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Creating Bedtime Routines - Birth to 6 Months

by Maxine
Posted August 18 2010 01:39pm
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There are things that you can do to help teach your baby the difference between daytime naps and going to bed at night. Karon Foster, a Registered Nurse and Parenting Expert, suggests starting with a consistent bedtime routine from the very first night. “Routines really help ready your baby for sleep by gradually decreasing stimulation,” she explains. New parents are often exhausted as they realize that their baby doesn’t know the difference between night and day – meaning many sleepless nights and a big adjustment to their usual sleep schedule.


Here are some suggestions you can follow to create a routine:

  • Give your baby a warm bath – keep in mind that some baby’s develop dry or irritated skin when bathed daily, so this may not work for your child.
  • Give your baby a massage.
  • Dress your baby in different clothing at bedtime, such as pajamas.
  • Make sure your baby has a dry diaper.
  • Read a book to your baby (even though baby doesn’t really know what you’re reading, this can be comforting and it is a way to bond).
  • Quietly sing a lullaby or play soothing music.
  • Keep the lighting low – use a night light or draw the blinds.
  • Keep the room at a comfortable temperature.
  • Feed your baby.
  • Walk, rock or cuddle to help relax and calm your baby.

If your baby wakes up, always respond. Once you’ve figured out and solved the reason for waking – hunger, wet diaper, etc. – keep talking and other stimulation to a minimum. This will make it easier for your baby to settle again.

For more about bedtime routines, see the following articles:


Click here to learn more about your baby and sleep.

 


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What is your bedtime routine? How has it changed as your baby has grown? Share your story with other parents by leaving a comment below!

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Sleeping

by Maxine
Posted August 18 2010 04:53pm
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When it comes to young children and sleeping the most predictable thing might be how unpredictable their sleeping habits can be! It can be frustrating and exhausting when your child isn’t sleeping well. In this section you’ll find articles to help you better understand sleep and your baby. 

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Crying

by Maxine
Posted June 21 2011 03:17pm
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The sound of your baby’s crying comes along with the joys of being a parent. But does the prolonged sound of your sweet child's wailing make you want to burst into tears yourself? Why is she crying? Is he crying too much? We answer these questions and more in a series of articles created by our experts to help you cope with your baby’s crying.

Don’t fret – all parents experience stress and frustration when it comes to their crying child. Don’t forget…our experts are here to answer the questions you have about your crying baby. Ask and Expert and get answers!

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Your baby and learning more than one language

by Maxine
Posted January 2 2012 03:50pm
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Fortunately, most young children can learn two or more languages as they grow up, especially in the years before they go to school. They might show slight delays in vocabulary growth in each language at first, because they are learning two or more sets of words at once. But by the time they have reached grade five, they often have a more advanced knowledge of language than other children who speak only one language.

When a child is learning two languages, she may mix words from both languages into her sentences, but she will eventually learn to separate the languages correctly.

You should go ahead and speak the language you are comfortable with to your child. It's also good to read to him in that language, and use it when you are playing with him, as well.

And remember, it's much better to speak to your child in your native language often than to talk very little because you think you should only speak in English or only French, and you aren't comfortable doing so.

Click here for more on teaching your child to speak two languages. 

Do you speak more than one language at home? Are you encouraging your baby to speak both? Post a comment and share your strategies with other parents.

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