Category - Sleep

Powering Off: Taking a Digital Detox as a Family

Leisure & Vacation
Media Safety
Preteens & Teens
Special Challenges

At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst, they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages. If you are reading this, you likely have a young child or adolescent. I have some bad news for you—for young children in particular, screen-time has been shown to have negative effects on sleep (which can also negatively impact mood and lead to behavioral issues), social interaction and learning, executive functioning (e.g., self-regulation and working… Continue Reading

Posted by Robyn Matlon on May 1, 2017

6 Habits that Help Your Kids Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Parents Tips

Sleep is vital for children’s bodies and brains. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the younger we are, the more sleep we need. Newborns typically need 14 – 17 hours sleep, while young adults usually need 7 – 9 hours sleep. What happens when we don’t get enough sleep? We have trouble concentrating and learning. We’re less likely to fend off illness and stress. We’re more likely to make poor food choices, behave erratically, and drive in an unsafe manner. Learn how much sleep children need at each age. Try these 6 habits to help the children and teens in your life… Continue Reading

Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on June 21, 2016

Getting Your Baby to Sleep through the Night

Birth - First Year

Question:  My first child didn’t sleep through the night until he was two.  How can I prevent two years of long, sleepless nights with my second baby? Answer from Cherie Tannenbaum, NP, IBCLC: Feeding and rocking a baby to sleep is one of the most pleasurable experiences of early parenthood. Indeed, snuggling and rocking our babies is calming for both baby and parent! During the first few of months of a baby’s life, a parent’s sleep pattern can be fractured and irregular. We often refer to our parenting style during this time as being in “survival mode.” In other words,… Continue Reading

Posted by Cherie Tannenbaum on June 8, 2015

Tackling Sleep Issues

Parenting Skills

Is your little one having sleep issues that are causing your entire family to lose sleep? Does he resist going to bed at the appointed hour—8:00 pm—or does he wake up in the middle of the night for several hours?  When he wakes up, does he refuse to go back to bed? Does he have problems relaxing? Does he sometimes kick or scream in defiance?  When it comes to sleep disruptions, it’s important to remember what you can and can’t control. Your child is in charge of actually falling asleep. You are in charge of creating a cozy environment conducive… Continue Reading

Posted by Heidi Emberling on January 14, 2013

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