Sleep Easy: Safety Tips for Turning a Nursery into a Big Kid Room

Transitioning to a big kid bed is a big kid step! If you are considering moving your little one out of a crib and into a big kid bed, making sure your child’s room is safe will help everyone sleep better! Safety is always a number one concern! You know the ABC’s of safe sleep and followed them step by step throughout infancy. But now, your child is out of the crib and even though they are ready for a big kid bed, they may not be ready to have big kid freedoms and responsibilities…especially in the middle of the night. Although we will expect our little one to follow their sleep rules and remain in their sleep space during sleep, we also need to make sure their room is as safe as a giant crib. As your child ages, they will be spending more time exploring and asserting their independence throughout your house and we want to keep them as safe as possible as they do so. Follow these tips to help turn your nursery into a big kid room that is as safe as a giant crib and sleep easy knowing you are taking steps to keep them safe. …

Puzzle Pieces of Child Sleep

Sleep is a need! It is essential for your child’s growth and development. It is a healthy habit that we can help our children learn. For success, it is important to examine all the pieces of the puzzle in order to help establish healthy sleep habits in your family. The 5 Puzzle Pieces of Child Sleep Environment A child should always be placed down for sleep in a safe sleep environment. A consistent place for sleep will also help the child’s mind and body prepare for sleep•Follow the ABC’s of Sleep. Place your infant down Alone, On Back, In an Empty Crib for every sleep•Big kid bed and big kid room, make it safe!• Cool, calm and dark Sleep Associations A sleep association is a routine you follow that helps the mind and body relax for sleep (i.e. rocking and holding, feeding, patting/shushing, bouncing or swinging, etc.)•Place your child down calm but awake and in a safe, consistent sleep space•Avoid sleeping on the go and refrain from relying on sleep props Schedule Knowing a child’s sleep needs can help set them up for success to ensure they are getting the right amount of sleep and the best quality of sleep …

Sleep Products for Your Baby, Toddler or Child

Setting up your child’s bedroom so it ideal for sleep can help everyone get some Zzzz’s! Creating a safe, cool, quiet and dark sleep environment will help your baby, toddler or child get more restful sleep. Here are a few of my favorite sleep products: Safe. We want to create a safe sleeping environment by always following the ABC’s of sleep. That means for baby’s they will be placed down for sleep in an empty crib (i.e. no blankets, bumpers, stuffed animals, etc.). Sleep sacks help to keep little ones warm and can be a cue for sleep. Plus, they come in all sizes! Make the nursery and home a safe environment by anchoring furniture, installing door knob covers or the door monkey lock, covering outlets, and securing windows and cords. Cool. A cool temperature is ideal for sleep. I like the The Gro Company Gro-Egg Room Thermometer to monitor the room temperature plus it’s soft light won’t interfere with melatonin production which is necessary for sound sleep. Quiet. White noise can help create a calm environment that muffles noises that occur outside of the room. Check out the Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural Sound Machine for a durable product that can …