Sleep Tight: Sleep and newborns

cropped-10393688_741180475920117_6945238494142729316_n.jpgSleep. It’s the five-letter word that New Jammies babies need a lot of and parents dream of having.

According to Stanford Children’s Health, newborns sleep about 8 to 9 hours in the day and about 8 hours at nighttime. With smaller stomachs than the rest of us, infants often wake about every three hours to eat. And while each baby is different, sleeping through the night for 6-8 hours without waking might not come until at least three months, as growth continues. Finding that ideal sleeping schedule can involve a little patience and plenty of trial and error.

OK, maybe a lot more than just a little patience.

When it comes to helping kids achieve an early healthy sleep schedule, Stanford Children’s Health suggests establishing routine at bedtime.

“Not all babies know how to put themselves to sleep. Most experts recommend allowing a baby to become sleepy in your arms, then placing him or her in the bed while still awake. This way the baby learns how to go to sleep on his own,” says the hospital, on its tips on newborn-sleep patterns at www.stanfordchildrens.org.

“When it is time for bed, many parents want to rock or breastfeed a baby to sleep. However, be sure that the baby does not fall asleep while eating or in your arms. This may become a pattern and the baby may begin to expect to be in your arms in order to fall asleep. When the baby briefly awakens during a sleep cycle, he or she may not be able to go back to sleep on his or her own.”

Stanford Children’s Health suggests playing soft music to create a calm routine as babies start to become sleepy.

“I like to sing Brandt a little song everynight about the Farm Animals hanging over his bed and let him snuggle his stuffed cow,” says New Jammies founder Nicole Ludlow. “After he falls asleep I remove the cow from the bed, since they are not supposed to have anything in there.  It usually works, but not always of course.”

Colorado dad Jeff Rice remembers soothing music playing at bedtime as integral in helping his small children establish a sleep routine. It’s a tradition passed down from his own father.

“My dad played for us, I’d play guitar like ‘Puff the Magic Dragon,’ for my kids, and even my granddaughter will literally fall asleep on my lap while I play open mic,” Rice recalls. “Music is key. Anything soothing and harmonic like that is key.”

Indianapolis grandmother Charlene Smith said she always used a calming, lowered voice and had story time with her kids to create a consistent bedtime routine.

“Stories of the past always put them to sleep at a certain age. Reading to little ones is as rewarding to adults as to the kids. I remember many a night falling asleep right after they did,” she said.

The Birch family of Indiana, which includes a set of pre-teen triplets, recalls playing music from “Winnie the Pooh” videos to help soothe their three tired babies as they prepared for sleep. The Birch triplets’ parents also followed the advice of healthcare professionals in suggesting not putting their babies to bed with a bottle propped for feeding.

“This is a dangerous practice that can lead to ear infections and choking,” Stanford Children’s Health says.

The Birches also say they passed on any sugary juices and drinks before bedtime for their triplets to avoid the stimulant effect and for proper early dental care.

For more healthy sleep tips for babies and kids, visit http://www.stanfordchildrens.org.


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Snap a photo of your cute sleepy baby, toddler or child wearing their favorite pair of New Jammies to enter our new Fall Photo Contest. One lucky winner will score a year of free pajamas (4 pair), featuring a brand-new pair every new season. Winners will pick from any style and size each season.

Enter online here at http://newjammies.com/blog/category/photo-contest with a fun photo of your favorite little guy or gal in New Jammies, and tell us why you love our pajamas. Online entries will be accepted through Oct. 14. One entry per contestant and contest, please. The New Jammies Fall Photo Contest winner will be published on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NewJammies.

 

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1WEBNothing says “Hello Fall!” like a snuggly pair of 100% organic cotton pajamas. And New Jammies is awarding one lucky kiddo with a year of free pajamas (4 pair), featuring brand-new designs with each change of the season.

The winner of the New Jammies Fall Photo Contest picks from any style and size each season.

Enter the photo contest by clicking here and uploading a fun photo of your favorite little guy or gal in New Jammies, and tell us why you and your kids love our pajamas. Online entries will be accepted through Oct. 14, 2014, and will be published on our Facebook page at facebook.com/NewJammies.

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Pictures will be shared with our Facebook fans and our blog throughout the contest. The winner of the New Jammies Fall Photo Contest will be announced on our Facebook page and featured in the November New Jammies News e-newsletter. Register for our mailing list here. Have fun, and good luck!

Play Right: Natural play outdoors

15WEBParents who grew up in the days before electronics and video games became the easy way to engage the mind probably remember their parents telling them to go outside and play.

That was always the answer to “I’m bored.”

“In the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen,” reports the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), in a report published on its website detailing the health benefits of playing outside. “This shift inside profoundly impacts the wellness of our nation’s kids.”

The NWF lists childhood obesity – more than double what it was 20 years ago – and an increase in pediatric prescriptions for ADHD and antidepressant medications as effects of this growing trend.

“Our kids are out of shape, tuned out and stressed out, because they’re missing something essential to their health and development: connection to the natural world,” says the NWF.

The good news is organizations such as the NWF are working to combat the issue with a simple message our parents told us for years — go outside and play. The NWF’s proactive Be Out There movement encourages that much-needed connection between kids and the natural world. Join the movement here.

“By raising awareness, inspiring behavior change and taking action, Be Out There will help get American children and families back outside—where they belong,” says the nonprofit org.

14WEBWhether it’s climbing on the monkey bars at a neighborhood park or camping out in the backyard, the Great Outdoors are still viable options of natural playtime for today’s youth.

Experts say the benefits of natural play are exponential.

The NSF reports that outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, and that nature enhances social interactions, value for community and close relationships.

Ideas for inspiring kids to forego the electronics for outdoor activities can really take off in the fall, as kids can play flag football in the yard or romp through pumpkin patches to find their perfect pick for the porch’s seasonal jack-o-lanterns. Kids can help decorate the outside of the home for the fall season and make scarecrows in the garden or spooky ghosts in the trees. After raking the leaves, parents can encourage kids to take a running jump into the piles.

Building forts and tire swings and climbing trees can also be timeless fun fall activities for the kids. Outdoor lawn games including croquet, bocce ball, and badminton are still in fashion. With the help of Mom and Dad, kids can make their own lawn games including homemade Lawn Twister and Giant Jenga, or an easy bean bag toss (also known as corn hole), ring toss or lawn bowling using two-liter pop containers, as seen in this PBS.org blog on Backyard Games and Activities by Danielle Steinberg. Chalk art on the driveway or sidewalk encourages children’s creativity with nature as inspiration.

39WEBFall is a good time for outdoor sports such as flag football, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, sand volleyball, baseball, softball, and basketball, and can be fun ways for kids to play in nature. Outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing, camping out, riding bikes, zip lining, rock wall climbing, visiting amusement and water parks, and attending outdoor soccer matches and baseball and football games are also great options for getting kids outside and away from the draw of electronic screens. They will have a lot of fun with the family and remember the experiences for a lifetime.

Encourage your kids to go outside and play right, so they sleep tight at night in New Jammies’ 100% pure, natural organic cotton pajamas. And most importantly, have fun!