Category Archives: Kids and sleep

Should School Times Start Later?

The Industrial revolution changed not only when we work (earlier start, longer shifts) but also when we are required to wake up. Human beings are programmed to follow the sun to bed and wake as the sky lightens. However, for most families, industrialization has meant waking long before sunrise to commute to work. This shift…
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Do kids really grow when they sleep?

I want to be taller – can sleep help me grow? - Sophie Age 6 It is indeed during deep sleep that growth hormone does its job. Growth hormone is made and released from the pituitary gland in our mid-brains and is very important for, you guessed it, growth. During deep sleep states, when your…
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Calculate how much sleep you’ve lost to parenthood

You know how tired you feel, but do you know how tired you actually are? It’s no secret that babies and young kids are sleep thieves, but I think it may be rather therapeutic to count the exact cost if you know what I mean. Typing in your kids ages is all that’s required on…
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Sleep wedges and positioners are not safe for your baby

Retailers have taken baby sleep wedges and positioners off their shelves Major US and UK-based retailers have halted the sale of these devices after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) linked the products to at least 12 baby deaths in America, in some of which, babies had rolled from their side to their front…
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Part 2: SIDS in South Africa

In Part 1, we looked at the most recent report released by the American Academy of Paediatrics regarding the risks and recommendations surrounding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This advice may have shocked many South African families for whom co-sleeping and baby-wearing are a part of our daily lives. In Part 2 we take a look…
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Part 1: What parents can do to reduce the risk of SIDS

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a new parents’ greatest fear. SIDS is an inexplicable phenomenon that occurs across the globe in all cultures - some infants die suddenly in their sleep. Despite thorough investigations including a review of the clinic history and autopsy, no cause of death can be found. Because newborns spend between…
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The Sealy Cot Mattress – Giving your baby the best start

Every parent aims to give their baby the best they can and most nesting begins with just that... building your baby's very own nest or nursery. Most moms-to-be feel terribly anxious until they are satisfied with where and how their baby is going to sleep. One of the biggest decisions that parents-to-be face is whether…
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