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Tablets, Touchscreens, and Toddlers: How to Get Connected Kids the Sleep They Need

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Does your preschooler grab your smartphone and seem to make it do things you don’t even know how to do? Have you ever seen your toddler navigate a learning website with aplomb? It won’t be long before our children surpass us in techno-savvy skills! Learning to navigate the world of technology is going to be a natural part of our children’s world. Touchscreens are everywhere. It’s not just our smartphones….

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Routine for 18-Month-Old: Does Rocking Keep Her From Sleeping Well?

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Hi! I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video I’m going to answer Bonnie’s questions about routine for 18-month-old toddlers. Here’s what she wrote: Hi! My 18 month-old sleeps great at night, but naps are a totally different story. I’ve been trying to push her to one nap a day from 2, but she only lasts till about 11 am. When I put her to sleep, she seems…

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Newborn Sleep: Is There a Typical Newborn Schedule?

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For anyone looking for the answer to the question, “What does a newborn sleep schedule look like?” The answer is simple: There isn’t such a thing as a “normal” newborn sleep schedule. That’s probably not the answer you were hoping for, but you may find it helpful to learn a little bit more about what goes on with your baby’s sleep from birth until three months old. Brain Development According…

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It’s Nap Time! Your Essential Nap Guidelines for Ages 0-4

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This article about nap time originally appeared on US News & World Report Wellness. Nighttime sleep isn’t the only sleep you should be concerned about for your child. Until the age of 4 or 5, most children can’t get all the sleep they need during the night. Helping your child develop an age-appropriate, flexible nap routine is essential not only to ensure adequate rest, but for your child’s overall health. Naps…

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Time for Gentle Sleep Training – My Baby Cries When I Put Her Down Awake

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Hi. I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video I’m going to answer Mary’s question that she posted on my Facebook page: “When I put my ten-month-old down awake enough, she cries and looks for me and sits up and won’t lay herself down to go back to sleep. She only wants to be held and consoled. I don’t know if it’s teething or a sleep regression. Help!”…

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Sleep Schedules – Your Two-and-a-Half to Five-Year-Old

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Preschool Sleep Patterns Between ages two and three, average sleep needs drop to about ten and a half hours a night, plus an hour-and-a-half afternoon nap*. Four year olds need eleven and a half hours at night, and most no longer nap daily, although they do need about forty-five minutes of quiet time each afternoon and possibly an occasional nap. Five year olds sleep about eleven hours a night, and…

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Sleep Schedules – Your Eighteen Month to Two-and-a-Half-Year-Old

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How much sleep do toddlers need? That is a question that has many answers, and it depends on the age of the toddler. An eighteen month old on average sleeps eleven and a quarter hours at night and two and a quarter hours during one midday or afternoon nap*. At age two, sleep requirements drop to eleven hours at night and two during the day. Over the next year that…

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Sleep Schedules – Your Thirteen to Eighteen-Month-Old

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At this age toddlers need an average of eleven and a quarter hours of uninterrupted sleep at night and two and a quarter to two and a half hours during the day*. Children at the younger end of this age bracket take two naps, in the morning and afternoon, but by eighteen months most consolidate to one midday or afternoon nap. The thirteen to eighteen month-old schedule has to work…

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Sleep Schedules – Your Nine to Twelve-Month-Old

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Nine to twelve-month-old babies are reaching developmental milestones at an amazing rate. These babies are more mobile, crawling and pulling themselves up in their cribs, and can pop up each time you put them down at bedtime. Some walk by their first birthday—a major developmental milestone that can temporarily disrupt sleep. Increased activity can tire them out, so you have to pay very close attention to their sleep window, when…

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Sleep Schedules – Your Six to Nine-Month-Old

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At around 6 months, babies need an average of eleven hours of uninterrupted nighttime sleep, and three and a half hours of daytime naps spread over two to three naps*. From six through eight months, babies become more mobile. They roll over, sit up, maybe even stand holding on to something. Many scoot or crawl, and the first teeth come in. Most babies sleep through the night fairly regularly, but…

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