”Our two-and-a-half-year old has always been a great sleeper until two weeks ago. He’s been in his bed for nearly two months with no problems at all. But now he’s waking in the early hours usually around 2:00 a.m. He is not settling back to sleep unless he’s in our bed or one of us is in his bed, which is not comfortable at all as it’s a junior kid’s bed.
“More recently he started not wanting to go into his bed at all. After his bedtime story he starts screaming- he’s very insecure at night. Tonight I managed to get him to stay in his bed by sitting near his bed for an hour until he was asleep. Right now, it’s just after 4:00 a.m. and Daddy is now in his bed. He’s been up for nearly two hours. It wasn’t even like this when he was a newborn. Help!
-Karen” Read more
By Kim West LCSW-C, The Sleep Lady ®
Are you planning a family getaway this summer and curious how you will juggle your child’s sleep needs? It can be challenging to travel (by air or car), stay in a new place, and squeeze in some family fun between naps. Here are my top ten sleep tips for keeping summer travel fun this summer (and not too stressful!). Read more
When you are expecting an addition to your family you prepare to sleep less, shower less, and generally have less “alone” time. You know the upcoming days with a newborn in the house will be treasured but very, very full.
You also are likely to tell big brother (or big sister) what they can expect when they welcome a new baby home.
As a seasoned parent you expect that there will be some adjustment period for everyone in the family. Read more
Being a parent of twins is a job requiring full-on commitment with many challenges. It is a role both fabulous and flabbergasting, with days filled with so many moments of wonder and excitement…but also exhaustion. Perhaps you have figured out a feeding and sleeping schedule, or perhaps you are still working on crafting what works for you and your babies. Read more
Your child will probably be in a better mood. Like, much better.
Neuroscience researchers have shown that the human mind does a lot of work when we sleep. So, when our kids don’t get enough sleep, their minds don’t get to do all of their important work overnight. A recent study also showed that the mind actually processes things differently when a person is well-rested versus tired, which leads to different emotional reactions when presented with positive, neutral and negative pictures. Read more