Category: Babies (0-12 months)

Sleep and the Immune System

Lack of sleep makes ours and our children’s immune systems weaker, hence they makes us more prone to catching colds, viral infections and the flu. Our immune system is designed to protect us from colds, flu, and other ailments. Lack of sleep suppresses immune system functions. A study published in the September 25, 2002 issue ...

When to Stop Swaddling?

The main purpose of swaddling your baby while she’s a newborn is to make her feel secure, warm and safe. After night months inside your womb, your baby will feel disoriented in the outside world, and the swaddling will help him remember her previous environment and rest. After two months, many babies will start kicking ...

Should We Use White Noise Machines?

We get asked a lot from parents whether they should use white noise machines to help their babies fall asleep. While white noise machines are great for many reasons: They can help reduce the effects of a variety of disorders including Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, and Meniere’s Disease. They help night workers sleep through the day. They ...

Signs of Sleep Deficiency in Children

Many parents wonder whether their children are getting enough sleep. The first thing to do when in doubt, is counting the amount of hours they are sleeping every day. Then refer to the general guidelines of how many hours children their age should sleep per day. The second thing would be to watch them for ...

Effects of Lack of Sleep in Children

The less sleep children get, the more likely they are to perform poorly in school, to become depressed, and to have a poor sense of self-worth, according to a study of 2,259 Illinois middle school students published in the January-February 2004 issue of Child Development. As these kids progressed through the middle school years, if ...

Risk of Too-Early Formal Sleep Training

Although parents can start teaching babies healthy sleep habits from the begining, it is not advisable to follow any kind of formal sleep training method when the baby is too young. What’s too young? It depends on the baby! Most babies are ready to start formal sleep training at 4 months, and others aren’t until they’re ...

Rule Out Medical Problems before Sleep Training

Before you start any sleep training program with your child, you should always rule out medical problems that might be causing your her sleep problems. Therefore, it is wise to discuss sleep issues with your child’s pediatrician. These are some medical problems that might interfere with your child’s sleep quality: Nasal Congestion – Newborn infants ...

Best NURSERY to help your baby sleep

The goal is for your baby’s nursery to be a calm, soothing place. The associations that your child has with the nursery, as mentioned in previous posts, should be positive. Here are some things that you can do to make your baby’s nursery more conducive to sleep: Dark: try to keep your baby’s nursery dark ...

Help Your Baby Sleep BEFORE Sleep Training

Formal sleep training should not happen before your baby is 4 months old, in fact, the ideal time is between 4 and 6 months old. However, there are many things you can do to ease your sleep training process or to avoid it completely by developing certain routines, even before sleep training can take place, ...