Appropriate Bedtime, Ages 5-6 Years

It’s August and your child is back in school.  The BEST way to prepare our children for learning and success in and out of the classroom is to ensure they are receiving enough sleep each night.  Dr. Marc Weissbluth, well-renowned pediatrician and author of Health Sleep Habits, Happy Child states “children’s sleep habits directly impact behavior and school performance.”  Diving further to explain (something all we exhausted parents know as a fact!) “sleep is a powerful modifier of mood, behavior, performance and personality.  It impacts every area of our lives.” How do you know if your child is receiving enough sleep … Read More

Calming Period

For many, the days are packed with work, classes, activities, outdoor time, meetings, sports and so much more. Running from activity to activity can leave one with high-energy by the end of the day. Returning home, it can be hard to switch gears and quickly prepare for bed; instead you need a calming period. This is true for children and adults alike. A calming period is not a bedtime routine; it is what you do before a bedtime routine. This thirty to sixty minute period prior to a bedtime routine is to help the body switch gears from go-go-go to … Read More

2 to 1 Nap Transition; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep

The majority of children make the shift from two naps to one nap between 15-21 months.  This transition, however, can be one of the most difficult.  You may encounter a few rough months where one nap is not enough yet two naps are impossible. Mental Preparation I find this transition for parents is the most difficult because they get caught up in the change of times for sleep: adjusting naps typically means earlier bedtime.  Life will change during this transition, but remember it is a phase.  Focus on the end goal of maintaining healthy sleep for your child, and family, … Read More

Potty Training

I’m not sure there is anything in parenting that I dreaded more than potty training.   All other aspects of parenting, no problem, but the whole learning to pee and poop thing I was avoiding.   Of course it didn’t begin this way.  Three years ago when we embarked on this developmental milestone with our daughter I was swept up in the “3 Day Phenomenon”.  I thought, how amazing is this – naked for a few days and boom, your child pees and poops in the toilet.  Reading a bit online, I felt we could tackle potty training in three days … Read More

Amazing Little Sleeper’s “Must Have” Parenting Items…Sleep and Not Sleep Related!

We all have child products that we absolutely love, ones we couldn’t imagine our life without. Here is Amazing Little Sleeper’s Top 5! 5.  Tinfoil Odd, right?! Nothing special here… until you realize what I do with tinfoil!  Tinfoil is the first thing I pack when traveling with my children. Wherever we stay, I want it to be pitch black! So black that you can’t see your hand-in-front-of-your-face dark. I find any light in a new sleeping area can cause havoc on a child’s sleep (hey, it’s a new place, what can you expect?!). I take foil and tape is … Read More

Short Nappers vs Long Nappers; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep

All children are different, so it’s not a surprise that their nap durations are different.  In my house of two children, I have two very different nappers.  One is a short, specific napper and the other a long, easy-going napper.  Same family, same environments, two very different outcomes. Before we discuss the details of a short and long napper, I must clarify “short” napper.  As I stated in The Need for Naps; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep, no nap is complete unless it is over 60 minutes in duration.  Biologically, children are meant to nap at least 1 hour … Read More