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Baby’s Sleep and Toddler’s Naptime is better with Help from Child n’Parent

Everyone needs sleep.  Small babies and infants need sleep to grow properly. Toddlers and children need sleep to grow, run, learn, play and explore.  And we lucky parents need sleep so that we can keep up with it all!

If you are struggling with bedtime battles or the naptime naughties, Child n’Parent can   help.  Let our experienced parenting writers give you the lowdown on what works and what does not!  Sleeping and naptime can truly be better with help from Child n’Parent.

Train Your Newborn to Develop a Healthy Sleep Pattern
Learn how to help your newborn develop a healthy sleep pattern that will gradually build into a healthy sleep schedule.  Discover the dos and don’ts of bedtime routines and get brother and sister in on the new baby fun!

Make Your Baby’s Bedtime Routine a Bonding Time
Great suggestions to get the most out of your baby’s bedtime routine.  Learn how to bond with your baby at bedtime.  Read through our fussy baby checklist to put a stop to the fuss and get your baby to bed!

Safely Swaddle Your Fussy Baby to Sleep
Okay, so you have tried almost everything and your fussy baby will still not go to sleep.  Try swaddling.  Read our article about this ancient and effective art.  Learn how to safely swaddle your baby and use this superior technique as a quality baby sleep aid.

Get Your Baby to Sleep with These Proven Techniques
Need more ideas?  Learn how to keep track of baby’s bedtime and naptime habits in a sleepy-time journal.  Get some tips on setting up your baby’s sleeping environment including the idea of co-sleeping.   Get more ideas on how to soothe your baby to sleep and learn more about baby sleep cycles.

Proven Techniques to Train Your Infant to Sleep through the Night
Train your infant to sleep through the night with “Ferberizing” techniques from Dr. Richard Ferber.  Learn where you can find out more about “crying options” from Dr. Marc Weissbluth.

Naptime Help for Parents and Toddlers
Get great tips on making your toddler’s naptime easier from our experts.  Find out what to do when your naptime plan does not work.

You Can Stop Your Child’s Nightmares
You can stop a night fright problem right in its tracks with expert advice from Dr. Kristi.  Learn how to create safe sleep haven for your child.  Find out what might be causing the nightmares and utilize a step by step communication method to get to the bottom of your child’s fears.

Soothe Your Baby to Sleep right here on the Child n’Parent blog.

By: Debby Hoffer

Add comment June 22nd, 2009

You Can Sleep Train Your Baby

Getting a newborn to sleep is really not a difficult job.  Most newborns sleep on average about *sixteen to seventeen hours a day.   The bigger problem is getting them to sleep when you want them to sleep.  Most babies come into the world with their days and nights mixed up.  They are used to feeding and sleeping in the womb on their own personal schedule.  Teaching them how to adjust to their new day and night environment is the beginning of training your baby to sleep through the night.

Sleep training your baby should begin at eight weeks and continue until they are twelve months of age.  Getting your child to develop a healthy sleep pattern will score big benefits in the long run.  The National Sleep Foundation states “children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems and moodiness.”  *Sleep training your baby during their first year of life can help in preventing sleep problems:

Nightmares:  All children have nightmares and it usually caused by a disruption in their normal routine.  Establishing a regular consistent bed time routine early in life will help your child develop healthy sleep habits and cut down on the night terrors.

Separation Anxiety:  This often occurs at four to twelve months of age.  If it is not nipped in the bud, your child could develop an over dependent nature.  Young babies will also require a great deal of time and attention, but by 2-4 years, a healthy consistent sleep pattern should be in place.  Teaching your child at the infant stage how to self-soothe themselves back to sleep is one of the best parenting gifts you can give them.

Sleep Walking and Talking:  *Sleep walking occurs in older children often during times of stress and fatigue.  Sleep training your child at the baby stage will teach them when to sleep (night) and how to get enough sleep.  As your baby grows from toddler to child, teach them how to listen to their body so that they will learn to determine how much sleep they need to maintain a healthy sleep pattern.

When you start sleep training your baby, keep in mind that every baby, toddler and child is different.  The technique that works for one may not work for another.  For great beddie bye suggestions and sleep training techniques, check out our article “Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Baby.” Soon you and your little one will find the wonderful path to sleepy time land.

*Baby sleep statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics     *Information on childhood sleep disorders from the National Sleep Foundation

By:  Debby Hoffer

2 comments June 3rd, 2009


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