If you don’t need an alarm clock because your child is an early bird, read on for tips and reclaim some morning shut-eye!
Some children are natural early birds, but only 10% to 15% actually have a biological tendency to be early risers. Many children wake up early because of reasons other than their biological alarm, and these can be changed. How do you know where your child fits on this scale? There are specific things to look for.Read More
I remember the days of trying to coordinate my older children’s bedtime routines with the non-schedule of my new baby. I remember how hard bedtime was when the baby needed my attention, and the other two thought that bedtime meant playtime.
Coordinating sibling sleep routines can seem like a monumental task, but the key to it is planning. Simply going with the flow every night will not help anyone. The kids will be running in different directions, you’ll be stressed, and your kids will be staying up too late.
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Let’s start with a few baby gear favorites…
Many parents read to their kids as part of the bedtime routine, and it’s a popular pre-bed activity for good reason. Children will lie still and listen to a book, which allows them to relax and become sleepy. Reading is a peaceful way to end the day, and it is key to a child’s academic success. Bedtime reading rituals guarantee that children will get their daily reading time.Read More
If you currently feel like bedtime is a stressful, rushed experience for everyone in the family, there is one easy solution! Simply allow more time for bedtime activities so that it can be a calmer, gentler routine.
You will inevitably face problems if you are starting your child’s bedtime routine fifteen minutes before you’d like your child to be asleep. Fifteen minutes is barely enough time to get through the essentials in the bedtime routine if everything goes perfectly, and we all know that putting children to bed rarely goes perfectly. You will not have the time to enjoy the slower pace of a nighttime routine, you will not have time to be patient with your child’s dawdling, and everyone will feel pressured by the time constraint. Your child will pick up on this tension and will respond with additional requests, more dawdling, and meltdowns.Read More
Research shows that exposure to music from a young age, and musical training, can create new pathways in a young brain. You don’t need to be a professional musician or trained opera singer to give your baby the benefits of music. There are many ways to introduce your children to music, and it is very likely that they will love it! Since music can be good for your baby’s development, here are a few ways to bring music into your baby’s life.Read More