Naps are necessary for babies to stay rested because of all the growing they're doing! Napping plays a key role in restoring your baby's mental and physical body. So why is it notoriously challenging for many families to get their babies to take adequate naps?
Let’s dive into the basics of baby naps, how long and how often they should be napping according to their age, what to do if your baby skips a nap and when to be concerned about the amount of daytime sleep your baby is getting.
Swaddling has been a long-standing traditional practice, possibly dating back thousands of years. It is generally done with a blanket, but recently products such as swaddling sleep sacks have come on the market, making it even easier.
Swaddling doesn’t come without its challenges though and it's not something that is right for every baby, so here are some things to consider first.
If you are a parent, then you’ve definitely had the experience of your baby waking up way too early! It’s a right of passage, but you aren’t selfish if you’d like more sleep!
Although you can’t expect a baby to conform to whatever sleep routines you want, they are their own person after all, we can definitely help guide your baby improve and/or lengthen their sleep.
But please note: This doesn't apply to infants under about four months of age (adjusted if they were born before their due date). New babies can wake up anytime and usually it’s because they need to be fed, changed, etc. Don’t worry, they do grow out of this stage!
So if you want to help your baby “sleep-in” until 6-7am, here are some tips.
Spending time outside has proven benefits like reducing stress, improving mood, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety, improving focus and productivity, and enhancing creativity and self-esteem! It will help you sleep better, feel better and have fun.
The time has come, your maternity leave is over and you are going back to work. Here in Canada the typical mat leave is 1 year or 18 months, although depending on your situation it may be shorter.
Leading up to sending your baby to daycare, you likely have a lot of questions about how their routine will change, especially around feeding and sleep. Here are some things you need to consider when your baby goes to daycare.
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…
When it comes to helping a little one develop healthy sleep habits, sometimes that means there can be some crying or intermittent involvement with a parent. This can be challenging in its own right, but can be compounded for parents if they also have other children in the house to consider.
Ashley Cooley is a birth, baby and sleep specialist living in Dartmouth, NS with her husband and their three girls.