Tag - sleep tips

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Creating The Ideal Sleep Environment
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Back to School Sleep Tips
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4 Tips to Slow Down and Rest
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Baby Summer Sleep Issues
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5 Signs It’s Time To Go to Bed
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5 Sleep Tips For Travel With Baby
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How To Make Your Nursery Safe
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Should My Newborn Be Sleeping Through?
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Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?
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Sleep Week Challenge

Creating The Ideal Sleep Environment

There is no doubt that the room in which your baby sleeps is important. The environment in which you choose to put your baby or child to bed needs to be conducive to sleep and there are easy ways to achieve that. Here is a quick guide to creating the ideal sleep environment: In Your Room During at least the first six or twelve months, your baby is likely to be sleeping in your room but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to need adapt the environment a little: Lights. If you don’t have a lamp or you only have one that is intended for reading, you might want to swap it for a dimmer light. You want to keep the room as dark as possible. If you can, situate the lamp as close to the door as possible so that you can leave the room in darkness but can turn it on easily when you come up to bed.[…]

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Back to School Sleep Tips

Summer lends itself to later nights thanks to more daylight, outdoor noise, and vacations in other time zones. It’s no wonder adults and children alike get out of their usual sleep routine in the summer season. But as the summer winds down, you’ll want to tweak your kids’ bedtime routines to get back into a healthier sleep habit – especially if they’re starting school soon! How Much Sleep Do Kids Need? The amount of sleep your child needs will depend on their age. Toddlers need up to 14 hours, preschoolers need about 11-13 hours, and school age kids need 10-11 hours of sleep. This resource chart from Sleep for Kids helps you find out how much sleep is ideal for your child. By the teen years, sleep habits are closer to adult sleep needs but they still need about 9 hours a night for optimal health and performance in school. Check your kids’ ideal bedtimes with this Sleep Calculator that[…]

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4 Tips to Slow Down and Rest

The world is abuzz with technology, connection, alerts, and alarms. Most people are never far from their cell phones, which means we’re all available 24/7 if anyone wants to get in touch. Sometimes these connections are welcome, and other times they’re an interruption. Even if we aren’t being bombarded with ringtones and cryptic text messages (who doesn’t flinch when mom leaves a single “call me”?), we find ourselves mindlessly scrolling the Twitter feed for the latest news or seeing what’s up with our second cousin once removed on Facebook today. There’s nothing wrong with staying connected, of course. But it can quickly become an addictive and mindless part of your day, especially once you’ve hit the refresh button four or five times to continue scrolling the same posts over and over again. If you’ve found yourself looking up from the screen wondering where the evening went, this post is for you. We’ll be outlining our top tips to slow down,[…]

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Baby Summer Sleep Issues

As the warmer summer months roll on, more parents start to get in touch with with season specific sleep issues. It’s little wonder why babies tend to have problems sleeping when the weather is hot- we as adults can find it hard to sleep during the summer, so it’s easy to understand why infants would too. So what are the main summer sleep issues we face, and what can we do to solve them? Read on to find out. High Temperatures Let’s start with the most obvious! When the temperature rises, we get hot. And when we’re too hot in bed, we strip back the covers before moving on to stripping off clothes too. Babies cannot do this. And they are less able to regulate their body temperature too, so it’s up to us to make sure they do not get too hot at night. During summer, take steps to ensure: – Baby wears lighter clothing- she may only need[…]

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5 Signs It’s Time To Go to Bed

You’ve probably heard of the circadian rhythm, the “internal clock” that helps you know when it’s time to sleep and wake. This biological clock is controlled by part of your brain that responds to light and dark, affecting your hormone production and internal body temperature, among other bodily functions. If this rhythm is so sophisticated, why do so many people have trouble falling asleep or getting good quality sleep? Unfortunately, our modern world full of appliances, smart devices, and even electric lights can throw off the balance of our natural rhythm and require interventions like sleep medication, melatonin supplementation, and more. Let’s get back to basics! This blog post will outline five signs your body uses to signal that it’s time to go to bed. You should be able to pick up at least one tip that helps you get in touch with your body’s natural sleep cycle and rhythm. 1. You’re Nodding Off: If you can rest your eyes[…]

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5 Sleep Tips For Travel With Baby

Summer is finally here, yippee. Are you planning on traveling? Did you know traveling is one of my top three things, which can mess up your child’s sleep? Here are five tips on how to make sleep when traveling with baby a little easier for you all. Travel Sleep Tip #1 Keep your child’s nap and night routines as similar to your routines at home as possible. If the routine continues to be predictable, your child will find that predictability relaxing. This in turn will make it easier for your child to fall asleep. Travel Sleep Tip #2 Take the bottom sheet of your child’s crib with you. Put this on the crib at your destination. If the bed smells familiar your child will feel more comfortable in their new sleeping space. You can also take the pajamas your child wore the night before. If they have a pillow, you may want to take that with you. As well as[…]

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How To Make Your Nursery Safe

We partnered with CJ First Candle to bring you tips for how to make your nursery safe. Executive Director & CEO, Alison Jacobson shares some key safety considerations to keep in mind as you set-up your nursery. One of the best things when you’re pregnant is designing the nursery and deciding on the theme. Expectant moms spend hours looking online and visiting baby stores to get ideas on how they want the nursery to look. Unfortunately, what they often overlook is the safety considerations when setting up the nursery. Usually, baby shower registries are filled with beautiful layettes, sweaters and blankets for the baby but rarely are there baby proofing items to go along with it. Here are a few safety considerations to keep in mind when setting up your nursery and some “must-have” items to put on your registry: A safe crib is top priority – In 2011, drop side cribs were banned in the United States due to[…]

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Should My Newborn Be Sleeping Through?

The most commonly used phrase you hear when a new baby is imminent is “Get ready for the sleepless nights!” And let’s face it, none of us expect our newborns to sleep through, do we? Or do we? I keep reading articles about ‘distressed parents’ who are so tired after so many sleepless nights. So tired that they embark upon a mission to get their baby sleeping through. And then I discover their baby is two weeks old. Two weeks old! So this is what to do if you’re asking the same question, that is- should my newborn be sleeping through? First of all, remember that your newborn baby is very very young, and survival instincts are in full throttle. There is no manipulation, no wanting to be awake to join in the fun of everyday life, and no feelings of jealousy that older siblings get to stay up and watch TV. Your newborn’s life revolves around survival- eating enough[…]

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Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?

I’m sure we’ve all been there- you’ve followed the bedtime routine perfectly, baby is tired (you KNOW she is tired!) and yet the minute it comes time to sleep… she fights it! Here’s a quick guide to why babies fight sleep and what you can do about it. What does ‘fighting sleep’ mean? Your baby may put up a very good fight against falling asleep. Or so it seems. So if you’ve noticed that she is arching her back, crying, fussing, squirming, kicking and generally protesting about going to bed- that’s fighting sleep! She is tired but she does not want to give in! Sound familiar? Read on… Why do babies fight sleep? There can be many reasons why your baby is fighting sleep today, but in general the following three causes are usually to blame: – Overtired. – Undertired. – Separation anxiety. Any of those seem to be the case for you? Overtired An overtired baby is a disaster[…]

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Sleep Week Challenge

Take the Naturepedic #RespectYourSleep Challenge Sleep Awareness Week is April 23 – 29, 2017 and we’ve put together five easy ways you can #RespectYourSleep and take advantage of better sleep habits. You can choose one each day this week or mix and match as they work for you. As you build healthier habits, you should get a better, more restful night’s sleep. While most people have a problem with not sleeping enough, don’t forget that you can also get too much of a good thing. In general, you should aim to get at least six hours of sleep, but up to nine can be normal for you depending on your sleep patterns. Read our blog about oversleeping for more information and healthy sleep tips. Today’s blog post has five simple tips you can implement right away. We hope that you can choose one or two at a minimum to get started on better sleep habits. If you do all five[…]

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