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“...please remember that leaving your baby alone protesting for more fun with you while you get dressed is not the same things as abandonment. Similarly, leaving your baby alone protesting for more fun when she needs to sleep is not neglect. ”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“If the sleep disruption is repeated night after night, the actual measured impairments do not remain constant. Instead, there is an escalating accumulation of sleepiness that produces in adults continuing increases in headaches, gastrointestinal complaints, forgetfulness, reduced concentration, fatigue, emotional ups and downs, difficulty in staying awake during the daytime, irritability, and difficulty awakening. Not only do the adults describe themselves as more sleepy and mentally exhausted, they also feel more stressed. The stress may be a direct consequence of partial sleep deprivation or it may result from the challenge of coping with increasing amounts of daytime sleepiness. Think how hard it would be to concentrate or be motivated if you were struggling every day to stay awake. If children have”
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“Remember, sleep training means starting to respect your baby’s need to sleep when he is a newborn by anticipating when he will need to sleep (within one to two hours of wakefulness), learning to recognize drowsy signs, and developing a bedtime routine. Then your baby will not become overtired.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“Crying is the consequence of becoming overtired. At this particular time your efforts to soothe—hugging, rocking, talking—may be stimulating and interfere with the natural surfacing of the sleep process.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“Sleep problems at age 8 years predict depressive symptoms at age 10 years.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“and systemic inflammation also result from not sleeping well.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“Separately from short sleep duration, habitual loud snoring is associated with hyperactivity, depression, and inattention. Additionally, habitual snoring has been shown to be a factor in fragmented sleep.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“The baby who goes to sleep with help from one of his or her parents by nursing, rocking, or holding learns only adult transition skills and needs an adult present in order to fall asleep. The baby or toddler who goes to sleep alone cuddling a stuffed animal, holding his or her favorite blanket, or sucking his or her thumb learns valuable self-quieting skills that can be used for many years to come.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“As your child’s biological rhythms evolve for day sleep, your general goal is to synchronize your soothing-to-sleep activities with her internal timing mechanism for sleep. This is no different from being sensitive to her need to be fed or changed. Many”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“Sometimes at about 3 months of age, after the extreme fussiness/colic has dissipated, or in a baby who had common fussiness/crying, a child who had been sleeping well begins waking at night or crying at night and during the day. The parents also may note heightened activity with wild screaming spells. These children have accumulated a sleep debt and decided that they would rather play with their parents than be placed in a dark, quiet, and boring room. Parents who do not recognize the new sleep debt might believe that this new night waking represents hunger due to a “growth spurt” or insufficient breast milk. But when these parents begin to focus on establishing a healthy night-sleep schedule, when they put these babies in their cribs when the babies need to sleep, and when they shield their babies from overstimulation, the frequent night waking stops. If”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“It is a fact of modern life that day care and nanny care have become more common.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“When you or your baby becomes overtired, the body is stressed. Chemical changes then occur to fight the fatigue, and this interferes with the ability to easily fall asleep and stay asleep—that is, the baby gets a second wind.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“to say nothing of the demands placed on students by sports programs and other extracurricular activities. All of this runs the risk of interfering with naps and early bedtimes for children, ironically making it more difficult for them to learn.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“You see, infant bonding was thought to take place only during a critical period, very much like the imprinting of baby geese, who will follow any large, moving object they see at a specific time in their development. The fact is that there is no scientific evidence that a similar critical period exists for human babies, and there is no evidence that lack of “bonding” at a specific time right at birth effects subsequent behavior in either infant or mother.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“Popular distortions of attachment theory claimed that a twenty-four-hour parent—meaning one who attends to every cry day and night—would produce a more securely attached child than would a “selfish” parent who ignores a cry at night so she can get some sleep. Accumulated scientific data do not support these claims. In fact, published research on children between seven and twenty-seven months of age has shown that when parents are instructed not to attend to their children’s protest crying (the technique called “extinction”), over time measurements of infant security significantly improved and all the mothers become less anxious”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“In other words, children who slept longer during the day had longer attention spans.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“Family, friends, even strangers constantly tell us what a happy, cheerful child we have. The reality is that she is a very well-rested child.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“The goal is to recognize and respect your child’s need to sleep and not do things that interfere with the natural sleep process.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“A much more likely candidate for influencing a baby’s sleeping patterns is the hormone melatonin, which is produced by the baby’s brain beginning at about 3 to 4 months of age. This hormone surges at night and has the capability to both induce drowsiness and relax the smooth muscles encircling the gut. So around 3 or 4 months of age, so-called day/night confusion and apparent abdominal cramps (colic) begin to disappear.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“many children suffering from insufficient sleep appear fine during most of the day, only to exhibit the symptoms listed below as the sleep tank begins to go dry near the end of the day (4:00–5:00 p.m. for children under the age of 3 years, and 5:00–7:00 p.m. for children 3 years and older). This is known as the “witching hour.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“SLEEP TRAINING DOES NOT EQUAL CRY IT OUT Sleep training involves several general principles to use the natural development of sleep/wake rhythms as an aid to help your child learn to sleep. • Respect your baby’s need to sleep. • Start early to plan for or anticipate for when your baby will need to sleep, similar to anticipating when your baby will need to feed. • Maintain brief intervals of wakefulness, this is the one- to two-hour window. • Learn to recognize drowsy cues (see this page), though they may be absent in 20 percent of extremely fussy/colicky babies. Drowsy cues or sleepy signs signal that your baby is becoming sleepy; this is when you should begin your soothing efforts. • When you put your baby down or lie down with him, he may be drowsy and awake or in a deep sleep. Either way works if you have good timing. • Develop a bedtime routine. • Matching the time when you soothe your baby to sleep to the time when he naturally needs to sleep is the key. For 80 percent of common fussy babies, perfect timing produces no crying. • During the first several weeks, many babies fall asleep while feeding or sucking to soothe even if not hungry. This is natural. It is not necessary to deliberately wake your baby before you put him down to sleep or lie down with him in your bed. Later, your older baby may or may not momentarily and partially awaken as you remove your breast or bottle before falling asleep. Do not force him to a wakeful state before attempting to sleep him.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“children, it was observed that half fell asleep at 10:00”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“SLEEP MODULATES TEMPERAMENT”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“Your baby will likely cry less at sleep onset using this method if Dad is the one putting her down after soothing and Mom has left the house. This is for two reasons. First, your baby knows that Dad cannot nurse, so what is the point of crying? Second, moms are usually more sleep deprived and therefore likely to be inconsistent with the schedule. Mom might go for a walk, get a cup of coffee, or hang out with friends until Dad calls to tell her that the baby is asleep. Some mothers leave not just at bedtime but spend the entire first night away at a friend’s or at a hotel to get some much-needed rest and sleep. If affordable, one night of pampering self-maintenance at a spa hotel is a smart idea for the family and not selfish. Other”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“Your child utters a piercing scream, and you rush into his room. He appears wild-eyed, anxious, frightened. His pupils are dilated, sweat is covering his forehead, and as you pick him up to hug him you notice his heart is pounding and his chest heaving. He is inconsolable. Your heart is full of dread, and it almost seems as if some evil spirit has gripped your child. After five to fifteen minutes, the agitation and confused state finally subside. This is night terror.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“The magic moment is a slight quieting, a lull in being busy, a slight staring off, and a hint of calmness.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“If insufficient sleep consistently ‘taxes’ young children’s emotion responses, they may not manage emotion regulation challenges effectively, potentially placing them at risk for future emotional/behavioral problems.…”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“Reward your child in the morning for compliance at night and immediately after a nap: a piece of candy, a cookie,”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“After several weeks of smooth sleeping, instead of giving the child the treats immediately, they can be placed in a “treat bowl” to be given to the child after dinner. This delayed gratification helps the child to substitute heightened self-esteem for the treats. Later, forget the reward but continue with the hugs, kisses, and praise.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep
“For example, fatigue produces an increase in adrenaline concentrations. That is, when we are tired, our body chemically responds with a burst of adrenaline to give us more drive or energy.”
Marc Weissbluth, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep

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