Moving to a bed

A toddler will be ready to move to a ‘big girl’ bed between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. source

Sleep and a happy family

A study found that a troubled marriage when a baby is 9mos contributes to trouble sleeping when the child is 18mos. source

Sleep Problems

75% of children under five experience some kind of sleep problem. source

Reading & bedtime

Rather than saving reading for bedtime, rotate it with other ideas so toddler doesn’t only associate books with sleep. Source

sleep deprivation

Toddler sleep deprivation comes in many forms. The sooner you recognize the signs, the sooner you can help your tot to sleep more info

Napping tot

Infants sleep 16 to 20 hours per day, and as time goes on, they outgrow sleeping all day long and only take two naps more info

Thumb sucking

Thumb sucking is an acceptable way for child to comfort himself, at bedtime – although it can lead to dental problems more info

When to get rid of the crib

When time to get rid of crib? When child asks for a bed or starts climbing out of crib. For most that comes between 2 & 3.

Food and Bedtime

Limit food and drink (especially any drinks containing caffeine) before bedtime. http://bit.ly/NMYqMX

Diet and sleeping

If you are breastfeeding, then it is also worth considering whether something in your diet could be contributing to poor nighttime sleep.

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Swaddling

Swaddle for the first three months. Research shows that infants who are swaddled wake up less and sleep longer than other babies.

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Good sleep promotes good sleep

A lot of parents whose children do not sleep well at night mistakenly think it would be a good idea for them to give up naps. Instead, parents should try to institute a consistent nap routine.

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Get into the routine

Thirty minutes to an hour before bedtime, start a calming ritual that may include giving a bath and reading a story or two.

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Falling asleep at night

Make sure your toddler falls asleep on her own at night. Once she’s mastered drifting off on her own during bedtime without your rocking, nursing, or lulling her to sleep, she’ll be able to do so during the day.

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Infants and sleep

Infants sleep 16 to 20 hours per day, and as time goes on, they outgrow sleeping all day long and only take two naps — one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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Consistency

Children need time to calm down and prepare for sleep. Having a consistent bedtime routine can be useful in giving the child cues that sleep time is coming.

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Getting ready for bed

Thirty minutes to an hour before bedtime, start a calming ritual that may include giving a bath and reading a story or two.

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Sleep schedule chart

Check out this sleep schedule chart with ages and Characteristics. Sleep Chart.

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Sleep for preschoolers

Preschoolers should get about 11-13 hours of sleep a night, not always the easiest task. But a good night’s sleep will help him concentrate, feel less cranky and put him in an overall good mood.

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Getting used to new surroundings

Before your trip, place your infant in her pack’n'play for sleeping so she gets used to the new sleep space. You can do this for naps or nights or both.

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