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  • 7 Sleep Tips for Parents with Newborns

    Sleep Tips for Parents with NewbornsFor most people, getting a newborn to sleep isn’t that hard. Their bodies are exhausted from all growing that they’re usually inclined to fall asleep after each feeding. It’s not always that simple, though. Sometimes you have to work to get a newborn to sleep. You’ve met their needs (they’re clean, dry, and fed), so how does one convince an infant to sleep?

    1. Skin-to-skin – Sometimes babies are just lonely and want to feel that physical connection to mom and dad. Strip your baby to just the diaper and lay him or her against your bare chest.  Your baby will enjoy the warm sensation and eventually quiet down. Wrap yourself in a blanket or a shirt for skin-to-skin contact.

    2. Swaddling – Swaddling prevents the falling-like sensation of the startle reflex and takes your baby back to a comforting and secure place – the womb. Our Slumber Swaddle and Slumber Sleeper are designed to create a safe and comforting sleep environment.

    3. Fill that tummy – Just like you and I, babies love that full tummy feeling. It helps them fall asleep without a care in the world and prevents them from waking up a moment later. Even though their little stomachs need to be constantly replenished, a feeding just before sleep gives you both as much peace and quiet as possible. If you’re clever, it’s possible to feed a baby without waking them up (because the sucking motion is so instinctual).

    4. White noise – White noise is wonderfully simple. When your baby was in the womb, he or she heard noises from inside and outside mom all the time. Noise is comforting. You can pick up a fancy white noise machine if you like, but anything that makes constant noise will do: a fan, an air conditioner, a radio at low volume, etc.

    5. Bedtime routine – A bedtime routine won’t help you on day one, maybe even during the first month, but over time it will be enormously effective. It creates a predictable cue that sleep is coming. Eventually at the beginning of the routine, your baby will start to become drowsy. You can even perform bedtime routines before naps, but they’re usually shorter (for example, no bath).

    6. Diaper changes – You’ll find that a diaper change makes your baby more alert. They’re not in mom or dad’s arms, their body is exposed and their limbs are being manipulated. When your baby wakes up at night and inevitably needs a change, do it before the feeding so your baby can fall asleep with the bottle (and even through the burp).

    7. Stay in baby’s room – If there’s no comfortable place to sit in baby’s room, you might be tempted to let him or her fall asleep on your lap in the living room, or you might take a stroll around your house. It’s best to let baby fall asleep in their room so they become accustomed to it.

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric 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 is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    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 Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling 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.

  • 6 Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips for Babies

    Daylight Savings Time Sleep Tips for BabiesA baby’s sleep schedule is a precious thing. We spend a lot of time and energy making sure our children get the sleep they need for healthy development.

    Next week on March 8th we’ll be “springing forward” an hour, which means we lose an hour of sleep. This is the kind of change that disrupt a grown adult’s schedule and it can wreak havoc on a baby’s.

    Here are some tips to cope with the Daylight Savings Time change.

    1. Make naps a priority

    Always remember that sleep begets sleep. A well-rested baby has an easier time going to sleep and adapting to changes. Make sure your baby gets all of her scheduled naps during the day and that you don’t plan too many out-and-about activities that could keep her awake.

    2. Adjust bedtimes over the week

    Starting Tuesday or Wednesday, adjust baby’s bedtime fifteen minutes earlier each day. This will slowly acclimate her body to the new bedtime. By Sunday, she won’t even notice the difference. (This is a great piece of advice for adults who struggle with the change, too!) Don’t try to wear your child out so she falls asleep early, however. An overtired child doesn’t get rest.

    3. Start Daylight Savings on Saturday

    Losing an hour of sleep Sunday morning only gives us a day to recover. You can smooth out your week by hosting Daylight Savings on Saturday so your kids have two full days to recuperate and adjust to the new schedule before busy Monday.

    4. Keep a good sleep environment

    Going to bed an hour earlier means the sun will still be out a bit. Make sure you keep your baby’s room dark and quiet when you put her down to bed. You might have to use curtains to keep the natural light out.

    5. Stick to your bedtime routine

    Whenever there’s a sleep change, it’s important to keep all other factors consistent. If you give a bath and read a book each night, continue that tradition so your child understand that it’s bedtime, even though it’s happening earlier than usual.

    6. Adjust your typical daytime activities accordingly

    If you’re putting your baby down fifteen minutes early each day, move the other scheduled activities (like feedings, snacks, etc.) fifteen minutes early as well. This will help reinforce the idea of an earlier day.

    safe sleep solutionWritten 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 Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling 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.

  • 7 Tips for Giving New Baby a Lovey

    giving baby a lovey(PLEASE NOTE: The AAP does not recommend using a soft toy or blanket in the crib before the child is one year of age. Once your baby is 12 months, it's okay for your child to bring a blanket or special toy to bed for comfort, but it's still safest to keep his crib relatively empty.)

    A lovey is also known as a transitional object. Your child goes through a lot of changings during the first year; many of them are stressful. A transitional object is a loveable item that never changes. It stays with the child through his or her changes and provides security. It’s helpful for sleep because it’s always there when your child is alone in bed or wakes up during the night.

    A lovey can be a blanket, stuffed animal or favorite toy. It can be anything as long as your child forms a bond with it. If you don’t intentionally introduce a lovely, there’s a pretty good chance your child will develop a connection with something anyway. Here’s how you can introduce one.

    1. Consider baby’s preferences

    You want an item that your child can easily relate to without much insistence on your part. If your child likes throw blankets, offer a special one. If your child has an affinity for rabbits, a stuffed bunny might be the best transitional object. You could also try a stuffed character from one of baby’s favorite books or programs.

    2. Introduce it early

    Make the lovey part of your child’s life around three to six months of age. Baby won’t respond to it right away, but the connection will slowly build over time. By eight months, your child will feel like it’s always been around, which cements consistency.

    3. Make sure the lovely is safe

    Ideally you want something soft and comfy so you don’t have to monitor your child’s use all the time. It should be able to remain in bed with your child all night. It should not have small pieces that can separate or be removed. It should not have any hard edges.

    4. Make it part of the bedtime routine

    The best way to get your child to accept a lovey is to make it a part of everyday life. Bring it to bed at bedtime. Incorporate it into games and play. Kiss and hug the lovey so your child sees that you accept it and that it’s safe.

    5. Make sure the lovey is present during stressful times

    If you think an occurrence or event will cause stress, make sure the lovey is around. You’ll want it present during doctor’s visits, waking periods after sleep, injuries, meeting new people, and crowded events.

    6. Impart mommy or daddy’s smell

    Young children use their sense of smell for comfort. You can make the lovey feel like mom or dad by snuggling with the lovey yourself. Make sure it touches you when you cuddle with your child before bed. You could also wear it for a few hours against your skin before you give it to your child.

    7. Choose something replaceable

    The idea of a transitional object is that it always stays with your baby, so you’ll want something you can replace in the event that it becomes lost, damaged or destroyed. If you’re buying something new and the cost isn’t too high, consider picking up a spare.

    transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

    The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

    When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

    Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

    To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

    For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

    Interested in writing a guest blog for Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling 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.

  • Tips for Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own Room

    Getting a Child to Sleep in Their Own RoomThere comes a stage in almost every child’s life when they simply cannot stand to sleep in their own room by themselves. While at first you allow them to crawl into bed with you a few nights of the week, eventually you need to break this habit. Children need to learn that they can’t rely on you to comfort them every single night. Here are tips for getting your child to sleep in their own room:

    Compromise

    Early on, there will certainly be nights where you can allow your child to sleep in your room so they feel safe and comfortable. Since this routine can’t go on forever, making compromises with your child is a great way to begin the transition process.

    Tell your child that they can sleep with you for three or four days of the week at first, and then slowly make it less and less as they become accustomed to sleeping in their own bed.

    Stay Until Asleep

    One way to ensure your child feels comforted by your presence is to simply stay in their room with them until they can fall asleep on their own. Having you in the room will give them that added sense of safety, which will make it a lot easier to sleep in their own bed.

    As your child begins to transition to sleeping in their own room every night, you can wean them away by possibly reading them a bedtime story and then leaving while they’re still awake.

    Reward System

    When a child knows they have the possibility of earning some type of reward or gift, they suddenly become a lot more compliant and willing to try something new. By setting up some sort of reward system that benefits your child for sleeping in their own room through the night, this could make a huge difference.

    For example, tell them that they have a special treat or surprise waiting for them at the end of the week if they can manage to sleep in their own bed each night. After a couple weeks of this, they’ll be sleeping soundly without your help at all!

    Bedtime Routine

    Many times, your child can’t fall asleep by themselves due to the fact that they’re still too wound up and not tired enough. Creating a bedtime routine will not only get your child into a healthy habit before bed each night, but it will also prepare them physically and mentally to be ready for sleep. If you can get your kids to brush their teeth, take a bath, put on pajamas, etc. before they lie down for bed, they’ll be relaxed and tired enough to drift off to dreamland!

    safe sleep solutionWritten 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 Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling 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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  • Creating a Bedtime Routine That Works

    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. The Slumber Swan makes for a perfect transitional object.

    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 solutionWritten 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 Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling 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.

  • 4 Baby Sleep Myths

    baby sleep mythsBaby sleep is a complicated issue. During your first months of parenthood, it could be the single largest obstacle in your life. You may look to your pediatrician for answers, query your friends and family, poke at Google and even hire a certified child sleep consultant. Unfortunately, you’re bound to find some common misinformation. Here are some baby sleep myths you’re sure to come across.

    1. You need to be quiet around a sleeping baby.

    It’s true that babies tend to be lighter sleepers than adults, but there’s no need to whisper in your own home in fear that your child will wake up. When your baby was in the womb, she was exposed to lots of noises and sounds, from the outside world and even inside your body. (Imagine what a hungry tummy sounds like on the inside!).

    Many of these noises are actually soothing to your child at this point. Some babies even resist sleeping in pure silence. You might be tempted to use a white noise machine. These devices are fine, just be careful your child doesn’t become too accustomed to the machine (or to silence). It’s best your child becomes used to typical house noises.

    2. Adding rice cereal to your baby’s bottle will help her sleep longer.

    At some point, someone will suggest this to you and it will seem odd right away. Nevertheless, this myth has persisted. The supposed logic is that your baby won’t wake up and cry out at night because she won’t be hungry. It seems like it could be true, but there’s no evidence to support this claim. Babies who eat rice cereal before bed don’t sleep any longer.

    Furthermore, feeding rice cereal to a baby under four months old isn’t safe. Their gastrointestinal systems haven’t developed enough to process it.

    3. Start sleep training right away.

    Parents would do well to accept their child’s erratic sleep schedule during the early months. It’s easier to adjust our schedules than force to the baby on to a schedule at this point. A circadian rhythm develops over time and takes effect near the third or fourth month. Forcing your baby to stay awake just so she’ll sleep when you prefer can have serious developmental effects.

    4. You must respond to your baby right away at night.

    Well-intentioned parents often rush into the nursery at the slightest whimper over the baby monitor. If your baby makes some sleep noises, or even wakes up a bit and gurgles for a few minutes, don’t charge into the room and slather on the attention. Give your child a few minutes to put herself back to sleep. If you don’t give her the opportunity to learn how to self-soothe, she surely never will.

    safe sleep solutionWritten 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 Swanling? Send your topic idea to pr@swanling.com.

    All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Swanling 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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