Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Sleep is the holy grail of early parenting. Though your baby may spend most of any given 24 hours sleeping, you have little control over when and how long your child snoozes. You’re at their mercy, often failing to reach four straight hours of slumber ever, and as a result start to go a little crazy missing your previous sleep independence.
There is an entire company, Cloud B, devoted to helping parents get their babies to sleep. The woman who founded Cloud B became a mom at about the same time as me, so we’ve always been on a similar wavelength. But her daughter slept like a dream (she credits her wearable blanket) while mine was more up and down. Mostly my daughter fussed if she woke late at night. To head that problem off at the pass, I tried the Twilight Turtle when my son was born and voila, he had an easier time settling back down once he saw those stars. (We used white noise too, in the form of a fan, though the Cloud B sound machines are much more adorable.)
Need some help in the sleep department? Cloud B is offering ONE lucky winner a sleep soothing package, including a Twilight Turtle Tunes (which can sync via Bluetooth to your phone or MP3 player), Smart Sensor Nighty Night Owl, and Dreamz To Go Groovy Globe (so you can still project stars at Grandma’s).
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day January 15. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on January 16 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
And here’s a bunch of sleep information from expert Jodi Mindell, packed into a 5-minute video.
Congrats to our winner, Monica Lam!
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Thursday, June 20th, 2013
You know who sleeps well? A newborn, as demonstrated by my niece, below. When you’re one day old, what else are you going to do?
But as a mom of two, I know that this new baby is going to wake up and want to party like all of them do. And for that, my Bro and his wife are going to need strategies. Here are some from Cloud b (a company that focuses on products for baby’s sleep) that I agree with completely:
* You need a routine. If you do the same things night after night in the same order, eventually it signals sleep to a kid. Your routine can be bath/nursing/song/swaddle/lights out, or any variation, it’s just the consistency that matters.
* Swaddling helps most newborns. Not all, but most! It makes them feel like they’re still in the womb, and keeps them from waking themselves if they involuntarily startle.
* Noise helps nearly every infant. They are not used to the sound of silence because the womb is noisy 24/7 thanks to mom’s whooshing blood. A white-noise device helps babies feel at home.
I’d also add that babies need to be put down awake so they settle themselves to sleep. I failed miserably at this; I nursed each of my babies to sleep and then carefully laid them down conked out, and let’s just say it didn’t do anyone any favors. I finally read Have a Great Sleeper, from Parents magazine advisor Dr. Harvey Karp, and now I get that I should have rocked them gently awake after laying them down, so they could resettle themselves in those first few minutes. It’s such good advice. Have any of you tried this and had it work?
And if any of you are struggling with sleep issues, Cloud b may be able to rescue you with a Sleep-Well package valued at more than $100. One lucky person who comments below will win the Cloud b Tranquil Turtle (which shines soothing dots of lights on the ceiling and plays sea sounds), Sleep Sheep, shown above (a great white-noise device), a Lullabag for safe sleep since you never want a blanket in the crib, and Twinkles to Go Octo, so you even have a soother for vacation. Leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, June 26th. We’ll pick one lucky commenter at random to win. Here are the official rules. Goody luck!
Congratulations to out winner Roxanne Winkleman!
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