The secret to getting

March 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment The secret to getting enough sleep: FSI Faculty Member Patty Tucker’s interview with CBS New 3/4/13



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Day Light Saving – So what do we do with

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Day Light Saving – So what do we do with our Teens?

RT @fsiinstitute: Taking a poll here: Do

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RT @fsiinstitute: Taking a poll here: Do you believe that this product would Lull your child to sleep or inhibit your child from…

RT @fsiinstitute: “Some wonderful sleep

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RT @fsiinstitute: “Some wonderful sleep advice given to Todays Parent Magazine Readers by Alanna McGinn, an FSI Certified Infant @…

Short nappers – Long nappers, eventually they all meet up!!!!!

June 4, 2012 at 11:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Brief Naps: Good News!
by weissbluthmethod

During my nap study, I divided all children into 5 groups based on the total duration of naps at 6 months of age. Those in the briefest nap group had a mean total duration of naps at 6 months of 2.3 hours and the range was 1-2.5 hours. By 9 months of age, the mean total duration of naps had increased to 2.7 hours. So hang in there and expect your brief napper to sleep longer during the day.
But in all the other four groups, the mean total nap duration decreased during this time. This suggests that among about 20% of babies there is a slower maturation of day sleep rhythms. I do not know if post-colicky babies (about 20% of all babies) are over represented in this briefest nap group but I suspect that this is the case. What are your thoughts?
Another piece of good news, by 19-21 months of age when about 80%-90% of babies are taking a single nap, those babies who had been in the briefest nap group have a mean nap duration of 2.2 hours which is similar to the babies in the other 4 groups.

Depression and baby sleep: Vicious cycle?

April 19, 2012 at 1:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A new study suggests that if mom is depressed, she’s more likely to wake her baby up in the middle of the night, even if the baby is fine. Experts say if that happens occasionally, it’s not a problem.

But if it happens often, it can lead to developmental issues.

In the study, published in the journal Child Development, researchers at Pennsylvania State University observed 45 families over the course of a week. The children ranged in age from 1 month to 2 years. Moms were asked questions about a variety of issues from how they were doing emotionally to the baby’s sleep patterns.

Cameras were also installed to watch how the moms interacted with their babies in the middle of the night.

Here’s what they found: Moms who had higher levels of symptoms of depression were more likely to respond to minor sounds, wake their baby up and nurse them (even if they weren’t hungry) or pick their sleeping child up and put them in bed with them.

It can be a vicious cycle.

“The more sleep you lose, the more likely you are to feel depressed,” says lead author Douglas M. Teti, a professor of human development, psychology and pediatrics at Pennsylvania State University.

But before you blame the moms, Teti is quick to point out there are many other things at play, including family dynamics.

“What happens at night with the baby is a function of other things,” he says. Martial strife may be one of the issues. If things aren’t great with dad, “moms may want the contact comfort and the emotional security,” says Teti.

But for that comfort and security, other things may be sacrificed.

Studies have found children who consistently don’t get a good night’s sleep have a harder time regulating their emotions.

And moms (and dads for that matter) who don’t get a good night’s rest may be less sensitive to their child’s needs and they may not set proper limits.

A consistent lack of sleep can make it hard for kids to bond with their parents – and the wider world.

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March 28, 2012 at 11:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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         Grappling with sleep issues on (and after) a big trip


We’ve been home from our most recent vacation for about 72 hours now, which means our little girls are suffering from what I like to call the post-trip Sleep Slog.

R, the baby, is totally off her game. Predictable 40-minute naps have devolved into random two-hour benders. Even worse: she has been awakening for her first feeding around 11:30 p.m., only five hours after she goes down for the night (previously she’d hold out until at least 2 or 2:30 a.m.).

L, our toddler, has it even worse, resisting naps all together, then fighting bedtime by jumping out of bed an average of 11 times per night. She’s also waking up at ungodly hours—the first morning it was 4 a.m., yesterday it was 4:30.

(Sadly, I am neither joking nor exaggerating.)

Unfortunately these troubles are par for the course; we travel a lot, and whenever we get home, it takes a while for the girls to get back into the swing of things. Add to this the troubles they usually have sleeping on the road in a different room and under different environmental conditions, and…well, let’s just say we grown Villanos have brewed through a lot of coffee around here lately.

Determined to get to the bottom of this phenomenon, I reached out to a number of sleep experts for their take on what I (and therefore you, dear readers) can do to avoid this debacle the next time around. Here’s some advice:

  • Stick to the schedule. Kids are creatures of habit, which means that keeping them in step with their biological sleep rhythms is key. If they’re itching to stay up later than usual, make a concerted effort to get bedtime back to normal. “Most parents mistakenly believe that if their child is up late he or she can make it up by sleeping in the next morning, or take a long nap later on,” says Jennifer Metter, a certified family sleep consultant in California.  “Unfortunately that is rarely the case.”
  • Stick to the set-up. Metter added that parents always should aim for sleeping arrangements that tactically mirror those at home. In other words, unless you co-sleep at home, avoid sharing a king-sized hotel bed with your kids. If options are limited, request a cot for your toddler, or fashion a makeshift “bed” out of couch cushions. If there’s no way around a co-sleeping arrangement, arrange pillows strategically to preserve the spirit of separate sleeping quarters.
  • Pay attention to details. Try your best to recreate a comfortable sleep environment, too. If your child relies on a sound machine in his bedroom at home, shell out a few bucks for a white-noise app for your Smartphone (I use BlackBerry, and swear by this one from TMSoft) and use it on the road. Dr. Sasha Carr, a psychologist and sleep expert in New York City, suggests that parents also consider bringing an improvised room-darkening kit by using a dark bedsheet with big hairclips for temporary curtains.
  • Bring totems. Most kids have special blankets, stuffed animals or other totems in which they find ultimate comfort. For my daughter, (as much as I wish it were an Ansel Adams photograph or Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”) it’s Minnie Mouse. Kerrin Edmonds, another family sleep consultant in California, says it’s important to bring these items with you when you hit the road. “Things may be different, but at least they’ll have that one familiar thing to take to bed with them,” she notes.

The bottom line: On the road, the whole sleep thing ain’t easy. No matter how well you plan ahead, no matter how diligent you try to be, after a vacation your children will experience some degree of adjustment. To deal with this, Edmonds preached that parents should practice patience. “As long we expect it, re-adjusting won’t be bad, just like Daylight savings,” she said. “As soon as you’re home, jump right back into your normal schedule and supplement with early bedtimes until you have caught up on your children’s sleep debt.”

What techniques do you deploy when you’re traveling to minimize disruptions to your kids’ sleep? Please submit suggestions and insights in the comment field below.

March 27, 2012
by Matt Villano,


Our 3 nap a day nappers

March 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

If your baby is a short napper (under an hour) for each of his naps sometimes opting out of that third nap and putting the child to bed much much earlier helps consolidate the morning and afternoon nap.

Why Won’t My Toddler Stay Asleep

November 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Jen Simon hasn’t gotten a full night’s sleep in two years. Her son, Noah, was born three weeks premature, weighing just four pounds, and almost from the time he came home from the NICU he has woken up before dawn every morning — as early as four and rarely later than 5:30 AM. And while his mother describes him as beautiful, smart, and funny, she has also nicknamed him “The Sleep Monster”.

She has tried everything. Sleep training helped a bit, and at least whittled the number of awakenings from half a dozen, to just one. A sleep consultant was a disaster. She decided that by the time Noah showed signs of being tired, he was actually over tired, and instructed Jen to never be more than a few blocks from the apartment so that she could whisk Noah into his crib at the first yawn. She also suggested putting the boy to bed at 5, which only resulted in his waking up at 3 — and also led Jen to start taking two separate antidepressants.

Jen and her husband switch off the days that they get up with Noah, but even on their off duty mornings they wake up at the sound of their partner getting out of bed. They have tried letting Noah sleep with them. That didn’t work. They tried rocking him, and playing him special sleep CDs, and reading him sleep themed books. They have just found a clock that changes colors, hoping to teach him that he must play quietly in his crib until the numbers shift from yellow to blue. They still have hope that this will work, but it hasn’t, yet. About once a month Jen has started leaving her New York apartment and moving into her childhood bedroom in Kansas City, where her mother and father wake with the baby so she can sleep. It isn’t quite as restful as she’d hoped, she says, because she hears her parents get Noah, but at least she can stay in bed.

She would like to go back to work in public relations, but she can’t imagine being this tired — she calls it Zombie Tired — and having to get herself dressed and to an office. She had always thought she would have two children, but for the moment, and possibly for the future, she says, “we have no plans.”

“I never knew that being a parent was striving for normal”, she wrote on her Facebook page. She is desperate for some advice. “People keep saying to me it gets better,” she says. “And it has gotten better. But when does it get good?”

Talk to any parent and you will find something they are “going through”, something with which they need help. If nothing else, they need an ear, and some reassurance that others have been in the same boat, that nearly everything will pass eventually, and that yes, it will get good.

Today we are launching Parentasking (what you’d get if you cross Parents Asking, and Multi-tasking, ‘natch…) a video series that takes readers’ parenting struggles and opens the floor to other readers who have been there and bring some advice. We will also touch base with experts (though the bottom line is that there really are no parenting experts, just people who have been through this before) and ask them for practical suggestions. To help Jen, we contacted Deborah Pedrick, of, who has been helping parents get their kids to sleep for 14 years and who is the co-founder of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. You can hear all she had to say in the video, but her bottom line was that by responding to Noah before dawn, his parents have taught him that it’s just dandy to wake up that early, and she had a few suggestions on how to teach him that it really truly would be better to sleep.

How about you? Have experienced you nights with the “Sleep Monster”? What worked? What didn’t? How long did the torture last?

Should Jen think about having another child? Or going back to work? Is it impossible for her to fit either of those things into her sleep deprived life at the moment? Or perhaps part of the problem is that Noah is quite clear that HE is the center of his mommy’s life. Huffington Post, Writer Lisa Belkin 11/21/11,

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