Daycare + Sleep

When thinking about daycare or childcare start-up your first thoughts (or worries) might run (or jump) to SLEEP.

There are a few things that you can do to help this transition run more smoothly when it comes to sleep:

  1. Ask you child’s daycare provider if they are willing to adjust their schedule in order to accommodate your child’s sleep. This will be especially important during nap transitions or sleep training.

  2. Ask your daycare provider if they are willing to help implement good sleep strategies for your child.

  3. Consider taking 3-4 days at home (maybe during a holiday or long wknd) to do sleep training.

  4. Request your child’s nap room to be as dark as possible at Daycare.

  5. Pick up an extra lovey or blanket to keep at daycare. Consistency is key!

  6. Ask your daycare provider to log sleep.

  7. An age appropriate sleep schedule is a must. Make sure you are on the same page when it comes to sleep totals!

  8. Crib/Cot for SLEEP (not play).

  9. Try to keep the same nap schedule at home as daycare!

  10. Remember to always keep an open line of communication between you and your child’s caregiver. It is important to work as a team and to use consistent schedules and sleep strategies.

Starting daycare can be a difficult transition for your little one. Sleep will be a very important piece of the puzzle, so remember to ask your child’s caregiver these important questions!

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Spring Forward!!

On Sunday March 10, we will be moving the clocks forward one hour. This can be exhausting for our littles! On average, most kids + adults will lose 40 minutes of sleep night one.

A few sleep tips to help manage:

1. Starting tomorrow [Wednesday], you can adjust your baby’s clock for naps + sleep by 15 minutes per day. By Sunday, your child will be fully adjusted to the new time. This means waking + putting baby down 15 minutes earlier per day.

2. Do nothing, roll with the time change and expect a little bit on wonky sleep.

* Remember to spend the next few nights this week getting a full, good night’s rest. This will be especially important leading into next week.

* After Sunday, take your little one out for a walk first thing in the morning to expose him/her to the morning sun. This will help promote sleep!

Good news is, spring is finally upon us!!

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The Paci.

SO much love for the PACI.

Many parents have a love/hate relationship with the pacifier but it has so many benefits for your baby. Some of the PROS include SIDS reduction, helping with fussiness and teething pain, satisfying your baby’s urge to suck and most importantly helping him fall asleep!

MAM was my go-to soother with my littlest (and still is). They have created a 0-2 month product that baby is able easily hold in his mouth. The soother comes in a carrying case that also acts as a sterilizer when needed. An easy solution when on the go/travelling. A paci can also ease baby’s (ear) pain during flights.

CONS:

Your baby can become dependent on it. IMO the pros definitely outweigh the cons for using the pacifier. Light training can also be done to help decrease soother dependency.

Disclaimer:

Always seek your paediatrician/lactation consultants advice when it comes to the pacifier + breastfeeding.

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The Night Light Debate

Diming the lights 1 HR before bedtime can signal to your baby/toddler that it's time for sleep. Not only does this lower your body temperature, but it allows your body to start producing melatonin (signalling the body it's time for SLEEP). **Up until 3 months of age your infant will not produce any melatonin. This is why it's important to provide your infant with the best sleep environment possible. A VERY dark space for sleep is essential. Cover all of those little blue and green lights that you might find on your humidifier, sound machine, alarm clock with a little piece of black hockey tape. This also means no fancy night lights for you or baby.  

As your baby gets a little bit older (we are talking 2 or 3 yrs) some fears might develop around the dark. If possible, try to leave the door open with a gate + night light in hallway vs. having a the light in their bedroom. The lighter the room the more potential there is to disrupt your child's sleep. There are a few alternative methods you can try before introducing the night light.

My fav?: Monster Spray. 

"Monster spray" (a.k.a. "bad dream" spray) is fancy water in a spray bottle. Get our your stickers, markers + glitter out and decorate the bottle. Pinterest is your friend. 

My (almost 4 yr old) daughter asked for a night light a few months ago. If the night light isn't on....she turns on her bedroom lights. Do I regret introducing it? yes.

It is so much easier to recreate a sleep environment while travelling, if your child is used to sleeping in a pitch dark space. Our most recent vacay away included a night light request. Luckly she wasn't room sharing. 

Sleep Consultant's verdict on the night light debate? Avoid, avoid, avoid. If possible! 

 

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Back-to-school SLEEP

The commercials have been haunting us for months... Back-to-school is a week away in Canada and most parents are frantically ordering labels, lunch/yumboxes, school bags, buying indoor/outdoor shoes and not worrying about the most important back-to-school matter, SLEEP! 

The National Sleep Foundation has some great back-to-school sleep tips to help get you  back on track. You can start the process by setting an earlier bedtime (by a few minutes) each night and doing the same for initial morning wake. This week would be the great opportunity to get this started if you haven't already. 

Recommended Sleep:

For pre-schoolers ages 3-5, 10-13 hrs (14 hrs for some), and for school-aged kids ages 6-13, 9-11hrs (12 hrs for some). You might think your child needs less sleep because they are able to stay up late during the summer months, but playing around with your child's sleep/bedtime schedule might help you realize that your child actually needs more sleep than you think! 

Having a consistent, relaxing bedtime routine is a great place to start. Opt for a bedtime story vs. screen time before bed. 

A GRO clock is also helpful to maintain a consistent schedule. 

Big changes are coming our way over the next few weeks and it is important to help set up our kids for success. 

So long summer... 

 

Dog days of summer (almost) officially over.

Dog days of summer (almost) officially over.