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Helping Your Picky Eater to Eat

Written by Sleepdreams. Posted in Healthy Kids

Appropriate sleep, especially in the early stages, is influenced greatly by nutrition. Getting more calories into your baby will help them sleep longer through the night. For parents of toddlers, there can be nothing more frustrating than preparing a meal and placing it in front of your child, only to hear “Yuck! I’m not eating that”. A picky eater can quickly turn a happy mealtime into a power struggle, and often the parent loses. Give your child some extra sleep help and try these tips:

  • Eat with your child. Try to eat with your children as much as possible so that they can watch your modelling of how to interact with different foods. By the time a 6 month old is ready to have solid foods, they have probably watched their mother eat at least 600 times.

Getting our Kids more Active

Written by Sleepdreams. Posted in Age Appropriate Activities

Appropriate sleep for your baby or child can be encouraged with proper exercise. Help your toddler or child to get more sleep by getting them more active. Kids need to be moving more. A sedentary life at an early age hinders a lot more than just your child’s ability to get a good night’s sleep.

Extensive research has been done on how much activity small children should be getting. The research comes from CSEP, The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (do you remember ParticiPACTION in school?) in conjunction with Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (CHEO-HALO). They have been concerned regarding the sedentary lifestyles that many of our youngsters seem to be living. As a result, the first Canadian set of physical-activity guidelines for the early years, outlining just how much infants and toddlers need to move for optimum health and development, was released in late March 2012. The guidelines include the following:

Television for Children Under the Age of Two

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in Toddlers

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends no television for children under the age of two. We don’t suggest any television for young children at all as their brains aren’t capable of following many television shows. Rapid screen transitions only serve to activate the brains natural orienting reflex (we are all programmed with this as it helps alert us of potential danger – this is why children appear so engaged). Help your older child get to sleep by turning off the TV at least two hours before bedtime.

Television Try and Limit it to 20 Minutes

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in Toddlers

If you do let your child watch television try and limit it to 20 minutes and no television at least 2 hours before bedtime. Its important to remember that 3 year old children are at the most active part of their lives! Age appropriate activity is key to healthy sleep. Getting outside is also thought to help in the production of melatonin so the more outside activities the better.

Positive Behavioural Approach to Sleep

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in Toddlers

Positive behavioural approaches are the best way to deal with bedtime resistance. Avoid power struggles. Empathise with them and redirect them into the desired bedtime activity such as reading stories after brushing teeth etc. Contact a SleepdreamsTM sleep consultant to learn more about sleep help for your child.