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Is it Safe for Babies to Sleep With Blankets?

Learn what’s safe to put in your little one’s crib—and what should stay out. If you’re a new parent, you probably have loads of questions about your baby’s sleep. Is she getting enough sleep? When should she start snoozing through the night? What’s that strange sound coming from the baby monitor? Will she ever fall asleep without your having to be in the room with her? But if you’re wondering what you can do to help keep your child safe at night, you can cross that question off your list. Read on for the answers. Is it okay to let my baby sleep with a blanket at night? If your child is under 12 months…

There's A Monster Under My Bed!

Giving a child control of their fear is the first step to sound sleep for all. For some children, nighttime fears are common, and can interfere with falling asleep.  This can result in a child stalling at bedtime, not getting enough sleep, and/or being sleepy and irritable the next day.  So how is a parent to deal with these “monsters”? Part of normal development is imagination, and for younger children the ability to tell the difference between real and imaginary is not yet developed.  In addition, all rational thought is gone when a child (or adult) is tired at night.  So simply telling your child that there is no such thing as monsters will…

Five Great Bedtime Books For Kids

Turn the nighttime into your favorite time with these books that are sure to put a drowsy smile on your kids’ faces. Wrapping up the day by reading to your children near a reading light doesn’t just create a comforting ritual, it also boosts their grasp of language, lowers their stress levels, improves their ability to learn, and gives them a positive memory of reading, which can turn them into readers when they get older. But what books are the best? These five titles—some classic, some newer—will settle your little ones down and get their eyelids drooping. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: This…

The Sleeping Power of the Lovey

  To an outsider, a lovey seems like an ordinary blanket or stuffed animal. But to a parent and child, a “lovey” can be magic. When my son was a toddler, we were flying across the country to see my parents. I had diligently packed all the smart travel items—stocked diaper bag, Ziplocs, stickers, two dozen containers of snacks. I had debated carrying the lovey—the cherished object he’d been sleeping with for a year—and decided to do it so he could nap on board. He clutched the satin square and I wore him in a front pack through the terminal. I set my luggage down to adjust and headed towards the gate. When I realized the lovey was…

Is it OK for Kids to Share a Room While Sleeping?

It turns out that kids can sleep together peacefully. Learn how to make it happen. Figuring out the best sleeping arrangement for your family can be the difference between waking up to a household of grumps and seeing smiles at the breakfast table. And just like decisions about co-sleeping, sleep training, and choosing a bedtime is unique to each family, deciding whether or not to have kids share a room is a matter of both practicality and personal preference. There is no right or wrong answer, but there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re issuing room assignments. Do You Have the Space? Just because you have extra rooms doesn’t mean…

Why Do Some Kids Wet the Bed?

The reasons why nighttime accidents occur may surprise you! If you’re the parent of a bedwetter, you’re likely all too familiar with orchestrating middle-of-the-night pajama changes and dragging heaping loads of soggy sheets to the laundry machine. You’ve also probably wondered more than once whether the nighttime accidents will ever end. The good news: Odds are, they will! While15 percent of children wet the bed at age five, less than five percent will still be having accidents by ages eight to 11. (In rare cases, bedwetting can continue into the teen years and adulthood, and if it does, that’s a signal to talk to a doctor, because it could by a symptom of an underlying…

Design A Sleep-Friendly Bedroom For Your Child

5 essential sleep items your child’s room should have My two kids (3 and 6 years old) climb happily into bed at night. It’s not to say that bedtime is always smooth—they don’t want to stop building towers or running laps in Superhero costumes. But as their routine unfolds and they shift modes, they don’t fight sleep. They welcome it. Video production in partnership with There are lots of reasons for this (more sleep secrets to come), but one is that the bedroom is…

When Kids Should Go to Bed - Based on Age

How your child’s age impacts the amount of sleep that he or she needs It can be tough to figure out exactly how much sleep your kid needs and when he or she should go to sleep, especially because your child’s slumber needs will change as he or she gets older. In other words, what worked perfectly at two months of age might fail at three months! Check out this quick guide to get a ballpark sense of how much sleep your kid needs. And keep in mind that there’s no one-size-fits all solution—each child is different. Newborns (up to three months): 14 to 17 hours Infants (four to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours Toddlers (one to two):…

When Should Kids Stop Napping?

Learn when it’s time for your child to say goodbye to naps. Ah, naptime. It can be the cure for toddler crankiness, a sacred time for e-mail checking, and generally a sanity-saver for parents and caregivers alike. Plus, kids who nap have longer attention spans, are less fussy, and sleep better at night. But, of course, you know that your child won’t nap forever. The big question looms: When does it all end? Sleep Training Tips for Children Video production in partnership with Over…

Sleep: How Do You Know Enough Is Enough?

  Making sure your children get enough quality sleep is a priority for the whole family. One of the most common questions I get asked as a pediatric sleep psychologist is “how much sleep does my child need?”  The National Sleep Foundation recently updated their recommendations for sufficient sleep duration across development. These numbers often send parents into a panic when they think their child is not obtaining sufficient sleep.  Adults, on the other hand, can usually tell you how much sleep they need, but then tell you how much they can get by on. The latter is dangerous as deficient sleep is known to cause significant problems, including negative mood, impaired performance, significant health issues, and…