Parenting

Adjusting Your Child’s Bedtime and Sleep Schedule for Back-To-School

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Oh, the lazy days of summer. Long stretches of daylight, lemonade, grilling, and pick-up games outside. If it could only last a little longer! As the season winds down, you may take a final getaway weekend with your family. Or you may just stay home and squeeze every bit of time before school starts. Either way, there’s a good chance that your children are off their normal bedtime and sleep schedule by now. That’s completely…

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Kick Off Back-To-School Routines for your Special Needs Child by Using Custom Checklists

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As parents at the end of summer (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s easy for us to put off the bedtime routine piece of our back-to-school checklist until the very last moment. We may even be tempted to simply forget routines altogether and just “see how it goes” this year. Or perhaps we may be too stressed to think of one more thing on top of all…

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Should I Swaddle My Newborn? Everything You Need to Know for Safe Swaddling

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Whether you’re expecting for the first time or have just welcomed your first baby, it’s likely you have been overrun with parenting advice from all angles. Just about every piece of gear comes with a ten-page Google search worth of articles. This advice also changes, it seems, every few months. While you’re wrestling with a tiny human, blurry-eyed from joy (and sleep deprivation), a common first question is, should I…

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Summer Travel: The Sleep Lady’s Best Tips for a Restful, Enjoyable Vacation

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This article originally appeared in US News and World Report Time for a summer vacation? When you imagine traveling with small children does it feel daunting, even potentially miserable? It doesn’t have to be. You can travel in a way that’s restful for your kids—and you. Here are my eight best summer travel tips to help prepare you and your child for your best summer trip yet: Start well-napped. The…

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Baby and Child Sleep: Sample Schedules From 6 Months to Preschool

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Sometimes it seems like babies and young children grow up in the blink of an eye. They leave behind one skill and gain another as fast as you can get out your camera. While they are growing, their sleep needs change too. Your three naps-per-day infant grows quickly into a one-nap toddler, and gradually shifts towards getting all of their sleep overnight. It can be hard to keep up with…

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9 Ways New Dads Can Bond With Their Newborn

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Being a new parent is a difficult, yet rewarding task for everyone in the house. While many moms may instinctively take charge from the moment of birth, new dads sometimes stand aside wondering what they can do to be involved. Armin Brott, author of “Ask Mr. Dad”, knows a few things about being a great dad. In honor of Father’s Day this week, and for new dads everywhere, we’ve collected his…

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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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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 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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