On March 1, 2018, the Pediatric Sleep Council (PSC), a team of international pediatric sleep experts, will celebrate the second annual Baby Sleep Day. On this day, the PSC will answer parents’ questions via Facebook (facebook.com/pedsleep). Sleep is a critical part of development, and PSC experts aim to bring much-needed focus on improving sleep for children, which in turn means better rest for families.
The Facebook Question and Answer event was a huge success last year. Sleep experts answered more than 300 questions from families around the globe. Questions gave insight into what parents want to know. The majority of questions were about sleep in babies 4-11 months. Many questions asked about several topics at once, with questions about night wakings (27%), sleep training (21%), naps (17%), and bedtime issues (13%) being the most prevalent. Overnight feeding and appropriate bedtime questions were also common.
According to Dr. Jodi Mindell, “The success of Baby Sleep Day and BabySleep.com since its launch a year ago, with over 70,000 unique users visiting the site, indicates that sleep is an important concern for parents. Members of the PSC continue to expand the website and are excited that we will again raise international awareness about healthy sleep in infants and toddlers on March 1st.”
Kicking things off in Australia and followed by the United Kingdom, sleep experts will be answering questions throughout Baby Sleep Day. In the United States, questions will be answered from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST by more than 15 sleep experts. Below is an abbreviated schedule. The full schedule is available at www.babysleep.com/babysleepday.
Dr. Michael Gradisar, Director, Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic, Flinders Univ.
10:00-11:00 AM ACST, Adelaide
Dr. Harriet Hiscock, Pediatrician and Research Fellow, Royal Children’s Hospital
12:00-1:00 PM AEST, Melbourne
Dr. Catherine Hill, Assoc. Prof., Child Health, Univ. of Southampton
12:00 – 1:00 PM GMT, Southampton
Dr. Liat Tikotzky, Senior Lecturer, Clinical Psychologist., Ben Gurion University of the Negev
3:00-4:00 PM IST, Beer-Sheva
Dr. Oliviero Bruni, Assoc. Prof., Sapienza Univ.
8:00-8:30 PM CET, Rome
Dr. Lisa Meltzer, Assoc. Prof., National Jewish Health
7:00-8:00 AM MT, Denver, CO
Dr. Jodi Mindell, Prof., Saint Joseph’s Univ. and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
6:30-7:00 PM EST, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Rosana Alves, Sleep Medicine Physician, Sao Paulo
3:00-3:30 PM BRST, Sao Paulo
Through Baby Sleep Day, the PSC supports families who are struggling to develop healthy sleep habits or simply want to learn more. Participate via http://facebook.com/pedsleep on Baby Sleep Day, March 1st, to help everyone get a good night’s sleep!