The Kanoe Newsletter  -   February 26, 2008

On a personal note, we would like to say how grateful we are for the wonderful response that our friends, family, and you have given to this endeavor.  The idea for the Kanoe arose almost ten years ago when our first son, Adrien, was a baby.  Now Adrien is 10 and our second son, Julien, is 8 years old, we can hardly believe it!   After all these years, there came a time, a revelation of sorts, when we realized that it was time to go for it - it was time to create KANOE  LLC and introduce the Kanoe baby hammock to people beyond our family and friends.  We have spent the last two years refining, redesigning, and sourcing everything we would need to make this project happen.  Now, the Kanoe is a reality and we feel as though the seed that took root so long ago is at long last coming to fruition.  Thank you.

Left:  Julien, Camille, and Adrien
Center:  Early Prototype, 1998
Right:  Leslie with the 2003 Prototype

At the core of our vision, unchanging, is our commitment to the purity and quality of the Kanoe.  We will always use organic, non-toxic materials produced by ecologically sustainable, non-polluting method for the Kanoe and any of our future designs.  We will always strive for the highest safety, finest quality and ethical environmental/labor practices possible.

Recently, we have come into contact with Elizabeth Pantly, the author of several well known books for parents and the recipient of the Amazon Award.  The following excerpt was taken from her book The No-Cry Sleep Solution:  Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night.  Check her website (linked below the article), where you will find a wealth of information, articles and links.

Until very soon, we at KANOE hope that this message finds you and your loved ones well and happy!

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Solving Naptime Problems

By Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution

Napping is an important element of your child’s healthy mental and physical growth. A daily nap refreshes a child so that she can maintain her energy, focus, and ability to learn for the rest of the day. Some studies even show that children who nap every day are more flexible and adaptable, have longer attention spans and are less fussy than those who don’t nap.

How can you tell if your child needs a nap?
Here are some of the signs that your child needs a daily nap:

Wakes up in a good mood, but gets whiny as the day progresses

Has more patience early in the day, but is easily aggravated later on

Cries more easily in the afternoon and evening than earlier in the day

Has an afternoon or early evening slump, but gets a second wind afterwards

Yawns, rubs eyes, or fusses while getting ready for bed

Often falls asleep in the car or when watching a movie

How much naptime does your child need?
Children differ in their sleep needs, some needing more or less than shown here ¾ but what follows is a general guide that applies to most of them. Even if your child’s sleep hours add up to the right amount, his or her behavior tells you more than any chart possibly could. When in doubt – always try for a nap, since even a period of quiet time can help a child feel more refreshed.

Average hours of daytime and nighttime sleep


Number of naps

Total length of naptime hours

Nighttime sleep hours**

Total of nighttime and naptime sleep



3 months


5 – 6

10 – 11


6 months


3 – 4

10 - 11

14 – 15

9 months


2 ½ - 4

11 - 12


12 months


2 – 3

11 ½ –12

13 ½ –14

18 months


2 – 3

11 ¼ -12

13 – 14

2 years


1–2 ½


13 – 13 ½

2 ½ years


1 ½ -2

11–11 ½

13 – 13 ½

3 years


1–1 ½

11 –11 ½

12 – 13

4 years

0 -1

0 -1

11–11 ½

11 – 12 ½

5-6 years

0 -1

0 -1


11 – 12

*Newborns sleep 16-18 hours daily, spread over 6-7 sleep periods. ** These averages don’t signify unbroken stretches of sleep.

© Elizabeth Pantley, The No-Cry Sleep Solution and The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers & Preschoolers (McGraw-Hill)


When should your child nap?
The timing of your child’s naps is important since a nap that occurs too late in the day will prevent your child from being tired at bedtime. Generally, the best nap times are:

If your child takes two naps: midmorning (around 9:00 to 11:00) and early afternoon (around 12:00 to 2:30)

If your child takes one nap: early afternoon (around 12:00 to 2:30); after lunch

If your child tends towards short naps, don’t give in and assume that it’s all the nap time that she needs. Try some of these tips for increasing the length of naps:

Give your child lunch or a snack a half hour before nap.

Keep the sleeping room dark.

Play soothing music or white noise during the entire nap.

Make certain that discomfort from teething, allergies, asthma, ear infection or other health issues aren’t preventing your child from taking a good nap. If you suspect any of these, schedule a visit to your health care professional.

Watch for signs of tiredness
Tired children fall asleep easily. If he isn’t tired he’ll resist sleep, but if you miss his signals, he can become overtired and be unable to fall asleep when you finally do put him to bed. Your child may demonstrate one or more of these signs that tell you he is tired and ready to nap - now:

losing interest in playtime

rubbing his eyes

looking glazed or unfocused

becoming whiny,  or fussy

losing patience with toys, activities or having tantrums


lying down or slumping in his seat

caressing a lovey or blanket

asking for a pacifier, bottle or to nurse

The nap routine
Once you have created a nap schedule that works with your child’s daily periods of tiredness, follow a simple but specific nap routine. Your child will be most comfortable if there is a pattern to his day. He may come to predict when his naptime approaches and willingly cooperate with you.

Nap routines change
Children’s sleep needs change over time, so remember that the routine that you set up today won’t be the same one you’re using a year from now. Be adaptable!

Excerpted with permission by McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Publishing from The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley, copyright 2002 


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