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
There aren’t many things that humble a person more than having a child. New parents quickly find themselves thrust into the world of on-the-job training, and “been-there-done-that” parents may realize that each subsequent child requires a different set of tricks and tools than their previous offspring did. Getting a baby to sleep is perhaps one of the steepest parental learning curves. Read more
As parents, we all want our babies to feel safe and secure so they can go to sleep peacefully at bedtime. But how do we make that happen so they can sleep through the night without suffering through bouts of heartrending crying? It would be great if there was one definitive, easy answer for us, but the reality is that self-soothing to sleep is a learned skill. For some babies it comes easily. For others it is a lot of work. There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but often the question I get from parents when it comes to sleep training babies is, “Is it really all or nothing?” Read more
Hi. I’m Kim West, the Sleep Lady, and in this video I’m going to answer Tiffany’s question about nighttime bottle feedings that she posted on Facebook:
“We cannot kick the night wakings of our nine-month old. Our daughter is obsessed with her bottle, whether hungry or not, and must have it when she wakes for comfort. How do I break an addiction like this?
The problem is that she will go from groggy and fussy to fully awake if we don’t give her one right away. So, more often than not, we just give her the bottle. But it’s getting wearisome to wake many times per night for this. Recently, she is waking four to five times.” Read more
Having a bedtime routine is a must, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun. How about some activities to help burn off the last bursts of energy to be sure they fall asleep fast? We found five fun games that make bedtime better so your family’s days end with just one last satisfyingly entertaining activity. Try one of these tonight to increase the chances of your little ones going to bed with big smiles on their faces. Also, if you share what makes bedtime better at your house, you’ll be entered to win one of our Stay Asleep Buddies!