Leigh McMahon, certified pediatric sleep consultant at Bonne Nuit Baby spoke to MoBsters and answered lots of questions on issues with babies and toddlers sleep patterns.
Newborns: The lighter it gets outside the shorter the sleep. Look at the sleep environment in kids rooms.
-How dark is the room
-Is the temperature nbetween 68-71 degrees
-Is the room QUIET, No pink noise only white noise is good!
Early Bedtime is Key!!!!
Early bedtime starting at 4 months old should be between 6:30pm-7:30pm. 6:30pm is NOT TOO EARLY! Kids get the best sleep early on in the night. If kids have trouble getting to sleep, taking a long time to go to sleep, waking up too early (before 6am), waking up too late, night terrors or overtired (overtired looks like not tired) then start bedtime earlier.
Room Sharing Situations:
Sleep rules for every kid in the house. Keep it simple. Don’t do more than 3 rules. Write them down and put them up so everyone can see. Make it part of bedtime routine. It won’t happen overnight. Remind everyone of the rules.
If bath time is crazy like being at Disneyland and amped up, then do it right after school or in the morning. If bath time is relaxing then do it before bedtime.
Don’t fight the nap! Just do quiet time in your room if child will not fall asleep. Use a Quiet Time Box-fill it with simple things like a puzzle, blocks a book. Child needs to stay in the room and be quiet. If they fall asleep on floor then leave them.
Nightlights have blue light which is bad. Use orange or red lights for sleeping if need a light. Theres a gummy bear night light that’s good to use.
Jack in the Box Kid is a kid that comes in and out of your room all night. If this is the case use the “Silent Return", No eye contact, No touching, just lead them back to bed. Also, try a line of tape across the floor. Tell the child that they cant go past the line.
If you are traveling somewhere for more than a day or 2 get on that time zone ASAP. Keep your routine as best you can.
For more information or help contact Leigh McMahon
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Leigh McMahon, pediatric sleep consultant