Have you ever walked into a daycare and wondered how in the world the teachers get the children to listen so well and nap all at the same time? It’s hard enough to get your child down for a nap at home, yet they make it look so easy. You know what we’re talking about. Nap and bedtimes can be a real struggle at home. It’s a constant battle to get your child to lay down and stay in their bed and just sleep! This can be frustrating, especially when you see how well they sleep at daycare. Now, why is that?
Summer is coming to a close, but something you might be wondering is how you can keep your children on a more consistent sleep schedule when they are not in school. Sleep schedules come (somewhat) naturally during the school year, as your family has a steady routine. Every day, Monday – Friday, you wake up at the same time, go to school and work and go to sleep around the same time every night, just to wake up and do it all over again. But what about when school’s out? If your children are old enough, they may stay home during the day and thus their schedules might be all out of wack. Why go to sleep early when you can sleep in the next day? Schedules are important, even in the summer, especially so if you want a seamless transition when school starts back up.
Did you know dreams only occur while you are in the REM sleep stage? It’s true. However, the older you get, the less time you spend in REM sleep. According to the Better Sleep Council, infants spend up to 50% of their total sleep in REM, while adults only spend about 20% of their sleep in REM. This may have you thinking… do babies dream?
One of parenting’s toughest challenges begins at birth: How to deal with baby’s often unpredictable, seldom convenient sleep schedule. And issues around sleep may persist for years. The headline of a National Sleep Foundation report hints at the stakes involved: “Marriage Problems Linked to Poor Sleep in Toddlers.”
The holidays (aka Houseguest Season) can be a stressful time for anyone. It doesn’t matter how much you love your mother-in-law or how absolutely adorable your cousin’s little munchkins are – sharing space is hard, especially when it’s yours. Our suggestion: when it comes to being the host or hostess with the most-est, focus less on fluffy white towels and more on soothing white noise. Here’s why:
Our Dohm sound machine has long been a “must have” for moms. People generally understand that white noise is soothing for babies, and ANYthing that could help promote sleep is worth its weight in gold – but there’s a lot more to it than that. Here are the less-obvious reasons you’ll love having a sound machine.
guest post by: Jenni June, Certified Child and Family Sleep Consultant, Lactation Counselor and Mom of 4!
Let’s face it – most babies and toddlers don’t like succumbing to nap time. We parents cannot understand this to save our lives, especially when we can see all the physical and behavioral “tells” that they are exhausted, and we know they need naps for optimum health and development.
We tell a lot of “sound machine success stories” around Marpac, and one of our favorites features the canine companion of company co-owner Jimmy Sloan. Mason is his name, and he’s a super-sweet elderly golden retriever who has been known to shed hair around the office from time to time. Mason is also very well-trained – at least, when it comes to bedtime.