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Having a baby that sleeps through the night is every parents dream. But where do you begin?? There is so much information out there about teaching your baby to sleep. There are countless books, articles on the internet, and blogs but which one should you try first? All I can say, as a mother of two, start with the one that feels right for you and your family. Or combine them all together to make a unique sleep solution for your family.
A great article to take a look at is 26 Baby Sleep Solutions. I found the article on parenting.com. The article is featured like an alphabet book. A sleep solution for every letter in the alphabet! Some of my favorites are “B is for Bathtime”: it talks about how warm water combined with loving strokes with the washcloth can relax just about anyone. This was an important part of our family bedtime routine. My youngest son is 4 1/2 years old and knows that as soon as I say, “it’s bath time”, he only has a short time before lights out.
I think my favorite one is “J is for Jammies”: make sure your child has comfortable pajamas. Pajamas that are 100% cotton are great and should fit snug. Be sure to check out all of our great 100% cotton pajamas at www.mybabypajamas.com. Again, my youngest son gets excited about bed when he has “Cool” pajamas to sleep in. He loves his LazyOne Wide Awake Short pajamas because he’s into alligators.
Another favorite is,”R is for Routines”: Consistency is key. Enough said! Sticking to a routine can be hard especially if you have more than one child but it’s well worth the outcome. A good nights sleep for you and your baby!
My Baby Pajamas has just put Skivvydoodles Short pajamas for boys and girls and Skivvydoodles nightgowns for girls ON SALE. We have marked them down 15% off their regular price. Skivvydoodles short pajamas and Skivvydoodles nightgowns are in sizes 2T to size 12, while supplies last.
Be sure to check out all of our SALE pajamas.
My Baby Pajamas would like to wish every dad a Happy Father’s Day. Enjoy your day!!
Since My Baby Pajamas is going to start blogging about sleep and our children, I decided to do some more research online and I came across something very interesting, Top Baby Sleep Myths. It’s a list about the most common misconceptions and sleeping babies. I know we all have fallen in the trap to some of them or maybe all of them. I mean we are only human and sometimes parents try anything to get and keep their baby to sleep. Here are a couple of my favorite:
Myth #4 : Rice cereal before bedtime will help my baby sleep longer. Hunger is typically not the cause of sleep problems after 3 to 4 months of age. I know for a fact that my husband and I tried this one with our youngest son. He was tongue-tied and had a hard time sucking from a bottle. He would get tired trying to suck and could not finish his bottle. So at around 11 or 12 weeks old we tried putting rice cereal in his bottle. It didn’t help at all! What helped was getting his tongue released (a small cut the doctor makes under his tongue) which they did around 4 months of age.
Myth # 6: It’s easier to sleep-trian an older baby. The longer a habit is reinforced, the harder it is to break. Habits are hard to break no matter who you are or how old you are. Most adults have a caffeine habit, we get up in the morning and we say to our kids, “please just let me have a cup of coffee first”. A lot of us are guilty of this one. My husband gets up every morning and turns on the coffee maker before doing anything. I must confess I don’t drink coffee but I have one diet coke a day for my caffeine. If I do not get my caffeine I am not a pleasant person. Just ask anyone in my family. I would love to break this habit but it’s been a on going habit for years. It’s just not happening! Trust me, I have tried. Or maybe I just don’t want to give it up. 🙂 Now try to tell a 3 or 4 year old it’s time to start sleeping through the night. It’s going to be a fight. Why not teach them early in life to sleep and enjoy sleep.
You can check out all the myths here : http://family.go.com/parenting/article-mm-178734-top-10-baby-sleep-myths-t/
Which one is your favorite?
I have something to confess to you all-I LOVE SLEEP AND SO DO MY KIDS! Plus, my friends used to call me General, Sergeant, Sleep Nazi etc. I think you get the idea. This all started when I gave birth to my oldest son (who is now 10 years old and can still sleep a 12 hour night). My husband and I wanted our children to sleep and to learn to sleep in their own beds. That’s not too much to ask, right?
Rewind to 1999: I was pregnant for the first time and did not want to give up my sleep. Selfish?? Some will say yes and some will say no. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. My opinion was, I wanted my child to sleep. Everything I read said that children that were good sleepers were smarter, less sick and a happier child. I started to read books about teaching a child to sleep. I read many!! Some of the ones that I read and re-read were “The No Cry Sleep Solutions” by Elizabeth Pantley, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer” by Tracy Hogg , “Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition : How Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep” by Jodi Mindell PhD and finally “Baby Wise” By Gary Ezzo. After reading many books, I decided to take things I liked out of all the books and make my own recipe for sleep. Plus, I wanted something that would work for our family. The main thing I learned: Routine, Routine, Routine!!
Routine was the foundation for teaching my kids to sleep. They woke up at the same time everyday, had a feeding schedule during the day, napped at the same time and went to bed at the same time everyday. Rain or shine! Our bedtime routine was the same every night: bath, pj’s and then book. This bedtime routine is still a constant factor in my 4 1/2 years old day. With this bedtime routine is where I fell in love with pajamas( but I will talk about that in another post).
Teaching your baby (kids) to sleep is definitely a controversial subject. There is no right or wrong answer, it’s what works best for your family that is important. My Baby Pajamas Blog will be starting weekly sleep tips for babies, toddlers, and kids. We would love to hear from you and what works or worked for your family.
Sleep Tight…Sleep Stylish!