Educate Yourself About Your Child's Sleep
You may be tired, frustrated and desperate for some shut-eye, but I've found over the years, working with thousands of parents, that knowing the "why" of your child's sleep problems will help you understand his behavior... which of course will lead to success, i.e., a good night's sleep!!!
Educate yourself about your child's sleep and try to be the "sleep private eye." Here's how:
- Determine if your kid is getting the right amount of sleep for both naps and nights. Check out my sleep averages to look up the average sleep needs for your child's age. Read more...
- Figure out if your kid's sleep is of the right quality: Is it uninterrupted? No unnecessary feedings? Not motion sleep? Read more...
- Speak to your pediatrician and rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be interfering with your child's sleep.
- Determine if your child knows how to put himself to sleep independently. Did you know that putting yourself to sleep is a learned skill and one of your tasks as a parent to teach your child? Read more...
- Find your child's natural nap and bedtime windows. Those times when your child may be showing signs of sleepiness and can most easily go to sleep ... and stay asleep. Read more...
Is your kid getting enough quality and quantity sleep? Does she know how to self-soothe? Are you putting her down during the right bedtime window? If yes, tell me why! If not, what can you do to make it a little bit more sleep friendly? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
More sleep advice articles:
- Commit to Getting Your Kid to Sleep
- Start a Sleep Log
- The Importance of Consistency When Sleep Coaching
- Create a Soothing Bedtime Routine
- Create a Sleep-Friendly Bedroom
- The Importance of Putting Your Kid to Sleep "Drowsy but Awake"
- The Sleep Lady Shuffle: What It Is and How To Do It
- Do Step 1 of the Sleep Lady Shuffle
- Do Step 2 of the Sleep Lady Shuffle
- Do Step 3 of the Sleep Lady Shuffle
- Be Your Kid's Nap Coach
- Check Off Your Sleep Coaching Checklist
- Create a Solid Sleep Plan
- Nightmares and Night Terrors (And How to Tell the Difference)
- Potty Training and Sleep
- End Early Rising
- The Sleep Lady on Transitioning Your Kid from a Crib to a Big-Kid Bed
- Ending Bedtime Stalling