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151014_BlogHeader_SleepPregnancy brings about many new changes to our bodies and our lives – most of which are not overly surprising or unexpected, thanks to all the helpful info out there. But one thing you may not expect to add to the list is insomnia.

Unfortunately, sleep disruptions affect most women during pregnancy. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it without any help! Here’s some info on why pregnancy insomnia happens and what you can do about it.

Why It Happens

Insomnia is when you have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. Pregnancy insomnia can occur at any stage of pregnancy, but it tends to be more common in the first and third trimester.

In your first trimester, insomnia can be chalked up to hormonal changes. You can feel so drained it’s almost impossible to keep your eyes open, which will generally lead to naps during the day or snoozing on the couch in the evening. You’ll then get out of a regular sleep pattern, which can affect your night time sleep.

The first trimester also brings about lots of night time trips to the bathroom now that you suddenly have to pee all the time. You may even be experiencing some anxiety over how the baby is doing. Again, more things that will affect your ability to sleep.

In the third trimester, you could experience a lovely combination of heartburn, leg cramps, a shortness of breath, stuffy nose and an overall feeling of being uncomfortable. A lot of tossing and turning can go on during this trimester.

What You Can Do

Try a few of these helpful tips to promote proper sleep hygiene, and before you know it, you should be on your way to better quality sleep!

Meditate

Studies show that meditation is a very effective way to calm the mind and prepare for sleep. It’s easy to do and makes a fantastic addition to a bedtime routine! Whether you want to try out mindfulness, practice progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing or give guided meditation a try, meditation is proving to be key to getting a good night’s sleep. Find out more here.

Change Up Your Diet

Certain foods can help with promoting sleep, such as lean meats and fish. They’re a great source of vitamin B6, which is needed for the creation of the hormone melatonin. Almonds and bananas contain tryptophan and magnesium, which help steady your heart and naturally reduce muscle and nerve function. And cherries are a natural source of melatonin and can also help in regulating your sleep cycle.

Eat Slower

Fueling yourself with healthy foods is important for so many reasons during pregnancy – but it’s also important to eat slowly to avoid heartburn.

Invest in a Few Comfort Items

If you’re having trouble sleeping, get extra comfy! Grab some ear plugs and a sleep mask to avoid unwanted distractions, try a white noise machine for a quiet, relaxing humming sound. Another popular comfort item during pregnancy is a full body pillow like this one.

Set Your Bedroom Up for Sleep Success

Your bedroom should be for sleep and sleep only. Remove distractions like TVs, workout equipment, and work papers. It’s important to create a sleep sanctuary where all you do is sleep!

Drink Warm Milk

Calcium has been proven to help reduce stress and help you relax. It’s not a myth that a warm glass of milk at bedtime will help you sleep – it really works!

Open Your Window a Crack

We all sleep better in a cooler environment. It’s easier to fall asleep and remain asleep if it’s not too hot in the bedroom. It’s best to choose a temperature that works for you, but ideally it should be between 68 and 72 degrees. Adjust your thermostat or choose a lighter blanket if necessary.

Stay Away From Sugar at Night

Sugar can give you an energy boost – and that’s the last thing you need when you’re trying to sleep!

Establish a Consistent Sleep Pattern

It’s important to go to bed and wake up in the mornings around the same time to keep your body clock in sync. When you’re keeping to a consistent pattern, you’ll be able to achieve the best restorative sleep possible and falling asleep and waking up will become easier.

Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She and her husband, Mike, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) Alanna and her global team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice on Marilyn Denis, The Goods and national publications like Today’s Parent, Maclean’s, Prevention, and Huffington Post. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. Join Alanna on the first Wednesday of every month at the Burlington location of Snuggle Bugz/Nestled for her in-person sleep clinic from 10-11am, and follow Good Night Sleep Site on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all your sleep essentials.

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010317_BlogHeader_New YearsWe all make New Year’s resolutions and we all try really hard to keep them… but when you have a baby that makes it extra tough.

Here are the Top 10 New Year’s resolutions that people make and some suggestions on how Snuggle Bugz can help you keep them.

1. Keep Fit and Healthy: The number one New Year’s resolution that people make is to keep fit and stay healthy. If that’s on your list, Snuggle Bugz can set you up with a jogging stroller so that you can include baby while being active.

2. Get Organized:  From your nursery to your playroom, Pehr storage pints can help you keep all your baby products and toys nice and organized. Or if it’s your car that needs some tidying up, Snuggle Bugz carries several types of backseat organizers for your bottles, toys and more!

download (1)3. Learn Something New: Want to learn something new this year? We’ve got one for you… how about making your own baby food? It’s a breeze with Beaba’s Babycook, a compact countertop appliance that functions as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby.

4. Stop Procrastinating: Are you dreading the challenge of potty training your toddler? Not to worry, if that’s on your list of to-do’s this year, Snuggle Bugz has a lot of potty products to assist and our blog on “Potty Training Essentials” has some helpful tips!

5. Quality Family Time: Family time is special time especially when the little ones are young. Janod has some cute, simple toys that make play time with baby fun for you and them.

6. Read More: Is reading more on your list of things to do in the New downloadYear? If so, why not read more to baby. Check out Thomas Allen’s new line of “Indestructibles!”, baby books that don’t rip/tear and can even be washed in the dishwasher or washing machine.

7. More “Me” Time: Who wouldn’t love more “me” time? It could be as simple as some quiet time with a nice cup of tea or a peaceful Mineral Soak to rejuvenate sore muscles.

8. Spend Less, Save More: If your New Year’s resolution is to save money make sure to check out our Snuggle Deals page and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for information on upcoming sales and promotions.

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9. Travel More: Do you want to travel more this year? Travel with baby is easy when you have the City Tour stroller. It is lightweight and it folds small enough to be carried in its backpack-style travel bag that comes with it.

10. Get more Sleep: New Year’s resolution or not, who doesn’t want more sleep! If you need some help getting your baby into a good sleep routine, check out Snuggle Bugz’ Blog series “Sleep Tight” by Alanna McGinn, founder and certified sleep consultant of GoodNightSleep Site. Like us on Facebook to receive notifications on when Free In-store Sleep Clinics are happening at local Snuggle Bugz stores near you.

 

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Surviving the Holidays

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Blog_EssentialsWithEmily_SurvivingtheHolidaysThe Holidays are here, and with it, all the familiar chaos! If this is your first major holiday season with a baby in tow, however, it’s all new and maybe a bit intimidating. Here are a few tips for surviving and thriving with the many changes in schedule, travels, and new faces coming baby’s way.

Keep as much familiarity as possible

When you’re visiting with extended family, on the road, or doing more entertaining than usual, it will affect your baby. These things aren’t negative but they are different, and it’s best if you can give your little one some stability with the changes. Bring along their favourite lovey or blanket for these visits or trips, and even if you typically leave them in the crib or at home, make an exception. I usually keep my kid’s loveys in their bed (mostly because I’m terrified of losing them, which we did once while out shopping!), but I bend my own rule when I know I’m putting them in an intimidating situation.

Make shift bedtime routine

We do a lot of visiting during the holidays, and when we had babies, this often meant putting them down in a friend’s bedroom, so our night wasn’t cut short at baby’s bedtime. If you can bring along a pack-and-play, Doc-a-tot, or Moses basket, that’s ideal. Remember, it’s not safe to leave a baby on a raised surface like a bed.  Don’t forget your sound machine to drown out the festive noise and to make them feel more at home, if you use one in their nursery. For more tips on Overnight Essentials, see here.

One day on, one day off

While the schedule is more hectic during the holidays, I try to have a normal routine day for every day that’s off kilter. If you’re doing Christmas shopping all day and baby misses several naps, or she’s up late with the family lighting the Hanukkah candle, make sure the next day you lay low and give them every opportunity to get back on track. In this busy season, it’s normal for them to have several days where they miss a nap or are over stimulated by lots of new faces. The trick isn’t to avoid all the festivities in favour of keeping baby happy, but to make sure you’re helping him recover well after a day of merriment.

Emily is a Montreal-based writer and blogger, but most importantly, a mom of three littles (age five and under). She geeks out over cloth diapers, lattes, and will do just about anything to travel. You can find her on Instagram @emmorrice where she profusely overgrams pictures of her meals, kids and city. 

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December Clearance Centre Sale!

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Our Clearance Center Sales are now held on the first Wednesday of EVERY month, so that means this Wednesday, December 7th from 10am-1pm, Snuggle Bugz will be hosting your favourite sale again! As always, we must stress that this is a CLEARANCE sale and not a warehouse sale. And as much as we would love to have you shop at one of our beautiful retail locations, the Clearance Sale will be taking place in our Clearance Centre at 1040 Sutton Drive, Unit #1 in Burlington.

Product inventory is limited – meaning once we are sold out, that’s it – and products are SOLD AS IS. ALL ITEMS PURCHASED AT THE CLEARANCE CENTRE ARE A FINAL SALE & CANNOT BE RETURNED TO ANY SNUGGLE BUGZ RETAIL LOCATION.

Here are some helpful hints so you know WHAT TO EXPECT at the sale:

1.Location. As mentioned above, the sale is at our Clearance Centre, not our store. 1040 Sutton Drive, Burlington. There is no street parking available for the sale.
2. Come On-Time. The doors open at 10am and will close promptly at 1pm.
3. Be prepared to wait. Come with a charged up phone, warm clothes and an expectation that there will be a line.
4. Dress for the weather. The line to get in is located outside, in our parking lot. Based on the fact that we woke up to frosty cars this week, be sure to dress warmly and that all baby fingers and toes are cozy.
5.  Food. Eat before you come, bring snacks and plenty of water.
6. Washrooms. We know we said bring water but we DO NOT have access to washrooms for public use. Please plan accordingly.
7. Strollers. This event is not particularly stroller friendly. Please leave any strollers in the car or at home and consider using a baby carrier if you are bringing your child with you.
8. Carrying your purchases. We do not have shopping carts, so come with free arms and hands.
9. Payment. We accept Visa, Master Card or debit only. Amex, Cash and Gift Cards are NOT accepted. All items are FINAL SALE.
10. Delivery. All items will need to be taken with you when you purchase. Please ensure you bring a vehicle that is capable of transporting what you hope to buy.

Please keep in mind that these products are sold AS IS. The inventory selection includes pieces that were floor models, discontinued items, items that have been opened or removed from their original packaging, etc. These are not items that you would find in one of our retail stores or online. All products are safe for use.

With expectations clearly set and helpful hints provided, your shopping experience at our  December Clearance Sale should be that much better! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Caramia Chelsea Crib Recall

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Caramia Furniture is voluntarily recalling their 3-in-1 Chelsea Crib. Health Canada’s sampling and evaluation program has determined that these cribs do not meet the requirements of the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations in Canada due to the space between the slats may be too wide.

The effected Chelsea cribs were purchased between January 2015 and July 2016.

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Neither Health Canada nor Caramia Furniture have received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these cribs in Canada. If you believe you have one of these cribs in your possession, immediately stop using the recalled Chelsea Crib and contact:

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask you to please pass this letter along to anyone to whom a crib may have been given.

Thank You

Posted in 2016, Furniture, Product Recalls |