't—do you have any advice for moms and dads who lay awake listening for their children at night?
What about bedtime rituals or routines? Do they help more at certain ages than at others?
What do you think about schedules and set nap- or bedtimes?
Take me through a typical day with you and your baby or toddler (does anyone have "typical" days with a baby?). How often does he need to nap? How long does he sleep at night? How do you know when it's time for your kid to sleep?
When did your kid start to sleep through the night regularly, if she has yet?