"I need a drink." "I'm scared." Many parents have children who go to bed, but have problems falling asleep and staying in bed. Here are some tips to help your child go to bed and stay there.
A good way to encourage good sleep is to get familiar with your baby's sleepy signals, and put her down to sleep as soon as she seems tired. Every child has his own sleepy signs. Here are some common ones:
These tips can bring improvement not only in your child's sleep, but also in her daytime mood and last, but not least -- improvements in your own sleep and outlook as well.
Most parents know the basic "5 B's" of bedtime routines: bath, brush teeth, bathroom, books, and bed. Our family, however, has invented many other fun (but not too physical) games that we've added to these basics. Because we frequently make bedtime fun, our children don't resist bedtime. Here are just a few games we've made up:
Toddlers don't seem to have an off switch. Often, when they're tired, they just reverberate faster, like an overwound toy, until they crash. Reading your toddler's cues so you can ensure she gets enough sleep can be a challenge.
In the majority of cases, a baby's biological clock is preset for an early bedtime. When parents work with that time, a baby falls asleep more easily and stays asleep more peacefully. Most babies are primed to go to sleep for the night as early as 6:30 or 7:00 p.m.
Getting your child to sleep is about much more than what happens once they get into bed. Here are some ways to establish a healthy bedtime routine each and every night.
Babies can make us laugh; they can make us proud. They can also make us crazy, especially when it comes to bedtime. Help is on the way. Dr. Jodi Mindell is one of the country's leading sleep experts.
It's August, and the start of school isn't far away. This is the perfect time to start getting everyone in your family into a good evening routine that will make mornings a pleasant, unrushed experience (Yes, it is possible!), whether your kids are in school yet or not.
Dear Mr. Dad,
Our five-year old refuses to brush his teeth -- almost every night my wife and I end up screaming at him (and each other) and he ends up in tears. We're thinking about bagging the whole idea. Does he really need to be brushing his teeth at this age? If so, what can we do to make the process a little less miserable for all of us (and our neighbors, who probably think we're torturing our son)?