The thought of your little bundle of joy walking and talking into the toddler stage may be a daunting prospect, but the amazing reality is that these are amongst the best years you’ll have as a parent.With your child beginning to act independently, every day for them becomes an adventure filled with new possibilities, new lessons and new experiences. As parents, you want to guide, nurture and inspire this growth, so what better place to start than the epicentre of your child’s life - their
Why do toddlers need to nap?Toddlers need to nap to support their growth and development. Their bodies and brains are growing at very rapid rates and they need time to recharge and process all of the many things they are learning all. of. the. time.In addition, toddlers are little people, just like us, who become irritable without enough sleep. Your toddler will be much happier and better behaved with adequate sleep, which will also cut down on temper tantrums (but we can't guarantee
Guest Post from Jenny HarrisonMoving into a new house can be stressful, not only for you but also for your child. Being a toddler is hard enough as kids can’t express themselves and their emotions properly through words but they feel it and hold on to it for a very long time; so much so that it may sometimes come off as the child being angry or irritable every now and then. Toddlers rely on their parents and caretakers to understand what they’re feeling without them having to spell it out
Almost everyone knows newborns need to sleep virtually all day and all night. And, babies need a lot of sleep day and night, too. But, what about toddlers and preschoolers? How much sleep does a 3-year-old need?Your 3 year old needs an average of 11 hours 15 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period. Most of that sleep, if not all, will be made up of nighttime sleep. 3-year-olds need an average of 9 hours, 45 minutes to 11 hours, 15 minutes at night and 0 to 1 1/2 hours of sleep during the day.
This is a guest post written by Judith McLeanWhen your toddler is ready to make the transition from crib to their first bed, it’s a milestone often accompanied with lots of exciting decisions, from selecting new bedroom decor to choosing the right bedding.It’s usually only once you’ve decided on the bed and bought the duvet and bedding set that you start thinking about important safety questions, such as: when can a toddler use a pillow?Why Can’t Babies Use Pillows? Unlike
One of the most common sleep problems we hear in our Helpdesk with clients is their toddler is getting out of bed at the "wrong" time, whether they are "jack in the box" at bedtime, in and out of their bed all night, or whether they are waking up too early in the morning. Today, I am sharing an intro to a day-by-day plan to follow to get your toddler or preschooler to stay in bed all night, using a toddler clock.What is a toddler clock?First, I should clarify what I mean by a toddler
Monsters, ghouls, goblins, and absolutely the most adorable baby costumes! Halloween can be a ton of fun for grownups and little ones alike. But, Halloween season can also mean more nighttime fears for a lot of toddlers and preschoolers. As our 6-year old tried to hide in my jacket as we walked by the seasonal section at Target, I was reminded just how scary this time can be. But, nighttime fears can strike at any time, so today we are bringing 5 tried and true tips to ease these fears so you
It’s no surprise that children like to keep parents on their toes! Just when you thought all of your sleep issues were sorted out, your toddler starts waking up early. When they are in their “big” kid bed, they no longer have the confinement of the crib. What should you do to keep them from appearing at your bedside during the wee hours of the morning? Luckily, our sleep consultants have had personal experiences with this very issue with our own toddlers.What's helped many of us??
Whether your child was an awesome sleeper as an infant or has never slept well, many toddlers will have trouble with napping, sleeping through the night, or simply staying in bed at least sometimes. The problems that plagued your household when your itty bitty baby needed endless cuddles and round-the-clock feeds might be long behind you, but now you’ve got “bigger” problems to worry about. Maybe your toddler has learned to climb out of their crib and bedtime is now filled with frustration or