Bedtime snacks help kids sleep
May10

Bedtime snacks help kids sleep

If dinner is at 5:30 p.m. it makes perfect sense that your child will be hungry again at 8:30 pm. So, go ahead and give them a bedtime snack. They aren’t necessarily trying to postpone sleep; they might just need some calories to get them through the night. Toddlers who wake up with the sun may have a circadian rhythm that tells them to get up very early (and apparently tells them to wake everyone else!) But these kiddos might wake up...

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Teach baby to sleep through the night
Jan19

Teach baby to sleep through the night

Every baby is capable of sleeping through the night. Studies of billions of babies [1] have shown that, developmentally speaking, their brains and stomachs can endure 8 hours without parental intervention sometime between 4 and 6 months of age. Some babies naturally sleep through the night. However, babies with more sensitive temperaments may need a little coaxing as billions of sleep-deprived parents can attest. Sleeping through the...

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Why does a baby make so much noise when they sleep?
Oct09

Why does a baby make so much noise when they sleep?

Babies move a lot during sleep, and they even grunt and cry while their brains are sleeping. In fact, they are so active that all babies would be sleepwalkers…if they could walk. The reason behind all their activity is that muscle paralysis doesn’t become part of the REM (rapid-eye-movement) sleep stage until around 6 months of age. REM sleep is a period of muscle paralysis in adults, but not so in babies. When an adult doesn’t have...

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