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  • 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, 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!

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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!

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