Safe Sleep

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

October is National Safe Sleep Awareness Month. Make sure to check out the Hub’s Newsletter for more information on what safe sleep looks like, and as with everything, please consult with your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions. As I see these posts about safe sleep, I can’t help but think about where my daughter is now with sleeping. She may still call herself a baby, but we are now having to think about taking off the front gate of her crib to make her precious resting place a…toddler bed! Continue reading

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Sleep Struggles

Last year around this time I wrote my first blog about (lack of) sleep. Then a couple months later I wrote about the importance of sleep and offered some tips on how my wife and I try to help establish a routine that helps our kids get as much sleep as possible.  Last month I wrote again about sleep and trying to avoid the sleepy kid blues. So since apparently I write about sleep all the time now…I thought I would write about some of the funny (and not so funny) things kids do when they’re supposed to be sleeping that can thwart even the best of bedtime routines. Sleep has been at a premium at our house lately so these are still very real and fresh in my brain. Continue reading

Sleepy Kid Blues

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

You can see it coming before it even happens.  The tantrum and tears will be flowing soon. You’ve seen a few eye rubs, their attitude has changed from happy and playful to grumpy and frustrated.  Your little one is tired and doesn’t want to admit it. They want so desperately to stay up a little longer, run around the kitchen a few more times, or read one more book.  But their little bodies are shutting down and a meltdown is imminent. How do we avoid those sleepy kid blues? Continue reading

Who Needs Sleep?

This post was created for the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub and first appeared here.

Sleep.  I’m guessing that if you’re a parent of young children you may scoff when you hear that word.  Perhaps you might say “Sleep, what’s that?!”  These little people that we are raising, while adorable and incredibly precious, seem to have a knack for completely throwing off our sleep patterns and “helping” us find new levels of exhaustion that we didn’t think were possible.  From newborns that need to nurse every couple of hours to potty-training toddlers still learning toilet location…the life of a parent is often lacking in the “quality sleep” department.  We know that sleep is important though and in order to get some ourselves we have to figure out a way to coax our little ones to fall and stay asleep.  What’s a parent to do? Continue reading