5 Tips to Better Sleep
Sleep has been a consistent struggle for us. I was in tears on the phone with one of my best friends, who is a early childhood specialist. She was coaching me on how to help Lucia, her tips were helpful, but the funny thing is a few weeks later I told her that I realized Lucia wasn't getting enough sleep. And she responded, by "oh year of course, usually that is the first thing I address with parents." Ha ha.....she just assumed I could check that box. She usually deals with extremely difficult parents and children. I’m not good with schedules or structure but I acknowledge that kids benefit, with flexibility of course. Getting your kiddo on a better sleep routine, will in turn benefit your sleep, because you'll be less stressed. (The meltdowns were causing me lots of stress.)
Lucia was having a lot of temper tantrums and meltdowns and it was getting really rough on all of us, so I set in to do some research. For a three year old all the research pointed to these facts….
Sleeping 10-14 hours at night
Daily 1-3 hour nap
Scheduled meal-times (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner)
Eat at least an hour before going to sleep
Having a consistent bedtime routine
Honestly, all of these things were lost on me, I was winging it, in every sense of the word, because I could, being a stay-at-home-mom provided so much flexibility and freedom that I was so embracing not needing a schedule.