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Our Featured Families Who Sleep Trained Successfully: Meet Caitlin!0

Welcome, readers, to another installment in our Family Features stories! From time to time, we like to spotlight clients of ours who have had great success working with our expert team of sleep consultants. These families are, in many ways, just like yours: these parents are sleep-deprived and exhausted, their babies and toddlers are cranky and overtired, and everyone could use more peaceful nighttime and nap time sleep!

This week, we are introducing you to Caitlin. Caitlin’s little guy Portland is SUCH a cutie, but he wasn’t exactly the cutest little sleeper! Portland would nap only in his mama or dad’s arms (talk about exhausting for Caitlin and her husband!). That was okay for awhile, but when night sleep started to fall apart as well, Caitlin knew she couldn’t take it anymore. She was heading back to work and just knew she couldn’t continue to cope with the crushing sleep deprivation. That’s when she contacted us for help! Keep reading to learn more about Caitlin’s story.

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Caitlin’s Baby Wasn’t Sleeping At Night And Would Nap Only In Her Arms….And Her Maternity Leave Was Ending.

The original version of this sleep coaching story appears on Just A Bowl Of Cherries, Caitlin’s personal blog.

The Baby Sleep Site®: Caitlin, could you start by sharing with us a little more about what sleep was like for you early-on, before you contacted us for help?

Caitlin: In the beginning of Portland’s life, he would soundly sleep on my or my husband’s chest. We could have the TV on, our dog Hercules barking and us having a full on conversation, and Portland would snooze right on through all the madness. So yes, great, he sleeps through sound, but up until he was four and half months old, guess where my 16 pound baby still took his four daily naps? In his Mama’s or his Daddy’s loving arms.

The Baby Sleep Site: Oh, no – that sounds exhausting! (And heavy!!) So naps were the issue for you guys, huh?

Caitlin: Yes! The inability of our son to nap anywhere but our arms was our fault. We both loved to cuddle with him in those early days and when I was out on maternity leave. I wanted to hold him all the time, and I was lucky to be able to spend my whole day doing just that! When I started back at work when he was two months old, I quickly realized that I wasn’t able to put my little boy down to take his naps. I never taught him how to take his naps anywhere but in my arms, so of course he had no idea what to do when I laid him down in his crib or bassinet. He would just cry until I finally relented and scooped him up, and then he would pass out within seconds of being in my arms. This was not going to work!

The Baby Sleep Site: Yep, that sounds rough! Very normal, of course – lots of parents struggle with this – but rough. So is that when you finally decided you had to take action?

IMG_2530Caitlin: It was. We reached our breaking point with his naps right around the three month mark. We both were becoming frustrated with how much work it took us to get him to sleep and keep him asleep (constant movement, butt patting, and we had to hold him for the whole nap). We also never got a break! We wanted to be able to have time for us, time to work from home, clean, eat and just relax!

This is also the time when his nighttime sleeping began to change as well. He had been sleeping great at night, but around 3 months, he was no longer able to sleep through all the noises my husband and I were making while we slept. I so badly wanted him to sleep next to us for another month or two but it just wasn’t going to work. He began waking every 1.5-2 hours and the only way to get him back to sleep was to nurse him and pat his butt until he drifted off to sleep. Even though we wanted Portland to sleep in our room as long as possible, we decided that it wasn’t feasible any longer.

The Baby Sleep Site: I don’t blame you; sounds like you were facing some tough issues! So what did you do at that point?

Caitlin: I had already done a ton of reading online about baby sleep coaching. One of the internet sites I stumbled upon that got me really excited was The Baby Sleep Site®. After trying and failing to sleep train our son on our own, I knew I needed something that would give me a detailed sleep training method specifically for Portland and our family’s needs. So we did it – we bought a sleep consultation package. I wanted the ability to call and write our sleep consultant with questions after we got started because I knew we would have them, so we went with the Basic Telephone Consultation Package. Even just by purchasing a sleep consultation package, I felt like we were on the right path and I was so excited to get started.

Once we picked out the package we wanted, I filled out a very long questionnaire (while Portland was napping in my arms) so that our sleep consult had a better understanding of Portland’s sleep and eating schedule, his habits, our family life, and what we wanted to accomplish sleep wise.

I then set up my sixty minute initial phone consult and excitedly waited for our appointment!

The Baby Sleep Site: Awesome! And what did you go over in that initial phone call?

IMG_2557Caitlin: In this meeting we went over the questionnaire I filled out and any red flags our consultant saw right away. A few red flags she saw right away included the amount of sleep our son was getting during the day. I was having him nap in our arms for about 2 hours for each nap so he was getting about 8 hours of total sleep during the day. At his age (four months) that was way too much daytime sleep and why he was waking so freaking early in the morning (4 and 5 am is not a good wake up time for this mama).

We also went over the type of sleep training approach we wanted to take and her recommendations based on his personality and age at the time. This phone call was all sorts of amazing! It felt so good to talk to an expert about the issues we were having. I was able to ask a lot of my questions, she provided us with some simple changes we could begin right away and reassurance that not only could we as parents do this but so could Portland and that we would all be better for it.

The Baby Sleep Site: Wow – a very detailed call! Sounds like you made some great progress just in that initial phone call. What about your Personalized Sleep Plan? When did you get that, and what did you think?

Caitlin: After our phone consultation, I was emailed a very detailed sleep plan. We decided to take a gentle method approach, which means as little crying as possible. He was only four months old at the time we started sleep training so this was an appropriate approach given his age and cognitive abilities. Our little guy is also a hysterical crier. Unlike some babies who use crying to soothe themselves, once our guy starts, he can’t stop and gets himself to the point where he is hyperventilating so we knew a cry-it-out approach wouldn’t work for him.

After we worked on getting Portland comfortable in his crib, we started with sleep training nighttime only. Our sleep consultant also recommended to work on nights first then on naps. She really does not recommend working on both at the same time because it can be brutal for both the parents and baby.

Night times were fairly easy for Portland. He was sleeping in his crib through the night by the fourth night of sleep training. He has always slept in his own space at night so the big adjustment was the new environment and Mama not being right there. After about two weeks in the crib at night, he started giving me 5-6 hour stretches and on a consistent basis and was no longer being woken up by Daddy getting ready for work at 3 AM, success! This over tired Mama was happy!

The Baby Sleep Site: Awesome! What about naps? I’m guessing you switched to nap training once you’d mastered nights; how did nap training go?

Caitlin: We dedicated an entire weekend (Friday through Sunday) to nap train upon the recommendation of our sleep consultation. We literally didn’t do anything or go anywhere that entire weekend.

Since he had been napping in our arms from day one, you can imagine how upset Portland was when we tried to get him to nap in his crib. He didn’t understand what was going on or what he was supposed to do even though he was sleeping in his crib at night. The first day was long and he didn’t nap in his crib at all. The second day was long but not as bad because he napped in his crib for the second nap. By the third day, he napped in his crib for both his morning naps. And then our nanny was super awesome and helped us continue our training on Monday where he napped in his crib for his first three naps. We continued to let him take his fourth nap anywhere he wanted (carrier, stroller, car, etc.) because he was showing signs that he would be dropping that nap soon.

We had to help him a lot those first few days showing him how to get himself to sleep. We also had to calm him down a lot because he did cry and because we wanted a sleep plan that kept the crying to a minimum, we never let him get hysterical. After about a week of sleep training naps, we were able to scale back our help. Now, we can put him down in his crib drowsy, walk out of his room and he gets himself to sleep for naps and bedtime. This was our ultimate goal!

It took us about a total of four weeks to complete our sleep training but I can finally say that my baby is napping in his crib for all of his naps and through the whole night! I had my doubts that this would ever be possible and was so stressed that sleep training would be a nightmare but it turned out to be so much better and successful than I could have ever imagined.

The Baby Sleep Site: Woohoo! Your progress is so inspirational, Caitlin! So now that you’re wrapping up your sleep training journey, what parting thoughts do you have to share?

Caitlin: All in all, Portland is sleeping so much better! He is getting more restful naps and sleeping longer stretches at night, he is sleeping in his crib for naps and bedtime, and is able to get himself to sleep and back to sleep. We have been able to accomplish all of our goals so far!

I highly recommend The Baby Sleep Site®, even if it is just to access their free resources. If you were like me and didn’t get baby into their own sleeping space or are struggling with getting baby to sleep, I also highly recommend their sleep consulting service. There is a package and price point for every single family. Plus, it is really an investment since you can use your sleep plan for any additional children down the road and if you need your sleep plan tweaked for your child or any additional child, they have that option too.

Working with The Baby Sleep Site® has been a truly amazing experience and probably one of the best things we could have done for our son!

Amazing story, right? Caitlin’s problems seemed so difficult, yet with the help of her sleep consultant (and with much diligent hard work on her part), her little guy is now napping like a pro and sleeping great at night! And parents, you can enjoy this same success in your own home. Your sleepless little ones can be sleeping soundly very soon, with some help from an expert Baby Sleep Site® sleep consultant. Our trained, compassionate consultants are standing by, ready and willing to help your family get the sleep you need and deserve.

Don’t waste another sleep-deprived minute: connect with a sleep consultant now, and get started on your journey to better, longer sleep!

 

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Zipadee Zip vs Love To Dream – Which is Better for Baby’s Sleep?0

The Zipadee Zip vs Love To Dream – both the Zipadee Zip Swaddle Transition sleep sack and the Love To Dream Swaddle are great products. But, do you need both? Is one better than the other for your baby’s sleep?

In this blog post, you’ll learn about both products and which we recommend!

Zipadee Zip Swaddle Transition Sleep Sack

zipadeezipWe have been recommending the Zipadee Zip for a long time even before they were on the Shark Tank. The Zipadee Zip, created by a company named Sleeping Baby, is a really great invention to help your baby sleep better when it’s time to stop swaddling.

The “wings” of the Zipadee Zip stops your baby feeling like they are falling when the Moro reflex is still strong. Many babies need to be unswaddled before the Moro reflex has gone away which is where the Zipadee Zip shines. It is safe for sleeping especially when a baby is rolling over and otherwise can’t be swaddled. And, it’s also good for when your baby doesn’t like to be swaddled yet can’t seem to stay asleep without it.

If your baby has eczema or otherwise scratches herself, the Zipadee Zip will protect the skin. I was always terrible at keeping baby’s fingernails clipped!

There are many different styles to choose from for the Zipadee Zip. And, although the wings aren’t needed as your baby gets older, so many babies like this sleep sack that they make toddler sizes as well!

Love To Dream Swaddle

The Love To Dream Swaddle is another great product to help your baby sleep better. But, unlike the Zipadee Zip, this is a swaddling product. It is meant to capitalize on all the benefits of swaddling but make it easy to swaddle your baby. It also makes it hard for your baby to break out! Breaking out of the swaddle is a safety hazard.

In addition, the Love To Dream is designed to help you swaddle your baby with their arms up rather than down by their sides. This is typically more comfortable to your baby which can lead to longer stretches of sleep.

The Love To Dream Swaddle also has dual zippers, one at the top and one at the bottom, to make diaper changes easier and faster. The zipper at the bottom can also allow you buckle them into a car seat. The Zipadee Zip is roomy enough to allow them to wear their sleep sack during car rides as well. This is especially helpful when you driving home during bedtime.

The really cool design of the Love To Dream Swaddle is that it has “wings” too. But, these wings are meant to zip off when your baby is ready to be unswaddled. This will allow your baby to find his or her hands for self-soothing and allow them to push up if they roll onto their tummy.

Zipadee Zip vs Love To Dream – Which is Better?

Both the Zipadee Zip and the Love To Dream are great products. But, which is better for your baby’s sleep?

We have worked with families who have used both and clients love both products. As a sleep consultant for over 10 years, I can tell you that either product would be a good choice. However, the age of your baby may influence which you buy.

Newborns, Pregnant Moms, or a Baby Shower Gift

If you have a newborn, you’re pregnant and doing research, or if you’re buying as a gift, I recommend you purchase the Love To Dream Swaddle Up Transition Sleep Sack with Zip-Off Wings.

The benefits of swaddling are clear and your baby will most likely appreciate the snug feeling of being swaddled. The Love To Dream is much snugger than the Zipadee Zip. And, your baby will likely be swaddled for at least 2-3 months, if not longer. So, your purchase will be well worth the added hours of sleep you will likely get!

And, when your baby is ready to be unswaddled, you can zip off one or both wings for an easier transition to a sleep sack. Voila!

However, some babies don’t sleep well once their arms are free, of course! Try giving your baby a week or so to get used to it. If your baby struggles with having their hands completely free, you can then consider adding a Zipadee Zip to your toolbox. For some families, having both is perfectly reasonable! They really address two different time periods in a baby’s life.

4+ Month Olds and/or Baby is Rolling

If your baby is nearing, or older than 4 months old, we recommend you transition to a sleep sack with hands out. Once your baby is rolling from back to tummy, it is no longer safe to swaddle.

But, do you use a Zipadee Zip?

We highly recommend the Zipadee Zip for many babies, but there are a few things to consider:

  1. Does your baby use a pacifier?
  2. Does your baby like to suck on their thumb, fingers, or hands?
  3. Does your baby like to crawl around while self-settling to sleep?

If you answered no to all of these questions, the Zipadee Zip is an excellent choice!

However, if you answered yes to any of these questions, the Zipadee Zip may or may not be the best sleep sack for your baby.

Baby Likes to Suck on Thumb, Fingers, or Hands

If your baby likes to suck on their thumb, fingers, or hands, it may work out fine. Some babies will simply suck their hands through the cloth of the wings. But, if your baby likes to really feel their fingers or thumb inside their mouth mimicking a nipple, this might not work out very well. Some babies will adapt while others will struggle. This can lead to excessive crying during sleep training.

Baby Has a Pacifier

Some babies suck on their pacifier as they fall asleep but then don’t need it again. That would make using the Zipadee Zip work out just fine.

However, some babies struggle with self-settling when they can’t maneuver their own pacifier. We want your baby to be able to wake up between sleep cycles, find their own pacifier, and pop it back in. For these babies, we’d recommend a sleep sack with hands out such as the Bitta Kidda with a built-in lovey attached.

You can use the Love To Dream sleep sack with the wings zipped off, but if you don’t already have it, there’s not much use for the wings. It defeats the purpose and it doesn’t make much sense to by the Love To Dream, in my opinion. If you’re planning to have more babies, however, you can consider it an investment!

Zipadee Zip vs Love To Dream – Which to Buy?

If you still don’t know which product to buy and can’t afford to try both, I highly recommend you start with the Zipadee Zip. This is based on over 10 years of working with families and getting reports about which products their babies love. I know based on the experience of many families that your baby is most likely going to LOVE it!

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Best Ways to Throw Your Toddler a Birthday Party0

Children’s birthday parties are more than just a day when a lot of lovely pastries are involved. Kids look forward to this day more than any other day of the year. It should not come as a surprise since the full day is dedicated to them in the form of balloons, cakes, singing, presents, and more. In recent years, these parties have become elaborate, and this can sometimes throw off adults. The costs and stress associated with pulling off a great party or buying top rated appliances for party can be overwhelming, but it need not be the case.

Avoid Spending Beyond Means

If you are not careful, it is very easy for parties to suck up a significant chunk of your savings. Parents should start by setting a budget for the party. This helps avoid overspending, which can be quite comfortable in the heat of things. It is easy to add things like a circus troupe or orchestra to the list, but a pre-defined budget will help you stay within limits, while still coming up with a great party. The planning stage involves identifying interests and involvement. Knowledge of these two aspects can be used to determine the party venue, food, entertainment activities, among others.

Focus on Age-Appropriate Details

A lot of planning needs to be put in by parents to ensure that all aspects of the party are of the appropriate age. This planning process becomes a lot easier when all kids are of the same age. If this is not the case, it is better to take the birthday child’s age as a guide. One should also try to limit the invitees as per the child’s age. A thumb rule is to invite the birthday child’s age, plus 2. Hence, if the birthday child is turning 4, parents are better off inviting six children to the party. This helps the birthday child feel more comfortable. One should also read your child’s interests to decide on total invitees, venue, food, and entertainment.

Get it Done ASAP

Several things indeed have to congregate on a single day for a single event. However, this should not be an excuse for postponing different tasks, such as music. You can save a lot of money by booking in advance. It is better to plan a couple of weeks in advance, and it should leave enough time to book everything from the venue to the entertainment options. On average, parents can expect to spend around $250 on hosting a nice party. You would be surprised to know that many of these options can be booked with a discount, as you are stepping ahead of the queue. Once a sufficient amount of time is set aside, you would also be surprised at the way new options open up. For example, one of your friends may volunteer to help you set up the decor, which saves the cost that would otherwise be spent on a professional.

Send Invitations in Advance

It is no secret that more the merrier. You can make a toddler’s birthday much more special by inviting all dear and near. Just as organizers need time to set up the event, guests also need time to plan for the event – ideas, commute, and more. Many guests may have multiple parties to attend, and a late invite can leave them with an embarrassing face. Statistics show that only 15% of parents invite the entire class to a party.

You can avoid such a situation by sending out those invites at an early stage. It is recommended to send out invites at least ten days in advance. To hit this time scale, your work on preparing RSVPs should begin at least four weeks before the event. This gives sufficient time to draw a list of guests. This process also saves a lot of money since RSVPs can be used to avoid food wastage. If you have a dog, make sure all the other parents know about it before sending invites.

Deciding on Presents

Gone are the days when it was almost mandatory for guests to come with presents. Of course, it leads to a lot of accumulated presents. If you decide to do away with gifts, the invitation should clearly state the same. This can help to avoid embarrassing situations. In the place of such gifts, you can also request donations to a charity. Apart from serving to improve your reputation and helping out the unprivileged, it can also set an example for future parties in other households. If, however, you decide to accept presents, be prepared to shell out return gifts.

Best Time for the Food

The party hosts should decide on the timings of the food after they have planned out the venue. It is possible to choose different timings, but a little empathy can help make the party a great success. Many invitees do not like to have breakfast, as it also means difficult commute times on weekdays and an early start to the day on weekends. Depending on the day, a party can be organized such that it gives out dinner too. If it is a weekend, brunch would be the perfect outcome for all parties. This can also save some cost for the hosts, as brunches tend to be less expensive. It is also easier to prepare compared to party foods and fancy appetizers. Furthermore, a cake also seems like the best idea for brunch.

Conclusion

If there are several toddlers in attendance, it can be a joyous moment for parents. However, it can also be quite a concern if the party is hosted at home rather than a different venue. In such a case, you must make sure to childproof as much as possible. This involves removing fragile products from the reach of young kids, having fewer chairs in a room, and spreading out the toys. One can even go crazy with childproofing, as it is always better to be safe than sorry. These techniques can help you watch the toddlers in peace. Further, you are also keeping toddlers in a safe environment.

Author Bio: Lavera Taylor is a mother of two and a writer at My Kitchen Advisor. She’s lucky to have a husband that can provide while she takes care of their little ones. Elisabeth has a degree in psychology and currently lives in Seattle, WA.

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Sad Moms and Sleepless Babies: What’s the Link?0

We all expect a few sleepless nights with a new arrival to the household. A new baby means crying at night; feeding, changing, burping.

Everyone wants to get baby sleeping through the night as quickly as possible, but did you know that research suggests the first six months are critical for setting patterns not only for baby now, but for the rest of their life?

With that in mind, it seems clear that creating habits for baby is important. We know we need to feed baby regularly, but sometimes sleep routine falls behind whilst parents work out how to adapt to life with a tiny extra person.

This can be especially hard to tackle if, like over half of all parents, you suffer from insomnia symptoms, or if you are a mom who has suffered, or is suffering, from depression, like 12 million women in the USA alone.

If you often struggle to sleep, or suffer from low mood, it can put an extra strain on you to have your sleep interrupted at night. It is difficult to plan routines and put them into action if you are not used to regular sleep, which is also a common symptom of depression.

However, new studies show that it may be even more important for families affected by these issues to develop sleep routines, as babies whose mothers suffered from depression before or during pregnancy are more likely to have irregular sleep patterns.

In this article, we are going to look at what this link means and how to tackle the problem.

Natural sleep pattern

Humans have a natural ability to know when to wake up and when to sleep, known as the circadian rhythm. This is what makes us tired at night and alert in the daytime.

However, because moms with depression often have a disrupted circadian rhythm, meaning they may feel tired in the day and struggle to sleep at night, then babies born to those moms also seem to have very little natural instinct for when to sleep, according to this study. This is surprising because babies whose moms have never been depressed are born with a sleep rhythm.

Why night sleep matters

Scientists can see a clear link between disturbed sleep and people who develop depression. This is also true of people with poor circadian rhythms. To help avoid developing or worsening depression, adopting good sleep habits is key.

More Napping

Babies born to moms with depression tended to nap more during the day. This creates a vicious cycle where they wake in the night because they are not tired after day napping, then need to nap the following day because of a disrupted night. This needs to be stopped early to avoid making it worse.

That being said, don’t worry too much about very sporadic naps before 6 months. And some regulated napping is perfectly normal for children from most cultures, throughout their lives – Spain is especially famous for this.

What about happy parents?

Whilst scientists stressed that there is no guarantee that babies born to depressed parents will become depressed, they also warned parents without depression that their babies may develop depression later in life without proper sleep.

How much sleep and when?

Babies should be trained from birth to sleep when it is dark and be awake in the day. Babies younger than three months need 11 to 18 hours of sleep, so may also need a nap. For the ten months after that, 11 to 15 hours is needed.

What can you do to help?

Establishing routines is key. You should aim to have bedtimes and nap times at the same time every day. Having separate clothes for night and daytime can also help children get the idea.
Schedule your child’s waking activities around bright lights, such as outside, and then make sure that during scheduled sleep times they are in as dark a place as possible, certainly away from direct light, including sunlight.

It is also very important for the new mother to sleep on a regular schedule at this time, though different to the baby. This models behavior and helps avoid or lessen symptoms of post-natal depression.

Although you likely already do this, when your baby is asleep, be sure not to disturb them. Make sure that there is as little stimulus as possible – no light, with curtains tightly pulled, and no sound from other rooms. Also be sure not to check on your baby excessively when they’re sleeping, though checking once or twice is fine.

This is for everyone

Though it is extra important for families who suffer from low mood to set a good sleep routine as early as possible, scientists stress that everyone should be aiming for this, for parent and baby health now and baby’s health in the future.

Everyone should be doing their best to closely monitor baby’s sleep and adapting to a well-designed routine that suits baby and parents. The steps that will make a difference can be easily used by anyone and are proven to help.

Author Bio: Molly Crockett is a health blogger at Academized and Ukservicesreviews. She shares her latest personal development ideas by contributing articles to online magazines, and writing a blog at Essayroo online writing service.

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10 Superfoods for your Baby’s Brain Development0

Your baby’s brain is developing like a flourishing tree – they’re branching out. Their nerves are increasing and making connections. Doctors at Harvard Medical say that this process affects learning, memory, and abilities like multitasking and self-control. These connections are of major importance to your baby’s cognition, both in childhood and adulthood. The success of early growth determines how your baby’s brain will work for the rest of their lives.

How can you ensure your baby is getting the right food to help their brain development? We’ve put together a list of 10 nutrient-rich food types that will and promote brain cell growth.

  1. Breast Milk

    Your breast milk contains immune-boosting nutrients that will actively encourage the growth of myelin (mentioned above). Other immune-boosting components can only be found in breast milk.

  2. Healthy Fats

    Healthy fats found in avocados, nuts, eggs, and raw oils, are necessary for your baby’s brain development. They both insulate and enhance growth in the nervous system. Healthy fats also help create new nerve connections and new growth of brain cells.

    You can still even go for less healthy full-fat dairy products from the age of 1, to help your child grow, but begin to cut down on these when they are two, according to the NHS.

  3. B-complex

    B-complex supports brain health and improves mental performance by helping convert food to energy. The high levels of B-complex vitamins in avocados reduce the risk of hypertension in babies. You can also find it in oats, dairy, eggs, leafy greens and seeds. B vitamins are not produced in your baby’s body so need to come from their diet.

    Soft foods like these can officially be introduced from six months.

  4. Omega Fatty Acids

    The three main types of omega fatty acids are found in flaxseed and fish. Broccoli is high in DHA, (as well as oleic acid which protects myelin), making it a great food for your baby’s cognitive growth. It can also reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic disease later in life.

    Fish specifically can be introduced from six months, for your baby to avoid developing an allergy.

  5. Probiotics

    Probiotics help to build a strong environment for good bacteria. Recent studies have found a strong link between our gut and our brain. Yoghurt (live, probiotic) is a great source for good bacteria. Fermented food such as sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, and kombucha also contain probiotics.

    As babies are born with a sterile, bacteria-less GI, feeding them specific probiotic supplements for their first three months may help prevent colic and reduce their crying time, but only under the recommendation of a doctor.

  6. Antioxidants

    Antioxidants boost immune defenses and are important for your new-born baby. They can stimulate genes and protect them from viruses. Most fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants, however, some of the higher carriers are berries, grapes, green leafy vegetables, red cabbage, garlic, and olives.

    These should be introduced at six months, with other solid foods.

  7. Fiber

    Fiber helps regulate the release of glucose into your baby’s body. Their brain needs a constant supply of glucose. Fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, berries, vegetables like carrots and broccoli, and nuts and seeds, will do their job! A recent study examining children’s dietary intake concluded that it children with a higher fiber intake performed far better in cognitive tasks.

    However, the NHS says to only introduce much more wholegrain foods after the age of two.

  8. High Mineral Foods

    Minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc are critical for a strong nervous system. A strong nervous system will help your baby’s body to send messages from the brain to the rest of their body. Calcium can be found in dairy and leafy greens and will help bone growth and strength. Iron is necessary to carry oxygen around your baby’s body and can be found in red meat, cacao or dark chocolate, and leafy greens. Zinc is important for enhancing memory. Nuts, legumes, eggs, and dairy are all rich in zinc.

    Nuts specifically should be ground up before serving, and eggs fully cooked, but beyond that this beneficial food group has few dangers. In fact, iron is imperative, because a baby’s natural store of iron gets used up by six months.

  9. Lean Protein

    Protein is an important part of your baby’s growth process because it forms part of all the cells in the body. It also strengthens and makes new cells. Netrin, a lean protein, can help create a healthy nervous system in a baby’s developing brain, by directing the cells to make the right connections. Healthy protein can be found in dairy, nuts, seeds and lean white meat like turkey.

  10. Vitamin E

    Studies have shown that the area of the baby’s brain connected with memory and language development, are richer in natural vitamin e. Most nuts are high in this vitamin along with oats, seeds, green vegetables, and avocado.

    Premature babies may lack vitamin E, in fact.

You can feed your baby’s brain to nurture their mind. A diet comprising the foods above is necessary for the best growth possible, which will enhance your child’s intellectual growth. With a diverse and nutritious diet, you will encourage healthy growth and brain development in your baby.

Author Bio: Beatrice, a professional copywriter for Origin Writings and Academic Brits, is focused on lifestyle and child-rearing articles. She enjoys sharing her personal experiences as a mother and helping other parents raise their young kids. Beatrice also works for PhD Kingdom as a writer.

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6 Things I Learned When I Became a Single Mother0

When I first got pregnant, my husband and I were over the moon. We thought we would be the coolest parents ever. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we would be parenting separately.

Four years later, when we got divorced, all I could focus on was how good it was going to be for both of us. There would be no more arguments, no more compromise, and we would both have the freedom we had been craving.

But raising children alone, or while separated, was much harder than I thought. There was one less person to pick up the slack, to help clean up, to read to the kids at bedtime, and to give me a break. Even just a ten-minute break would have been so heavenly in those first few years as a single mother.

Here are 6 of the best parenting tips, as well as lessons I learned during my time as a single mother.

  1. I Needed to Be an Example

    Children watch us closer than we think. Studies show that children learn from observing those around them. For example, if you smoke, the likelihood that your child will grow up to be a smoker will skyrocket.

    Setting a good example is important – especially when you are the only parent your child has to learn from.

  2. Fatherless Children Have a Harder Time Than I Thought

    Children are heavily impacted by their parent’s divorce. Studies by the Linacre Quarterly Journal found that children lose economic security, time with each parent, emotional security, are more likely to act out sexually at a younger age when a father-figure is not present, and mature at a slower rate than other children.

    Kids also do worse in school when their parents are no longer together, resulting in lower GPAs, repeating grades, not attending university, and the list goes on.

    Divorce can also be incredibly stressful for young ones. The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found that children often blame themselves for their parent’s divorce and assume the responsibility to fix the broken marriage. This leads to childhood anxiety and stress, which can be damaging both mentally and physically to your little ones.

    To give my children the best chance possible to grow up happy and healthy, one of the biggest parenting tips I followed was to keep the lines of communication open. I wanted my kids to know they could come to me with their feelings or any questions they had. I established a routine of being open and age appropriately-honest with them in return.

  3. I Learned to Handle My Own Finances

    Raising a child isn’t cheap. We all know this when we become pregnant, but the reality of how broke you are going to be – especially as a single parent- is shocking. As of 2017, the average cost of raising a child from infancy to eighteen years old was $233,610.

    When I was married, I worked part-time, but my husband was the primary breadwinner. He also handled paying the bills and doing all of the budgeting in the household. Needless to say, when we separated, I was feeling financially overwhelmed.

    As a single mother, you do what you have to do in order to make your new family dynamic work. I got a full-time job and my mother would babysit when necessary for me to work.

    Eventually, I made enough money to hire a nanny and felt empowered and proud of myself for being able to support my family financially – all by myself.

  4. Quality Parent-Child Time is Important

    One of the biggest parenting tips that helped empower me to value my family was to spend quality time together on a regular basis.

    This was, and still is, incredibly important to me. The older my kids get, the harder it becomes to get everyone in the same room.

    I remembered reading a study about family mealtime. It said that eating meals regularly as a family contributes to your child’s linguistic and cognitive development. I wanted that for my kids, so I instituted a regular family day each week where we would take turns planning activities. These “family dates” involved such things as:

    • Going to the park
    • Having an at-home movie night complete with blanket forts and a myriad of snacks
    • Heading out to a museum
    • Playing tourist for a day
    • Going skating or playing a sport outside
    • Building snowmen/sandcastles
    • Reading or listening to audiobooks as a family
    • Cooking a meal together
    • Taking classes (instruments, language)

    Not only will a great parent-child relationship contribute to a peaceful household, but it can also have a positive impact on your child’s mental health. A 2012 study found that children who grow up close to their parents have better overall mental health than kids who report poor relationships with their parents.

  5. I Felt Alone

    It’s lonely to parent alone. Even if your marriage was toxic, you’ll still find yourself missing the positive qualities in your ex, or if you were anything like me, you’d miss the intimacy. My spouse and I were not good communicators, nor did we see eye-to-eye on the same things very often, but we always had a healthy, satisfying sex life. And when I was single, I definitely missed our effortless intimacy.

    Dating is hard when you’re a single parent. You must disclose your children to the person you start seeing, being intimate is harder because you have children to think about, and introducing your new beau to your little ones can be a challenge – to say the least.

    But chin up. You’re stronger than you think. I certainly was. You will find a way to get through the difficult times as a single parent and will have more strength and self-confidence in yourself than you ever thought possible.

    Single parenting is a wild ride that I was so not prepared for, but it has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done with my time.

    There are great parenting tips available to help you keep your cool when you become a single mother. Keep the lines of communication open with your kids, set a good example, and finally: give yourself more credit – you’re stronger than you think!

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Author Bio: Rachael is a noted writer currently associated with Marriage.com. She provides inspiration, support, and empowerment in the form of her motivational articles and essays. Rachael enjoys studying about today’s evolving forms of loving partnerships and is passionate about writing on all types of romantic connections. She believes that everyone should make room for love in their lives and encourages couples to work on overcoming their challenges together.

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6 Benefits of Music For Your Baby’s Sleep0

There’s nothing in the world parents wouldn’t do to make their babies sleep better. Mothers and fathers will try all sorts of tricks and techniques to help their babies fall asleep more easily, while taking some time for their own rest along the way.

It turns out that music is one of the finest and most beautiful ways to put your infant to sleep and make them rest peacefully. Why music?

Well, music is inherent to human beings. It’s a universal medium of communication that binds people together and transfers subtle messages across all age groups easily.

  1. Music helps babies to relax and calm down

    Have you ever seen your baby struggling to fall asleep? We bet you have because it’s a common thing among infants. Only a few months after birth, a baby will sometimes get angry for not being able to fall asleep easily.

    In such circumstances, music can help you out by creating a calm atmosphere and a relaxing ambiance for your little child. How come?

    Well, it’s a well-known fact that music makes an impact on our moods and babies are by no means an exemption here. Studies reveal that music can lift a person’s mood, boost happiness, and reduce anxiety.

    The same logic applies to everyone, from grown-ups to young children to babies. Therefore, you should take advantage of music to help your infant relax and fall asleep quickly.

  2. Music helps you create a pre-sleeping ritual

    Do you know how psychologists always say that people should create daily habits in order to become more productive and improve sleeping patterns? Well, they say it for the youngest kids as well because everybody feels great when following the same rhythm day after day.

    In this case, the purpose of music is to create a familiar environment and help babies figure out that it’s time to sleep. After all, infants’ lives are all about following the same patterns and embracing a common daily schedule.

    This means that babies can learn that it’s time to sleep whenever you play a particular song. You should pick a slow and relaxing song for pre-sleeping rituals in order to make your baby feel cozy and ready for a good night’s rest.

  3. Music reduces stress

    If you are struggling to calm your baby down before going to the cradle, perhaps you should try doing it with music. A beautiful song can have a superior relaxing impact on a baby’s mind, particularly if you are playing a quiet classical composition.

    According to the study, this type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. It also helps babies to start breathing calmer and reach that much-needed level of mental stability before falling asleep.

    However, the fact remains that infants can have various reactions to different songs, so we strongly encourage you to test many compositions and figure out which one really calms your baby down.

  4. Music boost brain development

    Music definitely looks like a magical phenomenon because it also boosts brain development in babies. It seems like songs encourage infants to keep in touch with their emotions, understand common patterns in compositions, and figure out new and invisible concepts.

    For example, a study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences found that playing music to nine-month-old babies led to an improved understanding of rhythm in speech and music.

    Music obviously serves as a very special communicator that teaches the youngest kids important lessons before they can even walk and talk, which means that you should incorporate it into everyday interactions with your child.

  5. Music is a relationship-builder

    Another aspect of music that many parents tend to forget is its significant relationship-building effect. Many researchers say that joint movements and dance lead to the release of oxytocin, a hormone in charge of mutual bonding. The same hormone is generated while nursing.

    At the same time, psychologists explain that all genres produce pretty much the same effect. While most parents choose to play classical music, the fact is that it’s much easier to enjoy and sing along with your infant if you are listening to a familiar song with interesting lyrics.

    Besides that, researches prove that babies who follow the rhythm and move to the drumbeat tend to smile more often than their peers.

  6. Music helps strengthen a wide range of skills

    Although we talked about brain development already, it is important to add that music can help babies grow and strengthen a wide range of skills altogether. Namely, studies show that infants and toddlers who listen to music on a regular basis usually outperform other kids in terms of:

    • Creativity and problem-solving abilities
    • Spatial intelligence and understanding of the world around them
    • Memorization and learning processes
    • Mathematics and logical thinking because music is based on patterns
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Language learning

The Bottom Line

We all understand the privilege of listening to music as it pleases people of all ages, without exception. However, a lot of parents still don’t realize how important it is to play music for their infants. It’s a powerful child development tool that you must use to help the baby grow and develop more successfully.

In this post, we focused on six practical benefits of music for baby sleep.

Have you ever thought the music could influence babies this way? Do you have any interesting music-related experiences to share with us? Feel free to leave a comment – we would love to hear more about you and your baby’s sleeping rituals!

Author Bio: Isabell Gaylord is an expert who works for several college paper writing services and contributes a lot to dissertation writing services. Besides focusing on some of the top paper writing services, Isabell is a passionate explorer of human psychology.

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Parenting 101: How Do You Deal With Tantrums?0

Tantrums are a part of any child’s life. When a child doesn’t have a better way of expressing anger, disappointment, sadness, and frustration, they tend to vent through tantrums and violent displays and reactions. Unfortunately, inasmuch as we parents have more or less background on what goes on in our children’s minds when they have tantrums, they can still be pretty troubling. This is especially if we’ve gotten used to giving them what they want just so they can stop their tantrums. How can we deal with this properly?

Thankfully, we’ve compiled some tips you can use to help your children cope with their tantrums. Here are some of the most interesting and helpful solutions we’ve managed to find:

upset toddler girl

Carefully explain why their tantrums may cause them harm in the long run.

Kids are sometimes smarter than we think they are, and they really can sometimes grasp more complicated concepts in their own way. Try to explain your situation to them, and nicely elaborate as to how their tantrums may harm their mental health and their relationships with others.

Try elaborating how bursting into tantrums to vent out frustrations and getting what they want may harm them in the future. Explain to your children that patience can be worth the while, and working hard for goals can always be more successful. Likewise, rushing things may also result in bad things happening.

As much as possible, don’t use a strict or angry tone when explaining this to them. Try to put yourself to their level and try explaining the concept in a way similar to how a friend may do it with them.

Granted, this might create a negative response to your children. However, it helps to at least ensure you’ve elaborated on the subject so you know the idea of how tantrums may harm them are planted in their head.

Lead by example, not just words.

Granted, it may be a need for you to talk to your children about their tantrums. However, it also helps to make sure you show them an example of how to vent their frustrations properly. It’s when you lead by example, and when your kids see the good out of these examples, that you may be able to convince them to follow your lead.

You may even just sit back and rely on cartoons and children’s shows to help elaborate on concepts that may otherwise be tricky to understand. In the case of tantrums, kids’ shows may demonstrate situations how tantrums may not solve situations.

You may also take a bit of time to explain to kids why these situations happened in shows or when they encounter these in real life.

In real-life situations, remember that kids follow your examples. As such, it’s important to maintain calmness, respect, and kindness whenever you interact with them regardless of the behavior they show. You should, however, still be stern and remind them of things they have to remember.

baby with teddy bear

Introduce them to other forms of expressing themselves.

Oftentimes, children may find it difficult to express themselves because of the lack of avenues to do so. They may feel restricted to share their feelings because they may not have enough exposure to other means of expressing themselves. And you may help remedy potential outbursts by orienting your child early on to other methods of expression and venting out their frustrations. This can be in the form of artistry, sports, or even video games

Try to explore a multitude of these modes of expression with your kids. You can ask them if they want to try playing multiplayer games, car games or toy cars, try drawing or painting, or even trying out sports. When they express their desire to try something new, try to encourage them as this can help boost their confidence in the craft.

Having something else to do allows your child to switch their focus into expressing their frustrations and negative emotions via outbursts, and instead focus their energy on reflecting and doing their chosen craft.

When you introduce these modes of expression to your children, don’t introduce them as a deterrent for their tantrums. Rather, introduce these to them as to what they really are: methods of expression.

Seek professional help when you feel like this is affecting your child’s overall wellness.

Always remember that just because you’re thinking of seeking professional help doesn’t mean your child is “weak” in any way. There really are situations where it’s difficult to understand where you or your child is coming from, and as such may need guidance. If you feel lost or unsure of what to do with your child, it may help to undergo counseling in order to understand your child’s point of view much better.

If you’ve decided to have your child go under counseling, it helps to explain to them why you’re doing this. Always remind them that just because they’re going to talk to someone else doesn’t mean they’re “weak,” but rather you’re helping in making them much stronger.

You should also say the same thing to yourself. Just because you’re thinking of undergoing therapy doesn’t necessarily make you a weak parent. Rather, you’re also in the process of learning how to be a better caretaker for your child. This is especially since tantrums may be related to issues such as sleep, and other concerns that may not be as obvious.

When you consult a professional on anything about your child’s welfare, make sure their clinic is fully accredited. Also, make sure your psychologist is officially licensed. It doesn’t hurt to be careful when looking for a professional to trust.

Tantrums: Manage Your Child With Care, Support, Learning

Tantrums can be a normal occurrence for children and toddlers that are still growing up. However, you don’t necessarily have to take everything in without any reactions. Tantrums are tantrums, and they can be extremely stressful. If you have or have had a child with the same situation, you’ll surely be aware of how tantrums can affect not just you but your child’s growth at large.

Thankfully, the tips above would’ve likely given you useful methods you can use not just to help your child, but to help them ease up in an environment where they can share their thoughts without crying, and how this can affect us as parents overall.

Do you have tips for screaming toddlers? Share them in the comments!

John Salazar is a certified techie-at-heart, but he shares a love for all things science and technology, health and wellness, and even a bit of music on the side. As a creative writer, John makes sure to write both informative and entertaining pieces. He loves writing, and he plays the guitar when he has free time.

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6 Techniques to Teach Your Infant to Be Patient0

It’s no secret that children can be impulsive, demanding, and impatient at times. But there are a few great ways to tackle these issues and teach your infant patience in just a few short steps. Try some of the following techniques!

You can also find some great resources for parenting here.

Patience Stretching Technique

Patience stretching is one of the quickest methods for improving your child’s patience through gradually increasing their experiences with waiting for gratification. You can read about this method in-depth here. Simply put, you must learn to almost give your child what they want:

Say your child asks for a snack while you’re busy. Stop whatever you are doing to acknowledge them. Start to get them the snack but stop short and act as if looking for something else, exclaiming “Oh wait!”

After just a few seconds, give your child the snack and praise them for waiting. This quick response rewards your child for their patience and gives them the impression that even if they have to wait a little bit, you will still give them what they want.

Over time, make them wait a few more seconds each time before you reward them to stretch out their patience.

Patience Stretching with a Timer

You can also use a simple timer in this method for an alternative approach:

First, find a time to explain how the timer works to your child when they are calm and attentive. Tell them that when the timer goes off, you will come right back to them!

When they later start pestering you for something, start by immediately responding and almost giving them what they want, before exclaiming “Wait!” and appearing to suddenly remember something.

Set the timer and tell them you will be back when it rings.

When you get back, give them what they have asked for and verbally praise them for waiting.

Gradually increase the duration of the timer, starting low at around 20 seconds and working your way up to a few minutes.

Speaking in Public

When your child wants to say something in public, you will need to find a way to train them to wait. One such method involves a simple action that the child must take before speaking, to let you know they want something without interrupting:

This may be putting their hand on your leg, to which you should immediately respond in kind, i.e. put your hand on theirs or nod to acknowledge them.

After a short delay, turn to them and ask what they wanted to say, praising them and thanking them for waiting.

It is important with this technique to avoid a double-standard – extend the same courtesy to your child when you want to talk to them while they are occupied, so they learn that this respect and patience are normal.

For more detailed information on how to handle difficult situations with your child in public, read this article.

Identify Triggers

At the end of the day, some people simply have much more patient temperaments than others and even the most patient of children can have bad days and act out. So, what can you do?

It is vital to identify the triggers of negative reactions to learn how to handle them.

Perhaps your child is quickly frustrated by a particular activity: calmly show them how to improve and be patient with them as they learn.

Model Behavior

This means being aware of the fact that your child is watching you and handling difficult situations calmly, with patience and respect to pattern such desirable behavior for your child. By embodying the ideal attitudes and behaviors you want them to mimic, you are normalizing them. Whether you are a stay-at-home-mom or not, this is vital!

Avoid any demonstrations of your frustration (e.g. rolling your eyes, complaining, etc.) as this will give them the impression that waiting is bad. Try to take issues as they come, laugh at complications, and problem-solve out loud to impress a standard model on them of how to handle stress and frustration with patience and positivity.

Mistakes to Avoid

Avoiding sarcasm is essential, as your child may not always pick up on your meaning and be confused and more frustrated. Be clear when communicating with them in stressful situations.

Another common mistake is constant nagging and rushing – it sets a negative precedent to the child that doing what they are told, dealing with frustrations, and being patient with others is a hassle, a chore. Demonstrate patience yourself by being clear and neutral in handling stressors.

Of course, you will have to try a few things to find what works best for your particular child, as every infant has a different temperament and level of patience. But these are just some of the many possible techniques for teaching your child patience to ready them for interactions. For five more tips on teaching patience, check out this article.

Linsey C. Martin is a freelancer who found her passion for writing at LuckyAssignments.com and Gumessays.com, where she enjoys share her knowledge with her readers, listening to their success stories, and applying her tips and tricks in various fields. She also write for Researchpapersuk.com blog.

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How Do I Fix My Baby’s Early Waking?0

Ready to welcome the bundle of joy in your life? A word of advice- parenthood will be one of the most rewarding yet frustrating phases of your life. You’re always tired and cranky. The numerous diaper changes, lullabies and sleepless nights- it is one hell of a rollercoaster! All this can take a toll on your mental health and adversely affect your young one’s body clock. Does your baby wake up at ungodly hours as well? Taking care of a baby is no child’s play. Check out these tips if your baby rises with the sun and then refuses to get back to sleep.

How early is too early?

So, your child is a nearly bird? Shouldn’t that be a good thing? Not really, if your baby wakes up at 4 in the morning. Infants 6 months and younger usually have a very drastic sleep schedule. Most babies are light sleepers and would wake up to the slightest of disturbances. Some kids are also notoriously early risers.

Ideally, you should be sending your kids to bed by eight and have them up and fresh by 7 in the morning. Any time before 6 or 7 in the morning is too early for waking up. Also, sleeping in late can be a problem as it makes them sluggish and cranky all day.

Why does my baby wake up so early?

Babies spend most of their time sleeping, usually about 15 hours a day. 10-11 hours of uninterrupted sleep in the night, followed by 3-4 hours of daytime naps are healthy for infants. There are two main reasons why your kids are not getting enough sleep. Either they are not tired enough to go to bed, or they are overtired.

As parents, you need to pay attention to your child’s activities and daily routine. Look at how they are spending their time. If your child is slightly older, ensure that they get enough physical and mental exercise. For infants, you need to monitor their nap schedule during the day. Here are some other reasons why babies might be rising early:

Teething

Teething is a condition when the baby develops its first set of milk teeth. In this phase, the infant might experience some pain, mild bouts of fever, diarrhea and increased sleep regression. A particularly painful teething process can mess up the sleep schedule. You might need to book an appointment with a pediatrician.

Sleep regressions

Sleep regression is more prevalent than you think. The kid wakes up frequently during the night and compensates for the lost sleep in the day. The condition can lead to morning fatigue, sleeping disorders or other issues. Young babies aged 4-6 months are more susceptible to lapses in their sleep cycle.

Medical reasons

Other probable reasons why your child is waking up early, might be an illness. Consult a doctor if your child is overweight, has breathing issues or snores. There might be a chance of sleep apnea that can get dangerous if left untreated for long.

Effective sleep strategies

Most mothers have to get back to their jobs after the baby is born. It can get very exhausting to balance personal and professional commitments. Check out these tips, curated for working mothers wanting to restart their careers after the maternity leave.

Keep the sun away

Usually, we tend to associate darkness with sleep and resting. This holds for children as well. Close the curtains, shut those blinds and keep the room dark and cozy. Even the slightest of light can disturb your young one’s sleep. Also, let them snuggle in or laze around in bed for an hour before you begin your day. Most children are not entirely awake, but in the zone between sleep and wakefulness in the early hours.

Keep it quiet

The bedroom should be soft, comfortable and cozy. Dispel all the possible distractions from the room to create a sleep-friendly space. This means shutting down the alarm, removing the television and keeping your phones on silent. Refrain from creating a ruckus in the bedroom. Also, if your child is older, consider giving them their separate room. This would inculcate a sense of independence. Reduce their dependence on the pacifier as they grow.

Regulate the bedtime

Over fatigue can mess up the bedtime. Kids wake up early because they haven’t had a restful sleep at night. Ensure that they are not overly exhausted when they hit the bed. Ideally, the best time for your child to sleep is in the first half of the night. This is when the body can soak up on the REM sleep. Push their bedtime to an hour or so if need be.

Also, monitor the bedtime routine of your baby. Is the diaper clean and fresh? Has the baby been fed? Sometimes, giving the child a warm bath before bed might also work. Invest in products that would keep the baby warm and comfortable. Bassinets, cribs, baby monitor, plush onesies, pacifiers are some fantastic products to help babies sleep better.

Have a nap schedule

The younger your child is, the more sleep they need. Schedule ample daytime naps as well, so that they are not overtired. 3-4 hours of nap time is more than enough for the baby. The rest of the time should be devoted to playing, interaction with the family, feeding, cleaning and other activities. Also, maintain a gentle waking up routine. Don’t try to rush your kid through the morning. Keep the wee hours of the morning passive and uneventful.

The bottom line

Give your baby some time; they will eventually adjust their biological clock. Some children are naturally early risers and might feel comfortable waking up quickly. Don’t pressurize them a lot to alter their sleep cycle. If your child is a morning person, encourage them to exercise, or meditate. This would only give them the much-needed boost to kick start their day.

Author Bio:
Mary Jones is the co-founder & editor-in-chief at TopMyGrades, which focuses on Content Marketing Strategy for clients from the Education industry in the US, Canada & UK. Mary has conducted a series of webinars for AssignmentEssayHelp as  assignment expert. She has extensive content editing experience and has worked with MSNBC, NewsCred & Scripted. She has also authored blogs on Lifehack.org, Wn.com, Medium.com, Minds.com and many more digital publications.

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