With Daylight Savings Time beginning again, we thought we’d ask MOST advisor Kelly Ross, MD, for some tips to get your children on the right track.*
Studies show that getting enough sleep reduces childhood injuries and obesity and improves school performance and social success. How much sleep do kids need? Use the chart below as a guide and follow the tips below.
||Hours of Sleep Needed
|1-4 Weeks Old
||15 – 16
|1-12 Months Old
||14 – 15
|1-3 Years Old
||12 – 14
|3-6 Years Old
||10 – 12
|7-12 Years Old
||10 – 11
|12-18 Years Old
||8 – 9
1. Make a Bedtime Routine: Try the 4B’s: bath, book, breast/bottle, bed. Repeat nightly (or as much as possible) so your children’s minds and bodies can slow down and transition to sleep. Older kids can read in bed by themselves, or you can read aloud to them.
2. White Noise: Having a white noise machine or fan to create a sound barrier helps children fall asleep and stay asleep. Avoid a TV or radio because they keep the brain alert and lead to poor sleep.
3. Nighttime Tool Kit: Keeping kids in bed is important for sleeping! Children over age 3 can have a box of tissues, a flashlight that turns off when the handle is no longer squeezed, and a cup of water. This allows them to take care of their needs before falling asleep, or if they wake during the night, without getting out of bed to find you.
4. Limit Late Night Activities: Extracurricular activities that end around bedtime can derail good sleep habits. Advocate for activity times that end early enough to allow children sufficient time to transition to sleep.
*Adapted from Dr. Ross’s November 2012 article on ChildrensMD.org.
This was originally published by MOST member Riley D. Smith in Supertwins magazine’s Father’s Forum.
For several years now I have wanted to put into writing what my personal journey as the father of a wonderful set of quadruplets has entailed. It seems that I just never really had the time, or, more likely, had not known just what I really wanted to convey. I actually did, over the course of the last eight years, sit down several times and start to write it all down, but my attempts (for whatever reason) quickly became either blocked or rapidly got bogged down in the details of this pretty hectic life we lead! Finally I decided that what I really wanted to talk about was what I personally went through, how I coped (or didn’t cope so well) with the numerous issues we were confronted with, and how I might help some of the other fathers (and fathers-to-be) meet and perhaps understand these challenges. Along the way, I was hoping that I might even learn a bit more about myself and the “how and whys” that life as the father of higher order multiples has changed me and the way I view myself as well as life in general. Continue reading It’s OK to Cry (My Journey with Higher Order Multiples)
There is much to do after experiencing a flood, fire, tornado or hurricane. It may feel overwhelming. Here are some practical tips from families that have experienced a disaster to help you get back on your (many) feet!
After taking care of your immediate needs: medical care, shelter, food and water it is time to look at recovery. How will you rebound? Continue reading Rebounding from a Disaster
MOST started its daughter organization in 1998 to focus on the early years of parenting. PreemieCare has a special focus on RSV awareness and prevention. Issues such as breastfeeding preemies, parenting in the NICU, early intervention and much more are also addressed by PreemieCare, as are networking opportunities for preemie support groups. Visit www.preemiecare.org and make a donation to keep our preemie outreach going strong!
Maureen Boyle light-heartedly describes three “languages” parents of multiples learn at the beginning of their parenting journey.
A 1980’s song by the group Men at Work just came on the radio. (What the heck am I listening to anyway?) Not sure how many top 40 songs they had back in their day, but this is the only one I can think of: Land Down Under – Man at work – YouTube. Sometimes I don’t mind when a song gets stuck in my head and I just cannot shake it. This is NOT one of those songs.
While at work that day, I start thinking of how many different languages I have had to learn since this whole higher order multiples (HOM) world collided with my own back in the late 1980’s. (Maybe that was the last time I listened to top 40 radio. I don’t know.)
Almost 86% of triplet parents and 96% of parents of quadruplets had to learn at least a little “RE Speak” Continue reading Do you speak my language?
Whether your children are babies or grown, many parents ask “Does parenting multiples ever get easier?” Maureen A. Doolan Boyle, MOST Executive Director, gives her thoughts to this often asked question.
Continue reading Does Parenting Multiples Ever Get Easier?
Dr Goldstein, Maureen Boyle, Dr Jana
Maureen A. Doolan Boyle, Executive Director of MOST (Mothers of Supertwins) was recently in Washington, DC representing families of multiples & preemies. Here is her report.
Since 1987 I have had the honor and opportunity to support and represent families of multiples and preemies with MOST (Mothers of Supertwins) on a national platform through different educational and advocacy efforts. In 2005 MOST and PreemieCare (a Division of MOST), along with 13 other leading national professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) were asked to be a part of the inaugural summit of the Preemie Health Coalition which would later become The National Premature Infant Health Coalition (NPIHC). We were one of only 2 organizations asked to the table to represent the families of babies born Continue reading MOST Advocacy on Behalf of Multiples & All Preemies: NPIHC Summit, June 2012
October is Fire Safety Month. If you have school age children you may have developed an emergency exit plan with materials from the school. This article focuses on infant and toddler strategies but has tips for older siblings too. Resources in English and Spanish are at the end. Don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors!
We all know how important it is to have a Fire Safety Plan, including two ways to exit from every room in your home. But how does that plan change when there are more babies than adults? What if you are alone with 3, 4, 5, or 6 babies? Continue reading Fire Exit Strategies: Plans for 2 or more children
Do the new car safety seat recommendations affect you and your children? Find a car seat inspection site near you!
Going for a quick trip to the store or a Sunday drive or to visit Grandma’s sounds simple enough but for a multiple birth family just getting everyone out of the house and “packing” for this quick trip can seem more like a major event! There are so many, many things to consider and not the least of which is what car seats are recommended and right for your children.
Continue reading Car Seats for the Multiple Birth Family
The MOST Family Carnival 2011 was held in mid-June and was just perfect in every way! We had a wonderful turn out, the weather was fantastic and our sponsor was more generous than ever before with GREAT activities and gifts for EVERY member of every family! It was just an amazing day!
Continue reading MOST Family Carnival 2011: Photos and Thanks
Elaine Farber is our guest contributor this week joining us with tips in finding and interviewing a pediatrician. Elaine is a Newborn/ Specialist/ Consultant and author of Baby Lists: What to Do and What to Get to Prepare for Baby. This can help to pick a pediatrician or other health care provider. Links to more resources are listed at the end.
Continue reading How to Find and Interview a Pediatrician
This article is by Rachel Schirano, a mother of triplets who breastfed for over a year. Her top 10 tips for successfully breastfeeding multiples includes advice on how to increase milk supply, what equipment to look for, and how to manage a feeding schedule.
Whether or not a new mom provides breast milk for her newborns is a very personal decision and sometimes even if she wishes to do so it may not be possible. If a new mother decides that she would like to do so she needs full support of family and friends. If you choose to go with formula for your multiples’ early nutritional needs, there are a lot of wonderful benefits to doing so as well.
Continue reading 10 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Multiples
This article by Maureen A. Doolan Boyle, a mother of triplets plus an older daughter and younger son, offers a poignant reminder of how temporary parenting can be, but also how joyful the journey is if taken one milestone at a time.
I speak with a lot of moms and I often hear “I can not wait until they ….” Fill in the blank. I wonder if they are just wishing the time away instead of embracing the beautiful things that are somewhere inside the challenges of the every day.
Continue reading Mother’s Day Memories of Mommy Milestones