Everyone has heard the story of their friend’s sister’s college roomate’s brother who sucked his thumb until he was 12 and thus required extensive dental surgery to repair his teeth. Is this an urban legend? No. Is it by any means the norm? It is not.
Thumb sucking: It’s one of the biggest concerns I hear from parents, most especially when we are working on removing a pacifier as a sleep crutch – “But, won’t he start to suck his thumb then? Isn’t that worse?!”
The short answer: No, it’s not.
With the ball dropping in just a few days, it’s time to think about starting off the new year with great habits and good health; and what better way to do that than with proper sleep?! Don’t forget, it’s not only our kids who can benefit from proper sleep habits and bedtime routines – we adults can learn a thing or two from the habits we try to instil in our little ones. Here are four tips to help you AND your kiddo get great sleep this year:
Is a pacifier a sleep prop?
Yep (even when baby can put it back in on his own)
Many parents, even those who are well-Googled on the issue of sleep props, express to me that they feel a pacifier (or “soother”) is not a sleep prop. Why? Because their baby is old enough to have mastered replacing the soother when he wakes and notices it’s fallen out.
So, why do I still consider a pacifier a sleep prop, even when baby can pop it back in on his own? Find out here!
By implementing a great bedtime routine for children, we are not only helping their bodies and brains prepare for sleep, but are also building in a daily opportunity to nurture the parent-child relationship. It’s a time to reflect on the day, snuggle, read, and discuss some of the important things on your child’s mind. Erin Junker, Founder of The Happy Sleep Company, shared her tips on a great bedtime routine for babies and toddlers with Matter Company!
If you already have a young child and are preparing for your second (or third!), one thing’s for sure – you should never expect all your children to have the same sleeping patterns/habits. Dominique de Bourgknecht, Mom of three and Owner of baby deedee sleep gear, guest blogged for The Happy Sleep Company this month, providing some great tips on how she manages sleep routines when two (or three!) children are involved!
When you don’t sleep well, your whole life gets thrown out of whack. While this is frustrating for everybody, it can be particularly problematic for a single parent. Daniel from dadsolo.com provided this guest blog, with the secrets that help his own single-parent home get better sleep!
In this blog, let’s talk about the basics of your child’s room environment, and find a balance between a room that is WAY to distracting for proper sleep, and one that is still fun and inviting for your little one. To do this, I’ve teamed up with Nevine from MiniSeed - an amazing company devoted to creative interiors for kids - to get expert advice on colour, layout, and fun in your child’s sleep space!
Now that the long and relaxing days of summer have come to an end, and regular school and work schedules are back in full swing, life can get hectic! And, what tends to slide when the rest of life’s activities get in the way? Sleep.
Here are five ways to prioritize your family’s sleep to ensure you’re all getting the healthy rest you need.
The end of summer generally comes with mixed emotions – some kids are bummed to see the sunny days of school vacation come to an end, while others can’t wait to get back to the playground to see their friends! Whatever the scenario, one thing is certain – back to school means back to routines, and – if you’ve gotten a bit off-track over the summer – back to proper sleep schedules!
Here are five tips to help get sleep back on track this September!