Topic: children’s sleep

10 Weird Places Toddlers Sleep

10 Weird Places Toddlers Sleep

Kids have many, many fun positions that they can twist themselves into whenever a nap strikes them but there’s another facet to the utter randomness that is kid sleep: location, location, location. Some tired kids will sleep just about anywhere the mood strikes them, no special blankie or stuffed toy required. Be careful when vacuuming under that table. More »

‘I’m Not That Great Of A Mom After 8 P.M.’ – So Let’s Discuss Our Kid’s Bedtime Rituals

'I'm Not That Great Of A Mom After 8 P.M.' - So Let's Discuss Our Kid's Bedtime Rituals

The other morning after my own alarm went off I exclaimed in my zombie-esque state to my husband that “The best sleep is the sleep that you do not get.” He found this amazingly profound, and all I meant is that the coziest, most delicious, most dreamiest, yummiest sleep is the sleep you aren’t getting at that exact moment because you have to haul ass out of bed and deal with getting ready for the day and feeding the damn cat who is howling outside the bedroom door. I could totally lecture all of your adult humans about how terribly important it is that YOU are getting enough sleep, but I think you all know that. One of the best parenting tips I ever got was to nap when the baby naps. More »

When You Have An Only Child, Sleepovers Are A Parent’s Best Friend

When You Have An Only Child, Sleepovers Are A Parent's Best Friend

It’s official: my daughter is allowed to have absolutely anyone sleepover at our house on any day of the week. For the next ten years, I’m happy to house any friend she chooses. To be honest, I’m not sure why it took me four years to figure out how amazing sleepovers are. How could I not realize the joy that comes with having someone there to entertain my little girl all night? More »

Deadly Co-Sleeping Case Causes More Debate For Bed-Sharing Advocates

Deadly Co-Sleeping Case Causes More Debate For Bed-Sharing Advocates

Co-sleeping is a ferociously debated topic in the parenting community. Even here at Mommyish, we have some parents who choose to cuddle up with their little ones, while others heed the American Academy of Pediatrics warnings about the dangers involved in sharing a bed with your children. Often, the sleep debate is influenced by family tradition (people have been sharing beds with their kids for hundreds of years) or parenting philosophies (attachment parenting firmly supports co-sleeping). Then there are tragic stories like this one that underscore just why the AAP is so firm in their stance. A Utah couple charged with child abuse homicide and reckless endangerment after their second child died from co-sleeping just lost their appeal and will be facing a jury. Trevor Collet Merrill and Echo J. Nielsen are charged with quite simply “killing their baby by sleeping with him.” If that doesn’t send a chill up the spine of those cuddling up to their infants at night, I’m not sure much can. More »

Can I Force My Child To Go To Sleep?

Can I Force My Child To Go To Sleep?

My toddler recently decided that she doesn’t need sleep. The most obnoxious part about this is that she’s not totally wrong. Apparently, my little girl is one of those rare children who can function just fine with a couple hours a night. Bedtime became a battle, with her kicking and screaming that she didn’t want to lie down. My husband and I tried all those awesome sleep tricks, sticking to our routine, putting her back in bed without speaking to her at all. It was a catastrophe.

Finally, my husband sat down and told our little girl, “You don’t have to close your eyes and go to sleep. You can play while you’re in bed, but only if you go without throwing a fit.” That night our little girl stayed up playing untl 11:30pm. Or by that time, I gave up listening and went to sleep. More »