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My Child Isn’t Rolling Over: Should I Be Concerned?

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Updated: Sunday, August 13, 2017

Rolling over is one of the first major gross motor milestones you will see when your child is growing and developing and it is your baby’s first opportunity for independent mobility.  Now they can change from tummy to back and vice versa!  Just a note, this may make tummy time more challenging but tummy time will also encourage sooner rolling so its all on the right track!

Rolling should occur in the 3-6 month age range although again, this is a range.  If your child isn’t rolling and is in this range or even outside of this range there are some things you can look at to determine if you should or shouldn’t be concerned.

First, are they spending more time in a carrier, bouncy, bumbo, stroller, etc than on the floor?  Babies should have lots of tummy time and in general kids who spend more time on their bellies begin to roll sooner because they have more muscles that have been strengthened, allowing them to activate different muscles to make rolling more efficient.

If your child is spending time on the floor are they on their tummy or just on their back?  As mentioned above tummy time is critical to muscle development and movement development.

If they are on the floor and they start to fuss or get frustrated do you automatically pick them up and put them in a sitting position (or supportive seat, or carry them)?  Generally they can get frustrated or upset for a variety of reasons but if we begin to show them how to move it can help.  For instance, you can help them to roll over.  This way they can begin seeing options for themselves.  If they start to learn that they can move out of a position it encourages independent movement as opposed to being dependent on someone coming and picking them up or moving them around!

In addition to beginning to encourage independence, learning to roll adds to their motor planning arsenol.  They get to figure it out which will carry over to each new motor skill and activity they learn as they get older.

Learning to roll is just one more building block in the development of gross motor skills and movement!

So, if your child isn’t tolerating time on the floor, they spend a lot of time in a bumbo, car seat, bouncy or being held, they are sitting on their own but not rolling then I would get some advice on how to encourage movement. Its better to catch up early than later!

Starfish Therapies is a pediatric physical therapy company dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the kids and families we work with. We believe that therapy should involve enough fun and imagination that a child not only enjoys it, but looks forward to coming and doesn't realize how hard they are working.

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Meet Becky Geanuer, PAMP's new Operations Manager

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Updated: Sunday, August 13, 2017

As a long-time member, PAMP’s Operations Manager, Becky Genauer, is familiar with all of the offerings and events the organization has to offer. After moving to Menlo Park from New York in 2015, Becky found herself desperately searching for a parent community and with three boys aged 4-9 at that time, she was longing for parental support. PAMP fit the bill.

Becky spent 10 years as a family nurse practitioner before stepping away to raise her sons. With her sons, Ryder (11), Cole (8) and Jed (6), now older and actively involved in soccer, among other sports, Becky decided to return to the workforce and knew the operations manager role would be a good fit for her skillset.

“I love this role at PAMP because it allows me to work and be a mom at the same time,” she says. “Operations is a perfect fit for me as organization, precision and efficiency are three of my favorite words. My day-to-day tasks involve community outreach, admin, being a liaison and making PAMP a more efficient, organized business so that it can do what so many people love – bring the parent community together!”

Becky says she hopes to provide more opportunities, offerings and information to PAMP members while increasing engagement among parents. She plans to use her analytical nature (her husband, a singer/songwriter, musician and tech marketer, is the creative one) to achieve these goals. As she continues to ramp up her job duties, Becky has been overwhelmed with the support she has received within the organization.

“I just experienced Family Day and loved interacting with the members AND sponsors,” she says. “It’s so nice to finally meet people face-to-face after speaking with them at length via email/phone. I have to give a shout out to the board and staff here at PAMP, too. It’s such a welcoming group of women and moms and a positive work environment creates a more successful business.”

While growing up in New York, Boston, Toronto and London, Becky says she loved listening to Wham, watching Family Ties and the movie The Sure Thing. Currently, her favorite kid-friendly album is Jerry Garcia: Not for Kids Only and the family film A Dog’s Purpose. When not working, Becky enjoys skiing, cycling, hiking, volunteering at her kids’ school and organizing, even going as far as to consider starting her own home organization business.   

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Your Baby's Sleep at 1 Year

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Updated: Sunday, August 6, 2017

It is a proud moment for Mom and Dad when baby turns 1!  No doubt there’s a party and maybe even a cake smash.  Beyond the hoopla and celebrations, your baby should continue to sleep fairly well, as long as you’re not keeping her up too long between sleep periods , and have taught her how to relax herself into sleep without the help of a bottle, a boob or being laid beside.

There maybe some early mornings… hello again 6 am.  But those killer EWU (early wake ups) from all the teething and motor development through 10-11 should have receeded.  You can read more about early wake ups here.

While all the books talk about 12 months as being the walking time, from personal experience I can tell you that most kids don’t usually start walking until 14-15 months. My daughter didn’t walk until she was 23 months!  I’ve been on many a play ground chatting with Moms and explaining why my daughter was still scooting up the stairs on her behind.  Other parents would try and commiserate with me telling me all about how stressed they were that their child was a late walker…. and didn’t pull out the strut until 15 months!  Kind of a different ball park for me, but I loved the empathy from these ladies.  The good news is she’s walking and running fine now:), and you can breathe a sigh of relief if your babe isn’t walking at 12 months…. Totally normal.

If your child is an early walker and starts cruising and walking, then you may see some blips in night time sleep or perhaps even a nap refusal.  Anytime your child is working on a new motor skills, this can interfere with sleep because they are excited about that new skill.

Imagine you surfaced from an early morning sleep cycle, and were super excited for an upcoming vacation and couldn’t get back to sleep because of it.  This is a similar analogy as to what toddlers go through when thinking about a new motor skill such as walking.  The same thing happened at 9 months when babe started crawling.

With any motor development related “sleep regression” remember to give your baby lots of practice time during the day. 

I also love the use of sleep sacks from 4 months onwards, until 2 year or until potty training, to help your child feel secure at night and for naps.  In addition, the sleep sack also helps limit the mobility in the crib.  Yes, I want my child to practice this new motor skill, but not so much at sleep time.

It’s not uncommon to see some nap refusals start to creep into these toddlers years.  Rest assured that your child is NOT ready to drop down to 1 nap until about 14-16 months.  You can read more about the 2-1 nap transition here. 

Dropping all naps, *sniff, a sad mommy moment*, happens sometime between 3-4 years of age, which you can read more about here.  

Overall, 1 year of age is a fabulous stage to be enjoyed without any major sleep disruptions.  It’s kind of like the calm before the storm, as there is a big sleep regression coming at 18 months, which I’ll cover in the next Sleep Series post next month. 

If you are wondering how long your child can comfortably stay awake for between naps and bedtime at this age, or how much sleep your child needs overall, you can download Free Sleep Summary By Age Chart.

Do you like what I have to say?  You can join my   Free Helping Babies Sleep Support Group where you can post sleep questions and hear from myself and other Moms like you. 

Sarah Mitchell has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  She has always been interested in health and the human body.  Having children of her own uncovered a new passion, helping parents get their children to sleep.  Her 1stchild would not sleep, which led her down the path of researching everything she could about baby and toddler sleep, and now she wants to empower you. She coaches parents and blogs at Helping Babies Sleep. www.helpingbabiessleep.com/blog/www.facebook.com/helpingbabiessleep, twitter: @sleepcoachsarah

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Creative Birthday Party Ideas

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Children’s birthdays are always a milestone worthy of celebrating. Young children in particular love receiving the special attention, getting showered with presents, gobbling up birthday cake, and being surrounded by their friends and family. It’s easy to get caught up with trying to keep up with the neighbors or outdo yourself from the year before. However, it’s not how much you spend on the party the kids are going to remember. The memory they will hold close is about the time spent with you and the fun they had celebrating.  Here are four creative birthday party ideas your child will love without having to spend a fortune.

Around the World
Consider taking your child and his friends on an adventure around the world without ever leaving your backyard.  Do a little research and discover easy children’s games from around the world. Set them up at different stations they can “travel” to and learn a new game. Show them on a map where they are going and tell them the name of each country. Create passports for them and have a stamp for each “country” they visit. This can be a keepsake they can take home with them to remember the party. Prepare different sweets and snacks from around the world, as well, and use a baking bowl to make the cake. Put two halves together to make a whole sphere, decorate it like a globe, and top it with an airplane and a flight path. The kids will have a ball while learning about the world outside their country.

Candy Land
Remember the nostalgic game from your childhood? Bring it to life for an amazing, magical wonderland of a party. Use bright colors, giant oversized lollipops and other candy props for decorations. Use different sized glass or plastic containers to fill with  a variety of candies, and use cake plates to add height when arranging others sweets such as cupcakes, macaroons, or brownies.  Their eyes will go wide with wonderment at the mountains of candy. Make a brightly colored path to travel through the room, and use the old game board as inspiration for other decorations. Create a candy station where guests can make their own goody bag to take home with them. You can even have a station where they can create their own edible candy necklaces using string licorice and gummy lifesavers or sweetened cereal.

Teddy Bear Picnic
Every child has a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal, so why not invite them to the party, as well? Have a backyard picnic set up for your guests and their bears to share their favorite picnic food. Play “pin the tail on the bear” and “going on a bear hunt.” Have bear relay races where the kids have to run on all fours, or see who has the loudest bear roar. Decorate cupcakes with teddy bear shaped cookies or gummy bears.

Ladybug Garden Party
Use your child’s thumbprint, red ink, and a black marker to create ladybugs on your homemade invitations to your garden party. Ahead of time, buy some inexpensive clay pots and paint them red with black polka dots, and purchase some pansies, marigolds, or other hearty flowers and some potting soil. Help the guests plant their own flowers to take home with them as a keepsake. Decorate the cake as a ladybug, or serve red and black polka dotted cupcakes.

No matter which party you plan, make sure child is the focus on his or her big day. They will feel special, know they are loved, and have a wonderful memory to last a lifetime.

Hilary Smith is a freelance journalist based out of Chicago. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School and Northwestern University's school of journalism. Upon graduation, she turned her love of technology into a freelance writing career. After becoming a mother, she began focusing on writing about family and parenting in the digital age.

 

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Another Successful PAMP Family Day is in the Books

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

We love our PAMP parents and our favorite event to celebrate all of the families who make up PAMP is Family Day. Held annually in July, Family Day is our way to provide members with a day of outdoor fun for both kids and parents.

This year was no exception. With plenty of key and activity sponsors, hosting tables with attractions ranging from bubble blowing to prize wheels and shooting soccer balls to water tables, Family Day kept everyone fully entertained on Sunday, July 30.

This year, PAMP switched it up by booking award-winning children’s performer Andy Z to sing songs and get everyone up and moving throughout his two shows. As with year’s past, princess magic shows were also part of the Family Day entertainment.

Longtime PAMP member (8 years!) Lori Dinitz said she decided to attend after seeing that Andy Z was performing.

“I’ve been to this event a couple of times before and I know it’s a really fun event for the kids,” she said. “I was extra excited to see that Andy Z was performing … We love him and we love all of the activities. We like the animals – the petting zoo and ponies, and we like the food. We love the food. We had a great time.”

While many PAMP families have been to the event before, there were some families attending for the first time, and some people who happened upon the event and decided to join, like Carmen Rasmussen.

“I’m a grandma and I’m visiting because these little munchkins just moved here,” she said of her grandchildren aged 7, 5 and almost 3. “We were on our way to the Magical Bridge and I saw this … and I thought, ‘what a great way for them to connect.”

Carmen signed the family up for a membership and was extremely interested in getting to meet the vendors, given the family’s recent arrival to the area.  

“This is a great event with great resources,” she said. “It’s good stuff for them to have. I found daycare. I found nannies. I found dentistry because when you’re new in town you need to know where to find all of that stuff. I think it was meant to be.”

PAMP would like to thank our key, activity and partner sponsors for helping make this year’s event so great!

Key Sponsors:
Forever Smiles Pediatric Dentistry  
Jefunira Camp 

La Petite Baleen  
Pandia Health 
Party with 630 

Pediatric Dentistry of Palo Alto and Pristine Orthodontics  
The Village Doctor 
Town & Country Resources 

Activity Sponsors:
Super Soccer Stars, Sweetgreens, Roovillage, SnipIts, Stratford School and Lighthouse AI

Community Partners
Friendly Pony Parties, Earth Baby, Palo Alto Library, and CuriOdyssey

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Meet PAMP Co-President Alice Chao

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 24, 2017

As one of the only returning board members from 2016-2017, Co-President Alice Chao has decided to expand her commitment and responsibility by stepping into a larger role.

Having served as the Membership Chair last year because of her background in public opinion research, Alice has been a member of PAMP since December 2015.

“I had heard about PAMP while I was pregnant, but didn’t find a need for it then,” she says. “When my daughter was about 6 months, I was ready to engage my community more, so I decided to join PAMP. It was at this time that I was also looking for a cleaner and searching for potentially a new nanny, so I had some concrete goals to achieve initially.”

With her daughter now 2, Alice feels she will be able to help maintain and improve the services PAMP delivers, from events to individual playdates.

“In Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding areas, we have a lot of organizations and resources that offer wonderful services to mothers and families,” she says. ‘In order to best serve PAMP members, I would like to ensure that our services are what is needed. If they can be improved upon, then we should do it. And, if we need to pivot some events and offer entirely new events to fit new needs, then we should.”

Alice says her favorite events are Family Day and Preschool Fair, which both demonstrate how substantial the PAMP community is and the type of resources PAMP can offer to its members.

A resident of Mountain View, near the Los Altos border, Alice enjoys taking ballet classes whenever possible, and says her daughter loves Dora the Explorer books that she often reads in Chinese and English.

“I’m excited for all the new board members this year,” she says. “The majority of our board is new, so it will be exciting to get fresh eyes on our work.”

 

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Making Room for Baby Number Two! 6 Tips to Help Your Toddler

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Updated: Monday, July 24, 2017

Once the excitement of pregnancy with your second baby wears off and reality sets in with the baby’s birth, you may find yourself understandably anxious to help your toddler adjust to their growing family.

It’s helpful to remember that no matter how “prepared” they are, toddlers can be expected to have some anxiety about the changing family dynamics. When a new sibling arrives home some toddlers are excited; others ignore the new baby, mom or dad; and some even appear oblivious.

Your toddler is suddenly hearing “just a minute” more than usual: “Just a minute—I have to feed/change/calm the baby.” Parents can reassure their toddler by “talking” to the baby for the benefit of the toddler: “Just a minute Baby, it’s Big Sister’s turn to read with Mommy.” This can help your toddler see that everyone has to do some waiting, and this helps to level the playing field rather than singling out Big Sister.

Here are a few more strategies suggested by moms and dads in our 2nd Time Parents Drop-In Groups and classes to help ease the transition from a family of three to family of four:

  1. Try to keep your toddler’s routine as much the same as possible. For example, if your toddler went to daycare/preschool before the new baby, continue the same schedule, even while mom and dad are home on parental leave. This will give you precious bonding time with the new baby while protecting your toddler from seeing you holding your newborn “all the time.”
  2. If you know some of your toddler’s routine will change when the baby comes, try to ease into those changes as soon as possible during your pregnancy. Examples are changing morning or evening routines to include more dad-time, spending more time with grandparents, playdates, and childcare.
  3. Schedule some “special time with Mommy” (call it whatever you like i.e. “Mom and Emma time”) every day and let your toddler choose what you do together. It can be a short time, even 15 – 20 minutes playing in her room, or longer, such as a trip to the park. Let your toddler know when you will be having your “special time” that day (i.e. when baby takes his nap or after toddler’s nap or when Dad gets home).
  4. Have a “busy bag” with special toys and books that is only taken out when Mom is “busy” with baby (for instance, feeding) and put away once Mom is free.
  5. Enlist toddler’s “help” with baby by having her “go get the diaper,” “read” or sing to baby during feeding and diaper changes.
  6. Baby’s crying upsets many older siblings. Remind your toddler that crying is baby’s way of telling us that (s)he needs something.

This article was reprinted with permission from Parents Place. Parents Place holds a weekly 2nd Time Parents Drop-In Group every Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the big playroom where older siblings are welcome to play while parents discuss sibling relationships, baby and toddler growth and development, feeding, sleeping, etc. Groups are led by Cherie Zappas Tannenbaum, NP, IBCLC, a Family Nurse Practitioner, Lactation Consultant and Coordinator of Babies & Beyond at Parents Place.

 

 

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Hooray for Family Day!

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

With Family Day only a week and a half away, now is the time to fill in all of those last minute details that may be holding you back from signing up for PAMP’s biggest event of the year.

Held annually, Family Day is a free, fun-filled day for PAMP members to mingle with other PAMP families, make new friends and enjoy food, fun activities and awesome entertainment. Each year, PAMP tries to lock down an incredible kid-friendly performer and this year is no different.

PAMP has booked award-winning children’s performer Andy Z. Andy Z has been seen playing all across the Bay Area, bringing his entertaining and storytelling music to thousands of children over his 15 year career. If you haven’t seen Andy Z live, now is your chance. Register now for Family Day on Sunday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park. Andy will perform at 10:45 a.m. and noon.

Family Day is also a great opportunity for the kids to participate in crafts and other interactive activities. Check out the list of sponsors and what they’re hosting below

Friendly Pony Parties: As always, Friendly Pony Parties will provide the barnyard animals for the petting zoo and pony rides to our PAMP families.
Earth Baby: Hosting a diaper station

Key Sponsors:
International School of the Peninsula
La Petite Baleen: Arts and crafts
Pediatric Dentistry of Palo Alto/Pristine Orthodontics: Face painter, balloon twisting and magic
Party with 630: Bubble machine, cotton candy and coloring
Jefunira Camp: Several stations of fun and games (think bubbles and Play-Doh)
Pandia Health: Origami
The Village Doctor: Three games to play and a ducky pool
Town & Country Resources: Water table, facepaint and natural Play-Doh
Forever Smiles Pediatric Dentistry: Tooth brushing activity and wheel spin

Activity Sponsors:
Super Soccer Stars: soccer activities focusing on skill development for children ages 1-7
Sweetgreens: Coloring table with veggie illustrations
Roovillage: Water table activity
SnipIts: Crazy, fun hairstyles with color streaks and product and temporary tattoos
Stratford School: Visor craft
Lighthouse:Prize wheel

Members – even though the event is free, please RSVP here and be sure to select your choice of food. 

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Yoga for Kids: Friendly Poses for Morning

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kids today are faced with an incredible amount of stress from a very early onset. From the time they can walk, it seems pressure is applied for parents to get them started in sports and enrolled in the best preschool. By the time they are actually in school full time, children themselves are already feeling stressed out and the need to be the best at everything they do. This only grows as they get older and feel the pressure to be the best reader, the best student, the most popular kid, the best soccer or lacrosse player.  We forget they are just kids. One of the best things we can do for them is help them get their day started right.

Too often we are rushing here and rushing there and have little or no time to talk with our children about what their dreams were the night before or what’s coming up that day at school.  Mornings should be a peaceful time to take a deep breath, greet the day with a positive attitude, and practice a routine that gets them ready to conquer the day. After a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast, one of the best we can do for our kids in the morning is get them involved in a simple yoga practice.  It is pretty commonly known that yoga builds muscle, improves posture, reduces stress, enhances mood, and increases focus in adults. These benefits are even more meaningful for children when taught correctly and practiced regularly. Yoga has been shown to help children mentally, physically, behaviorally, and socially.  It teaches skills that support them at home, in the classroom, on the playing field, and in their relationships. In turn, these are skills they will be able to carry into their adult lives.

One of the primary aspects of yoga is teaching mindfulness. This influences children by cultivating a peaceful mindset, enhancing concentration and focus, teaching tools for stress management, reducing anxiety, and encouraging kindness. What better way to set the tone for their day?  For example, yoga teaches children to utilize deep breathing, to clear their minds of negative thoughts, and to have patience with their poses, which carries over into teaching patience and acceptance in other aspects of life. Although these things won’t happen in one day, they will happen over time with regular practice. Your child can learn skills to help them cope with their everyday challenges and keep any stress they feel in check with a positive attitude.

Further, yoga has been shown to increase self-esteem and body awareness as young children learn what their bodies are capable of doing. By maintaining and increasing flexibility and strength as they grow, they become more confident and self-assured while also learning self-discipline.  Posture and muscular development improves, as well as their overall physical and mental health. 

The benefits of yoga for children are plentiful and simple to implement. In a few short minutes at home with you, they can start with the simplest poses such as child’s pose, cobra, mountain, tree, and downward dog. These are easy for children to master and are packed with benefits. As your child becomes more involved and their skills increase, you can add more poses and create your own routines together. Ultimately, they will be able to continue with an independent yoga practice they can carry into adulthood and use to practice a positive, gainful, and thoughtful lifestyle.

Hilary Smith is a freelance journalist based out of Chicago. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School and Northwestern University's school of journalism. Upon graduation, she turned her love of technology into a freelance writing career. After becoming a mother, she began focusing on writing about family and parenting in the digital age.

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Child Sleep Series #3: Your Baby at 10-11 Months

Posted By Communications Manager, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The most noticeable change in your baby this month is likely the increase in mobility.  Cruising furniture, pulling up to standing, … oh and how’s that back of yours?  Sore yet?  If not, it is coming.  All kidding aside there’s a lot going on right now.

So what’s happening sleep side?

There are a series of PAINFUL early morning wake ups, also known as EWUs, that are happening right now.  By early morning, I mean in the 5:00 am range.

What is causing these killer early mornings? 

1.    Teething.  Most kids experience an influx of teeth at this age.  The central incisors (top middle) and the lateral incisors (sides) are making an appearance.  You may get over one set, and then next set come in.  This can lead to months of teething.

When your baby surfaces from a sleep cycle, she uses her self soothing skills to relax back down into sleep.  These self soothing skills could be sucking her thumb, rubbing her lovie, sleeping in a favorite position.  But if you still have a sleep crutch, then she needs you to help her by sucking on a bottle or a nipple, a pacifier or being rocked back to sleep.

When she’s teething, she surfaces from a sleep cycle, often around 5 am, and she is distracted by the discomfort in her gums and is unable to relax back down into sleep.   This can happen at 5 am, but also mid nap.  Short naps, where your baby was sleeping longer previously, is a classic teething sign.

2.  New Motor Skills.  Your baby may be crawling or pulling up to standing, but no doubt, she has some new motor skill that she is working on. 

Motor development can affect sleep in the same way that teething can.  When she surfaces from a sleep cycle, she may be excited about that new skill and can’t stop thinking about it.  Kind of like you and I might wake early one day and get excited about the pending vacation we are taking that day, or maybe a big presentation at work.  This distracts us from falling back asleep.  

Motor development may manifest as an early morning wake up, but is also commonly seen with MOTN, which are middle of the night waking.  You may catch your baby “playing” in her crib happily for up to an hour some nights!  Not much you can do about this but turn off your monitor  :)  We can’t control these bursts.

By 10-11 months, your baby should have dropped down to 2 naps by now and the good news is that she’ll be on this nap schedule until about 15-18 months, when she’ll drop down to 1 nap.  You can read more about that transition here: The Toddler 2-1 Nap Transition .  Finally a little bit of consistency in your ever changing schedule. 

Total Sleep Goals

 She still needs 11-12 hours of overnight sleep and 1.5-3 hours of daytime naps, for a total of 14 overall hours,  to be considered well rested.

Her maximum awake time, the time she can comfortably stay awake for, is 3-3.5 hours between sleep periods.

If you like what I have to say, you are always welcome to join my FREE Helping Babies Sleep Support Group where I moderate discussions, and you can post questions about anything sleep related.  This community is here to validate your experiences, and support you in your questions. It takes a village.

Sarah Mitchell has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  She has always been interested in health and the human body.  Having children of her own uncovered a new passion, helping parents get their children to sleep.  Her 1stchild would not sleep, which led her down the path of researching everything she could about baby and toddler sleep, and now she wants to empower you. She coaches parents and blogs at Helping Babies Sleep. www.helpingbabiessleep.com/blog/www.facebook.com/helpingbabiessleep, twitter: @sleepcoachsarah

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