Sleep Tight: Naps and Why Kids Need Them

Ask some New Jammies parents about naps, and you may see a longing in their eyes. They might be wishing for one themselves. Or daydreaming about the days when their children’s naps were as common as a diaper change. Often, as a child grows older, naps can become a distant memory. That doesn’t always mean parents should give up on them.

According to KidsHealth, the importance of naps is vital, as “sleep is a major requirement for good health, and for young kids to get enough of it, some daytime sleep is usually needed.”

“Crucial physical and mental development occurs in early childhood, and naps provide much-needed downtime for growth and rejuvenation,” KidsHealth says. “Naps also help keep kids from becoming overtired, which not only takes a toll on their moods but may also make it harder for them to fall asleep at night. And naptime gives parents a brief oasis during the day and time to tackle household chores or just unwind.”

Sleep Needs by Age

KidsHealth reminds parents that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer regarding how much daytime sleep kids need.

“It all depends on the age, the child, and the sleep total during a 24-hour period,” KidsHealth says. “For example, one toddler may sleep 13 hours at night with only some daytime catnapping, while another gets 9 hours at night but takes a solid 2-hour nap each afternoon.”

Though sleep needs are highly individual, these age-by-age guidelines give an idea of average daily sleep requirements:

Birth to 6 months: Infants require about 14 to 18 total hours of sleep per day. Younger infants tend to sleep on and off around the clock, waking every 1 to 3 hours to eat. As they approach 4 months of age, sleep rhythms become more established. Most babies sleep 9 to 12 hours at night, usually with an interruption for feeding, and have 2 to 3 daytime naps lasting about 30 minutes to 2 hours each.

6 to 12 months: Babies this age usually sleep about 14 hours total for the day. This usually includes two naps a day, which may last 20 minutes for some babies, for others a few hours. At this age, infants may not need to wake at night to feed, but may begin to experience separation anxiety, which can contribute to sleep disturbances.

Toddlers (1 to 3 years): Toddlers generally require 12 to 14 hours of sleep, including an afternoon nap of 1 to 3 hours. Young toddlers might still be taking two naps, but naps should not occur too close to bedtime, as they may make it harder for toddlers to fall asleep at night.

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years): Preschoolers average about 11 to 12 hours at night, plus an afternoon nap. Most give up this nap by 5 years of age.

School-age (5 to 12 years): School-age kids need about 10 to 11 hours at night. Some 5-year-olds might still need a nap, and if a regular nap isn’t possible, they might need an earlier bedtime.

To Nap Or Not to Nap?

The National Sleep Foundation reminds parents not to become discouraged, as naps, or the lack thereof, are a phase all kids go through.

“About half of all children stop napping by age four, and 70 percent are done with daytime sleep by age five,” the NSF reports.

What are some signs little ones are ready to drop the nap habit?

“Consistently taking 45 minutes or more to fall asleep for a daytime snooze or getting 11 to 12 hours of sleep overnight are two big ones,” the Foundation says. “If you think it’s time to give nap-less living a try, follow these steps to ease the transition.”

Nap as Needed

The National Sleep Foundation agrees that napping doesn’t have to be an “all-or-nothing proposition.”

“While some children might be fine quitting cold turkey, others may do better with a gradual approach. For instance, consider skipping naps for three days, then napping again on the fourth,” the NSF says.

“Alternately, you could shorten the naps by waking your child within the hour to keep daytime sleep from interfering with bedtime. Even a 20-minute nap can have benefits for a small child. There is no one-size-fits-all formula, so follow your child’s cues to figure out the right sleep strategy.”

Turn Naps into Quiet Time

“Skipping an afternoon nap doesn’t mean your child is ready for constant action from morning to night. An hour of quiet time in the afternoon can offer an important opportunity for a non-napping child to re-group (not to mention restoring the caregiver’s energy, too),” says the Fiundation. “Reading books, coloring quietly, and listening to calming music are all good ways to rest up for the evening ahead.”

Also, the National Sleep Foundation suggests moving bedtime to an earlier time.

“If your child is no longer napping, bedtime hours may need to be adjusted to be sure you still provide enough time for sleep,” the NSF says. “Preschoolers should get 10 to 13 hours of sleep a day, with or without naps, which could mean going to sleep as early as 6:30 PM depending on what time your child wakes up in the morning.”

For more information on naps, sleep and additional topics involving kids’ health, visit these helpful online resources:

American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org
This site, operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), provides information on family physicians and health care, a directory of family physicians, and resources on health conditions.

National Sleep Foundation (NSF)
http://www.sleepfoundation.org
NSF is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting education, sleep-related research, and advocacy.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
http://www.aap.org
The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
http://www.aasmnet.org
AASM strives to increase awareness of sleep disorders in public and professional communities.

 

New Jammies was born as an environmentally responsible company offering 100% certified organic cotton and flame retardant-free children’s pajamas. Learn more at newjammies.com.

Sleep Tight: Infant Sleeping Best Practices

At New Jammies, we all know the old saying, “Babies don’t come with instructions.” Lucky for us, there are helpful organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, among many others, to help us navigate child-rearing. Many of the first questions we have as parents has much to do about sleep.

Especially safety and sleep.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a safe sleep environment that can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths,” says the AAP. “Recommendations for a safe sleep environment include supine positioning, the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating.”

The APA reports approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the U.S. from sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Recent updates to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for SIDS reduction include the avoidance of exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs; breastfeeding; routine immunization; and use of a pacifier.

”New evidence is also presented for skin-to-skin care for newborn infants, use of bedside and in-bed sleepers, sleeping on couches/armchairs and in sitting devices, and use of soft bedding after 4 months of age,” the APA reports.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following baby safety tips to keep in mind for parents:

• Place your baby to sleep on his or her back for all sleep times — including short naps

• Never place the baby on its side or stomach to sleep

• Use a safety-approved mattress and crib

• No pillows, blankets, bumper pads, stuffed toys or sleep positioners in the crib

• Feel free to share a room with your baby, but resist the temptation to bring them into your bed

• And remember, money should never be an issue when it comes to the safety of your child! KeepingBabiesSafe.org runs a donor-supported program that offers free safety-approved cribs to financially challenged parents.

Keeping Babies Safe has already donated thousands of safe cribs to those who need them most, since its founding in 2006 by Joyce Davis. She lost her four-month-old son, Garret, to a completely preventable circumstance: an unsafe sleeping condition that might have been avoided had the proper information been available. Keeping Babies Safe also serves as a dedicated resource for free information about reliable crib and sleep safety information, safety tips, and product recall information.

”We help parents, caregivers and hospital personnel stay vigilant about keeping babies safe in their nurseries,” says the nonprofit’s mission statement.

This noble cause is funded with the help of sponsors and donations from the general public. With every $125 donation, Keeping Babies Safe can purchase a new crib that complies with the federal crib standards.

”Project Safe Crib donation helps provide safe cribs to financially-challenged parents. Keeping Babies Safe will purchase safe cribs at an industry discount and offer them to human service organizations with proven training in safe crib practices,” KBS says. “Trained professionals then set up our donated cribs in homes according to the highest safety standards. Since 2007, Project Safe Crib has donated more than 8,000 safe cribs nationwide. With your help, we can raise this number over 10,000 – and more.”

Start out the new year helping others by donating online to here, or mail a check to:

Keeping Babies Safe
16 Mount Bethel Road
Suite #245
Warren, NJ 07059

If your employer has a gift matching program, your donation to Keeping Babies Safe can be doubled and in some cases tripled. Ask your employer and submit the necessary paperwork with your donation to KBS.

Here’s to helping sleeping babies stay safe in 2018, and beyond!

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How New Jammies Supports Safe Sleeping

New Jammies Sleep Sacks

Our cozy Sleep Sacks have babies safely sleeping in comfort. Our double-layered organic cotton design is warm and breathable. Our Sleep Sack fits perfectly over New Jammies footie pajamas for cool evenings or can be paired with a onesie for warmer nights. In addition, New Jammies Sleep Sacks encourage baby to sleep on their backs until they can comfortably roll over from their back or tummy, and eliminates loose crib blankets for the prevention of SIDS.

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New Jammies was born as an environmentally responsible company offering 100% certified organic cotton and flame retardant-free children’s pajamas. Learn more at newjammies.com.

Sleep Tight: Outfitting Baby for Long Winter’s Nights

New Jammies Sleep SacksIn 2012, Time Magazine ran a story about safe-sleeping sacks that were becoming popular in U.S. hospitals, inspired by the passing of Bill Schmid’s daughter, Haley, of SIDS. At the time, Schmid had developed a sleeveless zip-up sleep bag to replace blankets, and the popularity of this safe-sleeping option was gaining momentum. The article noted that his sleep sack invention had become so mainstream, the baby apparel was being sold everywhere from Target to Pottery Barn. And now, New Jammies.

New Jammies heard the call for safe-sleeping baby wear in its own collections. And answered. Last spring, we launched our popular sleeveless sleep sacks to keep babies safe and warm in the wintertime and cool in the warmer months.

The idea to offer sleep sacks came about as New Jammies owner and founder Nicole Ludlow, mother of a new baby herself, become interested in the safety of sleeveless zip-up bags for resting babies.

“I wanted to carry a collection of durable sleep sacks that encouraged my baby to sleep on his back until he could comfortably roll over from back or tummy,” she says. “And eliminate loose crib blankets for the prevention of SIDS.”

New Jammies Butterfly Magic Sleep SackLudlow designed a New Jammies sleep sack that’s offered in double-layered, 100% organic cotton to be warm, breathable and cozy. Sizes come in small (3-6 months, 10-18 pounds) and medium (6-18 months, 16-24 pounds).

“They fit perfectly over footie pajamas for cool evenings or can be paired with onesies for warmer nights,” she says.

According to Nancy Maruyama, RN, an infant’s sleep environment plays a large role in safe sleep. In her article titled, “Tips for Safe Sleeping: Newborns and Babies” on pregnancy.org, Maruyama says SIDS deaths are most likely to occur when babies are between the ages of 2 months and 4 months, and deaths tend to peak in winter months.

“It is the leading cause of death in babies 1 month to 1 year old,” she reports.

Strategies featured in the article for lowering SIDS risk includes the notion that the only safe bedding for baby is no bedding.

“Layer clothing on baby for warmth instead of layering blankets,” says the article. “Baby’s face should never be covered and pillows should never be used. This can also cause suffocation.”

Also, stuffed animals, pillows, bumper pads or other fluffy items should not be placed in baby’s sleeping areas.

“There have been numerous reports of suffocation from accidentally covering the baby’s mouth and nose with these items. The baby’s crib should contain nothing but the crib.”

Maruyama also suggests parents not dress baby too warmly at sleep time.

“Allowing babies to become too warmly dressed has been shown to be a risk factor for SIDS. Avoid extra clothing especially when the baby has a fever.”

For the best newborn sleep when putting infants to bed or down for a nap, experts on whattoexpect.com advise keeping babies’ rooms cool. They say being too warm or too cold can interrupt newborn sleep.

“Dress baby in a warm sleeper or sleep sack, but skip the blankets (loose bedding is also a risk factor for SIDS),” says the “How to Dress a Newborn” article. “In the winter, try to keep the room temperature between 68ºF and 72ºF. 68ºF is usually ideal, but all babies are different. If yours wakes during the night or after a nap, check his neck to make sure he’s not too sweaty. A little dampness goes with the baby territory, but pools of perspiration definitely do not.”

Many baby experts suggest a cotton onesie under well-fitting footie pajamas or long-sleeved sleep-and-play outfits as ideal winter sleep wear. Adding a sleeveless sleep sack ensures a safe-sleeping environment, and keep baby warm without blankets.
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Show Us the Love

February is American Heart Month, and New Jammies is celebrating heart health and wellness by asking kids and their parents to show their PJ love. Throughout the month, we’re accepting entries for the “Show New Jammies Your PJ Love” contest, open to New Jammies customers and their families who can show kids wearing their favorite New Jammies PJs for infants, toddlers and young children.

Photos can be submitted online by clicking here (or visit newjammies.com and click on “Photo Contest” at the bottom of the page). Deadline for entries is Feb. 29, 2016.

The winner receives 3 pair of PJs or footies of their choice (Value approximately $100.00).

– See more at: http://newjammies.com/blog/show-new-jammies-your-pj-love/

Sleep Tight: Tips for New Moms on Helping Baby Sleep

New Jammies WhalesAt New Jammies, we know that all babies need sleep. In fact, they spend at least 50 percent of their time doing so. Newborns sleep when they’re not being fed, changed and nurtured, so it’s important they’re as comfortable and safe (see our sleep sacks collection) as possible when doing so.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests it’s best to put newborn babies to bed when they are sleepy, but not asleep.

“They are more likely to fall asleep quickly and eventually learn how to get themselves to sleep,” the NSF says. “When infants are put to bed drowsy but not asleep, they are more likely to become ‘self- soothers’ which enables them to fall asleep independently at bedtime and put themselves back to sleep during the night. Those who have become accustomed to parental assistance at bedtime often become ‘signalers’ and cry for their parents to help them return to sleep during the night.”

The NSF says newborns can be encouraged to sleep less during the day by exposing them to light and noise, and by playing more with them in the daytime. “As evening approaches, the environment can be quieter and dimmer with less activity.” The foundation also offers these sleep tips for newborns:

• Observe baby’s sleep patterns and identify signs of sleepiness.
• Put baby in the crib when drowsy, not asleep.
• Place baby to sleep on his/her back with face and head clear of blankets and other soft items.
• Encourage nighttime sleep.

Baby’s sleep patterns for ages 4-11 months can change as eating schedules adapt and social and developmental issues arise. The NSF says by six months, nighttime feedings are usually unnecessary and many infants sleep through the night; 70-80 percent will do so by nine months of age.

“Infants typically sleep 9-12 hours during the night and take 30 minute to two-hour naps, one to four times a day – fewer as they reach age one,” the NSF says. “Secure infants who are attached to their caregiver may have less sleep problems, but some may also be reluctant to give up this engagement for sleep. During the second half of the year, infants may also experience separation anxiety. Illness and increased motor development may also disrupt sleep.”

The Baby Sleep Site

Along with nonprofits that offer advice on baby’s sleep including the NSF, the March of Dimes and more, the experts at babysleepsite.com, provide information on sleep methods, scheduling routines, and baby’s development needs. Nicole Johnson, owner of the Baby Sleep Site and a senior baby sleep consultant, started an Internet-based message board and later a website to offer e-books, articles, a blog, and customized sleep consulting.
“I overcame my son’s sleeping issues in a way that matched my own parenting style, and knew it was my mission to help other tired parents ‘find their child’s sleep,'” she says. ”

The site provides free e-Book Sleep Guides, available at http://www.babysleepsite.com/free-baby-sleep-books. After entering an email address, download the top 15 sleep tips, five ways to help your child sleep through the night, seven secrets to better naps, and how to help your toddler sleep better. Each of the free e-Books come with a blank sample sleep plan.

Bedtime Sleep App

Johnson's Bedtime baby appFor those parents and caregivers who utilize their smart phones and tablets to track and monitor baby’s development, the Johnson’s Bedtime baby sleep app is a convenient tool. Log babies’ daily sleep habits, including how long they sleep and when they’re awake. Records of baby’s sleep log can be stored and shared with your pediatrician. Also, sleep questions can be answered by experts and they can get advice from baby sleep expert Dr. Jodi Mindell on sleep-related topics such as nap time, before bed, and night wakings.

The app also allows users to create their own mix of ambient sounds and baby lullabies to a playlist. A timer automatically quiets the device, and there’s also a dimmer for nighttime viewing.

On the Johnson’s Baby YouTube channel, parents can watch videos on the clinically proven Johnson’s 3-Step Routine, which involves a warm bath, soothing massage and quiet activity.

Safe sleeping with New Jammies

Sleep SacksNew Jammies double-layered sleep sacks are perfect over a onesie for warm nights or with footies for cooler evenings. Sleep sacks encourage infants to sleep on their backs and keep babies warm without loose blankets in the crib for the prevention of SIDS.

Made with 100% organic cotton, New Jammies sleep sacks are breathable to prevent overheating, and come in a variety of sizes and designs. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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.