Category Archives: Kids and sleep

Can better sleep mean better grades?

Poor sleep can negatively impact your child's grades, emotions and overall behaviour. This means you might need to introduce an earlier bed time. Or let your child sleep in. Or invest in a new mattress. While very little research has looked at the link between sleep and intelligence in children. It is clear that sleep…
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Why all babies in Finland sleep in a box

Finland loves moms. In fact, the Finns have taken such good care of their moms that it's no wonder they are now known as “the happiest in the world”. Happy mom, happy baby, happy family! What makes them so happy? • Finnish mothers access free healthcare during their pregnancy and birth (as well as thereafter)…
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Reader-approved sleep tips for Mombies

We asked for your best sleep tips for new moms and ‘woah baby’ you gave us some great ones! Here are the five top tips that could help Mombies that elusive sleep they're after. 1. ‘Sleep when baby sleeps’ – Submitted by Charmaine Priviledge Mahoya By far the most popular advice, this little pearl of…
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Why parents are – AND ALWAYS WILL BE – tired

Say farewell to sleeping through the night – ‘Tis true. Hungry newborns; scared toddlers, ‘I-wet-my-bed’ pre-schoolers and sneaky teenagers ensure that their parents remain sleep-deprived and tired for decades. And hello to the sniffles- Yes, parents have a greater chance of getting sick. Blame crèche, blame developing immune systems, blame sleep deprivation, blame those dirty,…
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Are tonsils to blame for my child’s snoring?

Snoring is a sleep destroyer- for the snorer as well as those sleeping (or trying to sleep) nearby. Kids that snore are given the medical label of ‘Obstructive Sleep Apnea’ or ‘Sleep Disordered Breathing’. Whatever, you call it, these kids are not sleeping well and a sleep-deprived kid is likely to be a grumpy, sickly,…
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The Hush Hat that reduces noise for your baby

All parents have been there… that moment when your baby has just nodded off and as you breath a sigh of relief there’s a ‘Ding Dong!’ or ‘Beep beep’ or ‘Woof woof’ ending in a very loud ‘Waaaaaah!’ from baby. When babies first fall asleep, it takes around 15 minutes for them to pass through…
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Why do kids with ADHD struggle to sleep?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects 4-5% of the population. It is synonymous with symptoms such as distractibility, inattention, hyperactivity and aggressive behavior. It appears to affect more boys than girls, with many ‘outgrowing’ these symptoms by adulthood. Having a child who battles to sleep in the house can mean that…
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Nightlights – A do or a don’t?

Nightlights are one of the best sleep interventions for children who fear the dark, but doesn’t having a light on actually prevent a child falling asleep? Artificial light, in particular, can delay melatonin production (which in turn delays sleep onset) so is a nightlight, a sleep ‘do’ or a sleep ‘don’t’? This blog hopes to…
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Three gentle ways to deal with kids’ bedtime anxiety

A lot of kids don’t like going to sleep. They get scared. They feel worried and they imagine all kinds of scary things. If your child is trying everything to delay bedtime, here are three ways to help them deal with their bedtime anxiety:   Happy thoughts It is incredible how powerful words are. Help…
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Crazy critter sleep facts

Is there anything cuter than sleepy, baby animals? Why yes, a whole blog post dedicated to sleepy, baby animals. Read on to discover a bunch of weird and wonderful sleep facts about our furry (and not so furry) friends!   • Rhinos are big and bold and are brave enough to sleep lying down. They…
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