Especially during the summer, it can be difficult to get your child to a normal sleep routine. Sleep is as important to our health and well-being as food and water, but most of us don’t get enough of it. Sleep deprivation is currently one of the most pervasive health concerns in the United States. For children, sleep plays a critical role in their healthy growth and development. Beyond simply affecting children’s moods, behaviors, and academic performances, insufficient sleep has also been associated with lower social skills and learning disabilities.
Every night it is the same old thing. You put the kids to bed just to have them think of a thousand reasons they need to get up: to talk to you, get something to drink, kiss the dog, or something else. You find yourself doing battle on a nightly basis just trying to get them to stay in their bed. It can be frustrating, but you are not alone. Many parents have the same problem. In fact, a 2004 study released by the National Sleep Foundation reported that 69 percent of children between the ages of 0 and 10 have sleeping problems several nights a week. While it is a common problem, it can be stress producing. There are things you can do to encourage your children to stay in bed once you say goodnight.
Whether you have changed work shifts, the school year is starting, or you simply believe your children need more sleep, introducing an earlier bedtime can be a stress-inducing endeavor. You know what is best for them, but they may have an entirely different idea once you begin implementing the new time. By using a nightly routine, you can help them make the transition more smoothly.
It happens every night. You fall into bed after a long day and within minutes you hear the pitter-patter of little feet as your child races down the hallway to sleep in your bed. You put him to bed in his room hours ago, but he awakened like clockwork and is now climbing up to cuddle with you and spend the night. You love his tousled hair and sleepy gaze but you know this is a habit he needs to break. He has his own room, his own bed and his own space. Moving a child from your bed to his can be stressful--especially if he has been sleeping in your bed for any length of time--but there are things you can do to make the transition easier for him.
Training a toddler to sleep in a toddler bed is a parenting milestone, signifying the end of the baby stage. Parents often decide to make the switch after a toddler attempts to climb out of the crib or if a new sibling is on the way. Each toddler is different in his response to the transition to a toddler bed; he may embrace the change or resist it. Watch the signs exhibited by your toddler, and follow his lead in the training process.
Choosing a mattress for a child is often confusing for parents. We spend a good portion of our lives sleeping, so having a comfortable and safe mattress for a child is extremely important. A mattress may not be the most noticeable part of a child's bedroom but it is certainly one of the most essential.
Few things make parents want to pull out their hair more than a restless baby. While it is normal for newborns to wake frequently, most children begin to sleep through the night by 3 to 6 months of age. If your baby is not sleeping through the night, using a combination of these five sleeping tips may help your household get some much-needed shut-eye.
It is common for toddlers to go through phases during which they have trouble falling or staying asleep. Its prevalence, though, does not make it any easier on a sleep-deprived parent. If you find yourself having bedtime battles with your toddler night after night, you might consider adding some of these sleep-inducing foods to your child's diet. As some of these foods are potentially allergenic, be sure your child has no history of food allergies before serving them.
To "sleep like a baby" is probably one of the most commonly used misleading phrases. Newborns sleep for about 18 hours a day. But, if you are a new parent, you probably wouldn't believe it. Putting a baby to sleep is among the toughest tasks new parents face. Various factors contribute to this problem including environment, sleep schedule, physical and mental stimulation, even the type and amount of nutrition. Although life with a baby is unpredictable, especially when it comes to sleep patterns and schedules, there are techniques that could help.