Time Change Coming

Time Change Coming

Yippee (sarcasm inserted here) we have a time change next weekend! We will find ourselves moving our clocks ahead an hour. So if your child usually wakes up at 7 am the clock will say 8 am!!! You will look at the clock and smile but realistically it does not mean much 🙁

There are a few things you can do; however, you first have to decide if you are okay with the morning wake time.

 

If you are happy with the new wake time then do the following:

 

1. Naps will occur after the proper amount of wake time. This will make it seem like naps are now on hour later than they were the day before the time change. It is the clock playing tricks on you.

2. Bedtime will be one hour later than usual.

3. Maintain this new schedule.

 

 

If you are not okay with the new wake time then do the following:

 

1. Wake your child at the desired wake time. Expect your child to take a few days to adjust to being woken up.

2. Naps at the proper amount of wake time.

3. Plan for bedtime to be at the regular time which may feel like an hour earlier to your child. It will take time to adapt.

4. Be patient as this will take at least a week for your child to adapt to the time change.

 

 

The third thing you can do is go with the flow and adjust with your child as their bodies adapt.

 

This is most likely what we will do. I will put on my big girl panties and be patient with the little man while he gets used to the clock changes.

 

 

The final and most important thing is that you do not stress out!!

 

As with everything related to children, the calmer you can be the easier the transition is.

 

Take Care and Happy Sleeping!!

The Colour of Noise

The Colour of Noise

We often hear of the effect white noise can have on you or your child’s sleep. Who knew there are other colours of noise?? Not me. My guest blog post today is from the amazing Jerylin Gan, Ph.D. about the colours of noise.


Have trouble sleeping?  A toddler who wakes whenever you accidentally step on that creaky floorboard?  Just hate the sound of those damn chipper little birds at 5 am?  Then someone’s probably recommended playing white noise in the background.  Maybe in the form of a fan, a mp3 of a waterfall, or one of those sleep sheep stuffed animals that play a heartbeat as well.  

From my experience, white noise is wonderful.  Both my kiddos and husband will wake at the drop of a hat.  But you know what I’ve found works better for me?  Pink noise.  That’s right.  There’s more than one colour of noise!

There’s white, pink, brown, gray, and violet noise (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colors_of_noise).  The difference between the colours is how loud certain frequencies are.  Low frequencies sound low to human ears; high frequencies are higher pitched.  “Noise” is when you play a lot of frequencies at the same time.  White noise is when all frequencies are played at the same volume.  Pink noise is when lower frequencies are played slightly louder than the higher frequencies.  Brown noise is when lower frequencies are played a lot louder than higher frequencies.  

And though it’s hard for most people to tell the difference between the different colours of noise, they’ve been shown to have different effects on people. What might be soothing for one (e.g. the sound of a vacuum to my friend’s baby) might sound awful to another individual (e.g. the sound of a vacuum to me).  So experiment!  Try to see if you like white, pink or brown noise.  See which noise might help you sleep better.  See which noise will help you concentrate on a task!  

Jerylin Gan, Ph.D.

You may wonder who is Jerylin Gan, Ph.D.? Well, let me fill you in. Jerylin is currently an amazing stay at home mom with a passion to ensure her children are getting the much-needed rest they require. Jerylin has a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley, PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior from the University of Washington, Seattle and she did further training at Cornell Medical School. She is my go-to person when looking at the science behind a number of studies we see popping up on social media.

Originally posted June 21, 2016 

Updated and re-posted Nov 23, 1018

Baby Massage Benefits

 

Massage can be a great addition to your baby’s routine, with benefits for both you and him. Some of the many benefits of baby massage include:

  • Can enable babies to affirm their bond with their parents, older siblings, grandparents and other primary caregivers.
  • Massage relaxes the muscles and enables your baby to breathe deeper which helps with readiness for sleep.
  • Massage stimulates the Vagus Nerve in the body. This nerve helps with digestion, improved bowel movement plus helps to regulate the nervous system.
  • Babies who are regularly massaged can become calmer and less fussy.
  • Massage is a great way to offer ‘tummy time’.

An added benefit of baby massage is that it can help parents as well by:

  • Boosting confidence when handling a newborn.
  • Reducing parent stress.
  • Increasing a Parent’s recognition of their baby’s needs through this intimate touch.

As the proud parents of a newborn, you may want to massage your baby, but find you do not have time to include it in your baby’s routine for the first little while. That’s okay.

When your schedule shifts a bit, and you’re ready to try, be sure that your baby isn’t too tired before you begin as this could cause him to become upset rather than to feel relaxed.

You can begin to establish healthy sleep habits early on in your baby’s life, but trying to fit your new baby into a tight, fixed schedule too soon can bring much stress and frustration. Same goes with adding massage when you’re both not quite ready or you don’t have the time.

Take your time and enjoy the process.

Cribs, Bassinets and Bed Linen

Cribs, Bassinets and Bed Linen

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a cot or bassinet with a firm, flat mattress. For an optimal sleep environment, “same place every time” allows your baby to begin to make a connection about sleep though this really isn’t established until later. It is a great habit to form right from the start so keep this in mind.

Best Cribs and Bassinets to Use

It is your choice if you decide to use a bassinet within the first 12weeks or use a crib immediately. Newborn babies like the security of smaller surroundings plus bassinets take up a lot less room if you are room sharing. Many bassinets are on wheels so moving your baby to different rooms can be easier. Typically around 12 weeks, your baby will need more space so transitioning him to a cot is ideal.

There are many types of bassinets on the market that rock, swing and make noise. I recommend avoiding these types of beds because they can make the transition to a stable crib much more difficult. A simple, boring bed is best.

Bed Linen

It is so important that your baby is not overdressed when sleeping. New babies have difficulty regulating their own body temperature. Trying to dress and layer your baby may be a bit of a guessing game initially. It is important to know that when your baby has cold hands and feet, it doesn’t mean he is cold, it means he is cooling down. If your baby is sweating, this is a sure sign he is too hot. Placing a hand under his clothes behind the nape of his neck will give you a better indication whether the layering is correct.

Always try to use bedding and clothes made of natural fibers like cotton, wool, and bamboo. These fabrics “breathe” allowing for the constant temperature changes during the day and night.

Loose blankets and sheets are not recommended due to the increased risk of SIDS.

Swaddles and Sleep Sacks

It is recommended for babies to be swaddled within the first 12 to 16 weeks of age. Your baby will have an active moro-reflex that can last up to 5 months of age. A moro-reflex is when your baby feels like he is falling. His arms may go out and in and there can be some crying. Your baby will also experience a startle reflex. This is an unconscious response to sudden noise or movement. Though you cannot prevent this from happening, using a swaddle can help restrict movement and reduce your baby’s chances of waking himself up. Also, your baby will be spending a lot of time in active sleep (70%) meaning he will be squirming and moving when sleeping. A swaddle can encourage a less disruptive sleep by reducing movement.

It is important to mention here that you need to practice safe swaddling because if your baby’s hips and legs are not allowed the necessary movement, this can lead to hip dysplasia. For specific information about correct swaddling visit www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au.

From about 12 to 16 weeks of age, your baby will be getting ready to transition from a swaddle to a sleep sack. Using a sleep sack allows your baby’s arms to be free. Having access to his arms is important when he learns to roll. Your baby may like to suck on his hands or thumb which are great self-settling tools you really want to encourage. You can use a sleeping bag right up until your baby is ready to transition into a bed at around three years of age.