Sleep Tight: Helping Your Preschooler Get That Sleep

New Jammies_TrainsAsk many New Jammies moms and dads if they want to take an afternoon nap, and they’ll likely respond, “Sign me up!”

Preschoolers, well they can be a different story.

Parents know how precious sleep is, but kids sometimes need a little persuasion. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) stresses that babies, children, and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development.

“Most parents know that growing kids need good sleep, but many don’t know just how many hours kids require, and what the impact can be of missing as little as 30 to 60 minutes of sleep time,” the NSF says.

For healthy preschoolers in the 3-5 years age range, the Foundation recommends 10 to 13 hours of sleep each day. Between 8 to 9 hours — up to as much as 14 hours — of sleep are deemed appropriate. Less than 8 hours, and no more than 14, are not recommended.

“If you suspect your child isn’t sleeping enough, it’s important to talk to your pediatrician,” suggests the NSF. “If there is an underlying sleep disorder or another medical condition at play, your doctor may refer you to a sleep specialist to discuss various treatments options. In many cases, though, sleep deprivation in children can be helped with changes to the environment and habits surrounding bedtime.”

According to the NSF, research shows an early bedtime — between 7-8 p.m. works best for babies and kids through school age — and a consistent, soothing, wind-down routine with no screen time from TVs, tablets and smart phones accommodate better sleep. Tuning out from excitement and and turning off electronics can be the secret to your child falling asleep faster.

“A recent study found that for every hour a child is sedentary — watching TV or reading — it takes an additional three minutes to fall asleep. According to a BBC News article, researchers observed 519 seven-year-olds and found that the majority of children fell asleep in 45 minutes and the average time to fall asleep took 26 minutes,” the NSF says,.

Most parents know the nighttime benefits for preschoolers after a day spent swimming at the pool or playing with other kids at preschool. The more active the children, the more likely they fall asleep faster. And the longer they sleep throughout the night, studies have shown. Mandy Gurney, founder of Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic, told the BBC that a routine wind-down hour can be essential to achieving a successful bedtime, says the NSF.

New Jammies StripesSuccessful bedtime rituals for preschoolers involve consistent routine that includes taking a warm bath to help kids relax and reading bedtime stories. The Mayo Clinic also agrees that avoiding active play and electronic devices, which might be too stimulating, before bedtime.

“You might give your child a bath, brush his or her teeth, read stories, and say prayers. Praise your child for a specific accomplishment or talk about the day. If you play bedtime music, make sure it’s soothing. Then tuck your child into bed and say good night,” says the clinic. “Experiment to find what works best for you — but once you settle on a routine, follow it consistently every night.”

For those parents of preschoolers who have become frustrated with their child’s bedtime problems, the Mayo Clinic understands that bedtime battles can test a parent’s resolve. Even if you want to give in and let your child fall asleep in front of the TV — or in your bed, the clinic says to stay the course of not creating an expectation for that every night.

“It’s important to hang in there. Be patient and ignore cries and pleas,” the clinic says. “It’s never too late to teach your child good sleeping habits. If your child is pushing the limits, state your expectations and stick to the routine. Eventually, your consistency will pay off in a good night’s sleep for everyone.”

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Sleep Tight: Back-to-School Sleep Habits

 

New Jammies is getting ready for back to school, helping kids with nighttime gear in our fun, 100% organic cotton pajamas. Plus we have some great tips on a good night’s sleep for back to school.

This school year features updates on sleep recommendations for kids by the American Academy of Pediatrics, through recommendations developed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The consensus group of 13 sleep medicine experts and researchers recommend:

• Infants 4 to 12 months – 12 to 16 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).*

• Children 1 to 2 years – 11 to 14 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).

• Children 3 to 5 years – 10 to 13 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).

• Children 6 to 12 years – 9 to 12 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

• Teens 13 to 18 years – 8 to 10 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

*Recommendations for babies younger than 4 months not reported because of the wide range normalcy in sleep patterns in newborns, and there isn’t enough research to back up guidance in the youngest of infants.

Other sleep recommendations that remain consistent as kids return to school is to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, and avoid blue light emitted from phones, tablets, and computers at night. That can be said for kids as well as adults.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies, toddlers, and younger children should have a regular, structured bedtime routine, including reading books together and brushing teeth, as well as going to bed at the same time every evening.

The academy also suggests the 4 B’s of Bedtime to best prepare for a proper night’s sleep. ​​​

“The reality of habits is that (a) they can be hard to break and (b) they are not always bad. Take away one habit and you often need to find something to take its place,” says the AAP. In the case of the bedtime breast or bottle, be reassured that we don’t intend to leave you empty-handed once you take away your baby’s primary source of bedtime comfort.”

These 4 B’s of Bedtime offer a soothing substitute proven to be one of the AAP’s most tried-and-true routines for bedtime success — both for babies and older children.

• Bathing. Baths are a soothing, hygienic, and decisive way of separating the evening’s eating activities from sleeping. No way around it — only the unbelievably fatigued child will sleep his way through a bath. That means that when feeding time is over, your child will get the message that eating is not in any way, shape, or form a cue to go to sleep.

• Brushing. Whether you choose to brush your child’s teeth (or gums) right after the last feeding or just before the actual bedtime itself, we strongly encourage you to get in the habit of having a toothbrush (or washcloth or gauze) be the last thing in your baby’s mouth at night (other than, perhaps, a clean pacifier during the first year as an added method of sudden infant death syndrome prevention).

• Books. We’ve found nothing more suitable as a breast/bottle stand-in than books at bedtime. Since you don’t want food or drink to become your child’s bedtime source of comfort, books can serve as the perfect cue that it’s time to cuddle up and go to sleep. Think about what happens when you’re tired and you try to read?

• Bingo—you fall asleep. When it comes to lifelong healthy habits, we can’t think of a better one.
Bedtime. Short of drugging kids (which we don’t condone, no matter how tired or tempted you might be), it’s mighty hard to force a child to fall asleep. We suggest you stop trying and instead stick to implementing a routine time for your child to get ready for and get into bed. Once you’ve set the stage so that bathing, brushing, and books signal bedtime, you should just let your child fall asleep independently. Sure, this may involve some additional challenges, protests, and even the need to consult additional parenting resources (of which, we can assure you, there are many), but in the end we have always found that if you do a good job of making the bed, your child will learn to lie in it.

New Jammies Sleep Sacks

New Jammies Sleep Sacks

Sleep Tight to Summer’s End

Gearing up for back to school takes plenty of rest, so help those little ones sleep tight through the night while their big brothers and sisters make the most of the end-of-summer sun. Through August 15, enjoy 20% off Sleep Sacks and Toddler Footies for a great night’s sleep. Our Classic Stripes sleep sacks, seen here, are a popular print this season. Shop online for Sleep Sacks and Toddler Footies today and receive 20% off (code? DREAM056).

Sleep Tight: Make Summer Fun with Backyard Camping

CampingIn his treasured book “Our National Parks,” naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir wrote, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” As nature lovers ourselves, we at New Jammies can relate.

There’s something magical about sleeping under the stars that provides a sense of peace, and brings us closer to nature. One way for kids to learn first-hand about the Great Outdoors is to plan a fun overnight or weekend camping excursion in the convenience of your own backyard. Because of the easy access to the amenities of home, backyard camping is ideal for all ages, from babies to grandparents — and even great-grandparents.

The National Park Service (NPS) provides information on backyard camping to introduce children to Mother Nature and teach them to appreciate all she has to offer. Or even to test a new sleeping bag, tent or other camping gear.

“Consider camping in your backyard,” says the NPS. “You don’t have to be in a ‘real’ campground to learn the art of camping and to make memories.”

Celebrating 100 years on Aug. 25, the National Park Service lists these benefits of backyard camping:

1. The house is right there. The familiar setting and security of the backdoor lit at night is the perfect testing ground to introduce sleeping under the stars, especially to kids. If the weather is bad outside, the kids are too afraid of the dark, or you need to dash to the bathroom, your house is right there.

2. Memories in the making. Some of the very first memories of camping as a child begin with pitching a tent a few yards from the house. Make it a fun family event. Invite relatives or friends to share in the experience.

3. The testing ground. Do you need to master the art of making the perfect s’more, or learn how to prepare meals outdoors? Use your backyard to get a feel for what it’s like to sleep on the ground, to prepare a meal outdoors, or to test your gear.

StripesParenting Magazine suggests planning ahead with fun games, easy snacks, and at-home activities for a chill staycation with the kids.

“Enter the backyard campout: low on stress, high on thrills, chock-full of the fun stuff that camping’s all about (including plenty of dirt), all within shouting distance of clean bathrooms and a stocked fridge,” says parenting.com, in its “14 Ideas for Camping Out In Your Backyard.”

In the article, parenting.com puts a fun spin on a beloved campfire treat with these easy S’mores on a Stick:

“Warm up your favorite chocolate sauce and pour into a shallow bowl or plate; put crushed graham crackers on another plate. Roast marshmallows, dip in the chocolate and then the crackers.”

For old-fashioned, after-dark backyard camping games, play Ghost in the Graveyard, which Parenting mag describes as “tag with a spooky twist.” Here are the simple rules:

1. Designate one ghost to hide in the backyard while everyone else waits on base (like the back porch) and counts: “One o’clock, two o’clock …”

2. When you get to 12 o’clock, shout “Midnight! I hope I don’t see a ghost tonight!”

3. Then go hunting in the backyard for the ghost. Whoever spots the ghost first cries “Ghost in the graveyard!”

4. Everyone then scrambles back to base while the ghost tags runners. If you get tagged, you, too, join the ‘ghost’ gang and the game begins again.

5. Keep playing until everyone’s been caught by the ghosts and the graveyard is full.


Gear Up with New Jammies for Backyard Camping Fun

If your kids are up for an overnight outdoor adventure in the backyard — or even taking it to the next level in a park that permits camping — New Jammies has some colorful, 100% organic cotton pajamas perfect for summer nights sleeping in nature. Check out these popular outdoorsy collections:

• Our Star Spangled PJs are a fun way to celebrate America in patriotic red, white and blue, all summer long. Choose from our stars and flags prints and striped patterns for a colorful shout out to the good ol’ U.S.A.

Gone Fishin' New Jammies• Featuring a whimsical angler theme, Gone Fishin’ New Jammies will have kids dreaming of sun-filled days by the lake catching fish to cook over the campfire.

Bug's Life New Jammies• Cute and cozy Bug’s Life footies, short sets, and PJs showcase insects that flit and flutter while lighting up the night, perfect for camping under the stars.

Sleep Tight: Meditation for a Better Sleep

New JammiesAt New Jammies, we all know how important sleep is for a healthy lifestyle. Without it, sleep can be a detriment to how we function at home, work, and school. With it, sleep can improve our moods, stress levels, and productivity.

In short, bring on the sleep.

Sleep isn’t always easy for parents, and especially kids, to achieve at bedtime, though. For some, a good night’s sleep takes work. A diet rich with Vitamin B6, calcium, potassium and less caffeine can help. Meditation and relaxation exercises also aid in achieving healthy sleep.

“One of the most powerful techniques for quieting the mind is meditation, which allows you to go beyond the mind’s noisy internal dialog into a space of silence and stillness,” says Deepak Chopra, M.D., on his Chopra Centered Lifestyle website www.chopra.com.

The Chopra Center suggests committing to a consistent sleep ritual by creating a soothing evening routine. Take a light walk shortly after dinnertime and minimize intense mental activity in the evening. Prepare for bed about an hour before sleep by running a hot bath and performing a slow, oil massage on your body.

“Put a few drops of lavender oil in the bath water and play some soothing music. Have the intention to allow the stress of the day to leave your body,” Chopra says. “Once you’ve completed your bath, try drinking a warm herbal tea or heated milk with a pinch of nutmeg.”

The Chopra Centered Lifestyle says the ideal bedtime is 10 p.m. Once in bed, try and avoid watching television or reading mentally stimulating material and spiritual or inspirational literature to help shift your awareness away from the usual demands of your life to a more expanded perspective.

“Avoid work on your taxes, balance your checkbook, or watch a violent thriller on television right before bedtime – all of these activities can over stimulate the Vata dosha and make it hard to fall asleep. Turn off the lights, close your eyes and just lie comfortably on your back observing your breath. Allow your attention to float through your body. If you notice areas of tension, consciously release the pressure,” Chopra says.

See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/5-tips-to-end-insomnia-and-get-restful-sleep#sthash.cdkF6kwd.dpuf

Sleep Meditations for KidsKids can also benefit from sleep mediation, especially in today’s age of apps available to help soothe them to sleep. The free Sleep Meditations for Kids Android app on Google Play, created by leading yoga teacher and Montessori teacher Christiane Kerr for children of all ages, helps guides kids to the creative part of their minds through a number of carefully scripted story meditations.

“Each meditation story has an underlay of subtle sound effects and gentle music which combined with Christiane’s calming voice make them irresistible and a deeply relaxing. This recording will help children to relax and will enhance feelings of contentment. It can be used for a general relaxation, or as a teaching resource and is suitable for children up to the age of 12,” says the app’s description.

The app features a deeply relaxing 13-minute audio track and Kerr’s calm, reassuring voice that guides children, as well as adults, into a completely relaxed state of mind and body. She founded Calm For Kids children’s yoga and mindfulness training in 1999. She has has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 15 years in the UK and offers training, CDs and free mp3s on her website at calmforkids.com.

The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall AsleepIn August, fortune.com featured a children’s sleep aid in the form of a book by Swedish author and psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin that’s on the top Amazon’s best-selling book. The article says “The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep” is like hypnosis for children, and “will put your kid to sleep in minutes.” In the kid’s book, Roger the Rabbit and friends Sleep Snail and Uncle Yawn try to help him find sleep.

“This is a new safe and innovative way to help your child fall asleep and is recommended by psychologists and therapists,” says the review on Amazon. “‘The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep’ will help you accomplish the task of getting your child to have its beauty sleep and sleep well all night.”

The book is available in five formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audible or Audio CD.

New Jammies sleep fashions for fall help kids rest easy

Space Cadets

This fall, New Jammies is helping kids relax right and sleep tight at bedtime with comfortable, all-organic new designs that reflect the changing season.

Fashionable fall collections for girls and boys include Unicorns, Bicycles, Ballerinas, Elephants, Trains, Monster Trucks, Space Cadets, Moose Tracks, Rainbow Unicorns, and Ranching Cowboys. New Jammies are 100% organic cotton, are not treated with flame retardants, and feature tagless labels for comfort.

For example, nature-loving boys or girls can be ready for bedtime in the popular Moose Tracks prints, back this season in soft sage green with stretchy rib knit. Our Space Cadets collection explores the galaxy in this whimsical organic cotton footie pajamas. The whimsical Elephant Kites organic cotton pajama set will send girls off to dreamland in cozy, comfort.

Visit newjammies.com here to shop online this fall.

Sleep Tight: New Spring Styles in Kids Sleepwear

At New Jammies, spring is a season for renewed spirit. At a time when flowers begin budding and birds return to chirping, we reveal new styles and collections of our 100% organic pajamas to excited kids at bedtime.

This spring, bright colors and fun prints comprise our new styles. Flowers, bugs, butterflies, foxes and pirates with updated designs in blues, yellows, oranges and pinks make for fun Easter basket gift ideas. Pack New Jammies in suitcases for comfortable Spring Break travel and fun overnights at grandma’s house.

There are many styles to choose from to get kids excited about bedtime and help infants sleep tight at night:

New Jammies Sleep Sacks

• Our new double-layered sleep sacks are perfect over a onesie for warm nights or with New Jammies footies for cooler evenings. Made with 100% organic cotton, New Jammies sleep sacks are breathable to prevent overheating, and come in our Classic Stripes, Butterfly Magic and Sports Color Block designs. Sleep sacks encourage infants to sleep on their backs and keep babies warm without loose blankets in the crib for the prevention of SIDS. “As a new parent, as well as owner and designer at New Jammies, I’ve found sleep sacks to be an indispensable part of my little one’s bedtime wardrobe,” Nicole Ludlow says. “We couldn’t wait to share them with your little ones this spring.”

New Jammies Butterfly Magic Sleep Sack

• Celebrate spring with one of our pretty new designs in hot pink and white, Butterfly Magic, featured in our new sleep sacks, as well as pajamas, short sets and toddler footies.

• Kids will flourish like a flower after waking up in our Ottoman Flowers pajamas, footies and short sets. The bright aquamarine blue and hot pink hues combine for an electric color combination kids will love as they embrace spring and head into summer.

• Our Bug’s Life New Jammies are comfy and cozy for little science buffs. Blue, orange and yellow create a fun landscape for these soft, 100%% organic pajamas, footies and short sets.

• Nature lovers will enjoy our Sly Fox collection of pajamas, footies and short sets in purple, pink, blue, green and orange.

• It’s Shark Week every day with New Jammies Sharks collection. These blue and gold pajamas, footies and short sets are a fun way to celebrate one of the ocean’s most mesmerizing creatures.

• It’s a pirate’s life for kids with New Jammies’ Pirate’s Ocean, Sail Away Pink and Sail Away Blue collections. These can be great for bed and nap time or for festive pirate-themed birthday parties, all the rage these days.

New Jammies Sports Color Block Short Set• Score big with your little sports fan with our new Sports Color Block collection for spring. These white, blue and gold New Jammies are offered in organic cotton pajamas, footies for babies and toddlers, short sets and sleep sacks.

We are thrilled to share our new spring styles with your families and continue to carry our popular classic summer prints: Lobsters, Whales, Crabs ‘N Stripes, and Classic Stripes.

Play Right: Fun Spring Break Ideas for Kids

New Jammies Whale PJ BeachSpring is nearly here, and New Jammies families are looking to get away and enjoy fun with the kids. Whether it’s an indoor water park to make a splash or skiing in the mountains, family-friendly Spring Break destinations can be a great way to recharge for a new season.

From coast to coast, there are fun Spring break activities the whole family can enjoy. In the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, there’s a new 66,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor waterpark with a glass roof to allow the sun to shine in for year-round family entertainment. Wilderness at the Smokies, in Sevierville, Tennessee, is the state’s largest waterpark resort. It houses several indoor water and tube slides, a 10,000-square-foot wave pool, spraying water features, a five-story family raft ride, and indoor/outdoor hot spa. Stay at the Stone Hill Lodge or River Lodge to make a convenient trek over to the Wilderness at the Smokies water park. Don’t forget a waterproof camera to capture the family fun while making Spring Break memories for a lifetime.

Picked AAA’s top Spring Break travel destination in 2015, Orlando, Florida, offers families so many options for enjoyment, it might be hard to pick just one or two. “It’s clear that travelers are seeking warm weather destinations this spring as they look to escape the cold after a particularly harsh winter,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA Senior Vice President of Travel and Publishing. “In addition to great domestic destination getaways, cruises, tours and vacation packages to international destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean are also popular vacations this spring.”

With so many choices out there, especially in Orlando, our editorial staff at New Jammies recommends ordering the free Orlando Vacation Planning Kit for information on hotels, attractions, events, and maps. Orlando is of course world famous for the happiest place on earth, aka Walt Disney World. But the Florida city is also home to Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, and other theme parks geared to family vacationing. There are also attractions such as water parks, indoor skydiving, alligator spotting at Gator Land, dinner theaters, and off-road adventures perfect for the whole family.

Paddleboating in the Tidal Basin. Photo by: Destination DC

Springtime paddleboating in the Tidal Basin. Photo by: Destination DC

Also on AAA’s list of top Spring Break destination list is the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. There’s no better place in America to teach kids about our nation’s founding and enjoy the beautiful landmarks and cultural attractions that make this country so great. Make sure to visit the massive National Mall open park in downtown Washington between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol. The White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Jefferson Pier, National World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are all on the must-see sight-seeing tour in D.C.

For educational, kid-friendly fun, the nation’s capitol is museum central. The city houses the National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall (the most visited museum), National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African Art, National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, the Sackler and Freer galleries, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Arts and Industries Building, S. Dillon Ripley Center, and the Smithsonian Institution Building, also known as “The Castle.” For travelers on a budget, visit this helpful Washington D.C. tourist’s guide for 100 free (and almost free) things to do.

Need a refreshing jaunt at high elevation? A trip to the Rocky Mountains provides some late-season Spring Break skiing and western exploring for families. Denver, Colorado, the state’s capitol appropriately named the Mile High City, has a variety of museums and attractions kids of all ages will love. Check out the Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver Museum of Nature and Sciences, Downtown Aquarium, the Just for Fun Family Center at the Denver Art Museum, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Butterfly Pavilion, and Dinosaur Ridge next to the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Head west to the mountains for skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in such beautiful Colorado destinations as Breckenridge, Winter Park, Durango, Telluride, Beaver Creek, Steamboat Springs, Vail, and Aspen, just to name a few.

Family fun in the Hot Springs

Family fun in the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

For a truly family-friendly experience, visit one of New Jammies’ favorite spots, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Enjoy a soak and swim in the world’s largest hot springs pool or outdoor activities at the Colorado gem Sunlight Mountain Resort at this award-winning Rocky Mountain town on the state’s Western Slope. Ride the exciting downhill alpine coaster and tour and explore one of America’s top 10 caves, according to USA Today, at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park high atop Iron Mountain.

Most of all this spring, have fun!