Next Sunday we get to fall back an hour due to the end of Daylight Saving Time. There’s nothing like getting an extra hour of sleep. If you use your extra hour wisely that is. Moms of babies daydream of drifting into sweet slumber and awakening on their terms, not that of fussy, sick, hungry or wet baby. We can all dream can’t we? The thing is, because Daylight Saving Time doesn’t end until 2am on Sunday morning, a little planning can reap big rewards in the sleep department for both you and your baby. So here are my baby sleep tips for Daylight Saving time and any time for that matter.
Keep a routine
Children thrive on routine and babies are no different. Follow the sequence dinner, bath, story, prayers, bedtime. Depending on your baby’s age, dinner may be a bottle, nursing, baby food or your baby may already be on regular solids by now. But whether your baby is on solids or not, the most important thing is to use bedtime routines to set the stage for good sleep habits later on. The eve of Daylight Saving Time will should be no different than any other day
What ever the routine you develop for your baby, be consistent about it. Initially, especially for newborns, it will seem like having a bedtime routine is quite futile. But, believe me when I say that you will reap the rewards by the bucket fulls. I know because I have a 4 year old and 15 month old that both sleep through the night and have been doing so every since they were capable. Now, of course I read a few baby sleep books to help get us there but, believe me when I say being consistency is a key. You want to establish a predictable routine that your baby will not only come to expect, but look forward to and appreciate. Remember, contrary to what you may have heard, babies actually want and need to be trained to develop good sleep habits. It’s our job to get them there.
If you want your baby to have a good night, then you have to limit distractions not only during bedtime but, at least 2 hours before bedtime as well. This means no phones, electronics, loud music, TV or stimulating activities before bedtime. Not only that, putting your baby in a diaper that will hold up to leaks for hours on end is important too.
Pampers has three absorbent layers that provide up to 12 hours of protection. That’s what I call, working overtime. The last thing I want when I put our sweet boy down for the night, is a premature awakening caused by a wet or leaky diaper. Pampers have always been our diapers of choice and they stand up to the twelve hours of slumber that our baby has gets just about every night.
Since Pampers wants you and your baby to have a restful sleep and limit sleep disruptions, there will be a Daylight Twitter party on Wednesday October 29th at 9pm EST, with sleep tips and lots of great prizes.
Prize 1 – Twinkles Nightlight in Blue, 148 ct of Pampers diapers and a pack of wipes.
Prize 2 – Pottery Barn plush security blanket, $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.
Prize 3 – A gift card to The $125 Children’s Place for pajamas, a pack of Pampers diapers/wipes
Prize 4 – A Kindle Fire, an $100 Amazon gift card to purchase the e-books for parents to buy baby bedtime books, and a pack of Pampers diapers and wipes.
Be sure to RSVP and join in on the fun: RSVP here.
In the meantime:
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