What We’ve Learned About Kids And Sleep In 2015


Kids’ sleep is truly precious. For parents, hardly anything beats the sight of their little one wrapped in a blanket, curls strewn over the pillow, breathing softly and looking happy and serene. But what if your child is tossing and turning, snoring or moaning in her sleep? How will the quality of her nighttime rest affect how she fares socially, emotionally and academically?

These were some of the questions that leading medical professionals discussed at SLEEP 2015, which took place in Seattle in June. Underscoring the importance of children’s sleep, the conference added to a wave of newly released research that suggests answers to many of the questions weighing on parents at bedtime.

Source: Huffington Post

Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/09/08/sleep-kids-tips_n_7485616.html

ZERO TO THREE: Parent Portal


There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Parenting is an ongoing process of learning who your individual child is and what he needs to thrive.  Our resources are designed to help you tune in to what makes your child tick, and to guide you in thinking about the best way to meet your child’s individual needs.

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  • Read about what to expect around sleep in the early years and how to prevent and troubleshoot challenges that arise.
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Parent and child must get enough sleep to protect against child obesity — ScienceDaily

Is sleep one of your most important family values? A new University of Illinois study suggests that it should be, reporting that more parental sleep is related to more child sleep, which is related to decreased child obesity.

“Parents should make being well rested a family value and a priority. Sleep routines in a family affect all the members of the household, not just children; we know that parents wont get a good nights sleep unless and until their preschool children are sleeping,” said Barbara H. Fiese, director of the U of Is Family Resiliency Center and Pampered Chef Endowed Chair.

And the effects of sleeplessness go beyond just being tired the next day. Studies show that moms, dads, and their children are likely to gain weight as they lose sleep, she said.

Source: Science Daily

Available at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140609153345.htm

Rising Prevalence and Neighborhood, Social, and Behavioral Determinants of Sleep Problems in US Children and Adolescents, 2003–2012


We examined trends and neighborhood and sociobehavioral determinants of sleep problems in US children aged 6–17 between 2003 and 2012. The 2003, 2007, and 2011-2012 rounds of the National Survey of Children’s Health were used to estimate trends and differentials in sleep problems using logistic regression. Prevalence of sleep problems increased significantly over time. The proportion of children with sleep problems in children. 

Source: Sleep Disorders

Available at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sd/2013/394320/

Should Babies Co-Sleep With Their Parents?


Co-sleeping is back in the news.

Last week in Toledo, Ohio, a 2-month-old boy died after spending the night in his mother’s bed. The mother had fallen asleep while breastfeeding her son; when she awoke, he was no longer breathing. He could not be revived.

As a mother, I felt a terrible sadness in reading about this little boy’s death. I cannot begin to comprehend this family’s loss.

The death is reported as “a co-sleeping accident.” In its wake, the director of Toledo’s Children Services warned parents that co-sleeping is “dangerous.” In Cincinnati, police officers and citizen-on-patrol members teamed up to spread similar warnings. (It isn’t clear to me whether the Cincinnati effort was motivated by the Toledo baby’s death.)

Source: NPR

Available at: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/11/10/142136849/should-babies-co-sleep-with-their-parents?sc=fb&cc=fp

Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Climb into Bed With Mom and Dad – – TIME Healthland


Parents who share a bed with their child can sleep better in light of new research in the journal Pediatrics that finds the practice doesn’t give rise to learning or behavior problems.

Researchers at Teachers College, Columbia University asked 944 low-income mothers where their child slept regularly — defined as five of seven nights — and looked for an association between between kids who slept with their mom at ages 1, 2 or 3 and behavior or learning problems at age 5. Initially, they discovered that bed-sharing was linked to lower scores on cognitive outcomes and some behavioral problems. But after controlling for socioeconomic status and race, the association vanished. In other words, any association between bed-sharing and behavioral or learning problems can be attributed not to the sleeping arrangements but more likely to socioeconomic status or race.

via Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Climb into Bed With Mom and Dad – – TIME Healthland.

Bed-sharing doesn’t slow development, study finds

Parents who let their toddlers sleep in the same bed as them aren’t slowing their learning and behaviour development, a new U.S. study suggests.

The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, took into account families’ socioeconomic status, mothers’ education levels and mothers’ parenting skills.

Among children who slept in the same bed as their parents and then had slower cognitive and behaviour development, researchers found that socioeconomic status, education and parenting skills were likely responsible rather than the bed-sharing.

Source: CBC News

Available at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/07/18/bed-sharing-study.html

Rethinking SIDS: Many Deaths No Longer A Mystery : NPR


The thought of a baby dying suddenly and unexpectedly is one that keeps parents awake at night, fearing the worst. For years, little was known about sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Babies would die in their sleep, and it was presumed that little could be done to prevent those deaths.

Today in the U.S., more than 2,000 babies die of SIDS every year, according to government figures.

Source: NPR

Available at: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/15/137859024/rethinking-sids-many-deaths-no-longer-a-mystery?sc=emaf