As jy wil maak soos die bekende Amerikaanse slaapkenner Elizabeth Pantley sê, moet jy jou tweejarige verkieslik tussen 18.30 en 19.30 in die bed kry en dan moet hy minstens 11 uur lank slaap om emosioneel, fisiek en verstandelik optimaal te ontwikkel.
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· Mobiles should be kept for the changing station instead of the crib as it is a stimulating object
· Toys should not be left in a cot/crib to play with – only one as a comfort item
· Bed/cot should preferably be away from the window that no draft is created
· Bedding and mattress should preferably be organic cotton and as little synthetic materials as possible
· Block out blinds works wonders to keep out the light and promote healthy sleep
· Temperate should be at an average of 21 degrees Celsius
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Your toddler is still developing and will benefit greatly from regular naps, so it’s a good idea to get to the bottom of your tot’s inability to doze off peacefully at nap time.
When it comes to sleep and nutrition, it can often be a chicken-or-the-egg scenario, says Jolandi Becker, certified sleep consultant and of owner of Good Night. “If baby does not sleep well, it can affect their feeding, and if baby does not feed/eat well, it can affect their sleep,” she says.
Children aged between one and three need 12 to 14 hours’ sleep in a 24-hour cycle. Even preteens are recommended up to 11 hours! Cracking the elusive sleep code is not only great for your sanity, it’s crucial for your child to reach their full potential – emotionally, physically and cognitively.
One of the most common questions my clients ask is about when they need to move their babies out of their room and out of their little cots. In a more hushed tone it sometimes follows, as if they’re sharing a dirty little secret: “In fact, when should they get out of my bed?”
Breastfeeding and sleep are thought to be part of two different worlds. Many people will tell you that your child won’t be able to sleep through the night until you stop breastfeeding. Tell that to my daughter who was breastfed until she was 12 months old, and slept through from the age of four months.
Good Night sleep consultant Jolandi Becker explains that due to the vast emotional development taking place in toddlers, quality sleep helps with their emotional development, and being able to regulate their emotions will result in fewer tantrums. The benefits of sleep also include a lower risk of obesity and heart problems, as well as an increased attention span that improves their ability to learn.
The benefits of sleeping well go far beyond just feeling better. Parents should know that sleep is not a luxury and it is not something they should feel guilty about wanting for both themselves and their growing babies.
“During the holidays, it’s important to make exceptions to the sleep schedule, but routine doesn’t need to go out of the window,” says Jolandi Becker, managing director of the local sleep consultancy Good Night Baby. Even during the holidays, says Jolandi, it’s helpful to keep to set bedtimes and set limits on screen time. “But every child is different, and you know as a parent what works for your child.”
“If you’re wondering when to make the switch from co-sleeping to cot, and you’re considering moving your baby to her own room, consider these expert tips.”
“Desperate for some shut-eye because your LO (Little One) is keeping you up all night? Here are some tips from sleep experts to help get your baby or toddler to sleep better so you can all catch up on some much-needed zzz.”
“Just when you think you’ve settled into a night-time routine with your child, sleep problems arise once again. We look at five health issues that could be the culprits… We chatted to registered sleep consultant and managing director of Good Night, Jolandi Becker, to find out which health issues cause the most sleep problems for her clients and their little ones.”
Behoort ‘n baba tussen mamma en pappa te slaap of in sy eie bedjie? En as dit wel laasgenoemde is, op watter stadium behoort die skuif te gebeur? Sy verduidelik ook hoekom ‘n kind, anders as wat die meeste ouers dink, vir so lank moontlik in sy bababedjie behoort te slaap voordat die skuif na.
Wat moet jy alles by die bedtoegaanroetine insluit en wat moet jy eerder uitlos? Sy het ook raad vir vakansietye, wat, lekker soos dit is, selfs ‘n rustige slaper se gevestigde roetine op sy kop kan keer.