If your little one is starting preschool this fall, you’re likely aware of all the new experiences you and your child will be having. Drop-offs and pick-ups will provide a rollercoaster of emotion, and you’ll be eager to hear what fun activities happened in the classroom each day. One major change that preschool brings is something many parents don’t think about: Nap time and bedtime! According to the National Sleep Foundation, children aged 3-5 need about 11 to 13 hours of sleep each day. In addition, many preschoolers nap during the day. Busy days and an entirely new schedule means your child may face difficulties napping at normal times (or napping at all!). You may also face new difficulties at bedtime as your child adjusts to a new schedule. But the transition to preschool can be totally manageable with a little help from our Preschool Prep: 10 tips for nap and bedtime transition! Read on to hear the best tips for helping your child get used to the new sleep schedule that his exciting days starting preschool will bring. Read more
We’re confident that all new parents could agree: One of the most tiresome parts of caring for a newborn is hearing that mourning cry at 2:00am… and 4:30am… and 6:30am… While night feeding can be quite a chore, parents of babies may be surprised to learn that breastfeeding at night has some surprising benefits! Nighttime breastfeeding can increase milk supply, teach baby to sleep for longer stretches, and even give you the benefit of more sleep. Read on to see our 6 surprisingly awesome facts about nighttime breastfeeding!
The torch has been lit! People of all ages and all nations are delighted to see the long-awaited return of the Olympics. Now is the perfect time to host some Olympic Games of your very own! Check out our guide for how to host the best kid-olympics ever, and give the young athletes an experience they’ll never forget. Read more
Everyone knows your body is going to go through some massive changes after becoming pregnant. In the short span of nine months (though, thank goodness it isn’t longer!), you’ll grow a human being about the size of a watermelon. Clearly that takes some stretching of skin and squishing of organs, but the rise and fall of hormones can cause some unexpected changes, too. What’s leftover after baby enters the world? Here are 18 weird ways your body changes after giving birth. (Plus, share your experiences in the comments for a chance to win our new Bubbly Bunny Gift Set!) Read more
Lack of focus. Forgetfulness. Impatient. Impulsive. They’re all classic symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but they’re also symptoms that result from a lack of sleep. Studies have found significant correlations between the two, as well. For example, this study of more than 11,000 children found that those with sleep-disordered breathing issues were 40-100 percent more likely to have behavioral problems similar to those associated with ADHD by age 7. So, it begs the question, are we diagnosing kids with ADHD when it’s really a sleep disorder? Here’s what the experts have to say. Read more