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  • Help your fellow mamas out: what is your favorite bassinet/crib/play yard (PNP)? I know there are a lot of mamas out there looking to buy something new now that the rock n play has been recalled. What bassinet/crib/play yard do/did you use? What do you love about it? #safesleep #babysleep #toddlersleep #joyfulmama #joyfulmamas #fullheartmamas #tiredmama #reallifemotherhood #toddlermomlife #newmommylife #newmommy #sleepymomma #firsttimemommy #backisbest #mamafriends #momfriend
  • Monday sleep tip: Nap strikes. A nap strike is when your previously well  napping child starts to struggle with naps. They are particularly common in the 10-12 month window and around the 2nd birthday.
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They also can occur when a child is working on a new mental skill or motor skill. .
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What’s a tired parent to do? How do you bring the nap back? .
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If your daily nap schedule was working well before the strike, do nothing for 2 weeks. Continue to offer nap at the usual time. Typically, the nap will return within 2 weeks! .
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If it doesn’t, that is a sign your child may be ready to drop a nap or that their schedule as a whole may need adjusting. .
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If your child has not fallen asleep by the end of their usual nap time, go ahead and get them up. If they did fall asleep, wake them no later than an hour later than they usually sleep. .
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Regardless, you will want to use an early bedtime that night if at all possible. This will help make up for the lost sleep and keep your child from getting too over tired. .
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Nap strike questions? Sent me a DM! .
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Real world example: my daughter is working on a couple new skills and has been fighting naps as a result. Normal nap: 12:30-2:30. Normal bedtime: 6:30. Today, she fell asleep at 2:10 and I woke her at 3:30. I will still keep her bedtime at 6:30 because even though she slept later, the duration of sleep was shorter (and over time, I have come to learn how she best handles off naps). .
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Come back later and I’ll update this post with how things went tonight! .
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Are naps great or off at your house right now? .
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  • You may have seen, but Fisher Price and the CPSC (people that regulate kid’s products) released a warning today about the ever popular rock ‘n play.
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They said that it should not be used for sleep past 2 months of age. Since 2015, sadly 10 infants three months and older have died after rolling to their side or stomach during sleep. .
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Also, it is not safe for sleep at a younger age due to the risk of the head flopping and blocking the airway. .
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Link to the warning released today is in my bio. .
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The AAP says safe sleep is alone, flat on back, in a crib or bassinet. .
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I care too much about all of your babies to not tell you the latest safe sleep news! Practicing safe sleep can be HARD. I’ve been there! But it is worth it. .
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Questions about safe sleep or my personal thoughts on a product? Send me a DM or head to my stories and submit a question! .
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  • Most kids love books! I suggest reading as least 1 as part of your bedtime routine. .
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I like to make a basket of books specifically for bedtime if you have a child that is getting into longer books; then you know whatever they choose will be a bedtime appropriate length! .
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Alternately, if your child picks out a book that is too long for one sitting, decide with your child how many pages you will read before you start. Then, give a warning as you get close...”two more pages”. .
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By doing this things (and being consistent) you can avoid most bedtime struggles related to story time being over. .
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We read the Peanut’s ABC’s tonight. What did you read? Do you have a favorite? .
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  • Sleep Tip Monday! Wondering when you should transition your child out of the crib? .
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There is no one right answer, but in general I recommend waiting as long as possible; the closer to 3 the better! In the crib, your child has a safe contained area.
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Most crib user manuals recommend moving your child once they reach 35” tall as at this point the rail is only about 3/4 of their height and they could tumble out accidentally. .
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Also, I recommend that climbers be transitioned, even if it is otherwise early. You can try placing the high side of the crib in the front or using a sleep sack so your child can’t swing his leg as easily, but in general the risk of falling during a climbing attempt is too great to keep a child in the crib. .
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If you have a climber and are having to transition before your child is 3, I strongly recommend you completely childproof their room, making is basically a large, safe, room-sized crib. Don’t forget to bolt furniture to the walls and secure any drapes or blind cording well out of reach (better yet, switch to cordless styles if you can). The same applies for older children but is doubly important for children too young to understand rules. .
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I don’t recommend transitioning a child under 3 just so a new sibling can use their crib (unless you are within 6 months of transitioning). If you do need to move your child before baby brother or sister arrives, you want to do so at least 3 months in advance so your older child has time to adjust to their new sleep space, is less likely to regress and want to sleep in a crib like the baby, and doesn’t think the baby “stole” their bed. .
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Questions about this transition? Comment or send me a DM! .
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*disclaimer: sleeping with that many toys is not a good idea. This was after an awake play period*
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  • Baby’s bed is all ready for his arrival! Flat + empty = super safe sleeping space! While motion can become a sleep crutch later on, I fully believe in the 4th trimester and that it can be a useful tool to soothe newborns. So, I’m glad I went with a bassinet that has a vibrating mode this time! My plan is to use it as little as possible, but my school of thought is better to have it if needed and wean off of it later than not have it and be tempted to use a non-safe sleep solution. I’ll report back what baby thinks about his bed! What bassinet do/did you have and love? @halosleep #notsponsored #safesleep #newbornsleep #readyforbaby #newmama #newbornmama #lifewithanewborn #joyfulmammas #joyfulmotherhood #raisinglittles #lovingthelittleyears
  • Should you ever wake a sleeping baby? It all depends! . In the newborn stage, you will want to wake baby as often as your pediatrician says baby should eat .... If you don’t have any set feeding guidelines, you generally want to wake your newborn after 3 hours as your goal is to move the bulk of his sleep from the day to during the night ... After the newborn days, you can generally let your baby nap at his leisure unless his naps are affecting his ability to sleep well at night ... During the toddler stage, it is often necessary to start capping the length of one or both naps during the 2-1 nap transition until baby has completed the transition to 1 nap ... Lastly, between 2.5 and 3.5, you may need to keep nap to 1-1.5 hours if it starts impacting your child’s ability to fall asleep at bedtime ... The general rule “don’t wake a sleeping baby” has been handed down through the generations for a reason! You usually will be fine to let baby sleep 👶🏻🙌🏻😴 Have you wondered about this with any mom friends lately? Double tap if you have! .  #sleepingbaby #dontwakethebaby #joyfulmotherhood #joyfulmama #mamalife #thisismotherhood #reallifemotherhood #motherhoodunscripted #unpluggedmotherhood
  • Next post in the sleep training series is up! So sorry for the delay; a babymoon got in the way 👶🏻. This time we look at the common question “Is the cry it out method harmful”? You’ll find the link in my bio. #sleeptraining #safesleep #babysleep #toddlersleep #sleepybaby #tiredtoddler #sleepingbaby #tiredmom #mamaneedsanap #momfriends #ohheymama #parenting #sweetsleep #toddlermommy