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.
There are many things that new mothers worry about with the impending arrival of their new little one. The delivery, baby clothing and supplies, feedings, sleeping... frankly, being tasked with caring for a helpless little baby and wondering how they'd ever survive with us caring for them!
Breastfeeding is something that can be incredibly important to new mothers wanting to be successful at doing so. Establishing a supply, figuring out the latch, learning the different holds, figuring out hunger cries, and ensuring that they are providing the valuable nutrients for a little body to grow and thrive. Unfortunately, it is commonly thought that if you want to exclusively breastfeed, you have to give up precious sleep and resign yourself to feeding your child at their every whim and call at all hours of the day and night. This does not have to be the reality.
In working with my families and talking with parents about getting their child started on the path to sleeping better, a topic that comes up many times is the sleep prop. There are many facets to the sleep prop: what is it? What does it do? How does it affect sleep? How can you remove it? How can you prevent the introduction of the sleep prop? Inadvertently, it can play a huge role in how it affects your child's sleep, your relationship with your child, and how you interact with your child and family. In most cases, it starts out on the basis of something that is good, it helps your child sleep and saves your sanity. Unfortunately, it can morph into the catalyst that draw battle lines between you and your child, and even you and your partner, and in the end, affects everyone's sleep, and not for the better.
We are wrapping up the Overtired Series! When we started the series, we first talked about 10 typical signs of littles being overtired. They were identified as follows:
1. Extreme hyperactivity
2. Behaving irritably or crabby
3. Constant hunger
4. Physical cues
6. Increased resistance to falling asleep
8. Needing constant stimulation
9. Easily awaken
10. Early wake-ups
Welcome back to the Overtired Series! We have finally reached the last two of 10 typical signs of overtiredness in littles. In the introduction to the Overtired Series, I shared 10 typical signs of babies and toddlers display when they are overtired. We looked at Hyperactivity and Irritable, Hunger and Physical Cues, Clumsiness and Increased Resistance, and Catnaps and Constant Stimulation. Today, we are talking about the last two signs: Easily Awakened and Early Wake-ups. What do those look like and how can we stop it from happening?
Welcome back to the Overtired Series! In the beginning of the series, I talked about ten typical signs of an overtired child. Over the last month, we have discussed six of the ten signs: hyperactivity and behaving irritably, hunger and physical cues, and clumsiness and increased resistance. Today, we will talk about catnaps and the need for constant stimulation as two more signs of a little one being overtired. Let's discuss what those two signs look like in a child, why it is happening, how to address it in the moment, and what you can do to help stop it from happening in the future.
Welcome back to the Overtired Series! In the introduction to the Overtired Series, I shared ten typical signs of an overtired child, and we have addressed hyperactivity and behaving irritably, along with hunger and physical cues. Today, we will take a closer look at clumsiness and stronger resistance in children as typical signs of overtiredness. We'll discuss what those two signs actually looks like, why it is happening, how to address it, and what you can do to circumvent it in the future.
Welcome to the Overtired Series! In the introduction to the Overtired Series, I shared ten typical signs of an overtired child, and we first tackled hyperactivity and behaving irritably as two common signs of a child being overtired. Today, we are going to be focusing on two more common signs of littles being overtired: Hunger and Physical Cues. We'll discuss what that actually looks like, how to address it, and what you can do to circumvent it in the future.
Welcome to the Overtired Series!
We're going to talk about ten of the more common signs of littles being overtired and what you can do when it happens, and how to prevent it from happening. In the introduction to the Overtired series post, I shared ten typical signs of an overtired child. Today, I will be talking about signs #1 and #2: Extreme hyperactivity and behaving irritably and crabby.
Introducing the Overtired Series - examining what being overtired looks like in littles and how to stop it from happening.
In my line of work, this question comes up constantly: "How do I tell if my child is overtired? They never want to go to bed when I tell them to." or "It takes forever for my child to fall asleep at night, are they really tired?"
I hear you and completely feel your pain.
As adults, when we are tired, we exhibit typical behaviors showing our fatigue. We generally start quieting down, not moving as much, start doing quiet activities, find yourself craving a snack, and get ourselves ready for bed. This makes sense right? When it's time to rest, we start doing things that helps us get ready for rest. Kids? Not so much.
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.