There’s a reason all newborns are swaddled in the hospital: babies love to sleep when they're swaddled in a blanket. Why? A tight swaddle inhibits their startle reflex by gently restricting arm and leg movement, helping babies have longer, uninterrupted sleep.
If your baby isn't sleeping, neither are you. Here's what you need to know to make sure you both get enough rest.
Tis the season for fun and festivities. But too many late-night soirées can make for a grumpy, tired child. Here’s how to find the balance between holiday fun and sleep, so you can enjoy the season with a happy, well-rested child.
The family bed, co-sleeping, shared sleep–no matter what you call it, it means that your baby sleeps with you, or very close to you. Co-sleeping is popular with parents (particularly nursing mothers) of young babies who wake throughout the night and also with parents of older babies who enjoy the nighttime closeness with their child. If you're considering co-sleeping, here's what you should know about the easiest–and safest–way to share sleep with your child.
The patter of little feet on the floor is never a welcome sound after lights out. "It's natural for a toddler or preschooler to search out his parents in the middle of the night for comfort and security," says sleep expert Elizabeth Pantley. But if nighttime wanderings are getting in the way of your toddler's sleep (not to mention your own), here are a 10 ways to encourage him to stay in bed: