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There is nothing in life as rewarding as raising children. From the first moment you lay eyes on your little one, your heart is filled with a love you have never experienced before. But with this overwhelming love comes another emotion, almost equally as strong, overwhelming responsibility. It can be easy to feel both ill-prepared and buried in the responsibility of trying to do everything “right”. Maybe the greatest struggle, with children from infancy throughout childhood, is sleep.
It’s a time that many parents know is coming, but they dread nonetheless. Sooner or later, your toddler will state: “No, I really don’t want to nap now.” If it’s getting harder and harder to put your toddler down in the morning, and she is fighting you, it may be time to transition to one nap.
I can’t recall the number of times I have heard parents blaming teething for their baby’s sleep disruptions; there have been so many cases. Yes, teething can be painful and cause nighttime wakenings. However, teething is rarely a routine buster. Teething can definitively interfere with your baby’s sleep, but far less than what you probably anticipate or believe.
Pacifiers, binkies, dummies, corks or soothers. Whatever we call them, we all have been wondering if they should be introduced to our baby. Sucking is one of an infant’s natural reflexes. They already suck on their fingers while they are in the womb.
Good quality sleep is necessary for everyone, from children to adults. Sleeping helps us function well, physically and mentally. No parent loves to wake up early and listen to the sound of their little one crying. In such a case, you may be likely to think nostalgically about the lazy mornings you enjoyed before your child was born. I know you really want to find a way to delay the wake up time. The good news is that solutions exist but you must be patient and consistent!