Sleep sacks for babies

Sleep sacks have been popular with European parents for a long time because they minimize the risk of baby suffocating.

The ultimate solution for keeping babies safe and warm at night and during naptime, they provide a safe alternative to sheets, blankets, and comforters.

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Baby and baby blankets

Babies love the warmth and security of their own blanket. Choose one that is small enough that they can carry it around as a toddler.

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How to signal children it’s time to sleep

Kids often nap on small cots at daycare with their favorite blanket. It’s the arrival of the blankie that signals “nap” – not where they are.

Try to associate nap time with a portable object, rather than with a place.

From: ehow.com.

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Time to leave the crib

Once your child is able to climb out of his crib (and you have already lowered the mattress and removed the bumper pads), it is time to move him into a toddler bed.

If your child is three feet tall, you may want to move him to a toddler bed even if he isn’t climbing out of his crib yet.

From: pediatrics.about.com.

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Toddlers and nap time

At 18 months most toddlers take at least one naps (length of naps are usually very variable between different children, but naps are usually 1-1 1/2 hours long) during the day at this age and are able to sleep all night (for 11-12 hours).

From: pediatrics.about.com.

Pillow safety

A toddler pillow is a pillow that is just the right size for a child of two years or more.

Prior to age two, use of a pillow of any type is considered dangerous and is not recommended.

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Morning start up tip

Mornings can be tough for everyone with children.

Try taking five to ten minutes with your 2-year-old when he first wakes up to snuggle and talk quietly about the day, the whole morning will go much more smoothly.

From huggieshappybaby.com.

Mattress warnings

Use a safe crib with a snug fitting mattress that cannot get pulled away from the corners. You should not be able to fit more than two fingers between the edge of the mattress and the crib.

From: ParentingToddlers.com

Child beds

Involve your child in selection of her new bed. It’s best to allow her to choose new bedding with some of her favorite characters.
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Preschoolers and naps

Most preschoolers do still need naps during the day. They tend to be very active — running around, playing, going to school, and exploring their surroundings — so it’s a good idea to give them a special opportunity to slow down.
From: KidsHealth.org

Co-sleeping safety tip

When co-sleeping make sure your mattress fits snugly in the bed frame so that your baby won’t become trapped in between the frame and the mattress.
From: KidsHealth.org

Co-sleeping

Co-Sleeping helps babies get more nighttime sleep (because they awaken more frequently with shorter duration of feeds, which can add up to a greater amount of sleep throughout the night).
From: KidsHealth.org

Sleeping

Preschoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours per night, but there’s no reason to be completely rigid about which 10 to 12 hours they are. A 5-year-old who gets adequate rest at night no longer needs a daytime nap.
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Toddler Bed Location

Choose the location of your toddler’s bed with care. Keep away from extremes of temperature such as windows, doors or radiators and strangling hazards such as blind cords. Make sure that your toddler cannot become trapped between the side of the bed and the wall.
From: SafeKids.co.uk

Sleep Tip

If your baby seems sensitive to household sounds, try running a white-noise machine or a fan in her room.
From: Parents.com

Thumb Sucking and Teeth

Despite popular belief, young children who obsessively suck their thumbs will generally not develop dental problems due to the thumb sucking. However, if they continue to suck their thumbs when their second teeth start growing in, there’s a risk for developing dental abnormalities.
From: YeahBaby.com

Hungry Toddlers

If your child is well-rested but is beginning to act up more than usual, make sure it hasn’t been too long since his or her last meal or snack. Your toddler may be hungry without realizing it, and if this is the case, a healthy snack may be all that is needed.
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Sleeping

From ages 1 to 3, most toddlers sleep about 10 to 13 hours.
From: KidsHealth.org

Swaddle your baby

Most babies like to be wrapped securely. It reminds them of their snug womb. And of course they love slings.
From: YourParentingsSolutions.com

Moving to a toddler bed

Once your child is able to climb out of his crib, it is time to move him into a toddler bed.
From: KeepKidsHealthy.com