Bedtime Routines

Bedtime Routines

“Sleep problems are one of the most common concerns of parents of young children, occurring in approximately 20% to 30% of infants and toddlers, and one of the most common behavioral issues brought to the attention of pediatricians.” (Mindell et all) The Journal of Pediatric Sleep research found that “bedtime routines resulted in significant reductions in problematic sleep behaviors for infants and toddlers” (Mindell et all).  It’s also noteworthy that maternal mood improved concurrent with positive changes in the children’s sleep. One of the pillars of productive sleep for children is having a bedtime routine.  Below are some ideas to … Read More

Dealing With Early Night Wakings

Dealing with Early Night wakings

You hear your little one and roll over to see that it is only 5am!  Groan…not again.  When will my child learn to sleep in?  Aren’t children just supposed to know how to sleep in?  Are these comments running through your head at that 5:00am (or earlier!) calling? There is a reason that your child, whether they be 5 months or 5 years old, is waking up before the birds.  Consistently having a pre-6:00 am wake-up call is generally a result of what we call “having a sleep debt”.  The longer you endure these early risings, the harder it is … Read More

Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday Travel Tips

Holidays can be an exciting time of year as you gather with friends and family to share in your special holiday traditions.  For many of us, this brings on the complications of traveling with children.  Travel, any time of the year, causes disruptions with your child’s sleep.  Instead of worrying about the disruptions or canceling that much needed trip, here are a few sleep tips while on the road. 1.  Plan your travel times around sleep as much as possible.  Traveling is exciting for children, causing a lot of excitement or anxiety, which is why we want to plan travel … Read More