7 Causes of Night Waking

Causes of Night WakingIt’s a myth that anyone sleeps through the night. We all wake up at one point or another, perhaps to use the bathroom or change positions. In fact, we wake up all the time between our sleep cycles but never truly reach awareness enough to remember it.

Most children are capable of sustained sleep (six to eight hours) by six months old (that isn’t a hard number, every child is different –it’s just an estimate). By a year, most kids should be sleeping entirely through the night. Some children, however, develop a habit of waking up during the night long after they should stop.

Here are some reasons your children wake up at night and how you can help.

1. Fears or separation anxiety – Children who experience anxiety when left alone or away from their parents are more prone to night wakings. It’s important for mom and dad to tackle these fears with the child, rather than ignore them (which can exacerbate the problem).

2. Nightmares or night terrors – Frightening dreams happen during REM sleep. When we wake up soon after experiencing a dream, we are likely to remember it. If your child wake after having a nightmare, it will trigger anxiety and stress, and he’ll call for mom or dad.

3. Learned hunger – Some children become accustomed to feeding during the night so they come to expect it. Their bodies wake up hungry and they seek out breast milk, formula, or if they’re old enough, a solid snack. Make sure he or she has a full belly before going to sleep and help your child learn that calorie consumption happens during the daytime..

4. Poor sleep environment – Children prefer the same types of sleep environments that we do: quiet and dark. Is a TV running? Is there too much noise down the hall? Does your child share the room with someone who doesn’t go to bed at the same time? Any of these can wake your child up. Good white noise sound conditioners can work wonders.

5. Changing sleep associations – If your child is used to falling asleep in a particular manner (perhaps you rub her back, or she uses a pacifier, or she falls asleep in your bed), she might have a hard time falling back to sleep when she wakes up in a different manner. You can fix this by teaching your child to fall asleep on her own in the place you expect her to sleep and sticking to those conditions.

6. Medical disorders – It’s quite possible that a medical condition is keeping your child awake at night. If you notice him coughing himself awake, it could be asthma. If he has belly pain or vomiting, it could be acid reflux. Obstructive sleep apnea is also a possibly in children. Consult your doctor if you suspect any of these issues.

7. Overtiredness – When we allow ourselves to become overtired, we experience restless sleep which is more likely to wake us up in between sleep cycles. Children do not have the ability to settle themselves well, so they struggle to soothe themselves back to sleep. The only cure is more sleep, which is understandably hard.

safe sleep solutionGuest Blog by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Child Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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The Importance of Sleep for Baby & Kids

Importance of Sleep for Baby & KidsEveryone knows sleep is important. After a long day, your body craves sleep whether you mentally want to or not. In fact, go long enough without it and our bodies would fall asleep on their own.

For children, though, sleep plays an interesting role in their development. It doesn’t just rejuvenate them for another day like you or I. Sleep plays a key role in their growth.

In our bodies, the pituitary gland secrets the Human Growth Hormone, a substance that, quite literally, helps the body grow. Its production is influenced by many factors, such as stress, nutrition and exercise. In growing bodies, however, HGH is affected by sleep.

HGH is most intensely released shortly after children fall into their deep sleep. That means they do the most growing while they are asleep.

That means without proper sleep, a child’s growth can actually be stunted. Improper sleep can consist of keeping a child awake when their bodies want to sleep, or a sleep obstruction problem like sleep apnea.

If a child severely lacks HGH, they can even suffer from lung and heart problems, as these organs may not grow fast enough to keep up with their bodies. It’s unlikely that a lack of sleep could cause this much damage, but little sleep combined with an underlying condition could create a serious problem.

Other hormones can be affected by a lack of sleep as well. Hormones that regulate appetite can be affected, causing your child to overeat or prefer high-calorie foods. Lack of sleep can affect the way a child’s body handles the food it receives by triggering insulin resistance (which is a threat for diabetes).

You can tell your child needs more sleep by evaluating their mood and behavior. If they’re frequently cranky, irritable and lethargic, they might need a few more hours at night or an extra nap during the day. Lack of sleep over a long term can affect your child’s grades in school, their performance in extra-curricular activities, and even make permanent changes to their disposition and personality.

Ensure your child is getting enough sleep by setting a bedtime and nap routine appropriate for their age and adjusting it as you see fit. A consistent routine will help their bodies adjust so they know when sleep is coming. Make sure your child’s sleeping space is conducive to sleep without any distractions.

Most importantly, keep an eye out for signs of sleep deprivation. It does more damage than you think.

safe sleep solutionGuest Blog by Joanna von Yurt, Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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Ways to Keep Baby Warm at Night

Keep Baby Warm at NightAfter the birth of my first child, I was always concerned about whether he was warm enough at night. It’s not like he could sit up and tell me that he was chilly, so I had to use the few clues available (the temperature of his skin, mostly) to make a determination.

We know that it’s not safe to use blankets and bedding in a newborn’s crib because they increase the chance of our children succumbing to SIDS. So we have to take some other precautions to make sure our children are nice and warm.

Set the temperature right

A baby is most comfortable in room maintained at about 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (in fact, most people would agree that’s the ideal temperature). If you don’t have a thermostat for your baby’s sleeping room, measure it with a standard thermometer.

If you use a space heater in the room, make sure it’s fireproof and positioned at least four feet away from the crib.

Position the crib properly

You don’t want the crib right against the heater, nor do you want it next to a window. The temperature will spike in either of these places. Place it near the center of the room where the temperature is normalized. Also, keep it out of the direct path of vents of fans.

Dress baby comfortably

Babies are comfortable wearing the same amount of clothing we do, plus one layer. So if you’re sleeping in a T-shirt and pajama bottoms, your baby should wear the same plus a onesie. Zippyz are great because the feet are covered to keep warm air inside, and the lower half unzip easily for diaper changes so you don’t expose your whole baby. Check them out.

Swaddle a newborn

If your little one is still tiny, you’ll want to swaddle them with a blanket so they keep all of their body heat. A swaddle also helps them resist the startle reflex so they don’t wake themselves up, and makes them feel safe and secure.

How to tell your baby is too warm

Overheating is a serious concern as well. It’s one of the contributing factors linked to SIDS. You can tell your baby is too hot if her skin is blotchy and red. If she’s damp and sweating, she is definitely too hot. Even if it’s winter time, make sure your baby never overheats.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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5 Ways to Stop Kids From Getting Out of Bed

Ways to Stop Kids From Getting Out of BedOne of the best feelings as a parent is finally getting your child to fall asleep in their own bed. However, throughout the night, they may wake up and find themselves wandering outside of the bedroom to seek comfort and safety. While it’s ok to help them out sometimes, the ultimate goal is to get your child to sleep through the night in their own bed and room. Here are some tips to encourage this good habit for them.

Incentives

A reward system can go a long way when it comes to children. Children love to be rewarded for their accomplishments (don’t we all), but if this gets them to sleep the night through it’s definitely worth trying.

Let your child know that if they can get through the entire week without getting out of bed at night, they have some sort of prize coming their way. Create a chart or calendar so they can visualize their progress. After a couple weeks of this practice, your child will become accustomed to it and won’t need to be rewarded for their good behavior.

Prevent Waking Up

The best way to be absolutely sure that your child won’t leave their bed at night is simply by ensuring they won’t wake up! If you can manage to get your child tired enough to the point that they can sleep the whole night through, this will certainly help in keeping them in their own bed. Create a sleep routine for your kids that will both tire them out and prepare them for an entire night of rest to help make this happen.

Compromise

Another great way to get your child to stay in their own bed each night is to make simple compromises with them. For example, you can tell them that you will stay in the room/bed with them until they are able to fall asleep. Once they fall asleep however, they have to remain in bed until morning.  Or another option is the use of a nightlight for your child. Most all children love to see a nightlight and this allows for a reasonable compromise between parent and child.

Making a compromise will make them feel like they can trust you and at least have your comforting presence until they fall asleep. It also gives them a sense of control over the situation since they are technically choosing to stay in bed.

Practice

Practice makes perfect! Even if your child ends up making their way to your room in the middle of the night, you should stand your ground. Walk them back to their own bed and stay with them until they can fall back to sleep. Eventually, your child will have to learn to do this on its own in order to learn!

Sleep (Aid) Products

Purchasing special products to help your child sleep through the night is another option you can try. There are many of safe, natural remedies that will produce calming effects on your child before bedtime.

safe sleep solutionGuest Blog by Joanna von Yurt, Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

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How Moms Can Get Some Sleep

How Moms Can Get Some SleepAs a parent, we talk a lot about baby sleep. We analyze our children’s sleep schedules, judge their needs and bend over backwards to help them get the sleep they need. But what about moms?

There have definitely been some mornings for me where I laid in bed, looking up at the ceiling, wishing I could have just fifteen more minutes of sleep. I’m sure I’m not alone. Motherhood is a grueling experience for new parents. Amidst the lovey tender feelings is certainly some stress and anxiety. So how does a mom go about getting the rest she needs?

Sleep when the baby sleeps

There will always be chores to perform and errands to run, but your priorities should be your baby’s health and your own. When baby sleeps, you should sleep. Even if you aren’t particularly tired, lie down and close your eyes for a few minutes. Get the rest when you can.

Avoid excessive responsibilities

Everyone as a limit; a point of which they can do no more. Recognize yours and stop volunteering to help when you’ve come to it. For example, don’t volunteer to attend your child’s school field trip if the thought of a long day with hours on a bus makes you anxious.

After your delivery, use the hospital nursery

It’s funny that when we’re the most exhausted we’ve ever been (right after birth), we also want to interact with our little one as much as possible. Take advantage of the hospital staff and let them tend to your baby for a night or two while you recuperate. You’ll have plenty of time to bond.

Accept offers of help

When grandma wants to visit for a couple hours, say yes! Even if you don’t feel tired or stressed, let her come over and mind the baby for a bit. Rather than use the time to recover your inner calm, use it to prevent stress and exhaustion. Plus, you might have plenty of people who would enjoy the experience.

Speak up!

If you’re tired, tell someone! There’s no need to carry a burden by yourself if others are willing. Talk to the people in your life, especially your spouse. Let them know that the stress is starting to accumulate and you’re worried about its effect on your health.

In fact, carrying for a child while you are sleep deprived is dangerous. You could make a terrible mistake. You aren’t a bad mom just because you need some time to yourself – you’re just human.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Tips for a Basic Bedtime Routine

creating a bedtime routineJust like you or I, a child can’t switch from moments of high activity to sleep without some transition. To help them get into sleep mode, you should create a predictable routine that you perform just before bed. The sooner you establish a bedtime routine, the happier (and healthier) your whole family will be. Over time, your child will begin to show signs of drowsiness when you begin the routine.

The details of the routine will change a bit as your child grows, and routines vary between families, but the basics will remain. Here’s how you can set a bedtime routine.

Pick a Time

I’m sure you’ve noticed that if you fall asleep at ten one evening, you’re sleepy the next night at the same time. Children are the same. Their bodies adjust to the schedules they keep. Exploit this so they follow a regular pattern and fall asleep without protest.

Keep it Routine

Naturally, the most important part of a bedtime routine is consistency. Once you find one that works, stick to it at all costs. Once you set the path, not only do children conform to it, they eventually prefer it. The bedtime procedure should stay the same all through the week, even on weekends. If your family visits Grandma for the holidays, maintain the routine as best you can at her house.

Provide a Transitional Object

Separation from you can be hard on many children. It’s helpful to create a transitional object that stands as a substitute for mom or dad when it’s time to go to sleep. This helps them cope with the anxiety of your absence. This object is often a stuffed animal with a personalized name.

Designate a Sleep Environment

Create a space that welcomes comfort and sleep. Keep distractions out of this room if possible. Play should happen in another room so your child doesn’t subconsciously associate the bedroom with activity and energy. Most importantly, your child should sleep in this place consistently so he or she becomes used to it.

Popular Bedtime Routine Steps

Offer a Light Snack – If meal time was a while back, offer something with carbohydrates and protein. The carbs induce sleepiness and the protein maintains blood sugar until the next meal.

Give a Warning – At a young age, your child won’t understand “ten minutes to bedtime,” but it helps build an association that the day is winding down. This will give them some time to mentally prepare themselves for the change.

Play Calmly – After-dinner play shouldn’t involve a lot of movement or activity. Play calmly with toys in a seated position. Keep your voice low and the lights dim.

Give a Warm Bath – By raising your child’s body temperature slightly, you’ll make him or her more prone to sleep. It’s also a way to play in a calm manner. Since you your child can’t crawl or move around much, they won’t excite themselves. (If your baby doesn’t enjoy baths or gets too excited during them, leave this off your routine.)

Ritual Grooming – Go through the typical end-of-day tasks that anyone else would: brushing teeth and gums, washing hands and face, change of diaper/use potty, etc.

Dress for Bed – Choose non-binding, comfortable clothes. Let your child choose so they feel a sense of “ownership” over the process.

Read a Storybook – Stories are the perfect activity just before bedtime because everyone is still, sitting comfortably in bed, and your voice will lull your child to sleep.

Say Goodnight Briefly – Say goodnight, tell your child you love him or her and then exit the room. Don’t rush back in at the first noise (unless of course you believe you hear distress).

safe sleep solutionGuest Blog by Joanna von Yurt, Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology.

Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

Visit www.swanling.com for more information.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

19 Daylight Saving Time Sleep Tips by the Family Sleep Institute’s Top Certified Child Sleep Consultants

Daylight Saving Time sleep tipsThis year Daylight Saving Time ends on November 2nd at 2:00 am and the clocks will turn back one hour. People usually love getting that extra hour to sleep in, but many parents don’t get that luxury because their children are still used to the pre-time change schedule. However, there are tips out there for parents to prepare their children for the time change and make the transition a little bit smoother. Here are some tips by the graduates (U.S. and Canada) of our top rated child sleep consultant certification program to help you survive the Daylight Saving Time fall back.

Drifting to Dreamland – Amy Gemmiti, Easton, MA

Take steps the week before the clocks fall back to begin shifting your child’s schedules. Starting on or about October 25 and adjusting every two days, start moving your child’s schedule later by 15 minutes.

Drifting to Dreamland

Amazing Little Sleeper – Valerie Birch, Omaha, NE

Start early and write it out! Having a written plan of action can help you see where you’re going and be more accountable. Begin a week prior to daylight saving and adjust your child’s sleep schedule in fifteen-minute intervals. Writing the new nap and bedtimes down for each day leaves little room for error, making the transition even smoother.

Amazing Little Sleeper

Strong Little Sleepers – Lori Strong, Austin, TX 

If you have a child who is particularly sleep sensitive or who tends to wake early, prepare your child ahead of time by moving their schedule in 15 minute increments about 4 days before the time change occurs. Push naps, meals, bedtimes, and wake times later by 15 minutes every day. When we turn the clocks back, your child’s schedule will be at the new time. If your child is older and adjusts well, you can wait until the day of the time change and just shift everything to the new times on November 2nd. Remember that adjusting tends to take a few days to a week, so be consistent with your child’s routine and schedule during this time and try not to stress about it.

Strong Little Sleepers

Healthy Happy Sleep – Laura Swartz, Atlanta, GA

It’s important to keep your child’s current sleep health in mind in preparation for Daylight Saving Time. For example, if he’s carrying around a sleep debt, moving all sleep periods back by 15-30 minutes a week or two before the time change will help him catch up and handle the missing hour with ease. Although this sounds counter-intuitive, earlier sleep periods result in more restorative, deeper sleep and will quickly move the child into the healthy sleeper category. An already overtired child will only become more so, and the transition will take longer without taking this important step. For a well-rested child, push all sleep periods forward by 15-30 minutes 4-5 days before the time change so that he will be able to slide into the new schedule without much effort. Don’t make the mistake of going into it unprepared! Know where your child is on the “sleepy spectrum” so that the transition doesn’t make matters worse!

Healthy Happy Sleep

Babes in Sleepland – Angela Walsh, Rye, NY

Starting as early as a week before, begin changing your child’s eating and sleeping schedule by 15 minutes every other day. Then by the time you actually put your clocks back, you are ahead of the game. Your child will have already transitioned smoothly to this new time.

Babes in Sleepland

Dream Little One – Danielle Rowe, San Jose, CA

BE PATIENT!!  Whether you decide to ease your child into the time change (adjusting bedtime later by 15 minutes every couple of days) or make the abrupt change on November 2nd, you need to have patience with your child. They might be getting up a little too early for your liking (blackout shades can help) or be a bit cranky due to some missed sleep. Just remember that any change in routine can take a week or 2 for your child to adjust. In the mean time, get outside and enjoy the daylight (it can be a great distraction as well as help set their sleep rhythms). This is the toughest time change but it only means that the fun Fall and Winter Festivities are near.Be patient and enjoy!

Dream Little One

Baby Sleep Right – Luanna Bruneau, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Here are tips to help your child adjust to DST a few days in advance:

Date Delay All Meals and Sleep Times by:

  • Thursday, 30 October 2014 15 min
  • Friday, 31 October 2014 30 min
  • Saturday, 1 November 2014 45 min
  • Sunday, 2 November Start according to your normal schedule

Baby Sleep Right

Fairy Sleep Mother – Christina Lattoz, Martinsville, NJ

To adjust your child’s sleep routine for Daylight Saving Time, it is important to start the transition a week in advance. Start by moving daily routines fifteen minutes ahead every two days. For example, if snack time is normally at 10am, serve your little one a snack at 10:15. If bath time starts at 6:30, move it ahead to 6:45. Keep adjusting the schedule until you reach your child’s new bedtime once Daylight Saving begins. It is also best to make sure you are well rested the week before this big time adjustment so it’s a smoother transition on the body.

Fair Sleep Mother

Children’s Therapy Services Sleep Support Program – Liberty Mahon, Cheshire, CT 

In order help your little one to adjust to DLS, I recommend sticking to your usual schedule. You will be adjusting everything in your daily life, including your schedule for work, meals and play, to the new time- your child’s sleep schedule is no different. If naptime was at 9am before DLS then it will be 9am after DLS. During this time, make an extra effort to keep a regular schedule. Cues within your daily routines will help your child know what to expect. If your child always take a bath, read stories then goes to bed, his body will unwind in response to the particular activities leading to bedtime. He should go to bed easily regardless of the time. Just as it may take you a few days to adjust to the new times, you can expect that it will take a few days for your child’s sleep to regulate as his internal clock resets.  A consistent and patient approach is your key to success.

Children's Therapy Services Sleep Support Program

SleepyHead Solutions – Renee Wasserman, St. Louis, MO

For the less sensitive child:

Go with the flow. Come Sunday, adjust the entire day to the new time including naps, bedtime, and meals.

For those who have difficulty with sleep transitions:

Start the transition several days before the end of DST by shifting the day (naps, bedtime, and meals) later by 15 minutes.  Each day, shift an additional 15 minutes.

SleepyHead Solutions

Well Rested Baby – Amy Lage, Beverly Farms, MA

The “fall back” component of DST may be 2 days after Halloween, but don’t let it leave you and your kids feeling like zombies.  Why is this time change scary for some parents?  Because children who were previously waking at 6:30am will now be waking at 5:30am post time change if left to their own devices.  Fear not: with simple prep work, your family can adjust with ease.  Start several days ahead of the change by keeping lights dim or off for an extra 30-60 minutes in the morning, using only the natural light coming in your windows.  In the afternoon expose your child to as much sunlight as possible and in the evening keep the lights on and bright all the way till bedtime.  As our internal clocks are set by cues from light and dark, this simple “light therapy” will help to give our clocks a jump-start.

Well Rested Baby

Achieve With Carolina – Carolina Romanyuk, Brooklyn, NY

Since we will be pushing mealtime and bedtimes 15 minutes later every 3 days, our kiddies will be tired. To help them adjust easier to this time, fresh air and sunlight is a huge plus because the light resets our internal sleepy clock.

If it’s too chilly outside, you may use your indoor lighting to your advantage and turn on the lights in your home where the child is during their waking hour for this transition. Our bodies sleep system (circadian rhythm) works off light and dark. When our environment is lit up, it keeps us awake. When it’s dim or dark, we get relaxed and ready for sleeping.

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Off to Dreamland – Sasha Carr, PhD, New Canaan, CT 

Do the DST change at your house all at once a day early on Saturday morning!

If making a gradual change isn’t an option or just seems like too much trouble, try changing the clocks at home before you go to bed on Friday night, and use the new time on the clock as you go about your day on Saturday. This will give everyone in your family an extra day to adjust before Monday comes around.  Just remember that sports practice, birthday parties, and other Saturday plans outside of the house will still be on “outside” time!

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Meet you in Dreamland – Kerrin Edmonds, Atascadero, CA

Three days before the time change shift your child’s nap and bedtime back by 20 minutes. Then by the time Sunday comes around, it won’t be a huge change.

If your child wakes early that Sunday morning, try and keep them in dim lighting for the first hour after they wake, to help their body clock reset.

But as soon as the time change has occurred, no more adjustment time. Switch cold turkey! This also goes for those of us who don’t get around to readjusting our children’s schedule. It might take a few days but they will adjust

If you have a toddler, a tot clock can be very helpful in letting them know when it is okay to get up for the day.

Meet You in Dreamland

Good Night Sleep Site – Alanna McGinn, Burlington, Ontario

Parents Need Tips Too – It’s important to understand that these time changes don’t only affect our children. It can also be a tough adjustment for us parents. Where we go wrong in the Fall is that we use the “extra hour” as an excuse to stay up later and sleep in more in the morning. The best route to take is to stick to your same routine. To help adjust your own body clock go to bed at the same time each night (even though it will be darker earlier) and wake up at the same time in the morning. It shouldn’t take longer than a week for you to adapt.

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Lullaby Sleep Solutions – Kristen Grippe, Erie, PA

Please DO NOT skip or shorten your child’s afternoon nap in hopes she will get tired earlier than normal for bedtime.  If you start about 1 week ahead and gradually move the bedtime and naptime back in 15-minute increments for a few days at a time, then your little one will be right on schedule and you can enjoy that 1-hour of extra sleep when the clocks actually change!  Be sure to use black out shades in windows to keep the bedroom dark in the morning.  If your little one wakes an hour earlier than the clock says they should, keep your normal daily schedule with usual nap times and bedtime.

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BabyZzz – Jenn Kelner, Toronto, Ontario

1. Plan a few days ahead – Prepare a few days in advance by moving your child’s daytime schedule later in 15 minute increments.

2. Block the morning light – Ensure your child’s bedroom is really dark and use some room darkening curtains to block the new early morning light.

3. Avoid rushing in – If your child does wake earlier than normal, leave them to amuse themselves until the normal wake up time to give their internal clocks a chance to reset.

4. Expose them to plenty of daylight – Expose your child to plenty of light on Sunday, especially in the morning, to help their internal clock adjust to the new time.

5. Earlier bedtime to catch up – If your child has lost some sleep due to the time change, plan for an earlier bedtime to catch up.

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Baby Sleep 101 – Joleen Dilk Salyn, Winnipeg, Manitoba

It’s important to recognize that a child will wake up extra early (before 5:30am) if they’re overtired. With the time change coming, this early waking can be magnified and wreak havoc on a child’s routine. In order to minimize extra-early risings during the first few weeks of the time change, make sure that your child is well-rested *before* the clocks move back. This means restorative naps every day and an age appropriate bedtime between 6-7:30pm for children under 4, for at least two weeks before Daylight Saving Time ends.

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Mountain Dreams Family Sleep Consultants – Julie Miller, Squamish, Vancouver, Whistler, Pemberton

1. Start early: It is best to be prepared and start adjusting a week out.  Consider shifting your child’s entire schedule 10 minutes later each day for a week.

2. Follow a routine: Children cannot read a clock so your routine is how they know what time it is. Follow your complete daily routine on the new adjusted schedule.

3. Adjust sleep times earlier: You will need to adjust to an earlier bedtime gradually.  You may find your child’s usual 6:30am wake up is now 5:30am on the morning after the time change and for a few days following. You will want to compensate with an earlier nap and bedtime schedule and continue to stick to your consistent routine until your kid’s internal clock adjusts.

4. All children are unique: Remember that every child is different and they will adjust differently to changes in their sleep schedule.

5. Also keep in mind that the start and end of daylight saving time are good reminders to get caught up on safety measures around the house, such as changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and cleaning out your medicine cabinets.

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child sleep consultantsWritten by Family Sleep Institute Certified Child Sleep Consultants

The Family Sleep Institute is the very first comprehensive yet affordable child sleep consultant certification program based on 15 years of experience by the leading Child Sleep Expert, Deborah Pedrick. The Family Sleep Institute lives up to its name as it is truly a “family” to all graduates who go through the program. FSI instructs, mentors and certifies Child Sleep Consultants around the world.

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SIDS Prevention and Safe Swaddling

SIDS prevention and safe swaddling

October is SIDS Awareness Month and parents are encouraged to learn more about the risk factors involved in SIDS and what steps they can take to prevent it. SIDS is defined as the death of an infant, less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly and cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. Scientists have learned a great deal about SIDS over the last years and SIDS cases have decreased drastically, but there are still over 4,000 kids that die unexpectedly each year with no known cause.

The leading theory is that SIDS affects babies with an undetected condition (such as a respiratory or heart vulnerability) combined with an environmental stressor (such as an obstructed airway). Babies born prematurely, have a young mother (under 20 years old), or experience a life-threatening event early in life are at a higher risk for SIDS. There’s no way to prevent SIDS entirely, but you can work to make your baby’s chances of avoiding the syndrome as low as possible.

When parents better understand the risks involved with SIDS, this can help to reduce future infant deaths.  Here are five tips on how to help reduce the risk of SIDS along with how to make sure you are swaddling baby correctly and safely.

1. Always place baby on his back to sleep.

Many studies have found that there is a higher incidence of SIDS among babies who are placed to sleep on their stomachs. It is thought that sleeping on the stomach narrows the baby’s airway and causes difficulty breathing. There is also a possibility that an infant sleeping on his stomach is “rebreathing” his own exhaled carbon dioxide. Baby must be put to sleep on his back throughout the first year of life. Swaddling helps baby sleep on their backs and helps prevent sleep-deprived parents from placing baby on their stomach to sleep.

2. Keep baby’s crib clear of blankets and toys.

You never want to put blankets, comforters, bumpers, stuffed toys or pillows anywhere near the baby while he is sleeping. Baby’s head and face must remain free of any blankets or coverings. If using a blanket, make sure it gets tucked around the mattress but a tight fitted sheet is best. By keeping the crib clear it can prevent rebreathing and suffocation. Bumper pads should also be avoided as they can be a potential risk of suffocation or strangulation.

3. Practice safe swaddling.

Pediatrics study suggests that babies who are swaddled experience a more restful sleep than unswaddled babies and can awaken more easily in response to noise, potentially decreasing the risk of SIDS.

For safe swaddling parents should always:

  • Use a swaddle where baby can have good hip range of motion; swaddling too tightly can cause hip dysplasia.
  • The preferred sleeping position for babies is the “hands over heart” position; use a swaddle that does not pin baby’s arms to the side. Babies (and especially babies with colic) can self-sooth and settle by using their hands and fingers in the natural “hands to heart” position just like babies do in the womb.
  • Use a swaddle that will not unravel- this prevents blankets from becoming lose and covering baby’s face. There are swaddles that do not even require wrapping!
  • Don’t over-swaddle baby or double swaddle- overheating baby is linked to SIDS. The new Woombie Air is the first breathable swaddle that regulates baby’s body temperature by allowing excess heat to escape. (Another tip, use a fan in baby’s room to maintain airflow. Plus, the white noise sound the fan creates will help baby sleep!)
  • When baby begins to roll, it’s no longer safe to swaddle. To transition baby to arms-free sleep, take one arm out of the swaddle at nap time and then when baby is used to it, try it at night time.  Take out the other arm and remove the swaddle completely gradually.

4. Keep baby at a comfortable temperature.

You don’t want baby to get too warm while sleeping so it’s best to keep them somewhere that’s room-temperature and don’t excessively clothe them. It has been suggested that babies who get too warm go into a deeper sleep making it more difficult for them to awaken. KidsHealth.org suggests keep the room at a temperature that feels comfortable for an adult in a short-sleeve shirt.

First Candle, a national nonprofit health organization uniting parents, caregivers and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance infant health and survival, says, “When a healthy baby becomes overheated their brain recognizes the problem and attempts to correct it. When a baby predisposed to SIDS overheats, nothing happens to correct the situation.”

5. Place baby on a firm sleep surface.

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, SIDS is sometimes called “crib death” and while cribs themselves don’t cause SIDS, the baby’s sleep environment can influence sleep-related causes of deaths. It’s important to use a safety-approved, firm mattress covered with a fitted sheet and avoid placing baby on a pillow, waterbed, couch, chair or other soft surface. This can help prevent smothering or suffocation. You can check the safety of your baby’s mattress or crib by contacting the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov.

While the exact cause of SIDS remains a mystery, we’re closing in on a solution. The number of SIDS deaths has declined by 50% since 1990, but more work is needed. You can help by donating to the American SIDS Institute and helping us share these tips.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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6 Baby Sleep Myths Busted

baby sleep mythsWhile new parents often find themselves deprived of sleep, they should do everything they can to make sure their new children aren’t.  It’s important for parents to understand healthy child sleep habits.  Many common beliefs you’ll hear as you investigate baby sleep are actually myths worth busting. Here are some of the common misconceptions about baby sleep.

1. Myth: Adding cereal to baby’s bottle will help him stay asleep.

This is an odd misconception that as a certified child sleep consultant I hear only once in a while. Putting baby cereal in your baby’s bottle won’t help him sleep through the night. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you never put anything in a bottle other than formula or breast milk.

2. Myth: Put your baby on a sleep schedule right away.

Babies aren’t born with a natural sleep rhythm like you and I. A newborn is going to have an erratic schedule and it’s far easier if we learn to adapt to it, rather than trying to force the infant. For the first few weeks (even the first couple months), your baby is going to sleep whenever he wants. Once he begins to sleep for longer stretches is it worth the trouble to influence his schedule.

3. Myth: Good sleepers sleep through the night.

Babies follow the same REM sleep pattern as we do, but the cycle is only about sixty minutes (to our ninety). They rise into light sleep and awake occasionally like anyone else. The difference is that the best sleepers have learned how to calm themselves and fall back asleep (this is called self-soothing).

4. Myth: A baby making noise at night needs mom right away.

Listen closely to the noises your baby makes at night before you rush into the room. They’re usually the same gurgles and spurts he makes during the day. If you leave your baby alone after waking, he’ll learn to put himself back to sleep. Learn to distinguish between the normal sounds and the “Help!” sounds. If your baby is clean, dry, and recently fed, it’s safe to leave him in the crib.

5. Myth: Snoring is cute and harmless.

While fifteen to twenty-five percent of all babies snore, it could be the sign of a serious medical condition. There’s a small possibility snoring can signal sleep apnea or another breathing obstruction. Disrupted sleep (and the loss of it) could lead to developmental problems. If the snoring is frequent, consult your doctor.

6. Myth: A baby should be sleeping through the night after three months.

All children are different, so it’s important not to impose rigid expectations on your child. If your child isn’t sleeping through the night by three months, nothing is wrong. Many babies only sleep five to six hours at a time at this age. They will eventually adjust to a proper adult-like schedule.

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Guest Blog by Lori Strong, Certified Sleep Consultant and Owner of Strong Little Sleepers

Lori is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant through and Certified Happiest Baby Educator. She is the founder and owner of Strong Little Sleepers, which was started on the idea that all families need and deserve to get a good night’s sleep. Lori was the first certified child sleep consultant in Austin, Texas and was honored as Best Sleep Expert in the 2013 Austin Birth Awards. She is also a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants. Lori combines her experience as an educator and a parent to offer customized sleep plans and support to families with children ages 0-6 across the country.

For more information, please visit www.stronglittlesleepers.com.

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How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Safely

safe baby sleepBabies sleep a lot as infants. It’s essential that parents understand the dangers and how they can prevent their children from harm while sleeping. As a nurse and baby sleep expert, I’ve been helping families get the rest they need for years. Here are some tips on baby sleep safety.

1. Put Baby on Their Back

Make sure that you always place baby on his/her back when you are putting your little one down for the night or for a daytime nap. This is the best sleep position for babies because babies who are placed to sleep on their stomachs are at a higher risk for SIDS. The reason for this is uncertain but there have been findings that suggest that infants who sleep on their stomachs get less oxygen or re-breathe their own carbon monoxide, or “bad air”. It is important to keep putting baby down on his back throughout the first year of life.

2. Monitor Your Baby

Having a baby monitor in the room with your baby allows parents to keep an eye or ear on their baby from another room. Monitors give you the ability to listen to your baby and check on them without disturbing their sleep. They help you to identify whether or not baby needs your attention and can provide parents with reassurance that baby is sleeping safe and sound.

3. Keep Crib Empty

It’s important to keep cribs empty of all items such as pillows, blankets, bumper pads and stuffed animals. All of these items pose suffocation hazards to babies. Any loose fabric or soft cushions can unravel and block baby’s nose and mouth. Fighting for air or becoming overheated from too many blankets may be linked to SIDS.

4. Safe Swaddling

Swaddling can be very beneficial for baby as it mimics touch and recreates the confinement felt in the womb. It also helps maintain the “back is best” sleep position and promotes good sleeping patterns. However, traditional swaddling blankets pose the risk of wrapping babies too tightly and reducing necessary movement in the hips causing hip dysplasia. Thick blankets or too many layers can cause overheating, and strong babies can break out of traditional swaddling blankets which can unravel and cover baby’s face.

Choose a safer option like the Woombie, a baby swaddle that requires no wrapping and is designed to gently hug baby while allowing for natural movement. The Woombie Air is a breathable swaddle that allows for excess body heat to escape making it the first ventilated swaddle.

5. Safe Co-sleeping

There is a debate over whether co-sleeping is beneficial to babies, and there are pros and cons for each side. The argument for co-sleeping is that children who sleep next to their parents tend to have better emotional health later on in life. They tend to be happier, less anxious, and have higher self-esteem. Some parents believe that leaving baby alone to cry itself to sleep results in stress, which can make baby more prone to illness. Parents who believe in co-sleeping find that baby falls asleep faster and sleeps better overall.

On the other side of the debate, parents argue that co-sleeping is risky for babies as there is an increased chance of overheating and a risk of suffocation if a parent accidentally rolls onto the baby. They believe that an infant sleeps better on his own as constant bed movement can disturb a baby who is co-sleeping. They also argue that co-sleeping does not leave parents with sufficient time to themselves to wind down for the night and does not allow for intimate alone time for parents.

For parents who do decide to take the co-sleeping route, make sure your mattress is firm with tightly fitted sheets and keep your pillow away from the baby. Keep the bed away from side tables and make sure there is no gaps baby can fall into. The best position for baby is on the side of mom instead of in the center of the bed. Consider buying a larger size bed so everyone has more space and can get a better night’s sleep.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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