With only four sleeps left until the big man comes, many of us are scrambling to find some last minute stocking stuffers. Since toddlers and bigger kids are usually pretty verbal about what they want for Christmas, it is often much easier to fill (or overfill!) their stockings. With our tinier customers though, it can be difficult to figure out what they would like to receive from Santa. We’ve been there and know that even though babies may be too young to remember or realize what they are opening, they deserve a visit from jolly ‘ol St. Nick too! We have compiled a list of great last minute items that your littlest love is sure to enjoy.
Your trusty Snuggle Bugz Elves.
On Wednesday December 16th 2015, Skip Hop issued a voluntary recall, in cooperation with Health Canada, on the Moonlight & Melodies Projection Mobile, Model 185509.
All use of these mobiles is to be stopped immediately and customers are asked to contact Skip Hop directly.
The strap attaching the product to the crib rail can break, posing an injury hazard if the product falls on the infant in the crib. No injuries have been reported.
Again, please remove this product from your crib immediately and contact Skip Hop directly and they will issue you a refund. For more details please visit www.skiphop.com and click on “Recall”at the bottom of the homepage under “Customer Care”. You may also reach Skip Hop at 877-475-4746 Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM EST.
So Harrison is now 16 months old. The last month has been a big (steep?) learning curve for our family – MYSELF, specifically. We used to keep Harrison in the living room thanks to a couple of gates and he would always scream when we left the room (FOMO, much?). Once he started walking, I (on my mom’s urging) took down the gates and gave him freedom on the main floor. We blocked off the bathroom, (stop touching the toilet seat, child) the stairs, and locked the office door because one round of books on the floor/in the recycling bin was plenty.
So now he’s everywhere, and VERY ‘helpful’. That was a hard adjustment. I never really wanted to baby proof everything, I naively thought I could just teach him his limits. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh, Sarah of a year ago, you make me laugh. Harrison does *not* understand those boundaries yet and so we childproofed the critical drawers and cupboards and my sanity was restored.
He has a wispy swath of platinum hair and a contagious laugh. We were shopping for toys and I tried one out with him. He laughed so hard that another mom stopped by and grabbed it for a birthday gift for her baby. One thing this month that I’m noticing (or finally cluing in to) is a certain aspect of his personality – his desire to run the show. It really makes some of his sleep issues when he was itty bitty make more sense to me. I was mentioning this to my friend and she said her son is just like that so I don’t think it’s uncommon but it’s more and more noticeable every day. To summarize, everything that he does or has done to him has to be on *his* terms. When we were trying to get him to crawl, nothing made him more upset than our help. Finally he had to do it on his own. Same with walking. He won’t let us hold his hand (he did once for five steps) to guide him. I don’t know the word to describe it, but he’s not super INDEPENDENT, like he’ll still let me spoon/fork feed him if that makes sense in the moment, and he likes being carried as well (although he’s 25lbs and I can’t carry him long term), but he just won’t be coaxed into something. He will smile and wave to people all the livelong day, as long as he’s the one to initiate.
I mentioned our trip to Alberta in my post about holiday travel, and it went well. I was terrified that it was going to be a disaster but the trip there was AMAZING (he cuddled with me and his book. Like what?) and the trip home wasn’t as good but still not terrible. And look, I got to meet my first ever niece and she was such a doll.
I might have hijacked her because I needed to wear a baby. That’s her in our Beco Gemini that I just HAPPENED to have on hand. I was also able to help my brother and sister in law with the fit on their cloth diapers and now they’re hoping to use AppleCheeks exclusively. Yay!
Harrison has been a peach with the Christmas tree. Occasionally he goes and touches it and then moves on. I got him his own little felt one that I stuck on the wall and he decorates that a lot so maybe that’s why.
We are going to get Harrison a few Christmas gifts but it’s going to be a quiet Christmas at our house this year. All our family lives in Alberta and we aren’t going home for the holidays so we’ll maybe order some Chinese food or something. What are y’all’s plans?
Until Next Time,
It’s that time of year again. Plans are being made for travel and holiday visits with family. There is so much to see and do during the holiday season that it can be hard to remember to schedule in some sleep time for your baby (and you). Worried about protecting your little one’s sleep while still enjoying the holiday spirit? Don’t be – you can still deck-the-halls and not throw off your baby’s sleep schedule by following these tips.
When Travelling – Set up an Unfamiliar Environment for Sleep Success. Bring along items with positive sleep associations in order to help create a familiar environment while away. Pack your baby’s favourite lovey in your diaper bag, use travel blinds, extra sheets, or garbage bags to darken up the room, and use a fan or an app for white noise to drown out unfamiliar sounds. Taking these small steps can help you achieve a seamless bedtime experience.
Don’t Leave Routines at Home! One of the biggest benefits of a consistent before-bed routine is that you can take it with you wherever you go. Make time to do the same calming activities such as: reading a familiar book, singing the same lullaby, and giving cuddles before bed. This will cue your little one that sleep is coming and help them feel safe and secure in knowing what to expect – even when things around them are not so certain.
When Rules Apply. Entering the holidays with a well-rested child makes the hustle and bustle of the holiday a bit easier for all family members but sticking to a consistent routine during this time can also be tough. It’s during this time where the 80/20 rule applies and it’s brilliantly simple to follow:
80% of the time, schedule events in a way that protects your little one’s sleep. Try to protect bedtimes and naps as best you can – arrive late or leave early if possible to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. If you know bedtime will be pushed later, focus on proper naps that day to mitigate the disruption.
20% of the time, if you have to veer away from regular sleeping patterns, that’s fine. Just be careful to ensure that it isn’t happening every day, and your child should adapt. Remember that it can be a slippery slope, and a sleep debt can slowly accrue, so resist the temptation to attend that one extra event. If you have pushed things for a few days, give your child a day of rest and get him back to his usual routine in order to minimize sleep disruption.
Avoid Meltdowns and Cookie Monsters – Set a limit on the holiday treats as well. Holiday eating can make it difficult for your child to get his proper nutrition throughout the day. Getting him to bed with a tummy full of cookies can be a struggle, so keep a close eye on the cookies and candy canes! Also try to create a quiet area in a bedroom or quiet nook. 30 minutes before your toddlers bedtime routine take them to that area and play quietly. It could be as simple as reading a story or looking at picture books. And if they require more support in falling asleep while away no big deal. Try not to pick up too many new habits but as long as you get back on track once you are home all will be well.
Keep things simple with a baby. Have fun but don’t over do it. You don’t have to go to every gathering, tree trimming, and gift exchange. And when you do, pack your essentials (see above) and naptime is naptime wherever you are.
Enjoy your time with family and friends, but remember that a well-rested child will be a much better companion than an overtired one. While you don’t need to stress out about every single sleep rule, remember that when you factor in your baby’s sleep schedule into your holiday entertaining schedule, your baby will be more cheerful and better able to adapt to changes, and that adds up to a happier holiday for mom and dad too!
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is Representative and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC) and serves on the faculty of The Family Sleep Institute. She and her husband, Mike, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) and when she’s not on route to the bus stop or tripping over fire trucks and tea sets, she and her global team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice in national publications like Today’s Parent, Yummy Mummy Club, PBS Kids, and Canadian Living. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and Good Night Sleep Site at www.goodnightsleepsite.com and you can join Alanna on the first Wednesday of every month at the Burlington location of Snuggle Bugz/Nestled for her FREE in-person sleep clinic from 10-11am.
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