We spend a lot of time talking about child sleep over here, but it’s important for adults to pay attention to their sleep habits as well. Here are five things you can do tonight to get more sleep! [Read more…]
October is SIDS Awareness Month. We do not know what causes SIDS and there have been many theories and misconceptions about SIDS, so it is critical that we follow safe sleep practices with our precious babies.
- ALWAYS put your baby down on his back for sleep
- no loose blankets or pillows in the crib for babies under 1 year
- pacifiers are encouraged for the first 6 months
- no bumpers in the crib (including mesh ones!)
- have your baby share your room with you, but not your bed
- use a firm mattress for your baby to sleep on
- do not smoke during pregnancy or around your baby as this has been known to be a risk factor for SIDS
- keep your baby from becoming overheated by maintaining room temperature between 68-72 degrees F.
- make sure caregivers know and understand these safe sleep practices!
“I know that you’re not supposed to, but my baby sleeps better on his tummy. Can I just put him down that way?”
I always tell parents that it is better to be safe than sorry and that accidents are called accidents because we don’t plan on them happening. While it may be inconvenient or even a little more uncomfortable for your baby to be on his back, there is a short amount of time between when a child is born and when they can finally roll to their tummy on their own. Once a baby can roll to their tummy and push up their head and move their neck, it is okay to let your baby sleep on their belly, but you should always put your baby initially on their back to sleep!
“My mom tells me that we slept fine on our bellies.”
Recommendations have changed over the years as we gather more data about SIDS. This is why it is recommended to always put babies down on their backs to sleep. Because different generations grew up following different guidelines, it’s important to keep everyone informed who cares for your baby. This includes grandparents, babysitters, and daycares. While you may feel like you’re a nag as you go over these safe sleep procedures, it’s better to be a nag and to lower the risk.
“I know I shouldn’t use bumpers, but my baby’s legs might get stuck.”
The period in which your child’s leg might get stuck in a crib slat is such a short amount of time. Since most families have video monitors, we can usually detect when a baby is stuck and we can go in for a quick rescue. Bumpers pose a larger suffocation risk and a stuck leg or arm would only be temporarily uncomfortable. Once babies are more mobile, they are able to avoid getting stuck on their own. Bottom line, keep bumpers out of the crib.
“Can’t I give my child a lovie? What about a small blanket to keep them warm?”
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nothing in the crib for the first year. It has also recommended wearing a sleep sack (wearable blanket) instead of putting loose blankets with your baby. BittaKidda has created The LovieSack— a sleep sack with lovies that stay attached. Not only can your baby soothe with the attached lovies, but they will also stay comfortable in the sack. It also allows for the sleep environment to remain safe for your baby.
We love this idea so much that we are giving away 1 LovieSack to a lucky reader! Hop over to our Facebook Page to enter!
Please share this important SIDS Awareness Month information with your friends, family, or anyone you know who has a little baby. We need to protect our babies and keep them safe!
When I became a child sleep consultant, I started to not only pay attention to products that help children sleep better, but also to those that might positively influence the way adults sleep. After all, it does a parent no good if their baby or toddler is sleeping great, but they continue to have an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Many parents spend a great deal of time thinking about the products they put in their children’s bedrooms, but they don’t give much thought to their own sleep environment—sheets included!
My current sheets have been getting on my nerves a little bit lately. They feel hot pretty quickly after I get into bed (I can blame part of that on a sweaty husband, but a lot of it is probably the material). The elastic also slips off the mattress after a few days and I sometimes find myself tangled in with my fitted sheet. I kept saying I needed to try new sheets, but it wasn’t something I was getting around too very quickly. So, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to try out three new sets of sheets that are innovative and have more than comfort in mind. The Elements™ line of sheets by PureCare® has made me more aware of the fibers that go into our sheets and how they can aid in a healthy night’s sleep.
The first set of sheets I tried were the Bamboo Terrene™ sheets, which are made out of bamboo rayon and long staple cotton fibers. We have a bamboo blanket on our couch that is incredibly soft and does not make you too hot even when you use it in the summertime, but I’d never tried any other bamboo fiber products before. Prior to trying these sheets I didn’t know that bamboo is naturally antimicrobial. The bamboo rayon and cotton weave used in these sheets is also treated with antibacterial silver ions that deactivate bacteria on contact. The feel of these sheets were soft and crisp and sleeping was very comfortable. These sheets would be perfect for anyone wanting to add soft and breathable sheets to their sleep environment without adding any extra bulk in the way of an extra blanket or comforter that may make you sweat; perfect for a cool Texas fall night or a cool evening anywhere else in the country!
The Celliant® Lumen™ sheets were the second set I put on my bed. Made out of Celliant®™ performance fibers™, these sheets are intended to absorb and store your body’s energy and help increase circulation and maintain body temperature. Anyone who has ever woken in the middle of the night because they feel too hot on their sheets would love these! I am one of these sleepers, and I didn’t wake up feeling sweaty when the air conditioning turned off in the middle of the night. I also noticed that my feet and legs did not feel swollen or achy (which seems to be happening more often as I get older) when I woke up in the morning.
The last set I tried were the SeaCell™ Halio™ sheets. These sheets are made of SeaCell™ fibers created from seaweed and natural cellulose. I don’t know about you, but the only interaction I have with seaweed is when I eat sushi or when I’m at the beach, so I was very intrigued by this. Also a natural antioxidant, the seaweed extract aids in nurturing your skin and reducing inflammation while you sleep. Regardless of the technology, these sheets just feel luxurious to me! My husband often tosses and turns a lot at night, but commented that he felt more rested after a few days of sleeping on these sheets.
One of the best features of all of the Elements™ sheets is the pocketed precision-fit™ corners™ and thick elastic cuff on the fitted sheet. An annoying aspect of many sheet sets is the fitted sheet does not stay in place if you move around a lot at night. You may even end up tangled in your fitted sheet if the elastic becomes worn out. They do take some effort to put on your bed because of the thick elastic, but once the Elements™ sheets are on your bed, they are not going to come off unless you take them off! There is even an extra 4 inches of fabric to fit higher mattresses. The pillow cases also have a deep enveloping pocket to remain secure on your pillow.
As I was trying out these sheets, I took a trip to Chicago to attend a sleep retreat and stayed at a really nice hotel that has trademarked their sheets and beds. I have to admit that I slept better on the Elements™ sheets at home and I am usually one who loves to sleep in a hotel bed! If you don’t think about sheets very often, chances are you’re sleeping on some older ones (like I was) and are in need of something new. Why not make your newest set of sheets a set that naturally helps your body while you sleep? It’s like taking restful sleep to another level.
I am so excited to announce that PureCare®, whose protector products are the official protectors of both the National Sleep Foundation and the Women’s Choice Award, has graciously offered to give away sets of their Terrene™, Lumen™, and Halio™ sheets!! Three lucky readers will each win one set of sheets and will get to test out this great sleep fiber technology for themselves! Enter our giveaway below!
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This contest will run from August 24, 2015 and end at 1:00 PM CST on Friday, August 28th.
Update: This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Julie, Regan, and Elisa. Thanks to all who entered! Be sure to visit PureCare if you’d like to experience these sheets for yourself.
This post was sponsored by PureCare®, but all opinions and excitement about the sheets are mine.
The 4th of July is tons of fun, but when you are a parent of a baby, every little firecracker might make you worry that your baby will be up all night. If you have a toddler, they may begin to exhibit fears of fireworks and the dark. Here are some tips to keep your kiddos sleeping well through July 4th and beyond. [Read more…]