Posts Tagged ‘sleep sack’

Crib Climbers

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

IMG_0593The first time my son lifted a leg over the rail of his crib, my heart panicked.  I was hoping that the day would never come and that he would want to sleep in a crib forever.  I just wasn’t ready, but is anyone ever ready?

I tried not to react, but was nervous none the less. Nervous that he would fall out in the middle of the night or even scarier, never nap again.  It was an exciting challenge to him. He couldn’t wait to get to the other side and worked so hard to find out what it would be like to get there all by himself. The first time he fell out, I’m not sure who it scared more, me or him.  I heard a loud thud and then a cry. Luckily, the only thing that got hurt was his ego. That first fall took the mystery out of the adventure for him and bought me some time before his next attempt.

Putting a sleep sack on him in bed is the other thing that prevented him from making a climb again for a few months. I often wondered if it was because he couldn’t see his feet or legs that he may have forgotten that climbing was an option. Whatever it was, that sleep sack did the trick. When he figured out how to unzip and take off the sleep sack, I took the next step and put it on him backwards before putting him in his crib. That worked for a while, too, until I couldn’t find a sleep sack large enough for my growing toddler.

The reality is that many toddlers are curious and take on the challenge of the climb, while some never take the plunge.  Some people lower the crib mattress to the floor,  some people add extra padding to the floor outside of the crib, and some people jump to transition to a toddler bed.

My son transitioned to a toddler bed very well. My 17-month-old daughter keeps us on our toes all day long, but has yet made the move to climb. I’m hoping that her short little legs will buy us time.

Sarah Cole is a writer and a stay-at-home mom of two busy toddlers who keeps her on her toes all day long.


Transitioning Out of the Swaddle

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Transitioning from the SwaddleSome babies never seem to need, or want, to be swaddled. Some do, but outgrow the need easily in the first few months. Others, like my daughter, truly need to be swaddled to sleep for an extended length of time to help them sleep. We transitioned away from swaddling when my daughter was 6 to 7 months old. Let me tell you, I was so nervous! She wasn’t a good sleeper as is, and now I was taking away one of my best tools! Thankfully, there actually are a number of good options available to help you transition away from traditional swaddling.

First, make the change gradual. Continue with your typical swaddle routine and blanket or suit, but swaddle baby with one arm out. Give them some time to become accustomed to newfound mobility and the feeling of being able to move an arm as you lower them to the crib, while still providing them with that “hug” the swaddle gives. After a bit of time, move to leaving both arms out while still wrapping their torso. Some swaddle products on the market are particularly well suited for this process. If both of those steps goes well, try putting baby to bed swaddle free! That may be all it takes. At this point I would continue the night time routine you have established, but in the place of getting swaddled, place baby into a sleep sack or wearable blanket. These provide the security and warmth baby has become accustomed to without any of the safety issues of loose blankets in the crib.

For some babies, the swaddle may be necessary for getting to sleep, but not staying there. If you feel that the startle reflex wakes baby when you’re putting him down but that otherwise baby is fine once asleep, try wrapping your baby in a blanket before you rock/feed/lay baby down to sleep and removing it once they are comfortably lying on the mattress. Since loose blankets in the crib can potential increase the risk of SIDS, be sure to remove the blanket as soon as your child is asleep. This is only assistance in getting baby down to the mattress, essentially.

Finally, a third option for babies that seem to struggle with leaving the swaddle behind may be a sleep suit. The sleep suit isn’t a swaddle, but does take the place of any sort of blanket and offers enough resistance to muffle baby’s nighttime movements. The thick fabric creates the cozy, contained feeling that some babies need in order to sleep. This can be used to help move past a swaddle blanket or can be a great resource for parents of baby houdinis who regularly escape their swaddle. As with all swaddle products, this is for use only when baby sleeps soundly on his or her back and is not rolling over in the crib.

Any change in a sleep routine can be a daunting one. Hopefully these tips will help you and have you moving on to swaddle-free sleep in no time!

Kate Cunha is mom to a 3 year old little girl and lives in the Pacific NW.

5 Tips for Co-Sleeping Families

Thursday, January 19th, 2012


Co-sleeping brothers

There’s plenty of information readily available on how to safely co-sleep, however there is far less information on the practicalities of co-sleeping. Yes, I know it sounds fairly easy and straightforward, however I’ve learned a few tricks over the past five years of co-sleeping. Here’s five simple tips for c0-sleeping families that utilize a family bed:

1. Have a large sleep surface– I know king sized mattresses are a lot more expensive (as is the bedding for a king sized mattress) however if you are a co-sleeping family it is likely to be a wise investment. More bed room means more comfortable sleep for everyone and less likely to result in dad getting booted out of the bed in the middle of the night. One of the benefits of co-sleeping is the deep emotional connection that is formed through close physical proximity. It’s equally important/beneficial for dad to be a part of that experience. We decided during my pregnancy with my first son that we would be a co-sleeping family so rather than spending money to create a nursery we decided to upgrade from a queen mattress to a king mattress. If a new mattress is on the horizon for you in the near future, perhaps consider going with the king sized bed to best accommodate/support your family bed. One thing that helped me swallow the cost was understand that a bed is: 1)something you use every night 2) a very infrequently purchased item and 3) that a good night’s sleep is important to overall health and wellness. Another option to purchasing a king mattress would be to have two queens pushed together.

2. Put your mattress(es) on the floor – Once baby is able to roll, I find it’s easiest to have the mattress on the floor. That way we don’t have to worry about baby falling off the bed during the night or at nap time (typically a common concern among bed-sharing families). Also from a very young age we ‘teach’ baby how to scoot backwards off the bed. This not only helps ensure baby’s safety it also foster some independence.

3. Make a ‘birth bed’ – In preparation for my home births, my midwife suggested I make my bed so that it would be easy to strip off dirty/soiled sheets to uncover a clean set of sheets underneath. I soon realized this was a great way to make the bed all the times because co-sleeping can occasionally result in extra fluids; babies spit up, diapers leak/ have blowouts, breasts leak milk, etc. It’s nice in the middle of the night to not have to find a clean set of sheets and make the bed when messes happen. I call it the ‘birth bed’ since it started with the home birth of my son. I have a water proof mattress cover on the bottom layer, then a clean fitted sheet, then a regular mattress cover, and then another fitted sheet. If a mess occurs I can easily remove the top two layers and then go right back to sleep.

4. Use a sleep sack – If you are concerned about use of blankets and such with baby, consider using a sleep sack to keep baby warm. Keep in mind that with co-sleeping extra body heat will help keep baby cozy warm too so a lot of extra layers are typically not necessary.

5. Ignore Negativity – There might be people in your life who do not support your choice to co-sleep or even make inappropriate comments to you about it. While that can create hurt feelings, confusion, and/or conflict try to shield yourself from the negativity of others. If you have chosen co-sleeping because you feel it is beneficial to your family and best meets everyone’s night time needs, frequently remind yourself of that. There is no need to convince anyone else of your co-sleeping beliefs…as long as it is working well for your family that is what counts.

What c0-sleeping tips do you have to share? Would love to hear from YOU! 🙂

Sweet dreams all! – Sarah

Sunday Funday Giveaway | Aden + Anais Cozy Sleeping Bag

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Aden + Anais Cozy Sleeping Bag - Jungle Jam Giraffe

Now that the cold weather has arrived, I thought an  Aden + Anais Cozy Sleeping Bag would make a perfect giveaway for this week! On a cold night an Aden + Anais Cozy Sleeping Bag is a safe alternative to a blanket. They are designed with four layers of muslin to keep baby cozy and comfortably warm without overheating. They come in adorable prints, including gender specific and gender neutral options. At first glance you might think diaper changes would be difficult when using an Aden + Anais Cozy Sleeping Bag, however they are designed to zip from the bottom making diaper changes a breeze. Would you like to win a FREE Aden + Anais Cozy Sleeping Bag to keep your baby warm this winter? If so be sure to enter this week’s giveaway today!

PLUS get 15% off all Aden + Anais products all this week with the coupon MMBBLOG