This is a story about a time when sleep took a nosedive in our house and
it was not because of a typical sleep issue. Bedtime wasn’t off, naps
weren’t an issue, no monsters under the bed but somehow my then
5 year old started waking through the night. Sure, that happens
sometimes, but this wasn’t getting better. In fact, it was getting much,
Stella, my 8 year old, is a really smart kid. She loves to read, loves school,
and gives everything her all. She’s got a lot of hustle and I can see her
playing on teams down the road. She’s a leader, and goes after what
she wants - just like her mommy ;)
If your little one takes to sucking their thumb or fingers,
it can be met with mixed emotions.
Sometimes there’s a bit of relief or elation because your child can soothe themselves!! It can really come in handy.
But there’s also usually a bit of, “Oh crap, how are we going to get rid of this habit down the road?”
So, I’d like to share a story of how we helped our then 5 year old to stop sucking her thumb…
With the arrival of fall, the days have already started getting shorter, and before we know it, the dreaded time change in early November will be messing with all of our sleep schedules. For many families, especially those with young children, Daylight Savings Time (DST) is a challenging adjustment. While the purpose of DST is to make use of extra daylight to conserve energy, no one seemed at all concerned about kids’ sleep needs when they brought it into practice! However, if you follow my Top 3 Time Change Tips, you and your family will make it through well rested.
Ahhh naps - A chance to reset, recharge, and get some quality, restorative rest – but not just for you, for your child too! Sleep is so important for your child's developing brain and growing body, which is why I suggest taking your time when dropping naps. This can be a tough transition for parents and children, especially if it's done too soon. So let’s go over some signs your child is ready (or getting ready) to drop his/her nap, and how to go about doing it.
Ashley Cooley is a birth, baby and sleep specialist living in Dartmouth, NS with her husband and their three girls.