We've been glued to the Rio Olympics
for the past week, especially star athlete--and DockATot dad--Michael Phelps' amazing performances in the pool. It's always so inspiring to watch these athletes and see how far a healthy lifestyle, commitment and hard work can take you. Going for the gold is truly a lifelong mission for these all-stars. But much of the credit for their success should go to their parents, who started them from a very early age to be olympiads by making sure they stay focused and healthy.
The Importance of Baby Sleep
So where to start with setting the stage for your little one to become a future olympian? The answer is simple: Start with sleep! One of the best things a parent can do for their child is to make sure they get a good night's sleep. With the proper amount of sleep starting at the newborn age, you're setting your child up to be strong, healthy and happy. Research shows that infant sleep is critical to the development of their central nervous system, which controls everything from behavior and temperament to physical functionality. While sleep deprivation is linked to stunted growth as well as behavior issues and developmental delays. Babies need to get twice as much sleep as grown-ups, so making sure this happens is one of the hardest and most critical things we can do as parents.
Be Like Mike
Clearly Michael Phelps and his fiancee Nicole Johnson are serious about their baby Boomer's sleep habits. One of the first pieces of baby gear the new parents used was their DockATot Deluxe baby lounger
with a Love Links cover
. DockATot helps stretch nap times and helps ensure that babies get quality sleep by providing a safe, snug spot to sleep that mimics the womb. Another bonus, is DockATot helps prevent startle reflex, which is how many babies accidentally wake themselves up. When you follow safe sleep tips for baby
as well as giving them the tools they need to fall asleep, such as dark and quiet room, sticking to a sleep schedule and putting them down for rest in a DockATot, your little one might very well grow up to be a world champion athlete. Just like Mike!
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