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Sleep Time Tips

One of the biggest challenges with babies and toddlers occurs each night – babies not wanting to sleep! The following are tips to help you create a smooth transition from playtime to sleep time.

Young Babies Sleep Time Tips

  • A – Sleep Alone – Put babies to sleep alone with no other adult or child sharing the sleep surface
  • B – On their Backs with no blankets or bedding – Babies should sleep on their backs in a crib or on another firm surface. The surface should be clear of all objects except for a mattress, tight-fitting bottom sheet, and the baby. If the baby leaves an impression on the mattress, the surface is too soft.
  • C – In a Crib and cool (70 degrees) – Dress your baby lightly and keep the room cool.
  • S – In a Smoke free environment – Keep babies away from second hand smoke. It’s bad for everyone and especially babies. Never smoke in a house with a baby. Plus ask anyone who cares for your baby not to smoke around them.
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Older Babies Sleep Time Tips

Sleep-time rituals, otherwise known as “pre-sleep activities”, play a crucial role in your baby’s ability to wind down and follow predictable cues to go to sleep. It is important to determine which rituals help your baby wind down and which ones have the adverse effect. Things like singing and doing exercises are enjoyable, healthy things to do with your baby, but may not be the best things to do right before bedtime.

Some babies can get easily over stimulated and having exciting, loud activities before bed only create more stimulation. Which in turn has a negative effect to anything sleep conducive. It is suggested to alter your sleep-time rituals by doing things a bit more calming and soothing. Try a baby massage, a bath, reading a book and the like. By doing quiet activities before she goes to sleep, you will help her enter a peaceful state. Hereby promoting muscle relaxation and the production of other physical hormones to aid her/his in winding down properly and falling asleep easily.

Sleep Time Tips for Toddlers

Sleep-time rituals, otherwise known as “pre-sleep activities”, play a crucial role in your baby’s ability to wind down and follow predictable cues to go to sleep. It is important to determine which rituals help your baby wind down and which ones have the adverse effect. Things like singing and doing exercises are enjoyable and healthy things to do with your baby, but may not be the best things to do right before bedtime.

Some babies can get easily over stimulated. Having exciting, loud activities before bed only create more stimulation. Which in turn has a negative effect to anything sleep conducive. It is suggested to alter your sleep-time rituals by doing things more calming and soothing. Try a baby massage, a bath, reading a book and the like. By doing quiet activities before she goes to sleep, you will help her enter a peaceful state. Hereby promoting muscle relaxation and the production of other physical hormones to aid her/his in winding down properly and falling asleep easily.

They don’t want to give in. 

Basically, it’s in a toddler’s job description to say no to just about everything. If Mom says it’s bedtime, it can’t be a good idea. The trick is making it seem like her idea by letting her have some say over the bedtime routine.  Allowing your child to choose between two pairs of pajamas, which books you’ll read, and which stuffed friends will sleep with her, will go a long way toward helping her accept the idea that the lights go out at 7:00. Just be sure to decide on all these points well before bedtime. It’s amazing how last-minute negotiations can drag on!

They don’t want to miss a thing. 

Your mini social butterfly and nonstop mover and shaker has to be in the middle of everything. She just knows you’re eating ice cream, watching Dora, and playing with her Barbies while she’s stuck in her boring old bedroom (“No fair!”). Making the transition from her action-packed day to dreamland is tough. Help her unwind with a calm and soothing bedtime routine while letting her know that everyone in the house is looking forward to a good night’s sleep after a busy day.

Set the tone with a warm bath and a nice conversation about the day. With the lights dim, try a soothing massage with lavender lotion. Talking about future plans, like a weekend trip to Grandma’s, may help convince her that you’re not having fun without her. Once you leave her room, if you hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet, calmly and quietly return her to bed. It may take more trips than you’d like, but she’ll soon see she’s fighting a losing battle.

They miss you. 

Just when you thought you’d nipped separation anxiety in the bud, it’s back. When your toddler begs you to stay after you’ve tucked her in, she may not be playing you – she may just want to be with you. So take some extra time to connect while tucking her in. When you’re reading stories, include time for snuggles and kisses. And before turning out the lights, have a quiet conversation about the day.

Don’t get pulled into a “discussion” of why she can’t stay up with you – remember, she’s a skilled debater now. Just say good night and reassure her that you’re in the next room and can hear her if she needs you. Turn on a night-light and/or leave the door open a crack if that helps her to settle down, and set a limit on how often you’ll return (say, twice). You’ll want to keep those visits short and boring – no chatting, singing, cuddling, etc. Again, once she realizes you’re not budging, she’ll stop calling for encores.

Good Night

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