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How to help your baby go to sleep
Simple, Healthy Routines & Associations
to help Your baby sleep
Here's how to create a bad sleep association:
If every night for the first three weeks home,
You rock your baby to sleep in your arms...
What do you think happens in the Fourth week when you stop?
Right... a lot of crying... and a baby who won't sleep.
You've created a sleep pattern: "Mommy rocks me, I go to sleep."
Let's change that sleep pattern. Here are some simple ways to get your baby to sleep:
Sleeping on Sheepskins
The strongest baby sleep association is the 'where.'
You've probably already discovered that when you try to get a baby to sleep in a strange place, she fusses.
So what we're going to do is to create a sleep association that says "I sleep on a sheepskin rug."
White Noise Machines to help Children Sleep
About White Noise Sound Machines for Babies
Have you ever tried the old 'take the baby over to the washer-dryer trick?'
There's only one problem with that though; washer-dryers are kind of hard to drag around! (And hair dryers are too noisy as far as we're concerned!)
So here are The Five Best Reasons to use White Noise for Baby:1: The womb was noisy! - so babies aren't used to sleeping when it's quiet! White noise sound machines with their soothing regular patterns fill the silence with 'non-startling' noise.
2: White noise helps mask the household sounds that might distract an otherwise sleepy child,
3: You can use white noise sound machines to create sleep associations: For example, "When I hear the whales singing, it means time to go to sleep."
4: You can create more than one association. 'Whalesong' for his afternoon nap, 'Gentle Rain' for the evening.
5: Baby sound machine timers, voice recording (Back to Sleep Bear only) and other features help with separation anxiety.
Bonus reason: They're more portable than a washer-dryer! ☺
Support the Head! - The 1st thing we all learn about babies.
Does this look like "Support their head!" to you?
So inexpensive, safe and practical... actually supports the neck... in the car seat, swing, high chair... everywhere.
Support their heads, reduce sore neck muscles, may even help reduce certain children's sleep apnea with all it's attendant problems! Multiple award winner including JPMA, iParenting Media and CreativeChild Magazine.
Neck Rests and Head Support for Children
For the crib
A Message to our Customers from Addie L
Peter and I had two children, and our firstborn who slept through the night right away. We were thoroughly spoiled and completely unprepared for our second child, who didn't ! So yes, we've been there, done that, own the tee shirt and the bumper sticker.
We also know that there are a gazillion pages of tips and sleep experts on the web. That's a good thing, because the more sites that you find that say the same thing, the more comfortable you will be with picking our solutions for your baby.
Because really, all those sites and experts do agree. You need your sleep, your children need their sleep, and the safest, easiest way to accomplish that is to establish routines and associations. They need to go to bed at the same time every day (including weekends!) There should be a routine... a goodnight story, some songs, some cuddle time... something that starts the "I'm going to bed now routine."
That's why we sell nursery music boxes as a sleep aid... wind it up, put it on the dresser, listen to the song together... that's a routine. And sheepskins to create the association of "I sleep there." And the bed warmers that have a routine (warming it up and warming the bed) and an association 'my bed is warm and smells good at bedtime'. These are not 'medical' solutions... they are simple, inexpensive, time tested children's sleep aids that work.
How do we know? Because they worked for us; they've worked for thousands of our customers, and they will work for you too.
The Safe Sleep ABC's
Know your ABC's!!
A: "Alone" Baby should sleep alone, not in your bed
B: "Back" Babies should be put to sleep on their backs
C: "Clear out the Crib" Remove all toys and pillows. Keep Baby's crib 'clear and clean' while sleeping.