Saturday, August 10, 2013

Naptimes and Sleep for Children

Top 10 Sleep Tips From The World Association of Sleep Medicine
  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep (see above average sleep needs chart)
  • Set consistent bedtime and wake-up times on weekdays and weekends.
  • Maintain a consistent daily schedule
  • Establish a nap schedule if it's age appropriate.
  • Plenty of outdoor exercise
  • Eliminate all caffeine. (if nursing - caffeine only right after second nap)
  • Children need comfortable pajamas and strong, absorbing diapers
  • Always encourage your child to fall asleep alone
  • Keep all electronic distractions out of the bedroom
  •  Avoid bright lights during the night
 Found a lot about scheduling through this index:

Index By Age

Baby Whisperer: Waking Early From Naps

Tracy Hogg, author of The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems, has two different methods for teaching your baby to sleep through the nap rather than habitually waking at the 45 minute mark.

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