When preparing to welcome your little one home, so much time and energy is spent creating the perfect nursery or space for your baby to rest their heads. You select your theme, colors, and accessories with great care, and you look for a crib that will keep your child safe as well as fit the decor you have in mind. You use Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and work with talented artists and sewists on Etsy to design and create the perfect space.
You've brought your baby home, spend hours cuddling, rocking, and feeding them in their rooms and gently lay them in their cribs to sleep. After a while, the question starts to niggle at you, especially when your little cherub is proudly standing in their crib because they've figured out how to use the slats to pull themselves up into a standing position. We all have had it run through our heads. "Is it time to move them into a toddler/big kid bed?"
The short answer: No.
Naps are a parent's oasis. They are a welcomed respite in the day of all parents and child care providers. Naps provide a break in the day that allows everyone to rest and recharge. Parents use that time to get things done around the home or just enjoy the rare, and blissful "me" time. Naps have incredible health benefits for the child, helping them get the amount of sleep that they need each day, give their active minds a time to process and absorb all of the information that they learned earlier that day and strengthen their memories, interactions, and cognitive skills.
For an event(s) that happens, in what feels like a small part of the day, naps pack a powerful punch to a child's growth and development.
But eventually it happens. Your child starts resisting the nap and you're left wondering if that beloved oasis that you enjoyed every day is going to start becoming a mirage.
As we enter into the month of August, we start get ready to do two things: mourn the impending end of summer and get ready for the upcoming school year. Of course I’m talking about the kids in this scenario. Most parents I know are practically celebrating when August rolls around. This means that the kids are off to school for the day, learning new things, making new friends, and the house stays relatively intact.
One of the biggest challenges in getting ready for school is getting ready for a new schedule. It is not uncommon for parents to let bedtimes slide or push the time that kids go to bed back later during the summer time. With vacations, BBQs, outdoor activities happening later in the day due to the longer daytime hours, many families find it easier to simply push bedtime back.
I am a Pediatric Sleep Consultant who works with families to help them resolve their littles' sleep issues. As a mom of two littles herself, Katie has walked in the shoes of her clients and is passionate about helping them re-discover peaceful sleeps in their own homes.