Sleep Tight: Help Mom Relax with Natural and Homemade Gifts

imageIf there’s one common denominator between New Jammies moms, it’s that they probably would love a little rest and relaxation on Mother’s Day. Since the second Sunday of every year is dedicated to Mom, we thought it would be nice to compile our favorite ways to help her get what she deserves, and most likely desires, on her big day.

• There’s nothing more soothing and all-natural than a good, old-fashioned foot rub. Foot rubs can be done organically at home or by the skilled professionals who provide massages or pedicures for a living. There are many homemade foot soaks on the web, and this fruity concoction found on Pinterest could be a fun option for treating Mom at home:

Strawberry Foot Scrub
This easy scrub helps revive and soften feet.

Ingredients
8 strawberries
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoons kosher salt

Directions

Mix ingredients into a paste. Massage well into feet, then rinse and dry.

• Make your own homemade whipped massage oil with coconut oil and essential oils of your choice (available online and at health food stores), including peppermint or wintergreen for a rejuvenating tingle, lavender or chamomile for relaxation and lemongrass for aches and pains.

Whipped Massage Oil
These make great gifts for Mother’s Day, birthdays and holidays, and can be personalized with homemade paper labels and adorned with ribbon or flowers.

Ingredients
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil, at room temperature
30 drops of essential oil of your choice

Directions
Measure oil and place in mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip the coconut oil for 30 seconds. Add drops of essential oil and whip another 30 seconds. Using a spatula, transfer the whipped oil into a clean container with a lid such as a mason jar.

Note: Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and begins to melt at about 76°F. If whipped oil begins to melt, refrigerate for a few minutes, then whip again if needed.

• Not only does it feel great to have muscled and tendons softened, but many foot rubs and massages have the added benefit of aromatherapy since lubricants used can include aromatic essential oils. In its “8 Natural Remedies That May Help You Sleep” article, Health Magazine features aromatherapy as #5. “Lavender is the trick here, as studies have proven that it aids in sleep. It’s also a cheap, nontoxic way to slip into a peaceful slumber. Find a spray with real lavender and spritz it on your pillow before bedtime. Or buy a lavender-filled pillow.”

Bath and Body Works offers a line of Spa & Skin aromatherapy products dedicated to sleep with soothing and relaxing items including body cream, pillow mist, bath soak, and sugar scrub. Visit a location — find a store here — or purchase the Bath & Body Works Sleep online here.

• A nice, peaceful organic meal that can be easily prepared, even with the help of kids, is an all-natural way to help Mom relax on Mother’s Day. This simple, slow-roasted garlic lemon chicken recipe from the Deliciously Organic website can be baked in a few hours and is as aromatic as it is delicious.

Slow-Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken
Serving Size: Serves 4
Recipe from “Forever Summer” by Nigella Lawson, also a great Mother’s Day gift available on Amazon

Ingredients
1 3-4 pound chicken, butterflied
1 head garlic, separated into unpeeled cloves
2 organic lemons, cut into eighths
5 sprigs fresh thyme
3 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
1/2 cup white wine (you can substitute with chicken stock)

Directions
Preheat oven to 300°F and adjust oven to middle position. Place chicken skin-side up in a large roasting pan and arrange garlic cloves and lemon around the chicken. Pull the leaves off of 3 sprigs of thyme and sprinkle over chicken, garlic and lemon. Pour the oil over the chicken and using your hands, rub the oil onto the skin of the chicken. Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Pour white wine in pan, around the chicken. Place a piece of parchment paper over the pan and then cover tightly with foil. Place in the oven and cook for 2 hours. Remove the foil and parchment paper from the pan, and turn up the oven to 400°F. Cook the uncovered chicken for an additional 30-45 minutes, until skin is golden brown and breast registers 170°F on a thermometer. Remove chicken from oven and let rest for 20 minutes before serving.

Pair with cooked carrots or green beans and finish with angel food cake topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream (pre-made is fine!).

 

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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Sleep Tight: Back-to-school sleep tips

New_Jammies_schoolNever underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep.

Especially on a school night.

That’s the message New Jammies parents are sharing with their kids as summer wraps up and going back to school moves front and center. According to a 2014 poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), many children receive less sleep on school nights than they should.

“For children, a good night’s sleep is essential to health, development and performance in school,” said Kristen L. Knutson, PhD, University of Chicago. “We found that when parents take action to protect their children’s sleep, their children sleep better.”

The poll reported that parents’ estimates of sleep time are only 8.9 hours for children ages 6 to 10; 8.2 hours for 11 and 12 year olds; 7.7 hours for 13 and 14 year olds; and 7.1 hours for teens ages 15 to 17. Those numbers fall short, by NSF’s standards. The nonprofit sleep organization recommends kids ages 6 to 10 receive 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night, and that children in the other three age groups secure 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night.

“It can be tough to make time for sleep when we’re too busy; making sleep a priority can give all family members the energy to function at their best every day,” said Hawley Montgomery-Downs, PhD, West Virginia University. “Sometimes performing better in fewer activities can be a healthy trade for too many activities while fatigued.”

In today’s digital age, many kids have a hard time achieving optimal sleep because of the prevalence of electronics in youth bedrooms. The NSF reports that families who turn off electronics off while sleeping can improve this growing trend.

“To ensure a better night’s sleep for their children, parents may want to limit their children using technology in their bedroom near or during bedtime,” said Orfeu Buxton, PhD, Harvard Medical School.

To help parents approach the better-sleep subject, the NSF has created an educational SleepforKids.org website. The site reminds children and their parents that with more sleep, kidspay better attention in school, are more creative, generate more ideas, fight sickness better, have improved moods and relationships with friends and family, and are quicker problem solvers.

SleepforKids.org offers these sleep practices for preschoolers:

  1. Maintain a regular and consistent sleep schedule
  2. Follow-through with a bedtime routine every night
  3. The child should have the same sleeping environment every night.  It should be cool, quiet and dark and without a TV
  4. Watch for difficulty breathing, unusual nighttime awakenings, chronic sleep problems, and behavioral problems during the day.

And these tips for school-age kids:

  1. Introduce healthy sleep habits, disease prevention and health promotion
  2. Continue to emphasize the need for a regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine
  3. The child’s bedroom should be conducive to sleep: dark, cool and quiet. TV’s and computers should be off and out of the bedroom
  4. Set limits
  5. Avoid caffeine
  6. Watch for signs of chronic difficulty sleeping, loud snoring, difficulty breathing, unusual nighttime awakenings and frequent daytime sleepiness.
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