The importance of scheduled naps for babies

Sleep expert Kim West, LCSW-C, shares advice for new parents on the benefits of maintaining scheduled naps for your baby's sleeping training
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The importance of scheduled naps for babies

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I hear from so many moms: Do I have to have a schedule? I don't want to be tied to my house. If your child sleeps well on the run and sleeps well at night; then fine, that's great. But most of the parents I hear from, that's not working for them. The baby is getting sleep deprived during the day because they are not sleeping that well in the car or stroller, and they are not getting a good night's sleep. You really want to move toward having a schedule of regular times for going to sleep and regular times for waking up. A well napped baby will sleep better at night, which will make for a much happier family.

Sleep expert Kim West, LCSW-C, shares advice for new parents on the benefits of maintaining scheduled naps for your baby's sleeping training

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Kim West, LCSW-C

Psychotherapist & Author, The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight

Kim West is a mother of two and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has been a practicing child and family social worker for more than 19 years. Known as The Sleep Lady by her clients, over the past 12 years she has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world learn to listen to their intuition, recognize their child’s important cues and behaviors, and gently create changes that promote and preserve his or her healthy sleep habits. 

West has appeared on the Dr. Phil, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby  and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Baby Talk,  Parenting, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent and the Washington Post. West hosts the sleep section of The Newborn Channel, played in maternity wards in hospitals across the country. West is the author of The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy with Joanne Kenen. She is also the author of 52 Sleep Secrets for Babies and The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook.

Kim received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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