Sleep Schedules

Establishing Reading Routines at Home Helps Calm Our Children

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So many people are hunkered down in their homes right now helping to curb the spread of a worldwide pandemic. Schools and daycares have closed, and many of us feel like we’re taking care of our children while attempting to try to work from home — if that’s even an option! If you’re at your wit’s end, and you can only focus on one detail at the moment, establishing reading…

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Coronavirus: How to Manage Stress and Talk to Your Kids

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None of us has ever experienced what we’re going through right now — a global pandemic. While some are buying up all the toilet paper, and others are scrambling for childcare, the small people in our lives are watching. They hear us talking about coronavirus or “covid-19”, and they see us behaving differently. Even the youngest babies can pick up stress from us. After buying the groceries and securing some…

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Good Night, Sleep Tight: A Q & A with Kim West, The Sleep Lady

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After almost 10 years, Kim West, AKA “The Sleep Lady” revised her book, The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight.  With exciting new and updated information as well as a fresh new cover and easy-to-read layout, it’s a must for any parent looking for baby and child sleep help. Kim sat down and answered some questions about her new release. Read up on what’s new and why! What prompted you…

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Bedtime Stories: Favorite Books to Benefit Your Growing Child

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Bedtime stories are a part of almost every family nighttime routine. Reading is a screen-free, quiet activity that allows babies and children to calm down before it’s time to go to sleep. Reading stories to young children has benefits beyond a bedtime routine, though. The American Academy of Pediatrics studied the brain function of children, age three to five, to see the effects of reading aloud. They found that the…

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Daylight Saving Time — 9 Tips for Springing Forward

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It seems like the winter holidays just ended, and it’s already on the horizon — Daylight Saving Time! In the US, we spring forward on Sunday, March 8, and it’s Sunday, March 29 in Europe. The week afterwards is usually one where everyone feels a little tired and cranky, or just a little “off”. Nobody feels it the way babies and small children do. They’re the least likely to understand…

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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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Tips For The Back To School Sleep Transition: Routine is Everything

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For many of you, school is starting in the next few weeks. That means earlier mornings, and potentially an earlier bedtime. Many families slowly migrate to a later bedtime during the summer. Days are longer, activities start later, and vacations have special rules. You can soften the effect of the back to school sleep transition by starting a few weeks ahead of time. If you’ve allowed your child’s sleep to…

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Preschooler Bedtime Battles: 11 Tips for Peaceful Evenings

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With newfound independence, little kids can be a handful to calm at night. All of that energy can either snowball into preschooler bedtime battles, or be deftly managed to become a peaceful path toward slumber. I’m just going to assume you want a peaceful bedtime routine for the sake of this article — no one wants to deal with conflict if they don’t have to. While this can seem overwhelming,…

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Your Child’s Sleep Routine Can Survive Summer Travel

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Summertime is just about here! That may mean a more relaxed schedule, longer days, weekend trips, and even some summer travel. I wait for it all year and when it finally warms up I exhale and gratefully slip on capris and sandals! But with all of the change that summer can bring, we can also be thrown for a loop if we have children accustomed to a sleep schedule. Maybe…

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Maintaining your Child’s Summer Sleep Schedule is Important

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It’s June. School’s out. The sun is blasting through the windows and the sounds of children playing in the neighborhood is loud and joyful, but it’s 8:30 p.m. What do you do? It’s tempting to throw caution to the wind, because after all, it’s summer vacation! But maintaining your child’s summer sleep schedule is important, and here’s why. How Does Summer Sabotage Sleep? Summer Activities Older elementary school children often…

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