It’s a commonly held notion that keeping a child up longer will cause him or her to sleep better at night. This includes intentionally skipping a nap or pushing to a late bedtime.
This could not be more FALSE and I'd like to share why.
It’s almost that time again. It seems like I was just writing up my post for “fall back” and now it’s already time to “spring forward”.
Personally, I enjoy having more daylight in my days. But as a parent, I definitely don’t appreciate the havoc that time change brings to my daughter’s sleep schedule. And because our children tend to be on a more structured schedule than we are as adults, this shift can have a great effect on our babies and take a longer period for them to adjust.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to help make the transition to the new time go a little more smoothly for your family.
Sleep deprivation and nighttime anxiety are truly miserable. I've been there myself and I knew I had to do something when it started to rob me of the joy I had longed to feel as a mother. Until I learned more about my daughter's sleep needs, I didn't even understand how much frustration and crankiness my baby was fighting because she was tired, too.
It’s not unheard of for some parents who use soothers to have felt a twinge of guilt the first time they stuck a pacifier in their baby’s mouth. But we all know that dealing with a screaming infant in the check out line at Target or on a long car trip will make most parents try just about anything they can think of to calm the child down!
If you've ever talked with me about getting your little one to sleep independently, then we've probably talked about how a lovie can be a wonderful tool. Having a small security item in the crib can really go a long way to helping your child learn to self-soothe and feel more comfortable sleeping alone. However, we all know that there are many valid safety concerns around leaving a stuffed animal, toy, or blanket in the crib, especially with a young baby.