2017 - CALENDAR TIPS
As of January 1, 2017, we're tackling various parenting challenges each month for the whole year. If you've signed up to receive email updates, you've gotten a rundown on some pretty common challenges we're going to address.
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Each month a quick tip will arrive in your email box addressing strategies and solutions for that month's parenting challenge. For more information on each month's tip, check back here to learn more.
Our first tip and in depth strategy for the month of January is as follows....
JANUARY - "SLEEP IS SUPER"
Nap time is part of the daily schedule.
That doesn't mean your little one even has to be sleepy....
Develop the habit of a regular schedule of rest.
Quiet time is for everybody's benefit......
Children aren't born with an internal clock that matches the world they are brought into. Therefore, it's a parent's job, usually, to get everyone sleeping or resting at the same time.
Start by limiting daytime naps. The frequency and length of naptime is determined by the age of your little one. Of course, newborns need to sleep and eat round the clock, but that certainly is not the case for a six month old and beyond.
Use this formula as a guide for 6-9 months of age, making adjustments where you see the need....
Determine what time the day begins. For our purposes, let's say 6:00 am.
Begin with a WAKING ROUTINE (eating, change of clothes and diapers, and freshening up for the day) This is followed by play, learning, physical activity, and socialization. This might bring you to about 9:00 am. This is a good time for nap or period of rest lasting about 2 hrs.
Awake around 11:00am for the early afternoon portion of the day.
Repeat schedule similar to that stated above for WAKING ROUTINE (eat, change of diaper as needed, freshen up). Follow up with play, learning, physical activity and socialization. Include during this time any driving, scheduled activities, shopping....anything that is part of an active daytime routine in the family. This might bring you to about 2:00pm or so. This is a good time for a nap or period of rest lasting 2 hrs.
Awake around 4:00 or so for the early evening portion of the day.
Repeat schedule similar to that stated above for WAKING ROUTINE, followed by activity as stated above. This might bring you to about 7 or even 8pm. This is a good time for a final bottle or nursing, change of diaper, change into pjs and down for the night. By 8:30pm, bedtime sounds, lighting, and mood should set the tone for little ones, letting them know the day has ended.
This is the FIRST STEP in creating a good night's sleep for all....and to all, good night!
If you have any questions or comments regarding this first step, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
"SLEEP IS SUPER",part 2, coming soon so check back often ;-).