🛀 Bath time!🛀 Best time for baby's bath is in the bedtime routine. This tip is valid up until about 2-3 years old depending on your child. The bath is a great way to signal baby's brain that we are going into bedtime, and that this sleep isn't just a NAP! The key here, is starting EARLY! Like... early early. Babies loooove bedtime routines and you can start it as soon as you come home from the hospital! Will it work right away? Probably not, but getting in the habit of it is great.
If you can make bath time relaxing from the start, you can stretch out the nighttime bath routine well into 3-4 years old. Sometimes, bath time becomes FUN time though! If you already have a good sleeper on your hands, bath TIME is flexible. If it riles your kiddo up... maybe it's not best to do that right before bed time. If it helps to relax them... keep it in the bedtime routine! It's all about your kiddo, but I ALWAYS recommend that babies have it in the bedtime routine. Always always always!
On-the-go naps are fine to do once in a while, and are even recommended, to keep mama happy and not feeling “trapped by the nap”! Your child’s healthy sleep is of huge importance, but it’s also crucial not to forget about parents’ needs, like grabbing a coffee with a friend for some adult social time, going to a fitness class to get those endorphins flowing.
When you can, ensure the first nap of the day happens at home, as this is the nap that sets the tone for the rest of the day. Then, if you’re planning to go out, make the second nap the “on-the-go” nap (or, if you have a child on three or four naps, it may be one of those).
And, don’t be afraid to put your child down for a nap at someone else’s house while you stick around for a longer visit with your friend or family member – be sure to bring along the familiarities of home (sleep sack, comfort object if you use one, sound machine if you use one, and ensure there is a crib/travel crib for you to use, or bring one of those along as well); and, voila! Naptime for baby, downtime for mama!
Do you carve out time for on the go naps? Where is your favourite place to do this? Mine used to be stopping at Starbucks for a bevvy treat and then walking around local trails with my SIL and our littles while they napped in their carriers!
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//BABY MASSAGE PERTH INTRODUCTORY VIDEO//
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1 54 hours ago
What are you going to be for Halloween? Myself—a superhero. 🦸♀️
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Y es que esta es una de las primeras cosas con las que te das cuenta que no volverás a ser la misma.
Y es que una cosa es ver que estas subiendo de peso por tu pancita de embarazo y otra el shock de ver que la memoria de ti misma sobre tu cuerpo a quedado muy muy atrás. Lo bueno es que el cuerpo es muy sabio y puede retomar su forma si le hechamos un poquito la mano.
Otra de las cosas que te muestran que tu vida ya no será la misma son los desvelos, despertar cada tres horas es agotador piensas: ¿Cómo alguien puede vivir así? Esto al principio es completamente normal y lo vas prosesando, pero todo tiene un tiempo y momento, te digo con todo el respaldo científico y profesional que este episodio agotador puede terminar al cumpmir los 6 meses tu pequeño, su cuerpo y cerebro están listos para poder unir sus ciclos de sueño y dormir toda la noche. Una madre descansada es una madre que puede manejar mejor los retos de la maternidad y una madre más feliz que puede amar mejor a sus hijos.
Stay cool my little one, them hot days are coming 👶 Sleep safety is important to me, after all this is my product for YOUR precious baby.
What you may see is a simple sleep bag, but with this product comes restrictions and checklists that need to be adhered to in order to comply with Australian Standards. So I keep it simple. Because it's the right thing to do. For you, your baby and for me and my biz.
Last night was hell. Owen and I both have colds and Owen woke literally every half hour or more. Finally brought him into our bed at 5.30am and he slept until 8. Thrown out our day nap routine now because he's usually up at 6.30 or 7, napping at 10 and 2. Today is going to be tough... still in my PJs as you can see in the photo 😄. Even though Owen had such a bad night, he finally mastered getting the yellow triangle into the shape sorter 👏👏👏
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Happy Sunday, babes! Who got a sleep in?! 7am over here! 🙌🏼🥳 x 📷: @celestecclark
2 117 hours ago
•• Saturday’s are for snoozing! 💤 ••
Are you struggling to recognize when your baby is ready to nap? Some babies will make it loud and clear when they need to nap, but others aren’t as obvious. Then you end up with an overtired baby - which can seem like a never ending cycle. 🥴
How your baby naps throughout the day (quality and duration) directly affects bedtime. If bedtime is consistently a battle, it might be time to consider tracking your baby’s wake times! This is the basis for getting your little one sleeping better at night. 😴
Wake times change as your baby gets older. For example, my son is 7 months old and can stay awake about 2hrs 45min before needing another nap.
My wake time cheat sheet will be going up on my website at 9:00 pm ET! If you’re ready to end the battle at nap time and bedtime, snag yourself a copy and try it out first thing tomorrow! 🥰
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Traveling with babies. There are SO many factors to take into account. And with the holidays I know it’s on your mind! ⠀
Whether it’s heading to family only 15 minutes away, or a full-on, globe-trotting trek, your kiddo will need to sleep, and here’s how to help them do so. ⠀
1️⃣ Know when to go. If you’ve got a full day of driving ahead of you, and you have to leave first thing in the morning, then that’s what you’ve got to do. If you have any lee-way, leaving during nap time can potentially help your kiddo get their shut eye in the car on-the-go. It won’t be their best nap, by far, but travel = survival. Flying? Check out my stories today for ALL of my best plane-travel advice. ⠀
2️⃣Bring the stuff. Got your white noise machine?✔️Tin foil, dark sheets & push pins, or Slumberpod?✔️Sleep sack?✔️Pack n’ play?✔️⠀
3️⃣Have a plan. Will you be sharing a room with your little one? I highly advise the Slumberpod. Will you be able to let your little one protest as they fall asleep / get used to their new environment? THIS is a biggy. Many of my families aren’t prepared for their little ones’ sleep to go off the rails when on vacation. There’re a myriad of reasons this happens! Ie. room sharing when they were used to being alone, a new, different place, hard-to-control sleep environment, new, exciting experiences they have FOMO over, etc. It can be so tempting to pull baby into bed with you, and no one wants to hear criticism from their family... (“Oh, I thought you said your baby was ‘trained’?”🙄)But if you can prepare in advance you will be a huge step ahead of the game! ⠀
4️⃣Practice makes perfect. If baby doesn’t sleep in a pack n play at home, have them start sleeping there 3-7 days in advance of your trip so they are used to it before you ever leave home.⠀
5️⃣Remember life happens. Again, travel = survival. If things end up less than perfect, know that when you get back home, you can get everything back on track in a matter of days. Sometimes re-training is necessary, but it can definitely be done. ⠀
You got this! Now tell me where you’re going for the holidays, and share any travel secrets you’ve discovered for baby or otherwise!!⠀
4 918 hours ago
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Too much time and effort are wasted worrying... About what someone will think of our clothes, our looks, our homes, our cars, our opinions, our parenting decisions.
The truth is none of this matters.
Many families, mine included, are experiencing the real life effects of knowing a family member will not be with us at Christmas this year. A family member who is too young to be gone. A family member who will be gone nonetheless.
In this stark reality I’m learning to live a different way.
I am learning to choose life.
I am learning to speak out because what I have to say is important.
I am choosing to reach out to strangers to tell you, unapologetically, that I have a way to help your baby even when the doctor doesn’t.
This isn’t the easiest place to operate from.
I choose it because when another mum messages me to tell me how much her baby’s reflux has changed and her life as a result, I know it’s worth the risk of a ‘no’. 𝗠𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀.
If you want your baby’s suffering to stop as soon as possible, before your next doctors appointment or health visitors visit, then send me a DM and I’ll direct you to the best place decoding on where your little one is at.
Its time to give the young babies some love and talk swaddles!
Who doesn’t love a swaddled baby? They are just so cute! Why swaddle? Babies were quite comfy in the womb and find our world to be a very large place. Also, they have a startle reflex, called the Moro reflex, in the early months.
A swaddle serves two purposes. One: it gives a feeling of closeness and security. Two: it dampens the Moro reflex. If you’ve ever seen a baby suddenly fling its arms out, that is the Moro reflex at work! Understandably, this reflex can wake sleeping babies.
When can you start swaddling? Unless your baby’s doctor tells you otherwise, you can start on day one! Be sure the swaddle is not too tight on the chest (make sure baby can easily breathe) or the hips (baby needs to freely move its legs). Also, make sure there is no loose fabric that could ride up and cover baby’s face.
When should you stop swaddling? The official word from the AAP is when your baby can roll over. Some baby experts are more conservative and say 8 weeks, since there is no way to predict when a baby will roll, and you definitely don’t want it to be at night while swaddled. If a baby rolls over, it is important that baby has free access to its arms so it can push up and move its head.
My personal favorite time to transition is during the 3rd month. Why? Rolling is often not yet an issue, and the younger a baby is, the less attached they are to the swaddle.
What if your baby seems to hate the swaddle? Try a different one! Borrow one from a friend if you can, and wait to buy until you know what your baby likes. Many babies like their arms down (@woombieusa and @halosleep are my favorites) and others, like my babies, love their arms up (@lovetodreamusa is my favorite). Don’t give up if it seems like your baby doesn’t love swaddles. Take a look at my stories for a look at my favorite options and my best swaddling tips! Tag an expecting friend!
The best baby sleep tips I’ve learned in the past 6 weeks!
I created a bedtime routine pretty much from the get go. While it wasn’t as structured in the beginning (newborns have a mind of their own 😅), our little routine has become the norm the past few weeks. It looks like this:
1. Go upstairs, change diaper & into his pjs.
2. Keep room dimly lit. I just use the bathroom light.
3. Feed him while reading to him.
4. Snuggle a few minutes & say goodnight.
5. Put him in his bassinet.
6. Turn on the sound machine/night light.
Normally he’s asleep within 30 minutes or so! But, when he does fuss, I let him just get it out. This has really helped him learn to put himself to sleep & not rely on me.
During night feedings I also keep the room dimly lit & try not to stimulate him (ie no tv, singing, etc).
Obviously every baby is different, but these few simple steps have really helped us!
I’ve also gotten a lot of questions about what Brayden sleeps in. We started him out in the Arms Reach TotPocket. The little nest provided a womb-like environment for him & as a new mom, having him that close to me in bed relieved SO much anxiety.
We then moved him to the Arms Reach 3-in-1 Co-Sleeper! I use it as a free standing bassinet & absolutely love it!
This sleeper has three modes so it will actually grow with Brayden! It has a Bedside Sleeper, Free Standing Bassinet & a Play Yard!
It comes with everything you need to get started - sheet, mattress, carrying case & strap & plate to connect to the parent bed.
Next big step, transitioning him to his crib! I’ve already been reading up on steps to make the transition easier.
Do you guys have any other tips here?? Love to share!💕
#momhacks 🔥🤦♂️Вернемся к теме ПРО СОН 💤 💡🧞♂️➡️ДЕВОЧКИ СОХРАНЯЕМ ПОСТ В ЗАКЛАДКИ!⬅️ 🤔🕦Итак , ЧТО ВЛИЯЕТ НА ИНДИВИДУАЛЬНУЮ ПОТРЕБНОСТЬ ВО СНЕ КАЖДОГО РЕБЕНКА? ✅Генетические особенности. В первую очередь на индивидуальную потребность во сне влияют генетические особенности. 🤯Все люди делятся на долгоспящих и короткоспящих. 🐦🐧🦉Как понять к какому типу вы относитесь? Ответь на вопрос «за какое количество часов сна вы получите состояние, при котором вы не испытываете сонливости?» Если ответ 8-10 часов – вы долгоспящий человек, если ответ – 6-7 часов – вы короткоспящий человек. Эта особенность передается вашему малышу. Но влияет на потребность во сне не только генетика! ✅Бодрствование, физические нагрузки. При повышенных физических нагрузках, необходимо больше сна, чтобы восстановиться. 💪🏃♂️🤸♀️Если ребенок прыгал, бегал, двигался, плавал в бассейне или море, то количество сна на восстановление будет больше. 🍛📺Если ребенок проводит спокойно бодрствование, то скорее всего сна нужно меньше. ✅Состояние здоровья. При некоторых состояниях здоровья дети отсыпаются и восстанавливаются. И сна нужно больше. ☝️То есть логично когда ребенок болеет и его сон восстанавливающий то спит он как правило дольше и крепче чем обычно. ✅Условия сна. Доказано, что при 🌡❄более низкой температуре, 💨🍃доступе кислорода, 🌑☁️🕶в темноте сон более качественный. ✅Подготовка ко сну может действовать 🛁🧼возбуждающе или, наоборот, расслабляюще. Многие рекомендуют перед сном купать малыша для успокоения но совсем не факт 👶ВАШ малыш после ванны будет хотеть спать а не носиться по дому с новым приливом сил 🤦♂️ #сонмалыша#детскийсон#нормасна#нормысна#шпаргалка#сон
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1 412 hours ago
It makes sense to use gentle, no-cry sleep solutions for your precious baby. .
RE: We did not get our money's worth on 'The ABC's of Sleep'
Before you activate your support team, please read.
Our bubs is a graduate of #takingcarababies newborn class. Since we enrolled in the class when he was 8 weeks old, he had consistent sleeps/naps. Even when we were on holiday in a motorhome.
Just before he was 6 months old, he started crawling & we introduced solids. At the same time, we noticed that he was struggling to fall asleep. It went on for a few nights that week.
Hence, we decided to purchase The ABC's of Sleep. We finished the materials that night, and decided to start the next night.
Tonight is night #9 , & we have yet to get a chance to implement what the class teaches. From 'Night 1', he has been great at falling asleep and putting himself back to sleep. The only thing we did was, shift bedtime earlier by 15mins.
So yeah, we felt that we did not get our money's worth, and we are exceedingly glad about it!
Question: We understand that there may be regressions in the next 20 months, because of his developmental progressions. If we haven't had a chance to do what's planned for night 1 & 2, do we start with that, or do we do what's planned for night 3 onwards. (Sorry readers, we are not going to reveal what's the plan for night 1 & 2 etc. If you need sleep, buy the class, there's money back guarantee, and I doubt anyone has asked for it)
Warning: It's about to get real. I want to share something I didn't think I'd EVER post.
Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day, and I want to be real with you about one of my mental health struggles.
Let me set the stage. I had a 6 year old, a 3 year old, a 10 week old, and found out I was pregnant with our fourth. That 10 week old cried ALL DAY. If he wasn't puking, he was screaming ( #reflux ). I hit a wall; I hit it hard. I remember falling to my husband's feet, as he left for work, begging: "Don't leave me here with this crying baby!" I laid there in a puddle of tears.
I don't remember how I got up, but I can tell you I did. Those were the hardest days of my life.
And here it is, the thing I didn't ever think I'd share: I needed an antidepressant for an entire year. Not only that, I needed it WHILE PREGNANT.
I felt crushed by my shame. What about this baby inside me? Wasn't I strong enough to just "handle life"? Didn't I care about my growing baby more than my own desire to "feel better"? Why was I such a failure?
But mamas, I needed it. I tried everything else first. I did my best without it, but I wasn't okay. Ultimately, it was the right decision for my health AND for all of my babies. So, today I'm sharing my truth; today, I'm choosing #NoShame . Because I needed HELP, and my babies: they needed ME. A HEALTHY ME!
Taking care of your health and reaching out for help may look like hiring a babysitter, talking to a therapist, starting an exercise plan, beginning meds, or something else. All of those deserve #noshame . At the end of the day what babies need is love from healthy parents.
If you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, stay tuned: tomorrow, I'm excited to share with you a guest post about ways to PREVENT postpartum depression. I can't wait for you to get your hands on this; I think it would have made a huge difference for me.
If you're struggling and don't feel like you can share, I want you to know that I see you. I've been there. You're not alone. Ask for help!
And for those who are doing well, would you check on your people today? Let them know that you're there. Make sure they know they're not alone. Your people need you!
984 25,5959 October, 2019
Did you know: Babies are not afraid of the dark! 🤔
Really! It’s true!
Little ones don't fear the dark until they start developing an imagination. This typically happens after age 2.
For little ones, light STIMULATES the brain and turns off the sleepy hormone, melatonin.😱 So....when it's time for sleep: turn off those night lights!
It truly helps!
But...can a nightlight ever be appropriate? Yes!
💡As you prepare your baby for sleep during your bedtime routine, lowering the lights and using a nightlight is a perfect way to decrease stimulation and prepare the body for sleep.
💡Keeping the overhead lights off and using a dim nightlight during night-time feedings can also help your baby learn that nighttime is for sleeping.
Don’t forget: Other things that give off light can be covered too. This will help with consolidated sleep! For example, your humidifier, monitor, or sound machine may have a light. Feel free to put a piece of electrical tape over it or even use dark nail polish. (See stories today for more ideas!)
Do you have other light-blocking hacks?
If you need to unplug the nightlight tonight, do this: 🙋🏼♀️🙋🏾♂️🙋🏽♀️🙋🏻♂️! 🙌🏻
📷 by @lindsaytad
765 7,82016 October, 2019
Can I tell you something exciting?
This week, I’m at my very FAVORITE place on earth AND I get to meet and learn from some of my FAVORITE women to follow on Instagram.
I'm SO excited to learn from: @amyporterfield, @msrachelhollis, and @jasminestar 🤩🤩🤩
Plus... I get to meet some special Instagram friends IN REAL LIFE: @speechsisters, @shan.tripp, @safeintheseat, @browdersmusic, @drcassidy, and @drsterlingobgyn!
All of these incredible women are changing the world and bringing so much education and light to Instagram!
So tell me, what are your favorite accounts to follow? Who is an “Instagram friend” that you’d love to meet in person? Which people from Instagram would have you fangirling if you got to meet them in real life?? 🤩🤩🤩
Shoutout to my new “real life” friend and photographer who I met on Instagram: @hattiefoote! 📷
261 4,67917 October, 2019
Ready to learn the SECRET for naps on the go? 🤫
How do you get a baby who sleeps great at home to sleep equally as well in the car seat or stroller? 🤷♀️
Here it is: YOU DON’T! 😬😬😬
Consider this: How well do you sleep on an airplane? ✈️ You may doze off and on, but that deep restorative sleep typically happens in your bed, not on the go. Many babies are the same, especially after 10-12 weeks of age.
"But, wait- does this mean my baby ALWAYS has to nap at home?” Of course not! Deep restorative sleep typically happens in the crib, BUT a nap CAN happen while out and about occasionally too.
Let’s say.. you have an appointment that cannot be rescheduled, an older child who needs to be picked up from school, friends visiting from out of town, or you just decided to walk around Target for awhile. This happens! This is life! Sometimes naps ARE on-the-go.
A good rule of thumb: The 80/20 Rule. Most sleep (80%) occurs at home, but life (20%) is allowed to happen too!
If you know naps will be on-the-go, here are some practical tips:
🔹Get the other nap(s) at home that day.
🔹Bring a portable sound machine.
🔹Use a stroller cover to decrease light and stimulation.
🔹Don’t expect baby to transfer from car seat to crib (if it happens... buy a lottery ticket).
🔹Instead, if your baby falls asleep in the car- go through a Starbucks drive-through and catch up on all our highlighted stories😄- this is your best chance in sneaking in the longest nap.
🔹Shoot for a 15-30 min earlier bedtime as this nap typically isn’t as restorative as others.
🔹Never leave a baby unattended in a car seat. Move baby out of the car seat as soon as you arrive home.
🔹Be sure to watch today’s stories! 👍🏽
If your baby will ONLY nap on the go, we want to work on that so your little one can get those deep restorative naps. The best place to start is nighttime. Once nights are conquered, THEN we can begin working on naps. (We have classes for that! Link in bio.)
Do you have any nap-on-the-go tips to add?
🎥 by @mrcodytoups
745 4,4804 October, 2019
If I could tell all mamas one thing it would be this: there’s no need to rush it. Let your beautiful bubbas unfold as they should.
They have YEARS to learn sleep independently, learn to sit at the dinner table, stop having boob or be picked up, there’s no need to force it on them in infancy. We have so much more to gain by letting them go at their own pace, they will grow from a solid base rather than a shaky one.
I think we should keep our babies in our rooms as long as we can (we had our daughter next to our bed for 14 months), breastfeed as long as we can (whatever that might be) and pick them up for as long as they are light enough to do so. They will not always need us so much ❤️
Love this quote from @little_leggs * #norush#letthembelittle#sleep#babysleep#breastfeeding#weaning#carrying#babywearing#carryingmatters#carryallthebabies#motherhoodunplugged#ig_motherhood#love#cuddles
121 2,4217 October, 2019
Did you know interrupted sleep can be the FIRST symptom of an ear infection?
Yes, initially, it can be the ONLY symptom!
Even if a baby seems perfectly fine during the day, NEW and SUDDEN interrupted sleep may be a result of an ear infection!
➡️️Why? Because ear pain can get exponentially worse when a baby is lying down flat because of the increased pressure on the eardrum.
Other signs you might not be looking for that can also be a sign of an ear infection:
✅ runny nose (even clear drainage)
✅ eye drainage (goopy or even just watery )
An amazing benefit of having a great sleeper: You know “off nights” can actually mean something is up. The only way to know for sure is to visit the doctor.
*️⃣Important: A rough night does NOT always mean your baby has an ear infection. Just know that if your nights are ALL OF A SUDDEN rough, it can be an important prompt to explore the idea! (See today’s stories!)
Is sleep so ROUGH you wouldn’t even notice a difference in your nights if a new sleep disruption occurred?? We have the solution to help your baby sleep!! (Link to classes in bio).
What about sleep when littles are sick? Check out the blog “Baby Sleep and Sick Season.” (Link in stories!)
Has this happened to you? Your only clue of an ear infection was nights suddenly going from great to off? What other tips or products have you used to help your sick baby be comfortable and feel loved?
411 2,44114 October, 2019
I do not think parents who sleep train are selfish.
I know very well the very unselfish reasons I chose to sleep train my first baby.
My intentions were heartfelt and good.
My beliefs were mainstream.
I believed my baby had a sleep problem.
I believed that he needed to learn to self soothe.
I believed that his growth and development were suffering.
I believed I'd be a happier mother if we could all get more sleep.
I trusted that the 'experts' at my sleep school knew what was best for me and my baby.
Nothing about that time was selfish.
Sadly, this does not negate the fact that if I had indeed successfully trained my baby as I intended, only one of us would have come out a winner, me.
Not my baby nor any other baby needs sleep training.
Those who have chosen the sleep training path are not selfish, though.
What is confusing in all of this is that any time I talk of the way a baby loses out in the process, it is automatically assumed that the parent is viewed as having only done the sleep training for their own personal gain. This is not the case.
In order to challenge the socially accepted beliefs about infant sleep that lead the vast majority of parents down the sleep training route, I can not shy away from the very real mismatch between what is accepted mainstream belief and what is true of infant sleep from a biological, anthropological and psychological standpoint.
Babies do not need sleep training.
We can and should move beyond the sleep training culture and the only way to do that is to keep this discussion happening. 😴💙 #beyondsleeptrainingproject#sleeptraining#thanksbutnothanks#wecandobetter