Early To Bed ~ Early To Rise …

When Benjamin Franklin said: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” he wasn’t talking about babies!

When working with families to get sleep on track (or back on track) more often than not, parents have a hard time with my encouragement of an early bedtime. I understand thats its really hard to wrap your head around putting your baby or child to bed before the sun even goes down. Trust me, I honestly do get it but it wouldn’t be something that I would ask families unless I knew all the benefits of an earlier bedtime.

Babies and children up to a certain age really have no concept of “time”. Yes, there are times throughout the day which are biologically better for babies and children to be sleeping but when it comes to going to bed, if your child is tired, why do we have this misconception that we need to put them to bed at an hour in which we feel is a “normal bedtime”? Why do we keep pushing them?

We need to understand that our little ones need more sleep than we do. 4 + month old babies can sleep up to 12 hours a night with up to 4 hours of sleep during the day! Babies have so much more going on developmentally than we do as adults. They need that much sleep!

The more we push our kids, the more overtired they can become in turn, making it much more difficult to fall asleep and then stay asleep throughout the night.  As I mentioned above, kids don’t really have a concept of time. They don’t know thats its 6PM or 9PM, all they know is that they’re tired. An earlier bedtime will not cause an earlier wake up in the morning. It will actually encourage a later wake up time and a much better quality/restorative of sleep throughout the night.

I know that for many families, an earlier bedtime may not be feasible due to work schedules, etc. I always suggest that on weekends and days where it is possible, don’t hesitate to put them to bed early. While we can’t “catch up on sleep” we can always keep our children better rested when we are able too.

The bottom line, don’t be afraid of an early bedtime! It will not only help your child be better rested, it will help the family as a whole.

By | 2019-06-30T15:52:30+00:00 June 30th, 2019|Baby Sleep, Baby Sleep|Comments Off on Early To Bed ~ Early To Rise …

About the Author:

Laura Armstrong is a certified Sleep Consultant and mother to her amazing daughter Norah, and wife to her wonderful husband Daniel. They live in the west end of Toronto. While Norah started off as the perfect sleeper with time things regressed and she was no longer sleeping well, waking almost every 1-2 hours every night. Slowly the overtired cycle was created and Laura realized she needed help. Through her own research and with the help of her mom, a registered nurse (whose own children were all sleep trained), Laura and Dan created a plan that worked for her family and once again Norah was sleeping through the night and their family’s sleep debt was slowly chipped away. This is what brought Laura to Alanna and Good Night Sleep Site. Laura never realized how much guidance and support one needs to get their child to sleep until she went through it herself. She understands the importance of sleep and wants to be able to help families in need. She knows the frustrations behind sleepless nights and overtired children and wants families to know that they’re not alone. When Laura isn't helping families sleep, she works as a Registered Massage Therapist at her own practice in Toronto located in Roncesvalles Village, specializing in infant and family massage. Laura and her family also enjoy spending time up north at the cottage or just exploring the great city they live in.