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Should New Parents Sleep When the Baby Sleeps?

If you’re a new parent, you want to do what’s best for baby. But it’s also important to take care of your own health and wellness and try to get as much sleep as you can. Newborns often sleep no more than three to four hours at a time, even at night. That’s because babies aren’t born with the circadian rhythm that you have—it needs time to develop. So while nighttime for you means that you’re tired and want to sleep, the same doesn’t go for your baby. And if your baby is awake, so are you. That means that you’re getting a lot of fragmented sleep, making you feel tired, causing you to…

When Will Your Toddler Be Ready for a Single Nap?

Chances are, by the time your baby is a year old, you’ve finally settled into a comfortable rhythm of a morning and afternoon nap. But for most toddlers, somewhere between the first birthday and the second, that second nap disappears. While you may worry about your little one getting all the sleep that she needs with only a single siesta, being ready to shift to one nap is actually a sign that she’s sleeping more deeply at night—and that’s a good thing. Consolidating naps also leaves more time in the day to be out and about without sacrificing sleep. The big question is when to make the switch. There are a few different ways…

Help Your Kids Share a Bedroom (Peacefully)

Sharing a bedroom, whether by choice or necessity, can be an opportunity for siblings to bond and learn important life lessons about cooperation. But for many parents, the real concern is whether their cohabitating kids are going to get any sleep. Here are some tips for making the most of your kids’ shared sleep space after lights out. Respect each child’s bedtime needs. Sharing a room doesn’t have to mean sharing a bedtime. Create a special nighttime routine that allows each child to be tucked in when it best suits his or her individual sleep needs. That may mean putting the baby to bed before getting an older child into pajamas and reading books in…

The Best Sleep Schedules for Kids

You schedule your children’s soccer practices, school activities, and play dates—but don’t forget to schedule their sleep, too. Setting your little one up with a consistent nighttime routine will give the whole family a better night’s sleep (and hopefully end the “I don’t want to go to bed!” tantrums). Follow these rules for sleep schedule success. Rule #1: Know how much shuteye your kid needs The first step in establishing a sleep schedule is determining when bedtime should be. Use this guide to ensure that your child is hitting the sheets with enough time to get the recommended amount of sleep for his or her age. If your tot’s bedtime needs tweaking, make gradual…

Is Your Child Ready to Stop Napping?

Naps: Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em. At least that’s how it can feel when your child fights an afternoon nap so much that you spend as much time trying to get him down as he spends actually sleeping. The million-dollar question is, does he not need the nap anymore? Or does he just not want to nap because it’s more fun to play? There are plenty of reasons that naps are essential for small children, and not just because you need a break to load the dishwasher (and check Facebook). Sleep is essential for both the physical and mental development that is happening at breakneck speed from birth through the preschool years—and…

How to Get Back to Sleep After Your Kids Wake You Up

It’s an unfortunate reality for parents: When your baby or child wakes up in the middle of the night, often, so do you. Whether you’re roused from sleep because you hear your baby crying, your school-age child is sick or had a bad dream, or an older kid is making noise with his nocturnal wanderings, it can be difficult to return to the Land of Nod after these unwanted wake-up calls. Instead, you can end up lying awake, worrying about getting back to sleep. Not what you want! Of course, the ultimate goal is to train your kids to sleep soundly all night long. In the meantime, it helps to use these strategies to avoid…

5 Ways to Get Your Family to Sleep on Christmas Eve

It can be hard to get your kids to fall asleep on a normal night, but Christmas Eve? Forget about it. Anticipation over a visit from Santa Claus, excitement about the soon-to-be-opened presents, lots of sweet treats, and a complete shift from their normal schedule can make even the easiest kid impossible to put to bed. On top of that, you’re probably feeling a lot less rested than normal. But all’s not lost. Here are five simple things to do so that everyone in the family can go to bed early and wake up feeling refreshed on Christmas morning.Do something active on Christmas Eve. The best way to get your kids to…

How a Parent’s Deployment Affects the Family’s Sleep

Active duty is, of course, difficult for the person who is serving in the military—he or she is far from home, often in a dangerous place, and dealing with a lot of stress and physical demands. But the deployment can also be tough on the family members who are left at home. When someone is deployed, the person’s spouse often reports having poorer sleep quality compared with when the whole family is together. And compared with the general population, spouses of deployed service members are likelier to sleep fewer than seven hours a night. (The recommended amount is seven to nine hours a night.) It isn’t just the grown-ups who are affected, either. Kids can…

Five Tips for Getting Your Kids Out of Bed for School

Summer is coming to a close, which means that your kids will soon have to snap back to reality. Their relaxed routines of June, July, and August are about to be replaced with an early wake-up call Monday through Friday. Want to make the transition as smooth as possible? Follow these five tips.Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute.It takes about a week to easily go from sleeping in late to waking up bright and early. Start by gradually moving your child’s wake-up time earlier in 15-minute or 30-minute increments each night, depending on how much shifting needs to happen. And while you’re figuring out bedtimes, make sure that your kids are getting the…

Transition Your Kid's Bedtime for Back to School

The first-day outfit is picked out, the pencils are sharpened, and the new backpack is ready to go by the front door. But before you and your family jump into the new school year, make sure that you’ve tackled your child’s sleep schedule, too. After a summer of late nights and laid-back mornings, it’s likely that your kid could use help adjusting to the earlier bedtimes and wake-up calls. Not only will this lead to fewer “I don’t want to get out of bed!” fights, but it’s important for your child’s learning: Even just 25 minutes of less sleep per night can lead to lower grades, and insufficient rest has also been linked to fatigue…