It's no secret that we at The Baby Sleep Site are dedicated to helping parents help their children to gently fall asleep independently, and take long restorative naps. If your little one is waking up in the night or mid-way through their nap, chances are they need to let go of sleep associations or adjust their schedules to combat over-tiredness. Learning to sleep independently and having an ideal sleep schedule are two of the most important factors to helping your child get the sleep they need.
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You finally get to hold your precious baby in your arms, your own little miracle and even if it's your second, third, or sixth, there is nothing ever like it in the entire world. You spend the first few weeks bonding, but suddenly the exhaustion starts to take a toll and you wonder when you will ever get to sleep, truly sleep, for the whole night again. For most new, and even veteran parents, the holy grail of getting life back to "normal" is getting to "sleep through the night" again. So,
Imagine when you put your baby to sleep, your baby doesn't cry. Your baby happily plays in his or her crib, looks at the mobile, or babbles, but isn't sleeping. Or, your toddler happily chats in his bed for an hour every night before going to sleep. You're lucky, right? This is the ideal baby sleep situation and you have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. Turns out that downtime in your baby's crib - time in which she plays and entertains herself - might actually be detrimental to sleep.
It's that time again: time for new sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Every so often, the AASM releases recommendations for healthy child sleep; now, we have their 2016 recommendations. Let's take a look! How Much Sleep Do Babies and Toddlers Need? Our team looked at this area of the report first, and we were very pleased to learn that our sleep plan recommendations line up exactly with the recommended sleep totals from the AASM: Infants 4 months to 12
We've written before about how important it is to have a consistent bedtime for your baby or toddler. That, plus a good bedtime routine, is generally the first step in working towards sleeping through the night, and towards creating a predictable daily sleep and feeding schedule. But what are the best bedtimes by age, exactly? A bedtime that's too early may result in early-morning waking and short naps, but a too-late bedtime may make your baby overtired, which can lead to a whole host of
Holiday merriment approaches, readers! However you celebrate the holidays, I hope you have lots of holiday fun in store in the coming weeks. Speaking of holiday fun -- have you ever found yourself simultaneously blessing and cursing the holiday plans you've made? There's lots to enjoy this time of year, between the parties and the dinners and the special events. But all that enjoyment also tends to mean wacky schedules for your little ones - especially when the fun leads to late bedtimes.
I LOVE fall. Pretty leaves! Hot cider! Chilly temps! Pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING!! But I have to admit, there's one thing I definitely don't like about fall -- the start of cold and flu season. While cold and flu season officially peaks in January and February, it starts in early October. (FYI - if you're a number-lover, you might be interested in these cool graphs, charting cold and flu seasons from 2009 - 2013.) I've had one nasty cold already -- and given that I have three children under the
You may already know that things like teething, illness, and sleep regressions can affect your baby's sleeping and feeding schedule. But did you know that your baby will go through a series of growth spurts in the first year of life, and that these can cause big disruptions in sleep and feeding? Baby Growth Spurts: When They Happen The exact timing of growth spurts will vary from baby to baby, and not all babies will experience all the growth spurts listed below. But the
It seems like it would be simple, but I remember being clueless when my baby was first born. How do you hold a baby or, (gasp!) change a diaper? How do you feed a baby? And, yes, how do you get or put your baby to sleep at night? This article will be a simple guide to this way-more-complicated-than-you-thought task a new parent has to figure out: How to put your baby to sleep. When your baby is first born, you actually marvel at how instinctual it is, in a way. At first, most of us probably