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How To Get Babies To Sleep

How To Get Babies To Sleep

Back To Sleep

Safe To Sleep

Knowing how to get babies to sleep will help you get some rest. Puting your baby to sleep on her back will help you rest assured. Take  a look at this study, published in the journal Pediatrics regarding SIDS deaths in babies who are swaddled. The study compared deaths of swaddled babies against the number of babies who had not been swaddled. As noted by Emanuella Grinberg in her CNN piece the actual truth about the danger is a bit more nuanced than the journal depicts. The bottom line is all babies should sleep on their backs until they are able to roll over on their own, at which time continued swaddling is dangerous.

First, Is The Baby Tired?

The first thing to think about when deciding nap or bed time is if the baby is truly tired. Consider her day. Did she ride in the car seat all morning doing errands with mommy? Did she have an active day with lots of tummy time or other activities? These are all important to take note of before you begin the bed time rituals.

Next, Begin The Rituals

Once you’re sure she’s ready for bed it’s time to begin the rituals. These rituals will look a little different in each household. A warm bath with lavedar baby wash, cozy pajamas, a few minutes being rocked in the rocking chair, a soft lullaby are great things to include. The trick is to do the same things in the same order every nap or bedtime. Your child will find comfort in knowing what to expect next.

Bedtime Help for Young Kids

Sleepy Head

There’s a new baby doll on the market that will be the answer for many parents who struggle night after night getting babies to sleep. There are so many products, books, and articles designed to help parents get and keep kids asleep that it’s hard to know whose advice to take.

Children have been giving their parents trouble at bedtime through the ages. In the 1950’s (as far back through the ages this research is going 😉 parents relied on The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care By Dr. Spock. Back then the common practice was to let infants cry themselves to sleep. Spock referred to babies’ “chronic resistance to sleep” and offered the cure. The way to ensure that the infant doesn’t “get away with such tyranny,” he wrote, was to “say good night affectionately but firmly, walk out of the room, and don’t go back.” We know better now although the tyranny isn’t over!

This is where Lulla comes in. Lulla can get your baby to sleep and keep her asleep!

The Lulla Doll is a soft plush doll with a sound box inside like no other on the market. The sound is pre recorded sound of a woman’s calm breathing and heartbeat. It plays on a loop for eight, yes 8 hours!

Lulla has an Indiegogo page where the doll has raised over $300,000.00!

I’d to hear from any parents who have presented Luna to their baby.

How to Get Babies To Sleep

Please keep in mind this isn’t officially a review of the doll as I haven’t actually tried it but here’s one that I fully enjoyed. Warning language NSFW.

My love for a creep – The Lulla Doll review

More On Swaddling

There are other ways to successfully get babies to sleep. Swaddling is an age old practice that has come under fire in recent years. Swaddling is a contributing factor in SIDS deaths of infants. Many parents have decided against swaddling yet their infants still find sleep.

Still, many parent have decided to swaddle until the child can roll over. Here’s a great video of a dad swaddling his newborn.

Shhhh Finally The Baby Is Sleeping!

You tip toe out of the nursery. She’s finally asleep. The doorbell rings which makes the dog bark …and the baby cry! If you can get to her soon enough you might get right back down, but there’s someone waiting at the door.

This scenario plays out in many homes at nap and bed times. Being a bit proactive can prevent these kind of startled awakinings. Give white noise a try. Put the machine on as soon as you enter the nursery with the tired child. It’s there first cue to settle down for sleep. Now run through your bedtime routine. Sudden household sounds might not be so startling.

At last sleep.

Good night to all. Sleep well.  ?

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Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Blog, Child Care Product Review, Blog, Furnishings, Product Review |

Product Review Lakeshore Learning Oak Chairs

Product Review Lakeshore Learning Oak Chairs

Lakeshore Learning Oak Chairs  These solid oak chairs from Lakeshore Learning have been in use in our classroom since 2009.  Not a wiggle, or tip yet.  I highly recommend these chairs for use in early childhood classrooms, day care centers, and preschools.  They are sturdy, durable, and stain resistant.  Paint, glue, and spills of all types wipe away easily.  These chairs aren’t cheap at $89.99 per chair, but an investment with a good value.  The chairs’ cost is based on the size of the chair you purchase.  Lakeshore offers the chart below as a guide to help you get the right size for your particular needs.  

Table & Chair Height Chart

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Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in April Themes, Blog, Child Care Product Review, Blog, Product Review |

Product Review – Imaginarium Wooden Block Sets

Imaginarium Blocks     Imaginarium    These are basic small building blocks. The set of 75 is a great starter set for children 3 and up. These are not “unit” blocks that are made in universal sizes. These high quality blocks are more for table use than floor builds.  Children fully enjoy playing with these blocks. Reasonably priced at $16.99 from Toys R Us these are a great value.

Block play develops in stages. For example infants and toddlers explore blocks with all of their senses. By age 2 toddlers can build horizontally and vertically, stacking a few blocks.  Check out a basic explanation of these stages on this PDF from Montana State Library.

Mirror & Blocks  Blocks on mirrors is an engaging activity that kids will love again and again. Adults can add different blocks to the tray each time they offer it. Try only two different shaped blocks and encourage pattern making. Another time you might offer only blue blocks and so on.

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Art, Blog, Child Care Product Review, Blog, Product Review, Science |

Product Review – Colorations™ Liquid Watercolor

Product Review – Colorations™ Liquid Watercolor

Colorations Liquid Watercolor   These Colorations™ Liquid Watercolors are great! We use them, to re-wet stamp pads, we use them with eye droppers, and to give color to shaving cream and other non-food art media. Here’s a few things we made using these watercolors.

color bubbles   Watercolors mixed with vinegar. Pipettes used to drip onto baking soda.                                        – Science  (acid base reaction)

Liquid watercolor with pipettes    Watercolors dripped onto folded paper towels.                                                                                             – Science (absorption)                                                         

Spring flower stamping  Watercolor spring flower stamping.                                                                                                                   – Art       

 Liquid watercolor rainbows  Watercolors dripped into milk, then dish soap added, watch the reaction.                                     – Science (convection reaction)

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in April Themes, Blog, Child Care Product Review, Blog, Product Review, Science |

Science Club Moonscope & Sky Gazers Activity Journal – Product Review

Science Club Moonscope & Sky Gazers Activity Journal – Product Review

Educational Insights Nancy B’S Science Club Moonscope & Sky Gazers Activity Journal                         This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Your support of child-care-information is greatly appreciated.

      This great telescope is truly designed just for young children. This is just the right telescope for preschool classrooms.   It includes a journal and cool science experiences. This telescope is decorated with moons, stars, and planets.  The moon scope, with 18x to 90x magnification, comes with moon filter and tripod. Your kids will love this!

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Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Blog, Child Care Product Review, Blog, Furnishings, Music, Product Review |

Product Review – Lakeshore Learning™ CD Player

Product Review – Lakeshore Learning™ CD Player

Product Review – Lakeshore Learning™ CD Player, Cassette Recorder, Radio

By admin on Feb 1, 2014 Total Views : 39  Daily Views : 0 Comments Closed

Lakeshore Learning CD Player The Lakeshore Learning™ CD Player, Cassette Recorder, Radio has been in use in my preschool classroom for about four weeks and we love it!  The thing is made specifically for classrooms.  It’s sturdy, portable, and has a great sound.  Those are basic features that I would expect in any CD player I purchase.  The features that finalized my decision was the auxiliary port that allows our mp3 devices to be plugged in(cable sold separately).   At $189.00 Lakeshore’s CD player is more than twice the cost of our $80.00 old machine.   This is a classic example of getting what you pay for.  Back in April 2013 I purchased a CD Player for the classroom that featured an iPod Dock.  It seemed to have the capabilities we wanted – CD Player, cassette recorder, radio, and dock for our iPod.  Well…within a month the dock was so loose we had to prop the iPod into the dock.  Now we plug both the iPod and the iPad into the Lakeshore CD player.  Our old CD player became unusable when the volume bottom broke right off!  That brings us to today.  We had so many little grips with that old CD player that we haven’t uttered in weeks!  Thank you Lakeshore Learning.

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