Are Mornings Starting Too Early?

Is your baby an early bird?  And now with the time change…  Ugh!

 

Some babies are natural early birds, but most are not and there are many things you can do to encourage a later morning.

You might be surprised to hear it all starts with bedtime. Here is a list of must dos…

  • Ensure the bedtime feed is before bath or at the beginning of the routine and your little one is wide awake for the feed
  • Ensure baby is going down wide awake all on her own with no one in the room.  This includes not falling asleep with a soother!
  • Ensure baby is not at all overtired. Try bedtime 10-15 minutes earlier.
  • If baby wakes between 5am-6am it is best to stay out of the room if at all possible.  Seeing mom or dad is just too stimulating and now they know you are awake too, so there is usually no going back to sleep. They think it is party time!
  • Wait until a minimum of 6am to take baby out of the crib.
  • After taking your baby out of the crib, turn on the lights, open the blinds, do a diaper change and then offer a feed. Make sure baby is wide awake.
  • Ensure the room is pitch dark and you are using white noise to drown out all of those early morning noises like Dad getting ready for work.
  • Make sure nap one is not too close to taking baby out of the crib in the morning. I suggest counting the amount of wake time from 6am, not from the time your baby woke early.  If I knew I could get back into bed an hour or two after I woke, I wouldn’t mind starting my day before 6am either.
  • It can take 4-6 weeks of being super consistent before your baby’s body clock is reset and he starts sleeping in later.

Helping your Baby Adjust to the Time Change

Most adults love the extra hour of sleep in the fall and despise losing the hour in the spring. With children that all seems to change. The extra hour in the fall now means that baby is waking at 5am instead of 6am.  Rest assured, within a week, you can reset your child’s body clock to adjust to the new time.  And here are some tips to make it easier!

Get up at your usual time and start the day. Once everyone has had breakfast now go and change your clock back one hour.

The best way to make the transition to the new time is to split the difference.

If for example your little one usually takes a morning nap round 9:30, you will adjust this to 9:00 am for the 3 days after the time change. It will be a bit of a push for your child because it will actually feel like 10am, but not so much that it will disrupt her overall schedule. Do the same for the others naps.

Let’s say your child usually goes to bed at 7 PM, I recommend putting that child to bed at 6:30 PM for the first 3 days following the time change. (This will FEEL like 7:30 to your child.) And it will take about a week for your child’s body to get used to this.

If you have children over the age of two, you can put a digital clock in the room and put a piece of tape over the minute numerals, so that they can see if it is 6 o’clock or 7 o’clock, but they cannot see the minutes, which often confuses toddlers. I would just set the clock forward half an hour so that at 6:30, it reads 7:00 and I would let them get up a little earlier than normal, knowing that by the end of the week, they would be back on track and sleep until their normal wakeup time.

If you are dealing with a baby, you cannot do that. Do not rush in as soon as you hear your baby waking up, because you do not want to send a message that getting up at 6 a.m. is okay now. So if she normally wakes at 7:00am, but is now up at 6:00, you will wait until ten after on the first day, and then twenty after the next, then 6:30 the next day and, by the end of the week your baby’s schedule should be adjusted to the new time and she should be waking up at her usual hour.  On the fourth night, just get in line with the new time. So your baby is back to going to bed when the clock says 7:00 pm, and adjust naps to the correct time on day 4 as well.

How much does it cost to teach my baby to sleep?

One of the questions sleep deprived parents want to know : How much does it cost to teach my baby to sleep?

There are lots of options out there. Books, on-line programs, sleep consultants and in-home, overnight sleep nannies. With so many options available, price varies drastically.

So why pay for customized support when you could buy a book for $20.  The answer is because most people understand the importance of having a baby that is getting the appropriate sleep they need for proper growth and development. And they want to do it right the first time with professional support so they know all they have is great sleep ahead.

Many parents love their child unconditionally and want what is best for their child. Understanding that establishing healthy sleep habits at a young age will set their child up for a lifetime of great sleep. And prevent issues later related to poor sleep such as obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. Check out some very interesting research that came out recently on this topic  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-kids-sleep-obesity/too-little-sleep-tied-to-weight-gain-in-kids-idUSKCN1C12WY

Unfortunately, some people only focus on the initial price of sleep with the only goal of finding the “cheapest” solution. And then sadly, they do not have success, give up and just accept years of poor sleep.

The Jammy Time group of consultants thoroughly believe that working with a paediatric sleep consultant is the best option to educate families on the importance of sleep and more importantly to give them all of the tools and support to teach their child to sleep well.

Having a plan that is laid out step by step leads to less crying for your baby, less stress for the parent and overall better sleep for everyone.

There are 2 options….

On-line Sleep Course:  How to Teach Your Baby to Sleep Well This on-line course includes all of the knowledge and tools you need to teach your child to sleep well in 8 nights. You also leave with a customized sleep plan and sleep logs to carry out the plan.   Bonus material sets you up for success long term with information on nap transitions, daylight savings time, travelling and ideal sleep for different ages. With this option, the parent is responsible for implementing the plan.  Although the plan is laid out step by step and easy to follow, it does require commitment and consistency to ensure the best success. I recommend this course to parents that are motivated and want to get started tonight. The cost of this course is $197, which gives you lifetime access.

https://jammy-time-sleep-solutions.thinkific.com/courses/teach-your-child-to-sleep-well-starting-tonight

Private Consultation: A 1 hour phone call and 2-3 weeks of one on one support with daily e-mails and phone calls throughout with a certified paediatric sleep consultant.

Many parents, especially sleep deprived ones would rather just deal with a professional.  They have tried many things and are just too tired to try and figure out the right solution on their own.  This is a popular package as families love the one on one support with an e-mail every day and 4 phone calls throughout the 2-3 week support period. We are there to answer questions, further customize the plan, be your biggest cheerleader and ensure you meet your goal and have success. Prices for this service start at $497.

As you can see, the prices vary quite a bit, just as they should considering every family has different needs and budgets.

Purchasing a book can work for many families, but many run into trouble when they do not see progress after 1-2 nights or their baby does not respond the way the books says. The success rate is about 50%.

Purchasing an on-line course or program can work well for parents who are motivated to teach their child to sleep well on their own.  You receive all of the knowledge and tools you need to get the job done. These programs totally trust in the fact the parents are going to follow the plan and be consistent. Success rate is 70%.

Work with a paediatric sleep consultant and the success rate is 100%.  It is the support that helps you meet your goal and ensure you have success. And we all know the price of a full nights sleep is priceless.

Schedule a free 15 minute inquiry call at 403-374-1250.

Meet Angelina

 

 

 

Angelina De Boer
Lullababies Sleep Solutions
Calgary
http://www.lullababies.ca

What do you love most about being a paediatric sleep consultant?

The thing I love most about being a sleep consultant is being able to help families in such a fundamental way. From personal experience, I know how difficult it is to be a mother when you’re absolutely exhausted and running on empty.

What drew you in to becoming a paediatric sleep consultant?

Teaching a child to sleep is not instinctual, and I know that my services not only make families happier and healthier, they help with postpartum depression, marital discourse, confidence and overall well being. There is no person that can be their best self while they are utterly sleep deprived, and the ability to give families this gift is something that really resonates with me, and makes me happy.

If you could do anything at all, what would you do?

I would be take a round-the-world cruise! I’ve always had the travel bug, but there are so many places that I think a short visit to would be perfect! I also love boats and being on the open water, so this way to travel suits me perfectly!

Sleepless in the Summer

Is bedtime creeping later and morning coming earlier?

It has everything to do with the sun. Our body clock is set by exposure to light.  So in the summer, we naturally sleep less.  

But with children these late bedtimes and early mornings can leave you with an overtired, cranky child.

Some tips to help with sleep during the summer:

1.  A black out curtain in your child’s room will be necessary. Ideally, it is as dark in their room at noon as it is at midnight. No 5am sun peaking in there!

2.  A white noise machine is great to drown out the noise of the backyard BBQ’s that may happen after your child is in bed. You know the noisy neighbours with the loud music! 

3.  And really stick to a sleep routine the days you are at home. And then on those special days when you are out enjoying all that summer has to offer, your child will be well rested and able to take it all in stride. You still want to shoot for 80% of naps at home in the crib. Most children can handle this without too much disruption to their overall routine.

Enjoy the warm summer days, long summer evenings and sleep filled nights!

I Have A Little Secret!

And now to let you in on my little secret!!!  I am launching a virtual sleep consultation on-line. Over the last 5 years, I have had the privilege of working with so many families one on one.  And it has been amazing watching them go from exhausted and frustrated to being a happy, healthy, well rested and thriving family.

I get it. Hiring a sleep consultant is not right for everyone.  As a result the virtual sleep consultation was born.  After taking the one hour on-line course, you will leave with a customized sleep plan for your baby and all of the tools that the families I work with one on one have. It is like having a personalized sleep consultation. I will walk you through the easy to follow steps in creating a sleep plan customized for your baby. And the best part, you can start implementing it that very night.

If you feel you want a little support while you implement the plan, I am here for you too!

The course will be launching in the next two weeks and as loyal families and supporters you will all get it at a discounted rate of $149 until the end of January.  Prices will go up Feb 1st.

Let this be the last time you need to Google…..How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?

She believed she could, so she did!

She believed she could, so she did!

Become a Jammy Time Certified Paediatric Sleep Consultant and have total control and flexibility of your career, where your family always comes first.

At the beginning of November, I had the privilege of meeting and mentoring 8 amazing women starting their journey to become paediatric sleep consultants. Over the next 4 months, I will be there every step of the way to help them get their business up and running and learn about all things sleep!

Due to the overwhelming response for this session, my next group is now scheduled for April 22-24 in Calgary. Again, I would like to keep the group small and spots are already filling up.

Fill out the questionnaire and let’s set up a call and you can have the career you have been dreaming about too!

http://jammytime.com/paediatric-sleep-consultant-mentorshi…/

I can’t wait to introduce these lovely Jammy Time Certified Sleep Consultants soon.

 

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Has This Ever Happened to You?

Have you ever bought a product that promises a quick fix and seems a little too good to be true?

Most parents coping with young kids and sleep issues are desperate for any solution to their nightly trials, and there are countless products that promise to soothe your child into a peaceful slumber.

This is not unlike to the staggering number of quick fix weight-loss products on the market  But do they really work?

Not often and not long-term.

In order to lose weight and keep it off, you need to change your lifestyle, your diet and your way of thinking about food in order to keep off the pounds.

The same goes for sleep. To truly foster a healthy relationship with your child and his sleeping habits, you need to be disciplined, have a plan and change the way you structure bedtime. You need to get to the root of why your child is not sleeping well and then make some changes.

The only way to get a baby sleeping well is to teach her the skills by creating a system that will promote sleep independence. Believe it or not, your baby truly is capable of sleeping on her own without too much help from you or anything else.

If a child has not developed healthy sleep habits,  all the lavender in the world is not going to help. Instead, develop a plan, stick to it, and before you know it, your child will be sleeping through the night!

 

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The Magic Behind It All

September, the time to get back into a routine as we settle in for fall…
Almost everyone I speak to has implemented some kind of bedtime routine for their child. This is great place to start because your child needs to have a predictable and consistent bedtime routine.  The steps in the bedtime routine are the cues to signal to your child that bedtime is coming.  It helps prepare their body for sleep.

When you want a child to sleep well throughout the night, you always need to start with the bedtime routine.  And the number one goal of the routine is to ensure your child has not started his journey to sleep before you place him in bed. He needs to be placed in the crib wide awake. This is where the magic happens! 

The most common place where a baby gets drowsy or actually falls right asleep during the routine is during the bedtime feed. This can interfere greatly with nighttime sleep.  Falling asleep outside of the crib is problematic. If it happens while feeding this means the baby has a feed sleep association and depends on feeding to go to sleep. This interferes with their own innate ability to sleep well.   If your baby falls asleep while feeding, when your baby wakes in the night, the last thing he remembers is laying in mom’s arms nursing or having his bottle.  He has no idea how he got in the crib and he definitely can not go back to sleep on his own, as he was not given he chance to do so in the beginning.

And if your baby falls asleep feeding, then you put him down in the crib and he wakes up right away, he has to fall asleep for a second time.  And we all know how hard that is to do!

After a baby reaches the 10 week mark, it is always best to move the feed to the first step in the routine, about 30-40 minutes before you want to put baby in the crib. You want feeding to be for feeding, not to put baby to sleep. Do the feed, then bath, jammies and a song or story and then into bed. That will really help break any association that baby has with feeding and sleeping.

You may get some protest for the first few nights while making the change. Hang in there! After a few nights of being consistent, he will be falling asleep peacefully in his crib.

Camping + Kids = Sleep

For 5 nights in July, we packed our rented RV and headed out to Crimson Lake Provincial Park.  We are not regular campers, hence the rented RV.  But we love to get out of the city and spend a few days being at one with nature (not to mention outhouses!)  We were lucky enough to have my sister and her family join us, as they are seasoned campers. So in all there were 5 kids.  Lots of fun memories were made with the cousins for sure.

We all loved the nightly campfires, sitting around visiting and roasting marshmallows. And the most beautiful thing happened….  All of the kids ranging from  2-11 years old went to bed easily and slept well.

When you have a mom as a sleep consultant, you can imagine that our kids have a pretty strict bedtime and routine.  We eased up a bit during this trip. And it was very amazing when our kids ages 6, 9 and 11 all went to bed without being told. They would say,  ” I am getting tired, I am going to go to bed.”  It was one of the those parenting moments when I felt all of our hard work had paid off.  They recognized they felt tired and they knew that sleep feels good, so they saw themselves off to bed.  My husband and I would go help with the teeth brushing and then tuck them in and head back to the camp fire.

And my niece and nephew slept great too. My nephew who is almost 2 would give everyone a hug around the campfire and then his mom would take him in the trailer for a bath and some bedtime songs.  One night I went inside with them to witness the routine.  Once the three songs they sing every night at bedtime were finished, he would say,  “Done, Cib(Crib)” and off to bed he went. They turned on his white noise and said goodnight. His sleeping area was super dark as they had put tin foil on the window when they arrived. And every afternoon he had a 3 hour nap.  He needed his rest from playing in the lake all morning!

The only issue we had in the 5 nights was one evening a thunderstorm rolled through right at bedtime.  With thunder shaking the RV, it delayed bedtime a bit.

I am not sure which I enjoyed more….The natural beauty our province has to offer or the beauty of children who sleep great.  Luckily, I got to experience both.
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