Naps

Does Your Preschooler Still Need to Nap? Probably

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Does your preschooler still need to nap? Surprisingly, many parents and educators feel that preschoolers shouldn’t need this important developmental assist in their education. The Huffington Post recently published an article that points out the necessity of naps when it comes to learning, as well as the push to eliminate them as academic demands increase. I understand that there are, unfortunately, academic demands in preschool these days. It’s so important…

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Baby and Toddler Naps — Everything You Need to Know

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Many parents assume that nighttime is the only time that we should worry about our baby’s and toddler’s sleep. What parents often don’t realize is how important naps really are to babies’ development, temperament, and growth. Naps are incredibly important for babies and toddlers, but they are constantly changing, which can lead parents to assume their child isn’t tired, or is ready to give up their naps prematurely. This is…

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How to Handle Wakeful Windows During Nap Transitions

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 Hi. I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and today I’m going to answer Miriam’s question about wakeful windows during nap transitions: “My eight-month-old son is breastfed, rocked to sleep, and sleeps in our bed. He’s also taking solids and is close to walking. We love him so much! But I just need some sleep and my husband back in my bed. “He’s dropped his third nap. Even going for…

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Ideal Wake, Nap and Sleep Schedules for Babies

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This week’s video blog is from Kids in the House, a wonderful parenting resource filled with expert advice on hundreds of topics, including sleep.  This video will give you some examples of ideal wake, nap and sleep schedules for your baby.  How Much Sleep Does My Baby Need? At 6-8 months old, they really need about 3-3 ½ hours of sleep during the day over the course of 3 naps…

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My 15-Month-Old Still Wakes Up at Night for a Bottle – Video

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Hi, Kim West, The Sleep Lady and today, I’m going to answer this mom’s question about her toddler who still wakes up at night for a bottle: “My daughter is 15 months old and was born premature at 31 weeks.” (So, I’m going to consider her about 13 months.) “We’ve had some problems getting her to sleep at night since she was born. She still wakes up several times during…

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Holiday Travel Sleep Tips from The Sleep Lady

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Are you planning to travel this upcoming holiday season? If so, you’ll want to create game-plan for your child’s sleep routine that will help you face the unpredictability of holiday travel. I can help you do just that with my top holiday travel sleep tips. The name of the game when traveling with small children is FLEXIBILITY. I have often talked about the importance of a flexible schedule for your…

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Great Products to Help Baby Sleep at Naptime

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Talk to any new parent, and the topic of sleep is bound to come up. Milestones like “sleeping through the night,” are big goals. Consistent bedtime and naptime routines are essential — good naps lead to better sleep at night. There are also plenty of great products to help baby sleep. So, how do you get your nap game up to speed? Babies don’t really develop a consistent nap schedule…

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Baby Nap Basics for All Ages: Your Daytime Sleep Questions Answered

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Many parents wonder what a ‘typical’ schedule looks like for their child. The truth is that every baby is different, but there are some baby nap basics that work for most children six months and older. If you have a younger child, I would encourage you to follow their natural sleepy-time cues for naps and nighttime sleep, and I will write about newborn sleep in a different article. I’ve already…

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Help Your Child Nap Well: A Nap Schedule for Every Age

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Parents often wonder when their baby will settle into a “perfect” nap schedule. This can feel quite elusive when you have a newborn, but knowing what to expect based on your baby’s age and development can help. It’s important to set realistic expectations and to understand nap basics and how to transition your child from two naps to one and then to a quiet time. I advise parents to follow some…

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Vacation Naps: Your Complete Guide to On-The-Go Naps This Summer

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Summertime is prime time for some rest and relaxation with friends and family, and that sometimes involves traveling. What once sounded like music to your ears — travel for a vacation — now makes your palms sweat. You are concerned that all the gains you have made with your child’s sleep habits are in jeopardy if you change time zones or sleep in a strange place! Well, you may be right….

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