ABC 2016: Stand out sleep-friendly products! If you’ve been following me for the last 5 years, you know I am not a fan of over-priced, silly, gimmicky, and even sometimes shockingly dangerous “sleep products” out there. I like to keep it simple and super focused on what REALLY helps tired, desperate families. Although I saw many wonderful brands and products helpful to families, here are the top 5 brands and products that have my interest and respect!
Think you and your little one is sleep deprived now? …It’s about to get worse. With Halloween, daylight savings time, flu season, travel and houseguests during the holidays, you are going to need some solid pre-emptive tactics to keep you and your kiddos from ending up in a deep, deep hole come the New Year.
Did you know that your child’s wake up and morning routine could go a long way in helping them sleep better at night? Making a clear distinction between winding down for sleep and how they wake up aids their hormones in programming their internal body clock to become more regular and in alignment with their natural biological rhythms. It also makes the beginning and the end of your day as a family much more pleasant and productive, since your child’s sleep hormones will be on autopilot, signaling to your child’s brain and body in advance, making your job much easier with regards to your pre-sleep routines and independent sleep onset later at night for them. Here’s a routine I like to recommend to my clients with babies and toddlers:
1. Provide a good meal right before nap time. Keep this time free from over stimulation. No TV or iPad. The blue light in screen can signal brain to halt melatonin production (That’s our sleepy hormones!). Instead, use calming and soothing music during meal and nap routine. Then turn off and use true white noise and leave on the entire duration of nap. 2. Anticipate “relaxed state” cues, NOT overtired cues! Begin nap routine after meal, 10-15 mins prior to laying your child down for nap time is all it takes. 3. Make it the same routine every time in the exact same order. This routine signals to the brain and body that sleep is about to come, which helps increase melatonin production, setting your child up for nap time success! 4. Don’t over- soothe! Or your child will catch a “second wind”, miss that perfect sleep window, and become…