In the efforts to educate parents about babies and safety, organizations and associations have tried to come up with catchy acronyms and short, memorable sayings to help highlight the main point of the recommendation being imparted while making it easy for parents to remember.
Among some of the catchy phrases and acronyms that you may be familiar with, such as "stop, drop, and roll" or TICKS (as it applies to babywearing), one that was developed for sleep is ABC - Alone on their Back in the Crib.
A = Alone
B = Back
C = Crib
Since this acronym has been developed and marketed in 1992 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), we have seen Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rates drop. In 2000, the rate had dropped 50 percent.
During the summer months, it is easy to slip into "vacation mode" even after a busy day at work or a hectic day running around at home with the kids. The weather is ideal most of the time - it's warm and the sun is out. There are activities and events to do - BBQs, games and events, treks to the beach or the park, taking the dog for a walk, or enjoying a bike ride. Depending on where you live, this type of weather is very temporary - so it's easy to want to cram everything in and make the most of the summer months. Having been there, I'm here to share with you, a PSA about the importance of keeping to your child's schedule, even during the summertime.
It is something that I learned firsthand.
This is such an exciting time for Sleeping Littles! One year ago, we officially opened our doors to work with families after doing so on the side for the past five years. This year has been an incredible learning experience and we are so excited for what the future will bring!
As a result, we are celebrating our one-year anniversary in a huge way: A sleep package giveaway!
One lucky family is going to win a sleep package from Sleeping Littles - this means that you will receive the same high quality sleep package services that many of my families have benefited from and will see amazing results in the form of a child who sleeps so much better in three weeks or less.
The giveaway includes:
What Do I Do?
If you want your chance at winning this fabulous prize, you need to make sure you meet the criteria:
If you know of someone who may be interested in applying, do not hesitate to share the giveaway with them and help them have a chance of getting on their way to better sleep!
Please note: This giveaway is for a standard sleep package as listed on our Packages page. Any additions, including text support, in-home consultations, half-night, or overnight packages is not included in the giveaway and will require payment in order to receive the additional support services.
The giveaway ends May 6th, 2017, so hurry up and get your application filled out to have your chance at winning!
Have a great week and good luck!
It’s a well-known fact that sleep is important to your health, whether you’re young or old. However, the value that sleep has on the younger ages; especially in babies, toddlers, school-aged kids and teens is even more so. Sleep that is inadequate, in terms of quantity and quality, can adversely affect one’s development and growth. It has also been learned that children who don’t sleep well are more likely to have issues with behavior issues, obesity, cognitive development and other serious issues.
This coming Sunday is Daylight Savings Time, and as the adage follows, we “spring” forward and move our clocks an hour ahead. The changes in time can create anxiety for parents of young children who are greatly dependent on a routine-based schedule that follows consistent sleep times everyday. It’s proven that children thrive better when bedtimes and naptimes are structured and consistent everyday, so it is no wonder that a change in time can throw a wrench in parents’ best-laid plans and increase the worry that the hard-earned sleep schedule could be derailed.
As a parent, you want to provide the best for your child. You want them to have the best education, healthiest foods, be active and strong, strong immune systems, and every advantage that we can afford to give them. Parents also want these things to happen with the best ingredients, resources, and methods. With this in mind, it's only natural for parents to want their child to be healthy as they can be and part of achieving that is making sure that their child gets a good night's rest.
But what if your child doesn't sleep well?
Over the last week, the country has been in a bit of an uproar when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released their newest guidelines regarding babies and their sleep. Many of the recommendations were considered to be "old news" and fairly common sense, such as laying baby on their backs to sleep, sleep should occur on a firm surface, no bumper pads on the crib, etc. But there was a new recommendation that took everyone by surprise and created a stir among parents.
During your pregnancy and shortly after your child’s birth, there are many anecdotes, words of wisdom, and advice regarding your future as it comes to sleep. Or really, lack thereof.
“Enjoy the sleep while you can!”
“You can sleep when they move out of the house!”
“Sleep when the baby sleeps.”
The title says it all doesn't it? The dreaded early wake ups - the mornings where your sweet-faced, vivacious little one wake up at 4:30 or 5:00 AM happily chirping away or start hollering for you through the baby monitor to let them come out of bed, because they are awake and ready to play! Since they've decided to wake up at this ungodly hour, this means you are begrudgingly, and very reluctantly, awake as well.
Unfortunately, because your child woke up so early, this can mean that you're in for a rough day because everyone is off schedule. When you're dealing with less sleep and feelings of being off-kilter, it's so hard to get anything accomplished. In addition, you are also likely dealing with a child who is cranky and fussy, or running in overdrive and leave you wishing that you could bottle up their energy and use some of it for yourself. As it is with most situations involving children, it is usually a story of extremes, especially when the early wake up is involved.
When preparing to welcome your little one home, so much time and energy is spent creating the perfect nursery or space for your baby to rest their heads. You select your theme, colors, and accessories with great care, and you look for a crib that will keep your child safe as well as fit the decor you have in mind. You use Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and work with talented artists and sewists on Etsy to design and create the perfect space.
You've brought your baby home, spend hours cuddling, rocking, and feeding them in their rooms and gently lay them in their cribs to sleep. After a while, the question starts to niggle at you, especially when your little cherub is proudly standing in their crib because they've figured out how to use the slats to pull themselves up into a standing position. We all have had it run through our heads. "Is it time to move them into a toddler/big kid bed?"
The short answer: No.
A Pediatric Sleep Consultant who works with families to help them resolve their littles' sleep issues. As a mom of two littles herself, she has walked in the shoes of her clients and is passionate about helping them re-discover peaceful sleeps in their own homes.