One of the main goals as a parent is to keep our children healthy. When it comes to sleep, what does this mean? In this episode, I dive into the four key elements that make up healthy sleep. To help people remember, I like to say "CATR" to your child's age. Listen to dive into each one of those components to better understand healthy sleep for your little one.
In the Stork Community, we define healthy sleep as "CATRing to your child's age." CATR is an acronym I use to represent the four elements that contribute to healthy sleep.
> CONSOLIDATION OF SLEEP - Uninterrupted sleep. Sleep that is continuous. The opposite of this would be sleep fragmentation.
> AMOUNT OF SLEEP - total amount of sleep a child gets within a 24-hour period AND the amount of both day sleep and night sleep
> TIMING OF SLEEP - Not all sleep periods are created equal. Sleep quality is just as important as sleep quantity. And the timing of sleep contributes to the quality of sleep. Depending on the child's age, the pattern or schedule will matter.
> REGULARITY OF SLEEP - Sleeping consistently around the same times of day rather than sleep being random.
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