When you work on helping your baby sleep better, sometimes it's hard to know whether you can get even more sleep from him or sometimes it might feel you are trying to be greedy wanting more sleep when you've already come so far. Or, sometimes when you work on naps, night sleep goes out the window or vice versa. This article will talk about whether napping or night sleep is more important and general guidelines to know whether you have a good balance of night sleep and naps. If I asked you
Baby Sleep Needs
Some babies "sleep like a baby" and others don't, but how a baby reacts to lack of sleep varies child to child. When you have a "sleep fighter" it can feel like a constant battle and there could be days you feel less than thrilled to fight that battle. After all, who wants to "fight" for an hour for a 30 minute nap or fight for two hours just to get an early bedtime for their baby? It can start to feel "not worth" the effort. You can start to feel like a failure, especially if you've "fought"
Knowing how much sleep your baby needs can be confusing when your neighbor's newborn baby sleeps 17 hours a day and your friend's a toddler sleeps 13 hours a day. Setting your expectations is an important first step. Occasionally, I'll get e-mail from parents who believe their 6 month old baby should nap three times a day for two hours each time and while there are a few babies who need this much sleep, not many do, or if they are napping this much, they most likely aren't sleeping as much at
I am working on a sleep training series where I will outline the various methods, from no-cry to cry, but I don't think it makes sense to write that until I have written out how much sleep we can expect our babies and toddlers to get. If our expectations are too high, we could be trying to sleep our children too often (yes I'm using "sleep" as a verb!) and it will become frustrating for everyone. If our expectations are too low, we might not sleep our children often enough, they may become
In my last post, I discussed Harvard's findings that less sleep could be linked to obesity, so we know at least one reason you and your baby should get enough sleep. Let's explore other reasons as stated by Harvard Health. Learning and memory Have you ever tried to learn something new when you are tired? It's hard! Well, the old saying goes that "we learn something new every day". Babies and toddlers are learning new things probably every minute (I might be exaggerating...I didn't look it