Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Amount and quality. Day or night. Babies and adults. This is my new reading topic of interest. I am currently reading "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Marc Weissbluth, and have cued up other sleep books. I am fascinated by this subject not only because I don't get much of it, but it has always been an issue for me, and I want the best for Tyler as a baby, child, and adult.
I am only a few chapters into Weisbluth, but he says that a lot of childhood behavior problems stem from parents bad sleep habits on their children. "My research has shown that when infants who are easy at five months of age develop into crabbier, more difficult three-year-old children...I think that parents' helping or hindering regular sleep patterns caused these shifts to occur." Tyler has definitely been a mellow baby so far, but lately has needed regular naps to prevent fussiness.
My new goal with my baby care has been to be more aware of Tyler's sleep cues and make sure he gets his naps. No rigid schedule, but protect his sleep time, especially during the day when it is tempting to run errands and socialize. This means shorter outings and making sure he is back in his crib before he gets crabby and hard to fall asleep. A big sacrifice but well worth it so far.