This week is our Babywise Friendly Blogging Network’s big week. We are all blogging about the same topic all week, and decided this time to write about the topic that we are the most passionate about… SLEEP. Today, Val from Chronicles of a Babywise Mom is talking about how to solve sleep problems for toddlers and preschoolers.
I am personally thrilled that this is the topic she is writing about, because I myself have two toddlers and one preschooler. Val is a great friend of mine, and she has helped me through many sleep issues with my own children. If you aren’t following her blog, you definitely need to.
This past winter, we were having issues with Theo not napping. He is 4, so he is at the age where he could stop napping, but it was very apparant that he still definitely needed his nap. I knew that since it was winter, he wasn’t getting much exercise, but even on days that he got plenty of exercise, he still wasn’t napping. Val suggested something I hadn’t considered, something she’s writing about in her post today. Mental stimulation! We moved this past year in the middle of the school year, and it resulted in Theo not being able to attend preschool. I hadn’t even considered the fact that he might not be napping because his brain wasn’t getting enough exercise.
“Just as exercise helps make the body need sleep, mental stimulation helps make the brain need sleep. When your child was first born, basic life was enough mental stimulation. As your baby got older and could see further and take in the surroundings more, your baby still got enough stimulation from simply living life.
You can read Val’s entire post here: How to Solve Sleep Problems in Toddlers and Preschoolers. She has lots of great advice for how to get enough physical and mental stimulation into your child’s life.
Here is the rest of the schedule for our BFBN week on sleep.
- Chronicles of a Babywise Mom: How to Solve Sleep Problems in Toddlers and Preschoolers – Monday
- Twin Mom and More: How to Establish Good Sleep Habits from Birth – Tuesday
- Mama’s Organized Chaos: How to Know if Your Child is Ready to Drop to No Naps – Wednesday
- Team Cartwright: 7 Reasons I Want My Kids Awake After Bedtime – Wednesday
- Christine Keys: 5 Powerful Reasons Babywise is for All Kinds of Babies – Thursday
- Wiley Adventures: Thursday
- The Journey of Parenthood: How to Tell if You Have a High Sleep Needs or Low Sleep Needs Baby – Friday
- Let’s Be Brave: How To Transition To One Nap – Friday