How to Tell If You Have a High Sleep Needs or Low Sleep Needs Baby & How to Continue Healthy Sleep Habits with Older Children (BFBN Week Topic: Sleep)

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Welcome to the Babywise Friendly Blog Network Week! This week happens twice a year, and it is SO very exciting. This week I have the pleasure of bringing to you, 8 posts all on the hot babywise topic of: sleep.

Below you will find our schedule for the week, so you know what sleep topics to expect.

Today I am super excited about these final two posts! Emily and Carrie are so brilliant with their writing. These are must reads about children and their sleep needs!

1. How to Tell If You Have a High Sleep Needs or
Low Sleep Needs Baby

Sleep can be a challenging thing to figure out with little babies that can’t just tell us what they need. This post is so insightful. Emily talks about high sleep needs babies versus low sleep needs children. She outlines specific traits to look for when trying to determine your baby’s unique sleep needs.

“I am a hardcore Babywise mama. I
start implementing sleep strategies from birth to help my babies become great
sleepers (Click here for my post on how to start
Babywise from birth!
). It’s not easy: it takes WORK. When you put in all
that work, time and effort and then your baby just isn’t sleeping the way you
think they should be it’s beyond stressful.


Sleep issues can be frustrating and
it can be tempting to just say “I GIVE UP!” I’ve learned over my
years of parenting that sometimes there are sleep struggles simply beyond our
control. Enter in the high sleep needs vs low sleep needs baby.

When I think back to my first child
as an infant I wish I’d known about high sleep needs and low sleep needs. I
wish I’d been able to tell myself that Kye wasn’t sleeping because his body
simply didn’t need the sleep.

Both types of sleep needs children
still NEED sleep, but high sleep needs babies tend to be on the higher end of
the sleep spectrum whereas low sleep needs one tend to be on the lower end of that
sleep spectrum. Babywise even accounts for this as it provides a range of
what is an appropriate amount of sleep at a given age.

I took me until my THIRD child to
FINALLY realize and recognize the differences between a high sleep needs and
low sleep needs baby. Having that knowledge has made a WORLD of difference.”


Click here to read –> Emily’s post on how to tell if you have a high sleep needs or low sleep needs baby.

2. How to Continue Healthy Sleep Habits with Older Children

Sleep is so important for everyone. It’s important to lay a good foundation when our children are young, and it is important to keep sleep as a high priority.

The reality is that if we get enough sleep (as babies through to adulthood), our body is physically ready to take on the world, and our minds are awake to learn and process things.

Today, Carrie talks about why sleep is so important, what types of habits to hold onto with your older children, when to be flexible, and how to troubleshoot sleep issues.

Click here to read –> How to Continue Healthy Sleep Habits with Older Children 

Sleep Posts for this week:

Ok this is why I love being a part of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network group. There are a total of 8 women that have implemented babywise techniques on all of their children. The resources here are insanely wonderful, and all of these ladies know so much about sleep.

We all value sleep for our children so much, and we prioritize it accordingly. These sleep topic posts have me so excited to read more and learn more, as we all always can do.

Monday, we of course have Valerie’s post on the topic of how to solve sleep problems for toddlers and preschoolersSuch great advice here and easy to implement solutions to a common sleep problem that we’ll all encounter with our little ones.

Read this post here: How to solve sleep problems for toddlers and preschoolers

Tuesday, we have Caitlin from Twin Mom and More, writing to the expectant mom! All about establishing good sleep habits from birth. So, if you are expecting and wanting to have a sleep plan for your baby from day 1, this is the post to read!

Read this post here: establishing good sleep habits from birth  (link will be live on Tuesday 7/10/18)

Also on Tuesday, we have a sleep post from Natasha at Let’s Be Brave. She’s writing about the ever so scary moment of transitioning your child from two naps, to one nap. If you need tips on how to make this sleep transition to one nap, this is is the post for you.

Read this post here: How to Transition to One Nap (link will be live on Tuesday 7/10/18)

On Wednesday, I’ll be posting about dropping ALL naps. There are some key things to look for when you are considering dropping to no naps.

My post is all about how to recognize if your child is truly ready for no naps, or just going through a phase. Basically, my message is to hang on to that last nap if you are unsure, but I give you 4 ways to tell for sure!


Read this post here:  How to know if your child is ready to drop to no naps (link will be live on this blog Wednesday 7/11/18)

We’re only half way through the babywise sleep topic posts at that point in the week! 



Wednesday is a double post day! We have Kim from Team Cartwright posting on a fabulous sleep topic. She’s talking about why she is a happy mama when her kids are awake in bed after bedtime. I have to say, I am really excited to read this post.


She has 7 reasons why it’s beneficial for kids to be awake in their beds after you put them in for the night. I am all about this “downtime” in bed as well, so I think this is such a great post topic.


Read this post here: 7 reasons why it’s beneficial for kids to be awake in their beds after you put them in for the night (link will be live on Wednesday 7/11/18)

Next up, on Thursday, Christine Keys will be talking about babywise in general, and how babywise is an effective tool for all kinds of babies. You can make babywise work for your baby’s unique sleep needs.

Read this post here: 5 Powerful reasons babywise is effective for all kids of babies  (link will be live on Thursday 7/12/18)


Thursday is another double post day. Carrie from Wiley Adventures is talking about continuing good sleep habits with older children. Did you know that babywise is a huge series of books that goes into the teenage years? It does! The prioritization of sleep continues throughout.

Read this post here: How to Continue Sleep Habits with Older Children (link will be live on Thursday 7/12/18)

Friday is going to be another very informative babywise sleep day.

Emily, from The Journey of Parenthood, is writing on one of my favorite topics. High sleep needs children versus low sleep needs children. It is true, that some babies need more sleep than others.

There is always an average amount of sleep for every age, but some are on the high end of that sleep average, and some on the low end. I’m excited to hear what this mom of 4 has to say about it!

Read this post here: How to to tell if you have a high needs sleep baby or a low needs sleep baby (link will be live on Friday 7/13/18)

I hope you join us for all of these amazing sleep topics. I will bring them all to you on the blog daily so you can find the links easily!


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Hi there! I’m Katrina (aka Mama). I am a former engineer and chemistry teacher, turned stay at home mom and mom blogger. I have been blogging since 2015, and have taken my love of engineering and science, and tried to applied many of the same methods to my parenting adventure.

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