One of the best ways to make sure children get a good night’s sleep is to insist on separate rooms for them and their personal tech. Smart phones, tablets and laptops are cutting into quality sleep. First and most obvious is that electronic devices provide endless stimulation. Less obvious is that screens emit blue light […]
It’s not clear at what age kids begin to dream, but even toddlers may speak about having dreams — pleasant ones and scary ones. While almost every child has an occasional frightening or upsetting dream, nightmares seem to peak during the preschool years when fear of the dark is common. Nightmares aren’t completely preventable, but […]
Nap. It’s a small word, but for most parents a hugely important one. Why? Sleep is a major requirement for good health, and for young kids to get enough of it, some daytime sleep is usually needed. Crucial physical and mental development occurs in early childhood, and naps provide much-needed downtime for growth and rejuvenation. […]
Children need plenty of sleep to rest their growing bodies and minds. But for many kids, bedtime is no fun, and for many parents, getting their kids to go to bed and stay there can be frustrating. It’s best for your 1- to 2-year-old to still sleep in a safe, secure crib. But, if you […]
The practice of bed-sharing is a hot topic. Supporters of bed-sharing believe a parent’s bed is just where a baby belongs, but many pediatricians and other experts worry bed-sharing is unsafe. In some non-Western cultures, bed-sharing is commonplace and the number of infant deaths related to it is lower than in the West. Differences in […]
During the kicking-and-screaming chaos of the moment, tantrums can be downright frustrating. But instead of looking at them as catastrophes, treat tantrums as opportunities for education.