Sample Sleep Schedules 4 months – 5 years

Written by: Hailee Schollaardt

There is always so much confusion on when babies should be sleeping, how long they should be sleeping and what a daytime schedule might look like for a baby at different ages.  Although there is not one specific answer for every baby there are general guidelines that you can look at to see if you are close or if you are way off.  You may be close and just want to tweak things a little bit or you may be way off, and moving closer to the guidelines outlined below can make big improvements for sleep in your home.

In this blog I am going to outline some common sleep “rules” to follow at each age following the 4 month sleep regression.  Prior to this regression sleep is newborn sleep and so my blog “A Guide To Newborn Sleep” can help guide you through this fun/exciting/scary/tiring time.  For each age I will outline wake time information, a sample sleep schedule and some general information that can help get and keep sleep on track!

Please always remember that your baby is unique and so if the times are not exactly the same but they are sleeping good then that is o.k!!  This blog is just to give guidelines.

4 Months

This age is busy because they are going through the 4 month sleep regression.  Lots of changes occur here and I do often find that sleep becomes a little disorientated for a couple weeks.  Around the 5 month mark it begins to even out.  You might see some shorter naps or fussiness as your baby’s body adapts to the major changes going on.  Please click on my blog in this paragraph to read more!

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 2 hours at a time.  Preferably keep them closer to 1.5 hours during the day and even 1.25 for that first morning nap!

Nap Guidelines:

Sample Schedule

7:00 – wake up

8:15 – 9:15 – Nap #1

10:45-11:45 – Nap #2

1:15-2:15 – Nap #3

3:45-4:45 – Nap #4

6:15-6:30 – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 5:00 p.m. if they are still asleep. Bedtimes will move earlier if naps weren’t as good that day

** At 4.5 months babies begin to fight that 4th nap as their body is getting closer to the 4 to 3 nap transition.  The wake time in the morning can stretch longer to about 1.5, the wake time before the 4th nap can stretch to 1.75 and before bed up to 2 hours.

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 3-4 and for formula fed babies is 2-3 as per the baby sleep site.

5 Months

5 Months is a good time to move from that 4 nap schedule down to a 3 nap schedule. As with any nap transition this is a big adjustment for a baby because wake times are lengthening plus they are losing an entire sleep period.  We want to prevent your baby from becoming overtired by moving bedtime earlier.  This will naturally happen if you are following wake times because the wake time will still be fairly small and that last nap might end quite early in the day. Don’t worry though, as your baby gets closer to 6 months sleep will continue to balance out with naps lengthening and wake times increasing.

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 2.25 hours.

Nap Guidelines:

Sample Schedule at 5 months

7:00 a.m. – wake up

8:30 – 10:00 – Nap #1

12:00-1:30 – Nap #2

3:30 – 4:30 – Nap #3

6:45 – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 5:00 p.m. if they are still asleep. Bedtimes will move earlier if naps weren’t as good that day

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature.  We are hoping to get a longer stretch at the beginning of the night of around 5-6 hours.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 1-3 and for formula fed babies is 1-2 as per the baby sleep site.

6 Months

Your 6 month old baby should have a well established 3 nap schedule.  You may start to notice that the 3rd nap often falls under 1 hour in length and this is normal.  Our goal is to have two longer naps and one shorter one.  That 3rd nap is meant to be a cat nap to hold your baby over until bedtime.

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 2.5 hours.

Nap Guidelines

Sample Schedule at 6 months

7:00 a.m. – wake up

8:45 – 10:30 – Nap #1

12:30 – 1:45 – Nap #2

4:00 – 4:45 – Nap #3

7:15 p.m. – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 5:00 p.m. if they are still asleep. Bedtimes will move earlier if naps weren’t as good that day

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, solid introduction, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature.  We are hoping to get a longer stretch at the beginning of the night of around 6-8 hours.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 1-3 and for formula fed babies is 1-2 as per the baby sleep site.

7 Months

Your 7 month old baby is still going to be on a 3 nap schedule although it might seem like they are fighting that 3rd nap more often.  This is because their body is preparing for the 3 to 2 nap transition that occurs closer to the 8 month mark.  Wake times need to be stretched to continue to build up the sleep pressure for that 3rd nap to occur.  You might also find that the 3rd nap comes closer to 30-45 minutes in length and you may have to do a little clock watching and baby waking earlier in the day to have room for that 3rd cat nap.  That 3rd nap is still beneficial at this age!

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 2.75 hours.

Nap Guidelines

Sample Schedule at 7 months

7:00 a.m. – wake up

9:15 – 10:30 – Nap #1

1:00 – 2:00 – Nap #2

4:30 – 5:00 – Nap #3

7:30 p.m. – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 5:00 p.m. if they are still asleep. Bedtimes will move earlier if naps weren’t as good that day

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, solid introduction, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature.  We are hoping to get a longer stretch at the beginning of the night of around 6-8 hours.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 0-3 and for formula fed babies is 0-1 as per the baby sleep site.

8 Months

Around the 8 month mark is a really great time to begin the 3 to 2 nap transition.  You do this by increasing the wake times which will push out that 3rd nap.  As with any nap transition it is good to do it over the course of the month so that by 9 months they are on a solid 2 nap schedule.

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 3 hours.

Nap Guidelines

Sample Schedule at 8 months

7:00 a.m. – wake up

9:30 – 11:00 – Nap #1

1:45 – 3:30 – Nap #2

6:30 p.m. – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 4:00 p.m. if they are still asleep. During any transition bedtimes fall on the earlier side to make up for that lost nap but as you get closer to 9 months it will start to stretch out again.

2nd Step of Transition

A week or two after your baby gets used to the above schedule it is time to continue moving forward with the transition.  You can move to a 2.75/3/3 schedule for another week or until 9 months!  Remember, wake times are the time we want your baby asleep by!

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, solid introduction, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature.  We are hoping to get a longer stretch at the beginning of the night of around 6-8 hours.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 0-3 and for formula fed babies is 0-1 as per the baby sleep site.

9-10 Months

Yay!  You have made it through the 3 to 2 nap transition!  This is sometimes a hard one.  We are now sitting at longer wake times and so it might feel like you have a little more time to do things during the day!

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 3.5 hours.

Nap Guidelines

Sample Schedule at 9-10 months

7:00 a.m. – wake up

10:00 – 11:30 – Nap #1

2:45 – 4:00 – Nap #2

7:15 p.m. – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 4:00 p.m. if they are still asleep. Your baby has longer wake times which is great but this is not a good age to try and push bedtime too late.

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, solid intake, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature.  We are hoping to get a longer stretch at the beginning of the night of around 6-8 hours.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 0-2 and for formula fed babies is 0-1 as per the baby sleep site. Any more wakings than 2 at this age is not beneficial for anyone!  I do typically find that 1 feed is what is most common if a feed is needed.

11-12 Months

This age is very similar to the 9-10 month mark except generally babies are ready for a bit more wake time.  If they seem to fight sleep a little more then try increasing the wake times to build up that sleep pressure!

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 3.75 hours.

Nap Guidelines

Sample Schedule at 11-12 months

7:00 a.m. – wake up

10:15 – 11:30 – Nap #1

3:00 – 4:00 – Nap #2

7:30 p.m. – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 4:00 p.m. if they are still asleep.

** Your baby’s daytime schedule will sit here for awhile until they closer to the 2 to 1 nap transition!  If they start fighting that 2nd nap then first try and preserve it by capping the morning nap and lengthening the wake time before the 2nd nap to build sleep drive.  If they are still fighting it and you are noticing a pattern of no 2nd nap then it might be time to make the transition!  This transition goes the smoothest between 15-18 months in my opinion.

** If your baby is showing signs that they are wanting to drop a nap around the 12 month mark then please read my sleep regressions blog as this may be why!

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, solid intake, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 0-2 and for formula fed babies is 0-1 as per the baby sleep site. In my experience I would say that 1 feed is sometimes needed but more than this is disrupting the good quality sleep that your baby needs!

13-18 Months

The biggest sleep change that happens during this time frame is the 2 to 1 nap transition!!  This is a big one because your baby goes from being awake 3.5/3.75 hours at the most to having to increase this wake time to closer to 4.5-5 hours on a 1 nap schedule. Prior to this transition sleep stays consistent with the 11/12 month sleep schedule although some wake times may increase as their body prepares for the nap transition.

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 4 hours.

Nap Guidelines

Sample Schedule during these months

7:00 a.m. – wake up

10:15 – 11:15 – Nap #1

3:00 – 4:00 – Nap #2

7:30 p.m. – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 4:00 p.m. if they are still asleep.

** Your baby’s daytime schedule will sit here for awhile until they closer to the 2 to 1 nap transition!  If they start fighting that 2nd nap then first try and preserve it by capping the morning nap and lengthening the wake time before the 2nd nap to build sleep drive.  If they are still fighting it and you are noticing a pattern of no 2nd nap then it might be time to make the transition!  This transition goes the smoothest between 15-18 months in my opinion.

** If your baby is showing signs that they are wanting to drop a nap around the 12 month mark then please read my sleep regressions blog as this may be why!

Night Wakings

At this point if solids are well established then night feeds are usually not needed.  If you feel ready to drop them then this can be the perfect time!

Nap transition to 2 years

Once your baby transitions to a 1 nap schedule it can be easy for them to become overtired at the beginning.   Generally for the first few months up until the age of 2 I find earlier nap and earlier bedtime can be beneficial for some babies.  Here are some sample schedules:

7:00 a.m. – wake up

12-3 p.m. – nap

7-7:15 p.m. – asleep for the night

7:30 a.m. – wake up

12:30 – 3 p.m. – nap

7:15-7:30 – asleep for the night

At this age it is less about “wake times” and more about balance.  For example, if your toddler wakes earlier than normal then shift nap time 15 minutes earlier but if they sleep in longer then shift it 15 minutes later.  Establishing some set times like a fairly consistent bedtime can be beneficial.

** If your toddler starts to wake up really early then this is a sign to try an earlier bedtime!  Try not to stretch bedtime too late at the beginning of this adjustment into 1 nap.

** We don’t want the nap going past 3 p.m.

3-5 Years

Your toddler is getting older and so often times we may see the nap time during the day decrease.  This is o.k.  It is better to just cap the nap than it is to eliminate it all together.  Some signs that capping the nap might be beneficial are:

– If they are fighting bedtime quite a bit and not falling asleep until after 8 p.m.

– If they are waking early in the morning (before 6 a.m.)

Many toddlers drop their nap between this age but every child is different and so does it at different times.  Like I said, instead of jumping into eliminating the nap first try and cap it to see if they can still get some rest during the day and still have a successful bedtime and night sleep.

Sample schedules:

6:30 – wake up

1:00 – 2:30 – nap

7-7:30 – Asleep for the night

7:00 – wake up

1-2:30 – nap

8:00 – Asleep for the night

7:00 – wake up

1-2 – nap

7:30-8:00 – Asleep for the night

** Once you do drop the nap remember to pull bedtime earlier for awhile.  A nice 7 p.m. bedtime might be just what they need for awhile until they adjust to no nap period.

Thank you so much for reading another one of my blogs!!  I love writing them for everyone to read and hope that they can give support and guidelines to get you and your baby sleeping better! Please share the facebook post for me to help reach out to more families!  Sharing is caring 🙂

If you are following schedules similar as outlined above and your baby is still not sleeping then remember that it could be due to sleep associations or other sleep foundations that are getting in the way.  I am always here if you would like a more personalized plan to get everyone well rested!

Learn more about my role in your sleep here!

Daylight Savings time is right around the corner – on Sunday March 12, you need to move your clocks forward one hour.  While this makes it easier getting up and at it in the morning after a long dark winter, it means that you are losing an hour.  If you have little ones, this can be challenging on your families sleep routines and your kids might continue waking earlier than normal.

A few tricks our family has are slowing moving up meal and nap times in the few days leading up to the time change.  It is easier for a child to adjust to the hour forward if they are well rested, so try to stick to the regular bedtime and nap time sleep duration’s that they are accustomed to.

Kim West known as “The Sleep Lady”, has some great tips for transitioning your children to the new time on Sunday:

 

In the days leading up to Daylight Saving Time, slowly shifting bedtime in 10 to 15 minute increments until baby is sleeping at their new time. This allows for your child to slowly adjust without making any sudden changes.

 

Baby spends between 12 to 16 hours of each day asleep, and moisture or temperature change cause disruptions if baby is not wearing the right diaper. In fact, according to P&G, 35 percent of babies wet their diaper before they fall asleep. Babies pee on average 3-4 times per diaper at night and diapers need to be able to handle overnight wetness. Pampers’ diapers feature 12-hours of overnight dryness to keep baby dry, and asleep, no matter the time difference.

 

For parents whose children are early risers due to the time change, try the “Dramatic Wake Up” – which goes as follows:

o   When your child wakes up, comfort them until their actual wake-up time with the lights off and the room quiet.

o   Leave the room for a full minute until baby’s wake up time arrives, then re-enter dramatically saying “Good Morning,” or by opening the curtains and turning on the lights.

Dramatic Wake Up helps teach your child the appropriate hour for being awake, rather than the time when you soothed them back to sleep.

 

“A child that is well rested will transition more easily to a new schedule than a tired, cranky one,” says West. Adding an extra nap to baby’s schedule the week leading up to Daylight Saving Time will make the hour difference easier for you and your child.

 

As you spring forward an hour, so do all of baby’s other activities. In addition to shifting bedtime in 10 to 15 minute increments the week leading up to Daylight Saving Time, adjust meal time and other important activities as well as those count as important daytime markers for baby.

 

To reset your child’s circadian rhythms, expose them to sunlight after their new wake up time. A quick walk outside, opening of the blinds or playing near an open window will help their body transition to Daylight Saving Time.

 

With persistence and consistency, your family should be back on track within a week.  For those families that don’t have super sleep-sensitive kids, you might not need to worry that much about DST, but if you have kids that need an exact bedtime routine every night to function normally (aka – not super cranky!) then definitely move mealtimes, naptimes and bedtimes little by little for a few days leading up to the time change.

 

 

 

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The Babybay Bedside sleeper is the baby crib that attaches to your bed, keeping baby close and safe while you sleep.
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  • Hunger cries at 9pm, 12am, 3am, & 6am? Stay half-asleep while you nurse.
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September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of baby safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products. For the past 40 years MAM’s top priority has been the development of products for the well-being, safety and health of babies that make life easier for parents and allow them to focus on the joy of family.

Safe sleep ranks at the top of every parent’s list of worries with SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.  Each year, about 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, or unknown causes.  By providing infants with a safe sleep environment it is possible to help reduce the risk of SIDS.

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As parents, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our babies. In observance of #NationalBabySafetyMonth @MAMbabyUSA shares some recommendations to provide infants with a safe sleep environment and to help you and your baby rest easier at night:

 

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One of the most important purchases for your nursery is the crib mattress, as a newborn can sleep up to 16 hours per day!  Look for a breathable crib mattress designed for baby’s health, safety and comfort such as the Newton Baby Wovenaire Crib Mattress which is Greenguard Gold Certified.

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About MAM – standard setting baby products 

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on five continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit www.mambaby.com.

 

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CDs

Dinosnores sleepy stories help children slow down and get ready for sleep. They are guided relaxation and meditation for kids – with stories!  Designed by childcare and child language experts, Dinosnores stories and soundscapes use relaxation and visualization techniques to take kids on an imaginative journey, with calming vocal rhythms and soothing natural sounds.

 

The Dinosnores CD’s are so sweet; we received the Kitten, Fairy, Dragon and Tyranosaurus themed meditation CD’s.  Each CD has 2 tracks, one that is all white noise with a natural soundscapes theme and then the other track starts and ends with a similar soundscape and then has a lovely Australian voice guiding your child through  a 30 minutes relaxation story before bedtime.  The Fairy and Kitten themes have a female voice and the other two have a male voice.  Both are very soothing and relaxing.  Both of my kids, aged 7 and 3, liked the Fairy and Kitten themes the best.  The only problem we had was figuring out how to place a CD as we realized that we no longer have a CD player anywhere in the house.  It took about 90 second per CD to add them into itunes and then add them to an old iphone.  We just played the meditation through the iphone.  This is handy anyways, as we will also have it at our fingertips now on itunes for travel!  These tracks can also be downloaded on itunes for $9,99 per theme.

This is a great idea for kids, especially those that have a more difficult time settling down.  I love the idea of hypnosis and deep relaxation.  We even used hypnobirthing with our first birth and continued those relaxation methods on with the next two pregnancies.  

Relaxation and meditation is important for all ages, so I really love introducing the idea and techniques for a deeper relaxation and concentration on ones self at a young age.  Thanks for sharing this great product with us, Dinosnores! 
Help children sleep – sleep tips from Dinosnores

1. Have a regular bedtime.

2. Make the bedroom comfortable dark place to sleep, with no television or other electronic devices

3. Have a regular calming bedtime routine. In our home we do bath, teeth, books, then Dinosnores sleepy story CD.

4. Avoid the “I can’t sleep” argument. Ask children to “lie down and rest their bodies” instead of telling them to “go to sleep”.

5. Avoid TV, computer or electronic games after dinner, they have all been found to make sleep more difficult.

6. Get the kids out exercising in the day to help them sleep at night.

7. Avoid caffeine and sugar saturated foods.

8. Consider dropping daytime naps as your child gets older.

9. Talk to your doctor to rule out medical causes of sleep difficulties

10. During the holidays, anticipate some disruption at bedtime if you are changing your family routine.

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Learn more and purchase your own mediation and relaxation CD’s for your children at dinosnores.com

 

Firstly, let me just say that this box is amazing!  It arrived in a large (2’x3′) cardboard box on our doorstep.  It is an impressive package to arrive, that is for sure.  When you take The Baby Box out of the packing, it is a beautiful white box with grey owls.  Modern and FILLED with great stuff!  If you are an expecting parent, simply REGISTER on The Baby Box website.  The box is generally sent out 2 months prior to your babies expected arrival date.  This is a new program to Canada and is just getting started in Ontario.  More than 80,000 parents have already registered in Ontario and the boxes will begin being shipped in the Fall.  The idea was initially created in Finland and is now being brought Canada by two entrepreneurial women.  The Baby Box ensures every baby has a safe place the sleep and has some essential baby items as well like blankets, sleepers, a baby hat, diapers, wipes etc.  The box itself becomes the babies bed and comes lined with a little mattress.  Once baby outgrows the box, this eco-friendly box can be re-purposed for a toy bin or storage for clothing that baby has outgrown.  BThe Baby Box Co. is a social enterprise which partners with hospitals, government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide Baby Boxes, quality products, resources and ongoing education to families on a large scale. Baby Boxes are also available direct to consumer either as a standalone item or filled with new baby essentials.
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Items in each box will vary slightly.  The box we received had diapers, wipes, bibs, baby mittens, a board book. a baby hat, 2 sleepers, a small towel/cloth set, a thermometer, baby food and even a wrap for baby wearing!  So many great items in one package.  I think our favourite products were the wrap for baby wearing (which we LOVE!) and a entire package of Pampers wipes & diapers.  Diapers are probably the most necessary item that all moms require immediately and something that is constantly running out.  We can’t wait for this product to arrive to Provinces all across Canada.  Learn more at http://www.babyboxco.com/

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What inspired the creation of The Baby Box Co.?

Two women entrepreneurs and childhood friends Michelle Vick and Jennifer Clary founded the company. When Michelle had her first child, she was shocked to learn that SIDS was the number one cause of death in infants one to 12 months old, and she and Jennifer and became determined to find a way to make it easier for parents to practice safe sleep. The Baby Box Co. boxes come inscribed with “Every child matters. Every family matters.” These words represent Michelle and Jennifer’s commitment to providing every infant The Baby Box Co. serves with a safe sleep space and every parent they reach with the high-quality products and educational resources they need to properly care for their child.

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Are Baby Boxes a proven model for safe sleep and reducing infant mortality?

For more than 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a Baby Box that is basically a starter kit for the baby’s first year of life. The box – a gift from the government – includes clothing, diapers, bath products and other newborn necessities and the box itself has a mattress, which for many, serves as baby’s first bed. The Baby Box is credited with helping Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

 

Where does The Baby Box Co. sell?

As of January 2016, The Baby Box Co. is working with 26 U.S. States through government agencies, hospitals, tribes, and non-profits organizations. The Baby Box Co. is working globally with 12 countries with many BtoB programs in development. The Baby Box Co. ships to consumers in 52 countries worldwide through www.babyboxco.com.

 

What differentiates The Baby Box Co.?

The Baby Box Co. is the first company to offer traditional Baby Boxes to consumers outside of Finland and is proud to share this special, lifesaving tradition with parents worldwide. There are companies out there that are baby gift boxes. They are very different from The Baby Box Co. as they are not safe sleep spaces focused on maternal and infant healthcare. The Baby Box Co is the only supplier of tested, safe-certified Baby Boxes anywhere in the world as well as being the only supplier with an American headquarters. The Baby Box Co. is a social enterprise/ for-profit company headquartered in Los Angeles with additional offices in Texas, UK, Australia, Canada, and Singapore.

 

Is this for me? What types of mothers are getting the boxes?

One of the beautiful things about the Baby Box tradition is that it is steeped in the powerful belief that every child and every family matters regardless of socioeconomic status: every baby deserves a strong, supported start in life. While THEY certainly have programs launching in vulnerable communities, a majority of THEIR partners actually distribute to all new parents within their organization or area rather than singling out those who are particularly disadvantaged.

 

What are the benefits of using a Baby Box?

Baby Boxes are portable, they take up less space and are more affordable than cribs, and they are eco-friendly, all while lowering the risk of SIDS by 40x for parents who would otherwise co-sleep with their babies. This is especially important in light of the recent infant mortality data, which shows that the US infant mortality rate is higher than any of the other 27 wealthiest countries in the world.

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Additionally, the Baby Boxes come with materials about safe sleep and other important infant care information. The Baby Box Co. launched Baby Box University, an online resource with videos and information for pre to post natal care and we include a free membership to this platform with every Baby Box we ship.

 

How are parents using the Baby Boxes?

Most parents use their Baby Box as a safe place for their baby to sleep at night. These parents generally keep their box right next to their bed. Other parents use the Baby Box as a place for baby to relax or nap during the day; they often keep the Baby Box in the kitchen or living room and use it (somewhat like a playpen) while they are in that room. Baby can rest safely while mom and dad are busy folding laundry, taking care of other kids, and so on. Once baby is too big for the box, it can be re-purposed as a storage box for toys or all of those tiny onesies that no longer fit!

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What comes in a Baby Box?

The Baby Box can be bought or gifted as a standalone item or filled to the brim with new baby essentials handpicked by the experts at The Baby Box Co. Each program is tailored to the community needs. For more information on various Baby Box options please visit www.babyboxco.com

 

How long will the baby be able to use the Baby Box?

It depends on how quickly your baby grows, but most babies are comfortable in their Baby Box until 8 months of age. We recommend that babies cease using their Baby Box as a primary sleep space once they can pull themselves up independently. Once they have gotten too big, the Baby Box is perfect for storing toys or as a keepsake chest.

 

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Our family LOVES sleep sacks.  All three of our kids started out sleeping in a Swaddle Me sleep wrap and then progressed to the sleep sacks.  All three of our kids are also AWESOME sleepers and started sleeping through the night at 4-6 weeks old.  All of them were swaddled, bundled and kept nice and warm, which I think makes a huge different.  Adults like to sleep under something – even if it is hot out, a light sheet makes us all sleep better.  Same goes for kids – they like to have something more on them than just a sleeper and since kids are so squirmy all night, a sleep sack is a must.

The first thing I noticed about the Fishkopp sleep sack is the beautiful pattern.  The pattern options are all beautiful and bright, very modern and definitely European.LF Sleep Sacks_Clothing Rack

The next thing I noticed was that the sleep sack seemed very big – my 7 year old asked if it was for her!  We received a size 18-36 months and our baby is 16 months.  This must be a common inquiry as we received a little note card with information on the sizing.  They are designed to provide warmth without restricting movement and allows the child to still wiggle around freely.  Sleep sacks that are too small can cause overheating.  The larger sleep sack gives more of a normal blanket feel, without having loose blankets in the crib or bed and allows for more airflow.  Sleep sacks like the Little Fishkopp also are great for children who are in beds that don’t stay under the covers and then wake up because they are cold.  As long as your child’s head is large enough not to slip through the neck opening, it is safe to use.celebritybabytrends_littlefishkopp4

Why the name?  It means “Fish Head” and reflects the Nordic style and commitment to providing quality products for kids everywhere.  The founder of Little Fishkopp is a native of Northern Germany.  She came to the US 20 years ago on a tennis scholarship.  Like many mompreneurs, she started the company after her son was born in 2011.  She began researching sleep bags and wanted to concentrate on unique fabric designs that were 100% organic cotton, quality (inverted!) zippers, a tab to prevent child from unzipping the bag and more.

The bags come in 3 sizes (0-6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months) and two weights light and standard.  home-banner-1

The bags range from $59 – $79 USD.  Visit their website for more information! www.littlefishkopp.com  

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We received a beautiful gift set from Whimsical Charm.  It was perfect timing as one of our friends just had a baby a week prior to receiving the gift set.  The gift set is actually a three piece set which includes a super soft receiving blanket with a solid colour on one side and a stripe pattern on the other, baby mittens and a baby hat, all in a beautiful aqua colour.  The new baby we shared this gift set with is a little boy (Griffin – love the name!) but it definitely could work for a baby boy or baby girl.

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The receiving blanket is oversized, so it can actually be used as a swaddling blanket, unlike many other baby blankets.  The colour will stay nice and bright as it is 90% cotton and 10% lycra.  Whimsical Charm recommends avoiding fabric softener and tumbling dry on low when washing any of the items included in the gift set.

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This set is the perfect gift to bring when visiting mom and baby in the hospital and will be perfect for the drive home.  A soft and warm little hat and mittens with elastic around the wrist to ensure they stay on so baby doesn’t get any scratches!IMG_2554

What Mom had to say about the set:

“Thank you for the gorgeous set for our little boy.  He is our third child (and only boy!) so it was a special treat to have something brand new for him that wasn’t pink!  This gift set is so lovely with super soft fabrics and the hat and mittens fit perfectly.  We love to use the blanket for swaddling or for an extra bit of warmth in the car seat on the cool Spring days.”

 

IMG_2553Learn more about Whimsical Charm by visiting their website.

Anyone who reads our product reviews knows that we are big fans of everything Cloud b at Mommy Connections.  Anything that provides security and eases the bedtime routine (and STAYING asleep and in bed!) is wonderful for families.
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We have reviewed some larger Cloud b stuffies.  They are great for home, but sometimes you need something nice and small; especially important as we approach summer and some families do more travelling.  Unfamiliar sleep spaces can be scary and having a tool like the Dream Buddy at your fingertips is awesome!  Some smaller children might also find cuddling with a smaller Cloud b stuffy easier.  This sweet little Dream Buddy Lab is super soft and nice and compact.  It nearly fits in the palm of Daddy’s hand.  The back of the Lab has the classic Cloud b starry night sky projector.  The stars come in several colours, blue, green and yellow.  The colours slowly change ensuring your child is captivated and slowly relaxed into sleep.  The Lab Dream Buddy actually project the Big Dipper, which is really neat – even for me while I was doing my usual cuddles before bed!

The star will project for 45 minutes and then turn off once your child is fully asleep.

This is a sweet little bed companion for any little one – two thumbs up! This product can be purchased for $29.99 CAD.

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Written by: @GabDiesendorf

There is nothing more adorable and sweet than a baby’s smile. Except when it’s time to sleep. Your baby could be the most adorable baby on the planet, but once you realize it will not sleep when it’s time (even though you can barely keep your eyes open), things stop being cute and become hard instead. You can plan, you can read dozens of books, talk to your mom and your friends who have kids, you can even browse the web in search of the best possible solution which will put your baby to sleep. In hopes that we can help you, here we go:

Try infant massage

All you need is a soft blanket and a flat surface to put your baby on while you massage them. Cover the areas you don’t massage with a blanket and remember to always keep your hands on your baby’s skin. Use mild lotion and start slowly massaging their head, forehead, nose and cheeks; then chest, arms, fingers, legs and toes. You don’t have to be the expert to do this, just keep eye contact and talk or sing all the time while you’re massaging. If you like, maybe you could try showering together with your baby and massage them while you’re in the shower. The sound of water and your closeness will clam the baby.

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Magic swaddle

Believe it or not, babies love being swaddled when they’re young. The love of freedom and free movements comes later, when they grow up a bit, but when they’re young, they like to be swaddled. The feeling reminds them of their mother’s womb and they love it. Baby swaddling is one of the easiest ways to get your baby to fall asleep faster, and sleep longer. You can even wrap yourself up with your baby in a big mama-baby-bun. Once they grow up, you can keep using the swaddle on their torso and leave their arms out.

Soothe them, but not to sleep

Try soothing and calming your baby before you put them to sleep. They like the feeling and the movement like when they were in the womb, so walk them around the room in your arms or in your stroller rock them or bounce them gently. You can even put your child in a baby basket and place it on a dishwasher; vibrations will calm them and make them drowsy. Once they are drowsy, but still awake, lay them down to sleep. It may take you some time before you find the perfect point, but don’t get nervous and give yourself some time.

White noise

Not only will white noise or some calming music help your baby to relay, but it will do wonders for your nerves as well. Download some soothing music on our iPod or buy baby music CD. They will learn to associate calming sounds with sleeping and will sleep more peacefully even when they grow up. Even some ordinary sounds like vacuum cleaner, dishwasher or hair dryer can calm your child. Nevertheless, make sure you don’t always use your machines, try finding a recording of these sounds as a replacement.

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Use their sense of smell

When you put them down in the crib, put the clothes you usually wear when you are breastfeeding them in there too. The smell will remind them of you and will give them the feeling that you are near. You can also use some essential oils such as lavender, vanilla, and chamomile to soothe them too. Be careful not to use too much of it, and only to use it when you’re putting your baby to sleep, so it would connect the smell with peaceful sleep.

Some of these will work for your baby while the others will not. As is the case with the people surrounding you, babies differ among themselves as well. Some babies sleep through the night in no time while others take years and drive their parents insane in the meantime. In the end, you can always make some big plans for the outdoor baby activity, and the baby will ruin your plans by falling asleep as soon as you get ready.

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