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Giving your child adequate daytime sleep is important to ensure the nighttime sleep goes well too. Sleep is not something we’re born knowing how to do, so it’s up to mom and dad to ensure that those naps happen on schedule. Here are some common mistakes parents make and how you can avoid them. 1. Waiting too long – You should be putting your child down to nap at the first signs of tiredness. Your child doesn’t have something in her eye; she’s rubbing because she’s sleepy. If you wait...

Many parents struggle with getting their children to sleep at some point or another. Often it starts when your child is an infant and refuses to sleep throughout the night. That’s why it’s so important to establish good sleep habits at an early age which will make it easier to settle into a sleep routine you can stick with. A baby with good sleep habits will become a toddler with good sleep habits and parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they’ll have an easy time getting their toddlers...

During the first year of your child’s life, sleep is absolutely vital. Other than food and loving arms, your baby needs little else. It’s important that the space your baby sleeps in be as safe as possible, mostly to prevent SIDS, but also to facilitate restful sleep. Here is a list of tips you should use to ensure your child’s sleep space is safe. Use a firm sleep surface, like a sturdy mattress with just a fitted sheet. Keep blankets, pillows, bumpers or toys outside of an infant’s crib. Do...

For some families, mornings begin at 4 AM because the little one is ready for the day. Waking up too early means a long day for mom and dad and disrupted bedtime rituals. You’ll want to coach your baby to sleep later as soon as possible so it doesn’t become a habit. Early rising is usually caused by having a bedtime that’s too late (sounds illogical but it is true), nap deprivation, too much time between the final nap of the day and bedtime, or putting your baby to bed...

“20 more minutes pleaseeee!” We’ve all heard this plea from children when it’s time go to bed. It’s no secret that many little one loathe bedtime. Making them feel engaged and relaxed before bed is often a big to-do. Reading bedtime stories get old for both you and your child. Here are some awesome alternatives both you and your sweetie can enjoy before hitting the sack. 1. Create the bedtime story. Children love being creative. Instead of reading the same fairy tales, why not exercise your child’s vivid imagination and...

In order to provide safe and effective sleep for our kids, we have to optimize their sleep environment. That means making their sleep space as comfortable and non-disruptive as possible. Just like adults, too much light keeps children awake, but you’ll also be surprised to know that the color of the light is also important. The light-dark cycle we’re exposed to every day is how we regulate our sleep cycle (or circadian rhythm) and even some of the hormones in our body. However, we often put night lights in our children’s rooms...

October is SIDS Awareness Month and parents are encouraged to learn more about the risk factors involved in SIDS and what steps they can take to prevent it. SIDS is defined as the death of an infant, less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly and cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. Scientists have learned a great deal about SIDS over the last years and SIDS cases have decreased drastically, but there are still over 4,000 kids that die unexpectedly each year with no...

A bedtime routine is key to establishing a healthy, predictable sleep pattern. Just like you and I, babies need time to unwind and get their bodies and brains into position to sleep. If you scoop baby out of the middle of a lively game and drop him in the crib, you can’t expect baby to fall right asleep. You’ve got to coax him. A bedtime routine is also a great time of the day to bond with your baby. If you have a busy schedule and don’t get to spend...

Every parent needs to know how to swaddle their baby. It's an essential skill to have if you want your baby to get sound, restful sleep. It's also important for your family's sanity. When your baby is in the womb, she feels safe and secure because that's all she knows, so you want to simulate that environment for her by wrapping her tightly before she falls asleep. A good swaddle will also prevent her from startling herself awake at night. Here's how to swaddle your baby. 1. Lay a receiving...

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