Last week, I shared information about my collaboration with P&G as they support Canadian athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Over the next two months, I’ll continue to spotlight Mark Oldershaw, a third generation Olympian, and his partnership with Pampers – the only brand I’ve never cheated on.
Today, I’m speaking to parents of little ones. We know that well-rested children learn more rapidly. Their attention, memory and decision-making abilities are all directly impacted by their sleep patterns; particularly, their ability to have an adequate night’s sleep.
In fact, well-rested children have improved hand-eye coordination, which impacts fine motor skills and development. Conversely, basic skills like crawling, walking, running, and climbing can be affected by lack of sleep. Children that are tired can be more irritable, hyperactive, and oppositional. Even more troubling? Behaviour problems have been linked to sleep deprivation.
So, how can we ensure that our children receive a good night’s sleep? Courtesy of Pampers’ Good Night Sleep Tool Kit, here are four key sleep tools:
Create Your Baby’s Sleep Sanctuary. Practice the ABC’s of safe sleep (Alone, on their Back, in their Crib), and create a consistent dark, quiet, and cool environment. Use black out blinds, and a white noise machine to achieve ultimate sleep success.
Introduce a Calming Bedtime Routine. A consistent soothing bedtime routine is a set of activities you practice that helps your baby predict bedtime. Include bath time, stories, cuddles, gentle talks, and Pampers diapers to your baby’s bedtime routine.
Make Naps a Priority During Daytime. Work with your baby’s circadian rhythm schedule to encourage healthy sleep. Promoting an age appropriate nap schedule will keep your baby well-rested making bedtime easier and night sleep more restorative.
Choose a Sleep Method For Your Family. You must be comfortable with your baby’s sleep plan and the method you choose so you can be consistent. It’s important to do your research and choose a method that both you and your partner support.
Do you have any sleep tips to share with new parents? Please share in the comments!
Next, I’ll disclose details of my one-on-one interview with Mark Oldershaw, including his road to Rio, his hopes for his daughter, and his trust in Pampers, a partner brand. Stay tuned!