Many new parents expect their newborn infants to take regular naps throughout the day (and then to sleep all night) even when they are only 4-10 weeks old. Unfortunately, a newborn's sleep cycle is not ready for 2 hour naps in both the morning and afternoon followed by a 10 -12 hour extended sleep at night. But, by the time your child is 6-9 months of age (and sooner for some great sleepers); they should be on a good schedule with a morning and afternoon nap. Naps are usually anywhere from 45 min 2.5 hours. I think naps serve a dual purpose, as they provide rest and rejuvenation for both child and parent. Nap time, just like bedtime should be scheduled, typically mid morning and mid afternoon and a child should be able to put themselves to sleep after a book or a story. Naptime routines can be bit shorter than the bedtime routine. You will be able to tell when your child is ready for a nap as they may rub their eyes, or get fussy, or some may just lay their heads down or point to bed as they know they are tired. By the time a toddler is somewhere between 12months to 2 years of age they will usually drop a morning nap and continue to have their midafternoon nap. This is usually right after lunch. Transitioning from 2 naps to 1 nap a day is a little dicey at first, as your child may get quite cranky in the morning as you drop that nap, while at the same time their afternoon nap may become longer. This adjustment period usually only lasts several days to a week and then you will find that they are back on a good nap/nighttime schedule. I get asked about stopping a child's nap. I think naps are important (and as we adults know a privilege) for children until they are in elementary school. Most kindergartens continue to have rest time after lunch and many children will fall asleep for 20-30 min while the teacher reads them a book or music is played and the children lay on their mats. Even if your 4 or 5 year old child doesn't want to nap in the afternoon, the
A recent study confirms what many parents know: kids (as young as 2 year old), are tech savvy! The company solicited 2,200 mothers to answer a survey looking at skills their children have; such as riding a bike or tying a shoe as well as those very important early childhood skills such as how to use an iPad or Smartphone. 21% of four-five year olds knew how to use a Smartphone or iPad application, only 14% of those same kids could tie their shoes. For children two to"five years old, 69% could operate a computer mouse, 58% could play a computer game but only 52% knew how to ride a bike. Seems incredible to me that more kids have computers than bicycles? 25% of two-five year olds could open a Web browser, only 20% knew how to swim. Technology is definitely changing the world, but is it all beneficial? The company's CEO commissioned the survey to show how young children are interacting with technology. He emphasized that parents need to be educating their young children about their online world and need to be promoting internet/online safety at very young ages. It used to be when do I have the sex talk now it is being replaced with how soon do I need to talk about online safety and technology? The most disturbing aspect of this study is that it suggests that our children are way too wired and may be missing out on simple, yet important life skills. I myself have seen many a two year old open their parent's iPad and turn on a movie while in the exam room. They can recognize different icons and switch between applications but are not yet capable of talking in complete sentences. Some of these children are the same ones who at two years, are not yet putting themselves to sleep at night, cannot sleep through the night and still have a bottle or pacifier! Some parents are convinced that their child may not be capable of mastering these normal developmental milestones, while at the same time are thrilled about their child's computer skills. This seem
I received an email from a mom very worried that her of a 13 month old son does not like milk! Her two older children stopped bottles/formula cold turkey, but not her baby, he still loves his formula. She asked what should I do?
I think you have answered your own question as you said that you stopped formula and the bottle with your other two children cold turkey. You are providing him with healthy meals and if you stop the bottle and formula and ONLY give him milk in his cup he will eventually drink his milk.
Not only does he have good role models in his older siblings, if you don't cave and give him his formula or even juice or water he will drink his milk when he is thirsty. Not only does he no longer need formula after he is 1 year of age, he needs to get the majority of his calories from food rather than from formula. You also know that this is the easiest time to get rid of the bottle before he becomes attached to it.
He may be your strong willed third child (all children seem to have this title at some time) on this issue. I also agree with you that he needs to be a milk drinker and this is the time to establish get this set in stone. I have found that if you don't get children to start drinking milk at this age, then for the majority of children, they will not drink milk later on in their childhood and adolescent years. Although you can give him other dairy products to help him meet his calcium and vitamin D needs, it is hard to meet those daily requirements without drinking some milk.
So, I would just go with your previous habit and stop the formula and give it some time. He will drink his milk, he just has to get thirsty enough. This means that his siblings cannot give him other fluids either!
There are many reports of injuries from toddlers crawling out of their crib, although most of the time the child who falls out of their crib is not injured. But, there are reports of injuries such as fractures of the forearm, or the clavicle or even of the humerus from children who climb out of their cribs.
Of course toddlers and 2 year olds think they are invincible and that they can fly just like a super hero. Many children are more than content to stay in a crib and never venture out until parents just decide that it is ultimately time to get their child out of the crib. Sometimes it may be out of necessity, as a new baby is due. I am not a big believer of buying more than one crib unless you are having twins etc. (My frugal side I guess). Although it is nice to have your child behind bars in their cribs, many a child can easily be moved to a big bed and never dream of getting out of that bed either.
That was the case with one of my boys, when we moved him to the big boy bed we were convinced he was the type of child who would get up and come walking down the hall for a visit. Quite to the contrary, he would awaken in the morning and call out to us, Mommy, I am up, come get me! I swear, it was as if he had a moat with sharks circling his bed, he just never realized that he could just put his cute little 2 year old feet on the floor and head out!! He was inquisitive about everything else, so go figure.
Children will always surprise you. I like to move a child out of their crib several months before a new baby is due so that the transition is easy and complete before the new sibling arrives. That way the big brother or sister does not feel as if their new baby sibling has displaced them and they are proud of being the big kid in their own big bed.
The bedtime routine should not change as you move a child from crib to bed either. When I moved our sons to a big bed I just pushed the bed up ag
The lazy days of summer seem like the perfect time to engage in playtime activities. My summer months at the office are particularly busy doing check ups as everyone is out of school. This means that I seem to see a lot of children in the 5-12 year group, and I enjoy getting to talk to them about their summer fun.
I have suddenly realized that many of the children in this age group seemed to have missed some key milestones in child development, which I think most of us adults learned during the lazy days of summer. I think learning to ride a bicycle and learning how to swim are two MUSTS of child development. While not all children will want to one day participate in a swim team, or a bike race, being able to swim and pedal a bicycle are life long skills. Who knows, with the price of gas we may all be heading back to bicycles as preferred transportation, at least for short distances.
At the same time I have noticed a fair number of parents who are concerned about their young children's motor development. This is the 2-4 year old group where I am sometimes amazed when the parent of a 3 year old tells me that their child does not jump high enough. What? How about getting out the jump rope again, and drawing hopscotch on the sidewalk to practice hopping and jumping. These are free exercises that can help boost coordination while having fun together. What about learning to skip and to balance on a beam (doesn't have to be at gymnastics) a two by four in the back yard or park works just as well. Learning to pump a swing is another. I can remember how proud I was when I mastered that skill (makes me smile, even today).
So while the last days of summer are here, make a list of not only summer reading, or computer skills that your child needs to finish, but of some of those childhood milestones as well. Hop, skip, jump rope, ride a bike, learn to swim. College applications mig