Even the tiniest distractions can keep your little ones from getting the sleep they need. Check the child’s sleeping environment; cozy, snug, correct temperature, and dark. If necessary, use a small night light and a white-noise machine on low noise level. For naps, use NapCap to block out any daytime light that may enter the room through the curtains etc. And if you are not at home with these ideal conditions and it is nap time, be sure that NapCap is on hand in your diaper bag to use to help your baby by screening out unusal distractions and light. Always have NapCap when traveling when it is especially difficult for your baby to sleep.
Archive for February, 2012
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Make sure your baby’s feet are warm! Is this an old grandmothers tale? Yes, it is mine and it is important. I know my children had trouble relaxing and sleeping if their feet were chilled and I personally can never fall to sleep if my feet are cold. If you want your baby to nap during the day and sleep at night, make sure the baby has warm feet by using socks, booties or maybe footed pjs. Small children, especially babies, have a hard time regulating their own body temperature. If they are too hot or too cold they can have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Make sure that the temperature in your child’s bedroom is comfortable and that he is dressed appropriately.
Establish a bedtime routine. Follow it as consistently as possible. From the day the baby comes home from your hospital, set a relaxing routine that set the atmosphere for sleep. That means every night might consist of bath time, pajamas and story time before turning out the lights. You should have a similar routine for daytime naps. Use NapCap to shut out the light during the day and use it every day. Your child will come to know that it is time to go to sleep. It will be a quiet time that you can enjoy together. The same routine teaches baby to slow down, relax, and settle into that rejuvenating sleep.
Insist on “rest time” every afternoon.
Some children will fall asleep easily all the time, for others some days are easier than others. And there are the children who don’t find falling asleep easy. For those who don’t, spend 30 minutes lying quietly with your child to encourage her to sleep. If that doesn’t do the trick, continue the rest time by reading her a calming story. It is important that all babies have some quiet time each day. Bonus: it will be good for Mother too.
Develop a schedule and stick to it.
Be sure to set consistent times for naps and bedtime. Your baby will know what to expect and adjust and welcome the schedule you set. Plan your errands and day trips around naptime, and stick to your nightime schedule, even on vacation. If in a different time zone make the adjustment as gradually as possible. If your baby knows that no matter where you are or what you are doing, he can expect to sleep at the same time every, it will create the sleep habits you want. Use NapCap at each bedtime to cue the rest time by blocking out distractions from environments which cannot always be ideal.
The following is a general guideline to the right amount of sleep for your child.
1 year old: 13 hours
2 years old: 12 to 15 hours (includes nap)
3 years old: 11 to 14 hours (includes nap)
4 years old: 10 to 13 hours (includes nap)
5 years old: 10 to 12.5 hours (no nap)
When a youngster doesn’t get enough sleep, that cute little baby/toddler of yours can quickly turn into a meltdown-prone monster. What do you do if your child shuns sleep? Have NapCap handy to block out distractions, provide a some sort of quiet time and the rest will come. The more consistently you use NapCap to create and maintain your set schedule the easier it will be for you and your baby.