This week we have an episode addressing a concern for ALL parents. We are discussing the issue of SLEEP! Yep, do you remember what that is? We are talking to Dr. Melisa Moore. Dr. Moore is a clinical psychologist in the sleep center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine. She sees patients, teaches, and conducts research in pediatric sleep, and is also a sleep expert on the Pediatric Sleep Council’s website which is babysleep.com. If you are having sleep issues with your baby, toddler, or teenager, you will want to listen! Here is what we talked about:
- Dr Moore’s background
- Normal sleeping behaviors for various ages
- Establishing a healthy bedtime routine
- Ways to avoid children becoming too dependent on their routine
- Age to start a bedtime routine
- Advantages of sound machines, alternatives for them, and cautions when using them.
- Babies using pacifiers
- Tips for getting kids to fall asleep on their own
- Sleep training by having your child “cry it out”
- An appropriate age to let your kids cry through the night
- The family bed
- Teaching your child to fall asleep independently
- The Problems with screen time before bedtime
- Use of Melatonin in children to help them fall asleep
- Making the transition from the crib to the bed
- Disciplining at bedtime (Use of bedtime passes)
- Transitioning kids out of the family bed
- Dealing with kids waking up during the night
- How to handle night terrors
- Correlation between adolescent sleep and physical functioning
- Suggestions for getting your teens to go to sleep
- Napping and teenagers
- National Baby Sleep Day.
Mom Squad Challenge: No electronics in the bedroom! If moms can’t do that, put your electronics on the other side of the room. For children: No electronics in the bedroom!
Baby Sleep Day
Baby Sleep day: On March 1st from 9am-8pm EST is Baby Sleep day. During this time the Pediatric sleep council, a team of pediatric sleep experts from all over the world will answer parents sleep questions via facebook at www.facebook.com/pedsleep/
The pediatric sleep council’s website. https://www.babysleep.com/All information on this website is supported by research. You can find answers to frequently asked questions and video clips.
The National sleep foundation: https://sleepfoundation.org/