Off to Dreamland http://offtodreamland.com Call 203-828-0079 for expert help from a CT sleep doctor and mom Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:13:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://offtodreamland.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/favicon.png Off to Dreamland http://offtodreamland.com 32 32 Sleep Tips for Daylight Saving Time “Spring Forward” 2017 http://offtodreamland.com/daylight-saving-time-spring/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:13:05 +0000 http://offtodreamland.com/?p=2386 It’s a snow day for many of us in the Northeastern US, but a sure sign of spring is right around the corner. On Sunday morning Daylight Saving Time kicks in and we all “spring forward” by setting the clocks one hour later. For those of us with little ones who stay at home the change […]

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It’s a snow day for many of us in the Northeastern US, but a sure sign of spring is right around the corner. On Sunday morning Daylight Saving Time kicks in and we all “spring forward” by setting the clocks one hour later. For those of us with little ones who stay at home the change this time change can be a bonus. On the other hand, it could be a rude awakening (literally) for grownups and kids who will need to get up at what feels like an hour earlier to get to work, school and daycare on Monday morning.

Here are my tips for making the Spring Sleep Daylight Saving Time transition as smooth as possible for the whole family.

♦  For adults and children who need to get up and out on Monday morning, I recommend making the switch on Friday night / Saturday morning rather than Sunday. This gives everyone an extra weekend day to adjust to the change.  That means going to bed early on Friday night and waking up a bit early on Saturday. While this may feel hard to do, it’s actually easier to wake up early and still be able to have a relatively lazy extra hour at home rather than feeling the shock of getting up early AND having to rush out the door on Monday!

♦  If you have a baby with multiple naps and feedings per day who will need to go to daycare on Monday, begin moving, naps and bedtime 20 minutes early today, then another 20 minutes tomorrow. Then on Sunday you will be closer to where you need to be for Monday morning.

♦  Make an effort to expose everyone in the family, yourself included, to bright light early in the morning in the days before the switch. It will help ease the transition to your earlier wake times.  Likewise, start dimming the lights and closing window blinds in the early evening to help the switch to earlier bedtimes.

 

♦  Adjust feeding or meal times and other scheduled activities along with sleep times, and be especially consistent with your usual routines over this weekend.  So, for example, if you’re moving everything 20 minutes early on today and dinner is usually at 5:30, bath time’s at 6:00 and bedtime at 7:00, make sure that dinner’s at 5:10, bath time at 5:40 and bedtime at 6:40.

If you happen to already have a little “rooster” who wakes super early, now’s your big chance to make things better!  Try shifting everything, including feeding or meals, only 15 or 30 minutes early instead of the full hour.  This way their wake time, feeding times and bedtime will all happen 30 to 45 minutes later on the clock after the time change! (Just remember to move those feeding times later, too).

As we head into glorious springtime the sun rises earlier in the morning and sets later every evening. If you’ve seen Frozen as many times as I have and have young children of your own, young Anna’s pronouncement could seem all too familiar:

 

 

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♦  Now’s a great time to invest in blackout shades to keep your child’s room dark and encourage better sleep. That way you can be spared Elsa’s pain and avoid bedtime battles because the sun’s still out, or too-early wakings on spring and summer mornings.

♦  Worried that darkening your child’s room isn’t natural? We human beings evolved near the equator and our little ones are oriented to sleep when it’s dark there — 12 hours year-round. Help your kids do what really comes naturally to them by shielding them from the northern sun’s more drastic seasonal changes.

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Daylight Saving Time Baby and Child Sleep Tips http://offtodreamland.com/daylight-saving-baby-child-2016/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:40:25 +0000 http://offtodreamland.com/?p=2362 Daylight Saving Time ends this coming Sunday, November 6. That means that at 2:00 AM the clocks will go back one hour. Since babies and young children don’t care what time it is they will likely still wake at the “old” time which will now be an hour earlier on the clock. I usually receive many […]

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Daylight Saving Time ends this coming Sunday, November 6.

That means that at 2:00 AM the clocks will go back one hour. Since babies and young children don’t care what time it is they will likely still wake at the “old” time which will now be an hour earlier on the clock.

I usually receive many calls from tired parents whose children’s sleep has been disrupted in the weeks after the time change. Here are my tips for making the seasonal adjustment smoother for everyone at your house.

If possible, start gradually making the shift to a new schedule a few days ahead.

It helps to start making some adjustments ahead of time when you can. So, for example, since DST ends on a Sunday morning, you can move bedtime a little later on Thursday or Friday, and likewise encourage your children to stay in bed (or leave the baby in her crib) a little bit later in the morning.   Keep adjusting rising and bedtimes 15-20 minutes each day until you’ve moved a full hour later, so that when Monday morning arrives you’re already adjusted to the new time.

Use the familiarity of your children’s whole routine to your advantage.

If you possibly can, start shifting other timed events of the day such as mealtimes and bath time so that your children’s entire body clock can shift. Use the flexibility of the weekend to shift mealtimes for older children and nap times for little ones who spend weekdays at daycare or nursery school.

Make the DST change at your house one day early on Saturday morning.

If making a gradual change isn’t an option or just seems like too much trouble, try changing the clocks at home before you go to bed on Friday night, and use the new time on the clock as you go about your day on Saturday. This will give everyone in your family an extra day to adjust before Monday comes around.  Just remember that sports practice, birthday parties, and other plans outside of the house will still be on the “official” clock time!

Make the light and melatonin connection work in your favor.

Whether you want to move a schedule up or back, controlling your family’s exposure to light can help. Exposure to light inhibits the secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone, making it harder to fall asleep at night and easier to wake up in the morning. Draw the curtains and dim interior lights during the first hour of the morning in the days leading up to the DST change. After that first hour has passed, greet the day by turning on all the lights, throwing back the curtains and even going outside if possible.  In the early evening as the sun starts to set, use interior lighting to keep your house extra bright for an extra hour. Once the time on the clock shifts, go back to doing things normally without making an effort to adjust light exposure.

Try to be extra mindful of schedules during this time.

It’s very easy to let mealtimes and bedtimes creep later. This is totally fine in the days leading up to Sunday but you will want to be extra careful to NOT do so in the days after, when bedtime will already feel “late”. This is also a good opportunity to model good self-care to your children by being mindful about your own sleep. Show your children that healthy sleep is important to you, the parents, as well as to the family as a whole.

With a little preparation and attention to detail, “falling back” can be an easier ride this year!

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Back to School Sleep Tips http://offtodreamland.com/back-to-school-sleep-tips/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:37:40 +0000 http://offtodreamland.com/?p=2231 Back to school means back to a regular routine. These back to school sleep tips will help your child succeed in school and beyond. Understand that school-age kids need 10-12 hours of sleep to be at their best. Most parents know that their children need good sleep, but many don’t know exactly how much. Missing as little as 30 minutes of sleep […]

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Back to school means back to a regular routine. These back to school sleep tips will help your child succeed in school and beyond.

Understand that school-age kids need 10-12 hours of sleep to be at their best.

Most parents know that their children need good sleep, but many don’t know exactly how much. Missing as little as 30 minutes of sleep time can have a real impact on your child’s mood, attention span, and overall health. Some kindergartners who are adjusting to a full day of school may even need a little MORE sleep than they did before!

Figure out what time your child needs to be awake to get ready for school, or the time they naturally wake if that is earlier. Subtract 10-12 hours from that time(less for older kids, more for younger). Now you have an idea of a good bedtime.

Recognize when your child is overtired.

One reason it’s difficult to know when our kids aren’t getting enough sleep is that tired children don’t necessarily slow down the way we do. Instead, they can seem “wired”.  They will act the opposite of what we think tired looks like, resisting bedtime and becoming more active rather than less. If your child seems hyper before bedtime, that’s a good cue to move the time for lights-out earlier.

No electronics within an hour before bedtime.

Electronic screens emit blue light which halts the release of melatonin, the “sleep hormone”. A television across the room might be ok up until 30 minutes before. But computers and mobile devices that are naturally positioned closer to the face should be avoided completely.

Avoid weekend hangovers.

As tempting as it may be to sleep later on the weekends, it will backfire in the long run. You can give a little leeway, such as 30 minutes later for bedtime and wake time from Friday night to Sunday morning. Anything more will led to disturbed sleep rhythms throughout the week.

Establish clear rules and expectations regarding bedtime and stick to them.

Be very clear and firm on this point. It helps to have clocks clearly visible in any areas of the house where you spend time in the evening. School-aged children can use a sleep clock which changes color at bedtime as well as toddlers. Preschoolers and younger elementary-aged children can make learning about sleep rules into a creative experience.

Get more back to school sleep tips.

Want more tools to prepare for the school year, including specific steps to adjust your family’s sleep schedule? Read another list of back to school sleep tips here.

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Using a Toddler Sleep Clock for Sleep Teaching http://offtodreamland.com/using-toddler-sleep-clock/ Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:02:03 +0000 http://www.offtodreamland.com/?p=897 What is a toddler sleep clock? Sometimes called a tot clock or toddler alarm, a toddler sleep clock helps young children understand time. Specifically it helps a toddler or preschooler understand when it’s time to go to bed and when it’s ok to get up. How does a toddler sleep clock work? Most toddler sleep clocks aid sleep […]

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What is a toddler sleep clock?

Sometimes called a tot clock or toddler alarm, a toddler sleep clock helps young children understand time. Specifically it helps a toddler or preschooler understand when it’s time to go to bed and when it’s ok to get up.

How does a toddler sleep clock work?

Most toddler sleep clocks aid sleep teaching by giving visual cues such as changing color at specific times. The different cues let a preschooler distinguish between bedtime, nighttime and morning. For example, My Sleep Clock by My Tot Clock (pictured below) turns blue at bedtime at a time set by the parents. It will stay blue throughout the night, letting the child know they should still be in bed. Or, if they go to the potty, they should go back to bed if the clock is still blue. The clock turns yellow at a specific time to let the child know it’s ok to get up. It also has a nap setting as an added feature.It’s the clock I most often recommend to my toddler and preschooler sleep coaching clients.

My Tot Clock Toddler Sleep Clock

When is a good age to start using one?

I recommend introducing a toddler sleep clock early, when your child is still in their crib. This way they will begin to understand the distinctions between bedtime, nighttime and morning before it becomes their choice to get out of bed or not. Once your child transitions from a crib to a bed they will already have an understanding of this concept. While it won’t guarantee on its own that your child will stay in bed, it can be a helpful tool.

Why do I recommend them?

Like any product, a toddler sleep clock won’t magically solve your toddler or preschooler’s sleep issues. But it can reinforce the structure, routine and expectations that you as the parent put in place. That’s why I include it in sleep coaching plans for children ages 2-6. My bedtime picture book helps parents and young children understand how to put a sleep structure into place. I really wanted to include a toddler sleep clock in the book, but the need to keep the story simple required that I leave it out. However, it’s an excellent addition to the “sleep rules” presented in the story. Many readers of Putting Bungee to Bed add a clock to both the sleep rules and the pictures they create as part of their sleep plan.

Whether you use it in conjunction with a book or just as part of your family’s sleep plan, a toddler sleep clock is a valuable tool to end bedtime battles at your house for good.

 

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Tips for Managing Your Child’s Nighttime Fears http://offtodreamland.com/managing-childs-nighttime-fears/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:35:20 +0000 http://www.offtodreamland.com/?p=1226 The post Tips for Managing Your Child’s Nighttime Fears appeared first on Off to Dreamland.

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Nighttime fears and worries are an unpleasant yet normal part of your young child’s healthy development.  As the imagination flourishes, so can scary thoughts that would not have occurred to your child before. Here are some tips on helping your child cope when things go bump in the night.

Acknowledging the fear itself

 

Whenever there are scary dreams or nighttime fears, it’s important to acknowledge and validate your child’s feelings. Allow your child to talk about exactly what she is feeling, and encourage her to identify the feelings clearly. Saying things like “That sounds really scary” or “I can understand why you would feel scared” can help.

Zombies, Ghosts and Monsters

 

While you want to acknowledge your child’s feelings, but that doesn’t mean buying into the subject of the fears if they aren’t realistic. If your child is afraid of ghosts, zombies or monsters, avoid rituals like checking under the bed or using “monster spray”. These tactics ultimately end up reinforcing the fears by confirming that there may actually be something to be afraid of.

Instead, try talking about how amazing imagination is, and how it’s possible to picture all kinds of things in our heads. We sometimes can picture scary things, but also nice things.  Together, close your eyes and picture something which is completely non-threatening but imaginary, such as a purple giraffe.  Add lots of details to this imaginary picture you are both seeing with your eyes closed. Make it feel very real for both of you.  Afterwards, talk about how well we can make something SEEM real in our imagination, even though it is NOT real.  It can’t be in the room with us, touch us, or hurt us in any way.

 

Silly monsters!

 

Tell her a story about something you were afraid of as a child. Make it something that to her would seem relatively harmless, almost silly. But let her know that you were truly afraid at the time.  Be light on detail when describing the thing you were afraid of, but very vivid in describing exactly how you felt. Then explain how you came to realize that whatever it was wasn’t real. It came from your imagination, just as your child’s fears come from hers.

Nighttime fears based on actual events

 

What about when your child’s fears stem from real events they might hear about from the news or elsewhere? First, avoid over-explaining things and giving your child more information than she needs. Be calm and matter-of-fact. Ask her what specifically she is afraid will happen. Let her know that you understand that it can feel scary, but you and other caring adults are there to keep her safe.

Just as with imaginary fears, try telling your child a story about something you feared as a child. Just as in the other case, you want to describe what you were afraid of fairly neutrally. Save the rich detail and expressiveness for when you describe how scared you felt. Then describe how you got past the feelings by understanding that the grownups in your life were there to protect you.

 

Keeping it simple

 

As if often the case with young children, less is more. Yes, do validate their feelings and yes, do reassure them. But don’t linger too long in conversation at any one time. Quick chats, stories and anecdotes win out over long, drawn-out discussions every time. This is especially true after bedtime!

 

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Putting Bungee to Bed Giveaway for Goodreads Members http://offtodreamland.com/putting-bungee-bed-giveaway-goodreads-members/ Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:40:45 +0000 http://offtodreamland.com/?p=2029 I’m so happy to be part of Goodreads, an online community for book-lovers which encourages reading and sharing information about books. And now that I have a book of my own, I’m thrilled to have a chance to share it with the folks over at Goodreads. If you don’t know them yet, I encourage you […]

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I’m so happy to be part of Goodreads, an online community for book-lovers which encourages reading and sharing information about books.

And now that I have a book of my own, I’m thrilled to have a chance to share it with the folks over at Goodreads.

If you don’t know them yet, I encourage you to join. It’s a free social network, kind of like Facebook, but just about books and reading.

As a member you can enter their giveaway for a free copy of my new bedtime picture book, Putting Bungee to Bed.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Putting Bungee to Bed by Sasha Carr

Putting Bungee to Bed

by Sasha Carr

Giveaway ends July 15, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

 

If you don’t win the giveaway you can still get a copy of the book and your very own plush Bungee at our store right here on this site.

 

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Happy reading and sweet dreams!

 

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Putting Bungee to Bed bedtime book is here! http://offtodreamland.com/putting-bungee-bed-bedtime-book/ Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:51:19 +0000 http://offtodreamland.com/?p=1957 We’re thrilled to announce that our year-long-plus labor of love is complete! Our Putting Bungee to Bed bedtime book is now headed to bookshelves everywhere. Meet Bungee and Ben. Bungee is Ben’s best friend, constant companion, and a bit of a handful. This adorable monkey can get downright squirrelly at bedtime. He keeps coming out of his den, wants […]

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We’re thrilled to announce that our year-long-plus labor of love is complete! Our Putting Bungee to Bed bedtime book is now headed to bookshelves everywhere.

Bedtime book Putting Bungee to Bed front cover

Meet Bungee and Ben. Bungee is Ben’s best friend, constant companion, and a bit of a handful. This adorable monkey can get downright squirrelly at bedtime. He keeps coming out of his den, wants to stay up until all hours, and generally makes a nuisance of himself while Ben tries to sleep.

Many parents of preschoolers can relate to this struggle!

Ben knows they can’t go on this way, with no energy to play their favorite games or have fun at the park. Even their favorite food tastes gray and lifeless. What can Ben do to save them both from tired, grouchy days? With some trial and error, Ben might just find a way…

By reading our imaginative and fun picture storybook, young children and their parents learn how Ben saves the day by rescuing the night for his whole family. In the process, they’ll learn how to solve their own sleep issues.

Why a bedtime book?

We all have treasured childhood stories that impact the way we understand the world. Instead of making yet another advice book for parents on how to improve their child’s sleep, we wanted to create a beautifully illustrated bedtime book to harness the abundant energy and imagination of preschoolers.
A key part of my strategy working with preschoolers is explaining that their favorite doll or stuffed animal is having trouble sleeping. Together we learn about how and why poor sleep is making life truly difficult for their cherished friend, then together we work to make things better.
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Putting Bungee to Bed encourages children to identify with Ben in the story. They learn how lack of sleep hurts both Ben and Bungee and their friendship. Just as Ben finds a solution, young readers feel inspired to do the same. When young children “get” a concept, they embrace it with their full heart and soul.

Bring Bungee Home

Children can practice the healthy sleep strategies depicted in the book by putting their very own huggable plush Bungee to bed.
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Parents can get even more benefit from the the story by reading a special collection of tips included at the back of the book. Using the tips will help reinforce healthy sleep habits at home.

Parents who want more intensive, personalized help should consider private sleep coaching. But Bungee is a great new tool to help all families with preschoolers who want to sleep better.

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The Scary Matchup of Halloween and the End of Daylight Saving Time http://offtodreamland.com/the-scary-matchup-of-halloween-and-the-end-of-daylight-saving-time/ Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:09:15 +0000 http://offtodreamland.com/?p=1811 For parents in North America, Halloween this year may pack an extra-scary punch. Why? Because Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM this coming Sunday, November 1. In other words, since your littles don’t care what time it is on the clock they will be celebrating the morning after what may have been a late […]

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For parents in North America, Halloween this year may pack an extra-scary punch. Why? Because Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM this coming Sunday, November 1. In other words, since your littles don’t care what time it is on the clock they will be celebrating the morning after what may have been a late night of Halloween fun by doing the exact opposite of sleeping in (which is what you’ll wish they would do).

As a pediatric sleep expert and family sleep coach, I’ve received many calls and messages from anxious parents these days. Here are my tips for making the seasonal adjustment as smooth as possible for the littles and bigs at your house.

1) If possible, start gradually making the shift to a new schedule a few days ahead. It helps to start making some adjustments ahead of time when you can. So, for example, since DST ends on a Sunday morning, you can move bedtime a little later on Thursday or Friday, and likewise encourage your children to stay in bed (or leave the baby in her crib) a little bit later in the morning.   Keep adjusting rising and bedtimes 15-20 minutes each day until you’ve moved a full hour later, so that when Monday morning arrives it’s not such a big deal.

2) Use the familiarity of your children’s whole routine to your advantage. If you possibly can, start shifting other timed events of the day such as mealtimes so that your children’s entire body clock can shift. Use the flexibility of the weekend to shift mealtimes for older children and nap times for little ones who spend weekdays at daycare or nursery school.

3) Make the DST change at your house one day early on Saturday morning. If making a gradual change isn’t an option or just seems like too much trouble, try changing the clocks at home before you go to bed on Friday night, and use the new time on the clock as you go about your day on Saturday. This will give everyone in your family an extra day to adjust before Monday comes around.  Just remember that sports practice, Halloween parties, and other plans outside of the house will still be on the “official” clock time!

"Falling Back" Needn't Be a Fright When it Comes to Sleep

4) Make the light and melatonin connection work in your favor. Whether you want to move a schedule up or back, controlling your family’s exposure to light can help. Exposure to light inhibits the secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone, and makes it harder to fall asleep at night and easier to wake up in the morning. Draw the curtains and keep lights dim during the first hour of the morning in the days leading up to the DST change. After that first hour has passed, greet the day by turning on all the lights, throwing back the curtains and even going outside if possible.  In the early evening as the sun starts to make its exit, use interior lighting to keep your house extra bright for an extra hour. Once the time on the clock shifts, go back to doing things normally.

5) Set a good example and follow your own rules. This is a great opportunity to model responsible self-care to your children by being mindful about your own sleep. Talk about why healthy sleep is important to you, personally, as well as to the family as a while.

Don’t worry, moms and dads: with a little planning, “falling back” on Halloween needn’t be as painful or scary as you fear!\

 

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5 Tips for Back-to-School Sleep Success http://offtodreamland.com/5-top-tips-for-back-to-school-sleep-success/ Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:21:20 +0000 http://www.offtodreamland.com/?p=1378   Back-to-school is upon us! As much as we parents may have enjoyed the fun of summer, many of us are ready for a change. Yet none of us look forward to tired, cranky and disorganized mornings as our kids (and we!) adjust to a regular school routine. What can we do to ease the […]

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Back-to-school is upon us! As much as we parents may have enjoyed the fun of summer, many of us are ready for a change. Yet none of us look forward to tired, cranky and disorganized mornings as our kids (and we!) adjust to a regular school routine. What can we do to ease the transition from lazy-hazy summer to hit-the-books fall?

Here are 5 tips for back-to-school sleep success:

1. Start adjusting your family’s bedtimes and, more importantly, wake times now, before school starts.

Think first about what time your kids will need to wake up to get ready for school.  Begin waking them at that time for at least a few days before school starts. Start with the wake time first, then pull bedtime earlier a little more gradually. Let’s say your kids have been going to bed at 9 and waking at 8, but they’ll need to be up for school at 7. Wake them tomorrow at 7, and send them to bed at 8:30. The next day they’ll wake at 7 and go to bed at 8:15, and the day after, bedtime will be at 8.

2. Practice getting organized in the morning.

Start getting working with them to have clothes and other supplies laid out and ready for the morning the night before. After rising, have them get going with getting ready for the day right away. They’ll need to get dressed, have breakfast, brush teeth, and do whatever else will need to get done once school starts. But for now, as soon as they’ve done what they need to do, they get to goof off and do something fun. Hey, it’s still summer!

3. Expose everyone to plenty of bright daylight as soon as possible after rising at the new early time.

Also begin drawing curtains and lowering indoor lights during the hour before bedtime. Controlling exposure to light will help everyone’s bodies adjust to the new sleep schedule by regulating melatonin, the main sleep hormone.

4. Implement a rule to power down all electronics at least one hour before the target school-night bedtime.

Whenever possible, put your own electronics away until after your kids go to bed. It will set a good example and also help you stay focused on having quality wind-down time with your kids.

5. Consider making some updates to your family’s bedding if your budget allows.

Much like new clothes and school supplies, some new pillows and/or sheets can help kids make a fresh start.  It will also help send the message that sleep is an important part of having a successful new school year.

 

 

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Putting Bungee to Bed: A Monkey, a Book, and a Dream http://offtodreamland.com/putting-bungee-to-bed-campaign/ Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:02:58 +0000 http://www.offtodreamland.com/?p=1359 **UPDATE** Putting Bungee to Bed has been published and is available for sale HERE. I enjoy working with every age group, yet there is a special place in my heart for the littles whom I call my “sleep champions”: kids from 3 to 6 years old. And I’ve been inspired by working with hundreds of preschoolers to create […]

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**UPDATE** Putting Bungee to Bed has been published and is available for sale HERE.

I enjoy working with every age group, yet there is a special place in my heart for the littles whom I call my “sleep champions”: kids from 3 to 6 years old. And I’ve been inspired by working with hundreds of preschoolers to create something special just for them.

A key part of my strategy for working with preschoolers is explaining that their favorite doll or stuffed animal is having sleep trouble.

We learn about how and why poor sleep is making life truly difficult for their cherished friend, and we work together to make things better. The child’s growing sense of caring for others is ignited while she gets to experience the power and purpose of having responsibility for another. This is heady stuff for a little one!

When young children “get” a concept, they embrace it with their full heart and soul. When they feel empowered to create positive change, they are a force to be reckoned with.

Time and again I’ve seen my little teammates transform from sleep troublemakers to mini sleep experts.  Unfortunately there’s just one of me and only so many families I can help personally. What’s more, not all families can afford the investment needed to work directly with a child sleep expert.

But what if thousands of children could become mini sleep experts by learning how to solve sleep problems through the right story?

I’ve teamed with an illustrator and other experts in children’s publishing to create Putting Bungee to Bed, an illustrated bedtime storybook based on my own work with preschoolers and their “best friends”.

Putting Bungee to Bed Title Character (Bungee)

Meet Bungee

WHY A STORYBOOK?
We all have treasured childhood stories that impact the way we understand the world. Instead of making yet another advice book for parents on how to improve their child’s sleep, we want to harness the abundant energy and imagination of preschoolers so that they can make positive changes for themselves and their families.
Boy and Sketches
Putting Bungee to Bed  is a classic tale of friendship and overcoming obstacles which teaches young readers how to solve problems by getting everyone on the same team.
We hope to publish it in late 2015 and give thousands of young children the chance to become better sleepers, for good.

But we can only realize this goal if we raise the funds necessary to professionally illustrate, design, print and distribute a high-quality book that children will ask to read at bedtime.  We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com to raise those funds and our campaign is now live at kidsleepexperts.com.

Platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter make it possible to use social media and word of mouth to reach the many thousands of people who would be interested in having or supporting a book which helps kids and families be stronger and healthier.

If helping end bedtime battles and overnight struggles for countless families is an idea you can get behind, here are some ways you can get involved:

1. Spread the word. The more people who know about the campaign, the faster we will fund the book and get it in the hands of families who want and need it. Sharing this article or our campaign link kidsleepexperts.com on social media is a great way to get the word out.

2. Contribute to the campaign.  Contributors will receive pre-ordered copies of the book and other great perks available at kidsleepexperts.com. Or just donate $5 to support a new generation of healthier sleepers!

3. Leave a comment. It can be a little daunting to be out there asking for money, even if it’s to help make life better for children and their parents. Please cheer us on by leaving a comment on our campaign page at kidsleepexperts.com.

We’re pretty excited about this chance to help so many tired families. We hope you’ll join us!

Putting Bungee to Bed SMT

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