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Your Little One's Healthy Sleep Patterns?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 5, 2019 9:28:23 AM

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The average newborn sleeps much of the day and night, waking only for feedings every few hours. It is often hard for new parents to know how long and how often a newborn should sleep. Unfortunately, there is no set schedule at first, and many newborns have their days and nights confused.

They think they are supposed to be awake at night and sleep during the day.

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Topics: Infant, Pediatrics, OSA in children, baby

Infant Bedtime Tips

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 23, 2019 2:20:00 PM

Infant Bedtime Tips

If you’ve just brought a newborn home, you’re probably preoccupied with sleep – both the baby’s and yours. Establishing a sleep routine with your infant is a good way to instill good sleep habits. Here are a few suggestions for bedtime with your baby.

  • Take note of your baby’s sleep trends. You don’t need to start a routine immediately; first, get to know your infant’s tendencies. Once you figure out when your infant sleeps for the longest chunk, begin a bedtime routine about 45 minutes before that.
  • Establish a routine. Whether it’s saying goodnight to everyone and everything, singing a song, or taking a bath, incorporate 1-4 activites that can help your baby wind down and cues them that it’s time to relax.
  • Cut back on caffeine. For you breastfeeding mom, consider going decaf while you’re breastfeeding; your baby will get a caffeine jolt otherwise.

Getting a baby to sleep through the night is a new parent’s goal. Sometimes, tried-and-true tactics like swaddling will do the trick. On other nights, innovation is required. The good news is that the market for high-tech, sleep-promoting baby devices is growing by the day.

SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet

Developed by a pediatrician, this bassinet is quickly catching on in the baby market. It doesn’t come cheap—models start at over $1,000. But with womb-like rocking motions, a built-in white noise machine, and sensors that detect a baby crying that immediately deploy soothing sounds, this product is much in demand.

Baby Shusher

A parent’s soothing sounds—or “shushes”—are comforting to little ones. Now, there’s a device that does the shushing for you. The Baby Shusher is designed to imitate a parent’s reassuring sounds, as well as the blood flow and other noises your infant heard in utero. Its automatic timer shuts off after 15 or 30 minutes, hopefully long after baby is in dreamland. For parents on the go, download the Baby Shusher app and have all the soothing, sleep-inducing sounds on your smart phone, no matter where you and baby may be.

Galaxy Clock

Ease your little one’s fear of the dark with this alarm clock that does so much more than just tell time. Part nightlight, part white noise machine, and part music player, this innovative gadget projects colorful stars onto the ceiling, providing the perfect distraction for restless babies.

Nanit Plus

Wondering how your baby is doing in the nursery? Wish you could soothe her without having to leave the confines of your own bed? The Nanit Plus baby monitor is a smart, in-home system that allow parents an overhead view of their sleeping infant at all times, courtesy of small, mountable camera and smartphone app. A two-way communication system allows you to sing lullabies or whisper sweet nothings to your little one from different rooms, and a built-in nature soundtrack provides calming background noise when sleep is hard to come by.

Remember, a baby who sleeps through the night is a wonderful thing, but a baby who has a tough time sleeping is not a reflection of your parenting! Go easy on yourself, and if you have any questions about your or your baby’s sleep don’t hesitate to call us.

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Topics: Sleep, Infant, children

What is Behavioral Insomnia in Children? Types, Prevalence, Treatment

Posted by Dr. Angela Randazzo, Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, specializing in Sleep on Jun 20, 2018 5:00:00 PM


Quality sleep is extremely important in the physiological, cognitive, and emotional development of children. At different stages of a child's development sleep needs change. In order to help children get as much quality sleep as possible, parents should have a strong understanding of the sleep requirements necessary for their children at various stages in their lives.

One study found that approximately 27% of children are sleeping less than is recommended for their age. Sleep debt in children can lead to an array of consequences including inattention, irritability, hyperactivity, impulse control problems, behavioral issues at home and school, learning troubles, and overall quality of life.

Poor sleep in children often leads to sleep troubles for the parents as well. When children frequently wake in the middle of the night unable to go back to sleep, most parents respond by waking up themselves and helping soothe them back to sleep. Over time both the parents and the children can become sleep deprived.

Of all the potential sleep disorders found in young children, Behavioral insomnia is the most frequently cited, surpassing other sleep disorders including breathing disorders like sleep apnea (1-3%), sleep related movement disorders such as restless leg syndrome (2-8%), and parasomnias such as night terrors (5-35%) [source].

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Topics: Infant, children, Pediatrics

How Much Sleep Do You Need? (Pt.2)

Posted by Candace Osmond on Jan 17, 2018 4:00:00 AM

How Much Sleep Do You Need to Survive?

While this article is based on making sure you get the right amount of sleep to help you perform at your best at work and home, it might be difficult for you to actually get the recommended amount.

So just how much sleep do we need to stay alive? Scientists have tested how long humans can survive without air (about three minutes), how long a person can go without water (three days) and even how long someone can last without food (three weeks).

But when it comes to sleep, not as much research has been done.

Even one night of no sleep can have the same effect on the human body as being drunk. The longest anyone has ever stayed awake was about 11 days which was done for a school project (really!) in 1965.

Despite all the health problems listed above, no human has ever died from not having enough sleep alone. The problems are when someone develops other health complications through a lack of sleep.

A pretty horrible experiment on rats in 1999 did actually see the creatures die after two weeks of being kept awake.

Even people with sleep disorders manage to get a few hours every night.

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Topics: Sleep, Infant, sleep disorders, trouble sleeping, children, sleeping

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