On Sunday, March 13th, 2022 at 2am we “Spring Forward” with the Spring time change to welcome the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Brighter mornings and longer days are in our near the future! Still many parents fear this the time change as it may also bring early wakings which lead to cranky, sleep-deprived children.
While it seems like we spent weeks preparing for school to begin, now we are going to spend this weekend focusing on our ‘Post First Week of School Recovery’. Today ends our first full week of school (and preschool). Phew! Just as important as the back to school supplies, kids need time to recover from the exhausting week and so do YOU!
Soon children will be back in school, which means those late nights of catching fire flies and running barefoot until the sunsets will be replaced by the early bedtime. And that is ok! Sleep is important at any age. When children are well rested, they can be happier, more alert, and ready to learn! While school shopping is important, make reestablishing healthy sleep habits a priority. Here are a few tips to help you get your family back on track and ready for school!
February the month of “Love Day” (my 3 year old’s name for Valentine’s day), so it seems appropriate to share tips to help you get your child to LOVE sleep! Whether you have an infant that is taking short naps, a toddler that is waking during the night or a preschooler that is on a sleep protest, these tips can help your little one learn to LOVE sleep. 5 Tips to Help Your Child LOVE SLEEP
Sleep is a need! It is essential for your child’s growth and development. It is a healthy habit that we can help our children learn. For success, it is important to examine all the pieces of the puzzle in order to help establish healthy sleep habits in your family. The 5 Puzzle Pieces of Child Sleep Environment A child should always be placed down for sleep in a safe sleep environment. A consistent place for sleep will also help the child’s mind and body prepare for sleep•Follow the ABC’s of Sleep. Place your infant down Alone, On Back, In an Empty Crib for every sleep•Big kid bed and big kid room, make it safe!• Cool, calm and dark Sleep Associations A sleep association is a routine you follow that helps the mind and body relax for sleep (i.e. rocking and holding, feeding, patting/shushing, bouncing or swinging, etc.)•Place your child down calm but awake and in a safe, consistent sleep space•Avoid sleeping on the go and refrain from relying on sleep props Schedule Knowing a child’s sleep needs can help set them up for success to ensure they are getting the right amount of sleep and the best quality of sleep …
Setting up your child’s bedroom so it ideal for sleep can help everyone get some Zzzz’s! Creating a safe, cool, quiet and dark sleep environment will help your baby, toddler or child get more restful sleep. Here are a few of my favorite sleep products: Safe. We want to create a safe sleeping environment by always following the ABC’s of sleep. That means for baby’s they will be placed down for sleep in an empty crib (i.e. no blankets, bumpers, stuffed animals, etc.). Sleep sacks help to keep little ones warm and can be a cue for sleep. Plus, they come in all sizes! Make the nursery and home a safe environment by anchoring furniture, installing door knob covers or the door monkey lock, covering outlets, and securing windows and cords. Cool. A cool temperature is ideal for sleep. I like the The Gro Company Gro-Egg Room Thermometer to monitor the room temperature plus it’s soft light won’t interfere with melatonin production which is necessary for sound sleep. Quiet. White noise can help create a calm environment that muffles noises that occur outside of the room. Check out the Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural Sound Machine for a durable product that can …
If your family’s sleep habits have gotten a bit off track, it is time to reestablish some sleep rules. Sleep rules do not have to be complicated. In fact, simple rules are easiest for children to understand and follow. Have a family meeting and discuss the importance of sleep together. Let your child know that we are all committing to follow these rules as a family so we can all benefit from being a well-rested family! Sleep rules should be simple and direct. Discuss these rules with your little one and allow them to actively take a part of the discussion. Make a Sleep Rule Chart or Sleep Rules Book and review it with your little one before every sleep. Allow them to use stickers, color and decorate their sleep rules. They should be proud of these rules! Let them show off their Sleep Rules and share them with their family, friends and teachers. Example Sleep Rules: I lay quietly and I do not wake sleeping people. When I wake at night, I stretch my body and go back to sleep. I stay in bed all night. Once the rules are stated they will need to be followed. Let your child knowthat …
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