Sleep. It takes over many of my conversations since having Evelyn. Constantly analyzing her sleep patterns, my husband and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how we could all get more sleep. The reality is, things change quickly as babies grow and it’s hard to keep up with what is “normal” and what can be improved upon. There are so many articles online regarding sleeping babies you could get bogged down for weeks trying to figure out what to read or what to do. By the time you find something helpful, your baby has probably already moved on to a new stage of sleep. Ahhh!
I just recently discovered The Baby Sleep Site which would have been really helpful to know about when Evelyn was waking up in the middle of the night EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. Some way or the other, Evelyn is now actually a really good sleeper. She is 21 months old, wakes up between 6 and 7am, takes one nap after lunchtime which lasts anywhere from 1 to 2.5 hours and her bedtime is between 7 and 7:30pm. Pretty nice schedule, especially after months and months of waking up in the middle of the night, which can get really exhausting for two working parents! BUT, that being said, I still have questions about toddler sleep solutions.
The Baby Sleep Site’s mission is to help you and your child sleep! Mmmm, sounds lovely. It’s chalk full of resources to help you understand the different stages of sleep and tips to help you and your baby get better sleep. There are different types of resources including e-books, articles, chat rooms, and if you really just need one-on-one consultation they have that too. I had access to the Members Area and read up on posted articles and also joined a chat room when one of the sleep experts was scheduled to join in. That was VERY helpful for me because I could relay my specific question and get a personalized answer back.
One of my questions was about when to transition Evelyn to a toddler bed from her crib. Miriam, the helpful sleep expert, encouraged me to keep her in the crib as long as we can and said that it’s normal to use a crib until 2.5 or 3 years old. I actually didn’t know this. In my head, the transition was meant to happen before 2 years old, so I was actually relieved to hear this! Evelyn is super comfortable in her crib, she’s not trying to climb out, and I know she’s safe and not trying to walk around in the middle of the night.
Another thing I wanted advice on was how to wean Evelyn off of associating bedtime with bottle time. We have had a really nice bedtime routine which looks something like this:
- Taking a bath (every other night).
- Putting on jammies and lavender lotion.
- Dimming the lights and turning on her Cloud B sleep sheep and fan for white noise.
- Gathering her “babies” (stuffed animals) and blanky.
- Rocking and reading with mom or dad (1 – 2 books) while having a bottle of milk.
- Turning off the lights and saying goodnight to “Doc Doc” (her nightlight that projects an image of Doc McStuffins on the ceiling).
- Rocking a few more minutes and saying night time prayers.
- Laying her down, tucking her in with all her “babies”, saying goodnight and I love you.
Now that she has so many teeth, I need to get that bottle of milk out of the routine so she can have nice clean teeth before bedtime! Miriam from The Baby Sleep Site suggested that we give her the bottle about 15 minutes before bedtime and then brush her teeth after the bottle. I feel good about this advice because it’s not cutting her off cold turkey, but also making sure her teeth are clean before going to sleep for the night. It’s just so helpful to talk through scenarios with an expert and get specific advice.
Winners: Melissa Piper & Stephanie Holdridge
I want you to have that same experience I did, so I’ve teamed up with The Baby Sleep Site to do a giveaway for TWO memberships to the Members Area for TWO months each. Staying in the spirit of twos, there are TWO ways to enter:
- Leave a comment below. (Make sure to check the box to allow notifications for replies so we can let you know if you’ve won!) OR
- Like this Instagram post and follow the instructions to participate.
Good luck and hurry! Contest ends Sunday, April 3, 2016. But even if you don’t win The Baby Sleep Site offers a variety of both FREE and paid sleep coaching help, so make sure to check out their resources for yourself!
Raise your hand if you could use more sleep!?!?
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