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At My Baby Pajamas we know the importance of a good nights sleep.  But do our kids know just how important it is to get a good nights sleep?  We have talked with several sleep experts and even some of the experts have written  a few articles for our blog but we would like to share one website with you today.   This website is for kids, parents and teachers and it teaches the importance of sleep to children.  The website is Sleep for Kids and it was created by the National Sleep Foundation.

The National Sleep Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting education, sleep-related research and advocacy.

Sleep for kids is geared toward school age children and teaches the importance of sleep to them.   The website has many different sections for your child and you to go over together.   There is “Why we Sleep”, “How Sleep Works”, “Sleep and You”, and it also has a section of games and puzzles for kids to do on their own.   Sleep for kids also has a section for just Parents and Teachers and goes over many different sleep questions and sleep disorders.

If you and your children are not getting the recommended amount of sleep at night (an 8 year old requires 10-11 hours of sleep), this is the website for you.   This is something you and your child can do together.

My Baby Pajamas believes everyone deserves and needs a good night sleep!  Sleep tight tonight!

Please forward to anyone you know who can benefit from this website: Sleep for Kids.

The Importance of a good nights sleep
Is your child getting the recommended amount of sleep at night?

A good night sleep starts with a comfortable pair of pajamas 🙂

My Baby Pajamas would like our customers to know about the The Baby Sleep Site “Labor” Day Giveaway.  Plus, one of the prizes is a gift certificate from My Baby Pajamas!

The Baby Sleep Site decided to celebrate being a parent with their “Labor” Day Giveaway. With this in mind, they tried to come up with some prizes to help make our jobs as parents just a little easier.   Of course, this means they have included some prizes to help with baby sleep because as we well know, when baby sleeps better, we sleep better.   Plus, having comfortable and adorable pajamas on your baby helps too. 🙂

Here is the link for the giveaway and there are many ways to enter to win:

Also, don’t forget your babies comfortable pajamas.   Our footie pajamas are always a best seller!

Good Luck to everyone!!

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Nicole Johnson, owner of The Baby Sleep Site

Nicole Johnson, owner of The Baby Sleep Site

If you have an “easy” sleeper, you’re lucky and your baby has probably been sleeping well since she was just a few weeks old. But, if you have a baby with sleep problems, life can be more exhausting for both of you. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to childhood obesity, depression and learning difficulties, and problems only become more difficult to break as your child gets older. Using these 5 tips to tackle sleep problems in the 4- to 7-month-old-range will get you off to a great start help your baby sleep through the night.

1. Develop a Sleep Routine – Children thrive on routine and predictability. With proper nap and bedtime routines, a child will know what to expect and begin to welcome sleep as part of the daily schedule. A typical bedtime routine might last 20-30 minutes (possibly longer for spirited children) and include diaper and pajamas (the appropriate weight and style for the room temperature), a quiet game, breastfeeding/bottle/cup (for babies under 2), teeth brushing, potty (if applicable), reading, cuddling, and then lights out. A nap routine is similar to the bedtime routine, but usually shorter, about 10 minutes.

I usually exclude a bath from the bedtime routine, since I know parents may not have time or energy to bathe their child every day, and, until the kids are older and getting very dirty, there is no need. Second, if a child is spirited, a bath may actually do more to energize the him than to calm him.

2. Schedule an Early Bedtime – An early bedtime is crucial to a good night’s sleep. When babies and young children are overtired, they may have more difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep and will often wake too early in the morning. While many parents think that keeping a child up later at night is best, it’s actually the early bedtime that will lead to a more restful sleep and a later waking in the morning.

3. Ensure Baby Takes Naps – The better a child naps during the day, the better she will sleep at night because she’s less likely to be overtired at bedtime. A good nap lasts at least one hour and is in a quiet, sedentary location, versus in a stroller, swing or car, which is not nearly as restorative. Shorter, more frequent naps are common during baby’s first 6 months. If your baby is in daycare, you may need to work with your daycare providers to establish routines and limits to enable your child to nap longer.

4. Avoid Sleep Associations – Babies, like all humans, have natural sleep cycles, which are periodic awakenings throughout the night. (We rarely remember them in the morning.) If a baby falls asleep using a soothing technique, like a pacifier, bottle, nursing, or rocking, which he cannot replicate on his own when he awakens between sleep cycles, he will likely cry out for Mom or Dad to help him back to sleep. So it’s important for you to put the baby into his bed awake, so that he falls asleep on his own and will be able to put himself back to sleep during the night.

5. Manage Night Feedings – Through the first nine months, it is considered normal for babies to eat one or two times overnight. Some stop much sooner on their own accord or with just a little nudge from mom. If a baby is eating more frequently than that or she is older than nine months, you may want to consider cutting back (or cutting out) feedings. All babies are different and experts disagree as to when overnight feeding should stop. A mom knows her baby best and will be best able to determine whether she still needs to eat at night, but any more than two feedings after three months old and she probably has a sleep association with nursing or the bottle.

Nicole Johnson is a sleep coach and the owner of The Baby Sleep Site™ ( specializing in baby sleep products and consulting services. She is also the President of Babble Soft (, a premier baby software company that further helps new parents with baby sleep issues. Nicole is a wife and the mother of two boys. With a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Ohio State University, Nicole has also received an honorary degree in “Surviving Sleep Deprivation,” thanks to her son’s “no sleep” curriculum. She has become an expert on infant and toddler sleep and has made it her mission to help other parents solve their child’s sleep problems, too.

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It’s August and that means families all over the United States are preparing for back to school.     The National Sleep Foundation has offered sleep tips to help make the transition from summer time sleep schedules to back to school sleep schedules easy for both kids and parents.

Here are a few of the tips from the National Sleep Foundation:  a few weeks before school starts, start moving their bedtime 15 minutes earlier every other night until you reach their school  bedtime.   Also, make sure you wake your child up 15 minutes earlier every other day until you reach their back to school wake up time.

Be consistent with your routine.  Be sure to stick with your new routine even on the weekends.  Also, make sure your child has a good sleeping environment.   A cool, dark and quiet room are best.  Remember the best sleeping temperature is 68 to 72 degrees.

Make sure to limit the amount of caffeine your child has after lunchtime.  Especially, if you have a young child.   Also, studies show children and adults sleep better with no TV.  The flicking light from the TV can disrupt good sleep.

  • Sleep experts generally recommend at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep for kids ages 5 to 12 and even more for younger preschool-age children.
  • Teens need about 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night to function best.

Good luck and Sleep Tight!   Be sure to check out our new arrivals for back to school pajamas.   We have already started to receive Skivvydoodles and Kicky Pants Bamboo Pajamas.

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Jack with his blanket and binkie Age 2

Every parent knows that getting your baby to sleep through the night is difficult and sometimes a long road.   Establishing a routine very early in a infants life is key but another important key is teaching your baby to fall asleep independently and staying asleep.

Everyone, including babies, will and do develop sleep associations.   These are the things we associate with bedtime.  Both my children had a favorite blanket that they took to bed with them.   My youngest also had a binkie (which is now a aide in preventing SIDS).    Many will say not to use  a binkie but we had no choice with Jack.  He was tongue tied and it was used to strengthen his tongue.   Plus, they do give it up when they are ready 🙂  Whatever it may be make sure it’s safe to be in the crib with you baby and that it’s NOT you!

We all love holding and rocking our baby.   We as parents only get to hold and rock our babies for a short part of their lives.  Experts will say not to  hold or rock your baby to sleep every night because then your baby will associate this with them sleeping.   When your baby wakes up in the middle of the night, they will not be able to recreate that same sleep environment on their own because it involves you.

As your journey begins to teach your baby to sleep on their own start to introduce items to your baby that they can sleep with, such as a special blanket.  My Baby Pajamas has soft bamboo blankets by Kicky Pants.   Soon your baby will associate these items with sleep.   Then when they wake in the middle of the night, they will be able to soothe themselves back to sleep without your assistance by holding their special blanket or item.   Don’t forget comfy pajamas!

Good Luck and sleep tight!

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It’s summer time and many moms wonder what to put on their baby at bedtime.    The ideal temperature for the best sleep is 68-72 degrees.   If you have air conditioning, make sure you are dressing your baby properly.   Long sleeves and long pants would be ideal for a baby in air conditioning.  Also, many moms like footie pajamas.   Make sure the footie pajamas are not a heavy weight.   My Baby Pajamas carries many great options for footie pajamas.   Here is the link for footie pajamas: .

If you do not have air conditioning make sure your baby does not get too hot at night.   Putting a fan in their room works great or if you have a ceiling fan be sure to use it.   Also, you don’t want to dress them in long sleeves pajamas.   A great option is our bamboo pajamas for kids.  My Baby Pajamas carries Kicky Pants Bamboo pajamas and we offer short sleeve pajamas from 3-6 months to 18-24 months.   Kicky Pants Pajamas are incredibly soft and luxurious feeling.  Bamboo is an eco-friendly, sustainable crop that grows wild without the aid of fertilizers or pesticides.  Bamboo fabric is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and antistatic.  Bamboo absorbs water 3-4 times better than cotton, keeping skin comfortable, rather than sticky.  And, bamboo stays 2-3 degrees cooler in the hot weather and 2-3 degrees warmer in the cold weather.   Here is the link for our bamboo pajamas :

No matter how old your child may be, please be sure to dress them comfortably.   My Baby Pajamas offers a huge selection of pajamas for kids of all ages.

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teaching babies to sleep, baby sleep tips Teaching your baby to sleep and the different methods will always be a hot topic.   My Baby Pajamas loves researching babies and sleep because we feel every child deserves and should get a good night sleep.   In doing our research this week we came also this article on WebMD.  It’s all about babies and sleep!  How much a newborn should sleep, nap schedules, SIDS Prevention and much more.   There are articles and videos to watch.   My Baby Pajamas wanted to share this site with you because we felt it was a good one to bookmark 🙂  Here is the link: .

Don’t forget My Baby Pajamas has our Bamboo kids pajamas ON SALE NOW.   The summer collection is 25% off.  Choose from footie pajamas and short sleeve pajamas.

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Anthony napping at age 5

How much sleep does your child need?   This is a question that I am sure every parent wonders about from time to time or maybe all the time.  Especially when you bring home your first baby from the hospital.    The nurses and doctors really don’t tell you anything.  In fact, if you talk to the day nurse and then talk to the night nurse, I am sure you would get two different ideas about how much your baby should sleep 🙂

So to save every new mother time, I have done the research for you on how much a baby should sleep.  I have broken it down by age for you.    I searched books and the internet and basically all the information I found was the same for a good sleeping baby.   Which is what we all want, right?

One Month old: Babies one month old should sleep 8 1/2 hours of nighttime sleep, 7 hours of daytime sleep (broken into 3 naps) for a total of 15 1/2 hours of sleep a day.

Three Months old: Babies that are three months old should sleep about 10 hours at night and 5 daytime hours ( broken into 3 naps) for a total of 15 hours of sleep a day.

Six Months old: Babies at six months old should be sleeping great for you through the night with a total of 11 hours of nighttime sleep.  They should be sleeping about 3 1/2 hours during the day (broken into two naps, but some babies at this age just might need a 3rd nap for about 45 minutes,  both of my boys needed this 3rd nap).  This brings the total sleep for the day at 14 1/4 to 15 hours of sleep a day.

Nine Months old:  Babies at 9 months old should be sleeping about 11 hours at night.  Their daytime sleep should be around 3 hours of sleep (broken into 2 naps).  Their total for the day is around 14 hours of sleep.

12 Months old: At one year old a baby should sleep around 11 1/2 hours at night.  During the day, they should be sleeping 2 1/2 hours (broken into 2 naps).  I know a lot of babies move to one nap at this age.  If they do it should be one long nap.  Their total amount of sleep for the whole day should be around 13 3/4 to 14 hours.

18 Months old: At 18 months old a baby should sleep around the same as a one year old but will most likely be napping only once a day.

2 Years old: Oh, the terrible twos!  I personally thought the 3’s were so much worse than the 2’s but maybe that was just my boys.  Anyway, a 2 year old should sleep at least 13 to 13 1/2 hours a day with one nap being about 2 hours.

Remember this is just a guideline and some babies might sleep a little more or maybe a little less.  I am not a sleep expert but I do know my boys behaved so much better when they had their sleep and were wearing  comfortable pajamas.   My Baby Pajamas has a great selection of baby pajamas and toddler pajamas, including one of our best selling brands At Home Pajamas.

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Baby pajamas, teach babies to sleep, footie pajamas 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    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   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!

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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 :

Which one is your favorite?

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About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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