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Tips for Toilet Training
Tips for Toilet Training

Toilet training is one of those things that generally can’t be avoided and most toddlers will need toilet training anywhere between 2-5 years old. Check out our tips for toilet training your toddler:

Don’t start toilet training too early. Starting toilet training when your toddler is not ready can do more harm than good. Do not force your little one into toilet training and rather, wait until they are showing signs of being ready.

Tips for Toilet Training

Don’t use pull ups. When you have determined the time to be right to begin toilet training don’t use pull ups. Pull ups are easily mistaken as nappies and can become confusing for a toddler. Dress your child in underwear so they can feel whether they have wet themselves. This is an unpleasant feeling which your child will eventually associate with wetting themselves instead of going to the toilet and feeling dry.

Use a rewards system. Have a sticker chart in place in which your toddler gets a sticker for every time they go to the toilet. This makes them feel special and encourages them to use the toilet. However, it’s important not to ‘punish; your child if they have an accident. Rather, encourage them to go next time and let them know that it’s normal to have accidents sometimes.

Toilet Training TipsToilet train during the Summer months. Toilet training during the Summer months makes it a lot easier for both you and your child. Your child can feel free running around in underwear and the extra washing that comes with toilet training is a lot easier to manage when it is warm outside.

Day first, then night. When you begin toilet training, focus solely on the day time and do not give a second thought to night training. Toilet training takes different amounts of time for different children but ensuring your child has mastered the day time is important. Too much pressure is placed on the parent and the child if you try and do both day and night at the same time. Once your child is fully toilet training during the day, you can then focus your attention to night time.

Baby Toilet Training

Toilet training can be challenging for some children and other children will learn the skill very easily. However, all paces are normal and it’s important to let your child learn at their own pace.

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Why Having a Good Bedtime Routine is Important
Why Having a Good Bedtime Routine is Important

A good bedtime routine is very important for toddlers. Sleep is just as important as food and love and helps promote healthy growth and development. Creating and consistently following a good bedtime routine is the start of setting up good sleep habits. Here are some of the reasons to start a good bedtime routine today:

Consistency: Toddlers strive off routine. Doing the same thing over and over again may seem monotonous for us but toddlers work extremely well off this and know what to expect each night. It will make sleep time easier as well as help develop healthy sleep habits overall.

 toddler bedtime routine

Healthy development: Sleep promotes healthy growth and brain development. Without a good bedtime routine we cannot expect our children to sleep well overnight. Sleep is crucial for healthy growth and brain development in children and without sleep, studies have proven that health issues can occur. Having a good bedtime routine in place helps set your child up for a good night of sleep.

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Relaxation: Feeling calm and relaxed at bedtime is important for not just children but also adults. If we are feeling worked up, then going to sleep is not easy and sometimes impossible. Good bedtime routines include things such as bath, shower, milk, massage, quiet game, story book etc. All of these things will help relax your child and get their bodies ready for sleep.

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With all of the technology out there these days it’s no wonder that more and more parents are struggling to get their toddler into healthy and quality sleeping habits. A good bedtime routine is just the start of it. Whilst it’s normal for young children to resist sleep and experience some sleeping problems, there are more definitely things that us, as parents can be doing to ensure that we are doing everything possible to get our children sleeping well. Further, if things are not working, then seek help. It doesn’t make you a failure as a parent, it makes you an intelligent parent to be able to ask for help. For more information about sleep or to seek assistance head to www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting/

How to Avoid Tantrums
How to Avoid Tantrums

Tantrums in kids are very common and whilst they cannot always be avoided there are some things you can do to try and stop this occurrence that all of us parents dread:

Give them independence – Toddlers strive off independence and given the chance to do things without too many boundaries. There are many ways to give your child a sense of independence including letting them choose their own clothes and food, giving them control of the game you play together and giving the little age appropriate jobs around the house.

how to avoid tantrums

Let them vent their anger – Sometimes, trying to stop your child from crying is the worst thing you can do. Children often need to cry and let their tears out in order to feel better. Bottling up their emotions often build into a big tantrum that you never saw coming. Venting anger is important to our health however it’s important that you let ensure your child is doing this in a sage environment.

avoid tantrumsIgnore certain behavior – Children will often behave badly to get your attention. If your child is acting badly and you feel that it’s not going to escalate any time soon, simply ignore it rather than giving them the attention they want at that time.

Understand the issue from their point of view – This is another method to overcome toddler tantrums. Frustration and anger are real emotions, even for a toddler. If your child is frustrated, angry, sad, frustrated etc, try and understand the problem on their level which will help you try and fix their problem.

avoid tantrumsTime your outings– Taking your toddler to the supermarket or for a catch up with your friend at a time when they are due for a nap or if they are tired is a recipe for disaster. Respect your child and understand what time is going to be best for them to behave their best for you in a public environment or around other people.

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Parenting Tips
Parenting Tips

Taking care of toddlers is not an easy task for many of us. For some parenting tips from the sleep experts keep on reading:

Be Happy – At the end of the day your toddler just wants to feel loved.  But more than this, toddlers can feel our stress and anxiety as a parent. It’s important as a parent to keep hold of your emotions and stress levels where possible as this will help your little ones feel calmer and happier.

Parenting Advice

Hug them regularly – This is an important tip which you should never forget. Feeling loved is something all children crave as well as physical contact. There is nothing like a mother’s hug. Your children are only little for such a short time so hug them regularly and let them know they’re very loved.

Good Parenting Tips

Play together– Put away some special mummy/daddy time each day where you can spend some quality time together either playing games or reading stories. Children always want their parent’s attention and they will look forward to that special time you spend together every day.

 Parenting Advice for Toddlers

Tell them interesting stories – Times have changed a lot since us parents were children. Telling your children stories from your own childhood will not only increase their knowledge but it will also help their imaginations develop.

Talk to your toddler continuously – This is very important because if you talk to them regularly they will also try to respond to you. Further, it will help them learn different words and how sentences are put together. As time goes on, your toddler will start asking more and more questions of you!

Parenting Tips for Toddler

Lots of play-dates – It takes young children a little while to learn how to actually play ‘with’ other children. When they are little they moreso play ‘next to’ other children rather than ‘with’ them. However, this is no reason not to let your children have play-dates. Whilst playing ‘next to’ each other children learn so much from how other children do things. Further, it teaches the concept of sharing and playing alongside other children kindly.

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How to Create Healthy Eating Habits
How to Create Healthy Eating Habits

Getting your toddler to eat a healthy diet is one of the things that parents of young children complain about the most. However, a nutritious and balanced diet is crucial for healthy development and good sleep. Have a read through our tips below to get your child eating a healthy diet.

Choices – Toddlers likes and dislikes (including likes and dislikes of food) change on a daily basis. One way to overcome this problem is offering your toddler a choice of different healthy options that they can choose from. Not only is there a range of food, but young children also love the independence of getting to choose the food they eat themselves.

 Healthy Eating Habits

Don’t force them to eat – The general rule of thumb is that your toddler will not starve. If they choose not to eat what you have placed in front of them then that’s ok. Put the food aside, don’t offer any other foods and when they are hungry, offer this same food.

Know the likes and dislikes of your toddler – By trying different foods and choices, you will get to know what foods your child likes and dislikes. There is nothing wrong by feeding them the same thing every day if it’s healthy and balanced.

 Healthy Eating Habits

Make it fun – Cutting toddler’s food in different shapes that they can relate to will help get them excited about eating. Make it fun for them so eating is an experience they look forward to rather than hate.

Involve your toddler – Get your toddler involved in the cooking and preparation of their food. Show them how their food is made and give them jobs to do in the kitchen. You will surprised at how much more enticing their food will look to them if they have been involved in the preparation/cooking process.

 Healthy Eating Habits

Food is crucial for healthy development and will also encourage good sleeping habits. For more tips and hints head to https://www.sleepystarz.com/ .

How to Avoid Toddler Bedtime Battles
How to Avoid Toddler Bedtime Battles

We all know that dealing with toddlers is not an easy task at times. You often have to use a lot of different techniques to get your child to sleep. Often toddlers will resist sleep and it can be a challenging task for a parent to settle them. However, the good news is that there are ways to avoid toddler bedtime battles and some of them are mentioned below:

Toddler Bedtime Battles

Ensure your toddler is ready to sleep – Both overtiredness and undertiredness can affect your toddler’s ability to get to sleep. Ensure that you are not putting your child to bed too early. If they are not tired enough they will not sleep. On the opposite end, also ensure that your toddler is not overtired. Overtiredness will also make it very difficult for your toddler to get to sleep. Watch out for overtired signs in the lead up to bedtime and if you notice that your little one is showing these signs then bring the bedtime forward.

Toddler Bedtime Story

Routine- A good bedtime routine in the 30 minutes prior to bedtime is a must. Young children strive off routine and they will sleep a lot better if a good bedtime routine is in place. Things to include in a good bedtime routine include bath, bottle/breast/cup of milk, massage, story, cuddle etc.

Independence – Toddlers like to feel important and special in everything they do. Try and find a little job that they can do that is part of the bedtime routine. The job only has to be little such as switching off the light, turning on the night light or putting their book away. You will be surprised at the sense of independence they feel and how this positively affects their sleep.

Toddler Bedtime

 

Dark room – Ensure that the light outside is blocked out. Often during daylight savings time, it’s still light when you put your toddler to sleep and this can affect sleep. If you can block out the light from outside then this is best. A dim nightlight is fine however.

Dim the lights 30 minutes before bed – Darkness helps produce melatonin which is also known as the sleepy hormone. Dimming the lights 30 minutes before sleep time helps melatonin built in your child’s

Toddler Bedtime

Ensure the room is at the correct temperature – Temperature can hugely affect your toddler’s ability to get to sleep. It’s important to ensure your child’s room is not too hot and not too cold as well as ensure they are dressed appropriately. It’s also important to take into consideration that the coldest part of the night is around 4:00-5:00am so your toddler also needs to be dressed appropriately for this time of night.

Above mentioned are only few tips to avoid bedtime battles of toddlers. Go to www.sleepystarz.com for many more ideas and tips about toddler sleep.

Daytime Activities for Toddlers
Daytime Activities for Toddlers

It is a must to arrange some daytime activities for toddlers to make them active throughout the day. If they are active during the day time then they will sleep better at night. There are so many day time activities which can make your toddlers active and some of them are indoor and some are outdoor. Have a look at the list below for some day time activities to do with your toddler:

bolls activities for toddlers

  1. Get creative and use items around the house such as cardboard to make trains, airplanes, houses etc that are easy to assemble and disassemble. This will keep your kids active and they can even try to disassemble it themselves.
  2. Give your toddler some musical instruments which are specially made for toddlers. You can even find things around the house that they can use as instruments and make noise with. Your toddler will use their own creative ideas while playing with it whilst at the same time developing their artistic skills.
  3. Give your toddler safe kitchen items that are different to their normal toys. Toddlers strive on change and different things to play with and they will absolutely love playing with different kitchen gadgets.                                                                                                                                                                                      swimming activities for toddlers
  4. Get creative with arts and crafts. Buy some paints, brushes and paper and let your toddler explore colors whilst getting dirty. Whilst the clean up can be a bit annoying, your toddler will love the experience of paining.
  5. Put some music on and dance! Dancing is a great way to keep toddlers active and most little children seem to adore music. See the smile light up your child’s face when you dance with them!
  6. Set up different activities such as a ball station, skipping rope station, hopping station and so forth. Get your toddler to make their way around the different stations. This is a great way to not only keep your toddler active but is also a fantastic way to get them outside.

 

activities for toddlersThere are so many ways to keep your toddler busy with day time activities. Use your own imagination to come up with ideas and soon they’ll start flowing.  And, make sure you enjoy this special time with your little one as they grow up so quickly. For more information on activities and all things toddler related go to www.sleepystarz.com

 

The Story Behind the Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock
The Story Behind the Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock

A couple in Melbourne faced the same problem all parents of toddlers face – and came out victorious.

After struggling with sleep deprivation as a result of their child’s poorly regulated sleep schedules during their toddlerhood, Emily and Nathaniel Duffell, the co-founders of Sleepy Starz Pty Ltd came up with the idea of creating a device that would help parents around the globe remember what a good night’s sleep feels like – and help their toddlers get acquainted with the notion too.

Sleepy Starz Toddler Wake up Clock

The result is the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock, a revolutionary toddler sleep training clock that is designed to regulate toddlers’ sleep cycles and help them sleep throughout the night. Featuring different scenes in which the child can choose from and child-friendly images, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock keeps toddlers engaged all whilst initiating them to the sleep process including falling asleep independently as well as staying in bed until the ‘wake up time’ chosen and preset by the parent.

Acknowledging that all children are different and that parents choose different sleep training styles, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock comes with three different sleep settings, allowing parents to select the setting they feel suits their child’s temperament and personality best.

Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock

The aforementioned sleep settings including Simple, Moon Crossover and Star Countdown offer different night time set ups, while parents and children can also choose one of the clock’s 7 loveable scenes to be projected onto the clock during the night.

What’s more, the Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock comes with more features than ever seen before including a brightness controller, picture story book, 15 minute countdown timer and a lock feature while all its options can be easily configured through its high-tech touch screen.

Toddler Sleep Training Clock 

Commenting on their invention, the founders of Sleepy Starz said “As seasoned parents, we saw firsthand the toll that sleep-deprivation took on both ourselves and our daughter. We experimented with many sleep training methods, but nothing worked. This is when we came up with the idea to create a device which would make sleep training natural and enjoyable for young children, while also allowing parents to control the process, too”.

Each Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock comes with a free teddy bear called ‘Sleep Tight Ted’ who not only features in the clock but also stars in the 7 page picture story book. Children love the association of the teddy bear with the clock.

Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock

The Sleepy Starz Sleep Training Clock has been granted an Australian innovation patent (Patent number: 2015101639), and has a patent pending in the USA.

The Sleepy Starz Sleep Clock is available for purchase at www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-clock/  and will be through stockists soon.

How Can I Get My Toddler to Eat?
How Can I Get My Toddler to Eat?

Food fussiness in toddlers is common yet can be very frustrating for the parent. You spend countless hours trying to come up with healthy yet tasty recipes that your little one will like……but they don’t! It’s often a constant battle and a will to survive when trying to feed your toddler a healthy and balanced diet. Check out some of our tips for feeding your child a healthy and interesting diet:

At Your Fingertips

Finger foods are one of the easiest ways to feed your toddler. Finger foods are great because they give your little one a choice and there is a huge range of foods to use. Sweet potato fries are healthy and delicious. Cheesy baked cauliflower sticks are easy to make with shredded cauliflower, cheese, eggs and flour. Cheese sticks, celery, carrot……the list goes on.

 Your Fingertips Toddler to Eat

Fruit Friendly

A lot of fruits are full of fiber to helps your child’s digestion and fruit is often my ‘go to’ food when my child refuses to eat anything else. When food is a constant battle it becomes exhausting. When I have reached my limit in arguing with my child I turn to fruit. Whether it be some cut up apple, strawberries, banana or an orange…..I make sure to always have fruit in the house up.

Fruit Friendly YourToddler to Eat

Eggs

Eggs are both nutritious and versatile. From boiled eggs, to scrambled to poached to fried……eggs are an excellent source of protein and often a food of choice for little ones.

Toddler to Eat Eggs

Involvement

Toddlers love exploring new things and want to be a part of it. Invest in some plastic cutlery and cook ware and get your little one involved in the kitchen. Often, children will be more inclined to eat if they are a part of the preparation process.

Toddler to Eat Involvement

Make it Fun

A lot of the time, food does not look very appealing to toddlers unless it comes in the form of chips or nuggets. However, you can make a boring sandwich look appealing by cutting it into shapes for example. Or, use your finger food to make funny faces that will gain the attention of your child. Food most definitely doesn’t have to be boring!

Toddler to Eat

Choices

Toddlers are known for not only their fussiness but also their stubbornness. Allow your toddler to have some control over what they eat so they feel a sense of independence. A choice of 2-3 different meal options is a great way to encourage eating.

Food fussiness in toddlers is common and normally a stage that will pass. It’s important to teach your little one healthy eating habits by eating well yourself as well offering them healthy choices.

If you are finding that your toddler’s eating habits are effecting other parts of their life such as sleep, it’s important to seek help. Go to www.sleepystarz.com for more information.

How Does Lack of Sleep Effect My Child?
How Does Lack of Sleep Effect My Child?

Aѕ parents wе inhеrеntlу hаvе a dеѕirе tо kеер оur children healthy, safe, and hарру. Onе оf thе еаrliеѕt hurdles уоu will еnсоuntеr with уоur сhild’ѕ wеll-bеing iѕ the iѕѕuе оf getting them tо sleep thrоugh thе night. Yоu mау nоt rеаlizе thiѕ, but not getting enough sleep can lead to serious health related iѕѕuеѕ during сhildhооds and then intо adult lifе. Bу establishing hеаlthу ѕlеер hаbitѕ now, уоu inсrеаѕе уоur сhild’ѕ сhаnсеѕ оf bypassing thеѕе сhаllеngеѕ.

Lack of Sleep Effect
Emоtiоnаl Issues
Fоr bаbiеѕ аnd сhildrеn thе emotional еffесtѕ of ѕlеер deprivation саn be more еxtrеmе thаn thаt of аn adult. Sоmе оf the emotional iѕѕuеѕ a сhild саn experience аrе high lеvеlѕ оf аnxiеtу, dерrеѕѕiоn, аggrеѕѕiоn, irritability, tеmреr tаntrumѕ, excessive crying аnd fussiness аnd dесrеаѕеd раtiеnсе.
Thеѕе iѕѕuеѕ gо hаnd in hаnd with thе nеxt ѕеt оf рrоblеmѕ lасk оf ѕlеер can cause in сhildrеn.
If a сhild iѕ nоt gеtting adequate ѕlеер thеу can bеgin tо diѕрlау a vаriеtу оf behavioral iѕѕuеѕ ѕuсh as hуреrасtivitу, poor соnсеntrаtiоn, poor school performance, poor impulse control, rеаѕоning and memory, fосuѕ and a drор in their IQ.

Lack of Sleep Effect
If thеѕе symptoms sound ѕimilаr tо thоѕе оf ADD аnd ADHD, they are. Hеrе’ѕ a fаѕсinаting scientific find.
Onсе thе bаbу hаѕ jоinеd us on thе оutѕidе, it hаѕ experiences two ѕtаgеѕ оf sleep, spending аbоut 50%, or еight hоurѕ in REM and the rеѕt in non-REM. Yоu can usually tеll whiсh ѕlеер ѕtаgе a bаbу iѕ in. With аdultѕ, REM ѕlеер is accompanied bу раrаlуѕiѕ so we dоn’t imаginе we аrе flying and lаunсh ourselves frоm thе bеdrооm windоw, but in newborn infаntѕ, thiѕ mechanism hаѕ уеt tо dеvеlор so уоu can оbѕеrvе them twitсhing and wriggling through thеir drеаmѕ. Thеir non-REM sleep iѕ еntirеlу раѕѕivе аnd ѕtill. A ѕmаllеr bаbу often needs mоrе ѕlеер than lаrgеr babies of thе ѕаmе аgе.

Lack of Sleep Effect
In аdditiоn to thе аbоvе, ѕlеер dерrivаtiоn in сhildrеn ѕuррrеѕѕеѕ thеir immune ѕуѕtеmѕ, inсrеаѕеѕ thеir сhаnсеѕ оf injurious fаllѕ, and creates a vicious cycle of рооr ѕlеер hаbitѕ thаt аrе hаrd tо brеаk the longer they gо on.
In thе ѕhоrt-tеrm, ѕlеер dерrivаtiоn leads tо:

  • Lасk оf concentration
  • Slurrеd ѕреесh
  • Blurrеd viѕiоn
  • Headaches
  • Trеmоrѕ
  • Hаlluсinаtiоnѕ

Lack of Sleep Effect

And a whоlе host of оthеr physical symptoms. In the lоng-tеrm, lack оf ѕlеер lеаdѕ tо imbаlаnсе in blood ѕugаr levels that соuld lеаd tо diаbеtеѕ, lоwеring оf thе immune system, heart рrоblеmѕ, obesity, ѕtrоkеѕ, high blооd рrеѕѕurе аnd a host of оthеr health рrоblеmѕ. In studies соnduсtеd оn rаtѕ it wаѕ fоund that rаtѕ would diе аftеr twо to fivе weeks оf ѕlеер deprivation. Thе асtuаl саuѕе оf death iѕ unсlеаr; it соuld either bе ascribed tо a wеаk immune system or severe mеntаl stress. Thе fасt оf thе matter iѕ thаt lack of ѕlеер can lead to health рrоblеmѕ.
Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz offers a range of affordable sleep consultation packages which can help with getting your little one enough sleep. Head to www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting/ for more information.

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