As you know, sleep affects almost every aspect of a child’s health, including their daily functioning and well-being. Approximately one in four children experience some type of sleep problem, so it’s not surprising that inadequate sleep is one of the most common complaints raised by parents to their pediatricians.
As a Healthcare Provider, you may give advice to parents about feeding, development, safety, and behavioral issues at each checkup. Many babies, toddlers and parents out there aren’t sleeping well, and more than likely are at your practice asking for your advice about sleep on a regular basis. What advice do you give sleep-deprived parents? What resources do you direct them towards? How do you help mothers who may be at risk for postpartum depression?
I fully understand these parental concerns and aim to offer a wide range of resources and services for parents and families who are looking for information or additional help with their baby or toddler’s sleep. I hope to serve as a resource to you by providing gentle and achievable sleep solutions while emphasizing child safety guidelines and safe sleeping practices as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. As part of our mission to serve diverse populations, many of our resources have also been translated into Spanish.
Baby Sleep Facts
Current research and studies suggest:
– Baby sleep problems are prevalent, and can be persistent without treatment (K.C. Byars, et.al., 2012; Kerr & Jowett, 2006)
– Parents often feel desperate and in need of support (Cooklin, Giallo, & Rose, 2011)
– Bed sharing is on the rise, and one out of four parents report sleeping with their infants in dangerous sleep locations (Kendall-Tackett, Cong & Hale, 2010)
– Children who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or are not getting enough sleep are more likely later in life to suffer from ADHD, depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug abuse than kids without sleep problems. (F.V., O’Callaghan, et.al., 2010; S., Bhargava, 2011 )
There are many relatively simple things parents can do to help promote healthy sleep habits for the whole family. My method addresses sleep issues in a gentle, step-by-step method that is attachment friendly. My hope is that having access to resources from The Sleep Lady site will serve to help these families and hopefully avoid many of these common sleep-related problems.
Resources for Your Patients
My goal is to make it possible for children and families to get the sleep they need in order to optimize their health and well-being utilizing a gentle and proven method. It is my hope that this page can provide Health Care Providers with baby and toddler sleep resources that will help parents and families in your practice.
Below are a variety of reader-friendly resources for you to share with your patients, FREE of charge. All of these resources we have provided are in alignment with the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Baby Sleep Safety
I am dedicated to helping parents and families understand the importance of safe sleeping practices and guidelines. As part of this mission, I promote the most current resources and research related to safe sleeping practices:
– American Academy of Pediatrics Parents Guide to Safe Sleep - American Academy of Pediatrics Child Care Providers Guide to Safe Sleep
FREE Resources and Tools for Your Practice
Below, you will find .pdf handouts (in both English and Spanish) that you may print out to share with parents and families, FREE of charge.
Resources By Age:
- Newborn (Spanish)
- 6-8 Months Old
- 6-8 Months Old (Spanish)
- 9-12 Months Old
- 9-12 Months Old (Spanish)
- 13-18 Months Old
- 13-18 Months Old (Spanish)
- 18 Month – 2½Yrs
- 18 Month – 2½Yrs (Spanish)
- 2.5 – 5 Years Old
- 2.5 – 5 Years Old (Spanish)
Issues Faced By Parents:
- The 4 Month Sleep Regression
- The 4 Month Sleep Regression (Spanish)
- Transitioning Child from a Crib to a Bed
- Transitioning Child from a Crib to a Bed (Spanish)
- Transitioning Your Toddler From Two Naps to One
- Transitioning Your Toddler From Two Naps to One (Spanish)
- Nightmares Versus Night Terrors
- Nightmares Versus Night Terrors (Spanish)
- How to Gently Wean From the Bottle
- How to Gently Wean From the Bottle (Spanish)