Why Skipping a Nap Results in Meltdown

Why Skipping a Nap Results in Meltdown

Help By Age & Stage, Toddlers 12- 36 months
The Volcano Effect: Why Skipping a Nap Results in Meltdown By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The No-Cry Nap Solution From the moment your child wakes in the morning he is slowly using up the benefits of the previous night’s sleep. He wakes up totally refreshed, but as the hours pass, little by little, the benefits of his sleep time are used up, and an urge to return to sleep begins to build. When we catch a child at in-between stages and provide naps, we build up his reservoir of sleep-related benefits, allowing him a “fresh start” after each sleep period. As shown on the sleep chart below, as children age, the length of time that they can stay “happily awake” increases. A newborn can only be awake one or two hours…
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Coping When Babies Don’t Sleep: 10 Ideas to Avoid Crying It Out Training

Coping When Babies Don’t Sleep: 10 Ideas to Avoid Crying It Out Training

Babies 0-12 months, Parenting
Sleep and nighttime parenting is one hot topic when it comes to newborns and babies and even into toddlerhood. This is not a post on tips for sleep training, or intended to start war on nighttime parenting choices. If you hang around the positive parenting connection you know the goal here is to support parents not tear them down.  This post is just about one formerly tired mama sharing how I avoided going down the crying it out/sleep training path in case other parents want to choose this as well.  Letting my babies cry it out, based on instinct and backed by science was just not what we chose for our family. Every so often research will pop up and tell you sleep training is fine, and then another one will come out and say it…
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8 Ideas for Creating A Peaceful Bed Time Routine for Young Children & Giveaway

Help By Age & Stage, Parenting, Parenting Solutions
Healthy sleep habits are such an important and vital part of healthy development for children, yet for many families, the bed time routine is a huge hassle. When children resist going to sleep, refuse to brush teeth, have a sudden inability to put on pajamas and start whining “I just can’t do it” and “I’m not going to sleep” it’s hard to stay calm. While there are no magical or instant fixes to bedtime, there are there many soothing and peaceful things that parents can do that may create a more peaceful bedtime routine and ultimately encourage healthy sleep habits for young children. Here are 8 Ideas that may be helpful towards creating a more peaceful bed time routine for young children. 1. Rethink the overall idea of what a…
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Help – My Baby Will Only Sleep On Me!

Help – My Baby Will Only Sleep On Me!

Babies 0-12 months, Family Communication, Parenting
***Today I am welcoming a guest post from Sam, creator of Love Parenting.org. Sam is sharing her personal journey from worries to decisions surrounding her first child' sleep habits. *** One of the most common concerns I hear from new parents is that their baby will only sleep on them. On their chest, nursing or in a sling, they are happy but the moment they are gently placed down in their basket, they awaken crying and desperate to be picked up again. This is such a source of worry for a parent who loves their baby and wants to do things “right.” So much advice is flying around it can be difficult to know what to do, our instincts become so blurred. Should we “give in” and let them sleep…
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