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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To Prep or Not to Prep for Daylight Savings???

Oh, how I long to sleep in!! The time is near to FALL BACK..and adjust our clocks… but now we have our little munchkins to worry about.

There are a few options to get the kiddos prepped for Daylight Savings.

Option 1: Adjust your baby’s schedule by 10-15 min increments gradually 6 days leading up to Nov 4.

Option 2: Adjust your baby’s schedule by 30 min increments gradually over less days.

Option 3: F*** it. Take a gamble, FALL BACK and pray that your kids adjust on their own as quickly as possible.

Which do I prefer?? Option 3. The one and only time I just let go and let the kids figure it out. Might mean 2 wonky days of sleep…but this works better for our family vs. adjust over the course of many days.

Anyone else wondering why this doesn’t happen on Hallowe’en??

 

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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.

Dear Diary,

Having twins left ZERO time to document their first year of life. Photos, lots of photos...but not much in writing. When I became pregnant with my third (singleton) baby I decided to create a blog documenting our sleep and feeding journey.  My twins taught me SO much about how to establish healthy sleep habits from the start. I will use this forum to share some of my favourite entries. 

Happy reading. 

xx Laura

 

 

Definitely not what my 'blog' station looked like...but a Mama can dream.