More on Sleep

More on Sleep

Back in January, I blogged about sleep requirements for children. NY Times blogger Lisa Belkin recently posted the results of a study from The Journal of Family Psychology about the quality of children’s sleep and how parents (for statistical reasons, the study only looked at mothers) can affect it. Here is an excerpt from her post:

“Physical actions — holding a baby close or nursing him or her to sleep — are, essentially ‘going through the motions,’ the study concludes, and had far less impact on sleep quality than emotional cues. When the mother did those actions while feeling warm and positive, the baby slept well, on average; when the same types of things were done by a mom who was irritable or brusque or distracted, the children were more likely to sleep poorly.

The study does not have advice on how to remain zen and gushy when you have been up since dawn, meeting the needs of either a young child or a boss and bedtime is all that stands between you and some quiet time, if only your cherub would stop fussing and go to sleep.”

 Do you have routines that help you and your child reach a state of calm before bedtime? Are there other variables that you find make a difference in the quality of your child’s sleep?