Johnson’s Baby Facebook Contest

Johnson’s Baby Facebook Contest

Together with Johnson’s, we’re giving away five Johnson’s Baby gift baskets valued at over $50! See below for full Terms & Conditions and how to enter.

Johnson’s Baby Facebook Contest Terms & Conditions

To enter: Comment on our facebook post with the answer to “what your favorite Johnson’s baby product and why?”

Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since February 6th, 2018; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as of February 1st, 2019; (iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per person per social network per contest. Entries must be received no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time February 6th, 2019. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected. All entries become the property of London Drugs Limited and will not be returned.

One (1) winner will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question and must sign London Drugs’ declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.

There will be five prizes of ONE Johnson’s Baby gift basket, valued at approx. $50

See details and contest date below. Prizes must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. Prizes will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to contest winners.

Contest date – Friday, February 1st, 2019 – Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Draw date – Thursday February 7th, 2019

Only one prize may be won by any one person and household. In the event that any selected entrant incorrectly answers the skill-testing question or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply in full with these rules, a new entry will be drawn.

Selected winners will be contacted by email or on the social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winners do not respond then they will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winners still do not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.

The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.

London Drugs and their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).

This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs, an independent judging organization, and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use, and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice, and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at www.londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

 

 

Must-Know Potty Training Tips from Kimberly-Clark

Potty Training Tips and Tricks London Drugs Blog

If you’re nervous about starting the potty training process with your child, don’t worry—we’ve all been there! Potty training can be a tough journey for parents. This is why we teamed up with Kimberly-Clark for an exclusive Facebook Live Q&A discussing the must-know tips to help your child as they potty train and how to make the process much less daunting for parents.

Potty training is an important milestone on the path to becoming a big kid. Kimberly-Clark’s Potty Training Expert, Renee Booms, is the Senior Marketing Research Manager for the North American Baby & Child Care Division. She’s been studying consumer behaviour for almost two decades with a focus on potty training in the last four years. This mother of two young children is here to answer your top questions and comments on the strains (and joys!) of potty training.

4 signs your child is ready to potty train

Remember there is no “right” age to start! Every child is different and will start potty training at different times. As a parent, look for cues from your child’s behaviour. There are typically signs of readiness that start to show up around two years old, but don’t be too worried if your child waits until two and a half or three years old. A few notable cues to look for are:

  1. Copying ‘potty behaviours’ of parents or older siblings—showing interest in the potty by flushing or asking questions
  2. Having a diaper that’s dry for a longer period of time than usual or waking up dry from a nap
  3. Tugging at a dirty or wet diaper, or verbally asking to be changed
  4. Verbally asking to use the potty themselves

Know your child’s potty personality

As parents know firsthand, there’s no one-size-fits-all method for raising children. This extends to potty training too! Each child has a ‘potty personality’ and working with their personality is one of the keys to successful potty training. Take the Potty Personality Quiz by Pull-Ups to find out which personality your child most resembles.

  • The Puppy: Ready, willing, and eager to please. A lot of energy but easily directed to what you want them to focus on. Once they learn the rules, they are quick to potty train!
  • The Owl: Careful, detailed, and likes to follow direction. It’s important to lay out what the expectations are and they will learn very quickly. These children tend to resist a bit if pushed too hard.
  • The Bear Cub: Independent, free spirited, and fun-loving. Usually busy playing with toys or eating food—too busy to be interrupted to use the potty! It’s important to make potty training fun and engaging. Try to be silly and change things up (plus: patience).
  • The Turtle: Shy, nervous, and resistant to change. Comfortable with the status quo—they might be interested in potty training but are skeptical about what it means to them. They may seem stubborn, but they have a strong sense of preservation! Treat them with kindness and patience. Introducing potty training concepts gradually without pressure can help.
  • The Squirrel: Driven, energetic, and highly distracted. Lots of energy and go from activity to activity—they can’t be slowed down to potty train! They may show interest but don’t take the time to pause and use the potty. Use games to keep things focused and make sure they get enough playtime to burn off some of that energy.

Learn so much more in the Facebook Live!

Watch the recap for more of Renee’s tips and tricks for potty training. She also covers how long potty training should take, nighttime bed wetting, and more tips to help along the entire journey. If you have any further questions about potty training, please let us know in the comments. Thanks for watching!

The Go To Baby Shower Gift (plus enter for a chance to WIN your own!)

Do you know someone who is expecting and will be attending a baby shower for them soon? Since becoming a Mom I have started putting together a running list of things that for my go to baby shower gift items. One of them, is a baby thermometer.

Before my oldest daughter arrived, friends of mine hosted a beautiful baby shower for me inviting family and friends of mine to attend. The party was filled with “dirty diapers” that we had to guess the contents of, wearing safety pins and not saying the word “mom” and several other typical shower activities. Beyond the activities that night there were several gifts that really stood out and have continued to be used to this day.

I was given a Braun Baby ThermoScan as one of my gifts. Little did I know how often that gift would be put to use. It’s had a permanent place within our daughter’s bedroom so that we know where it is and can grab it whenever needed. It’s seen us through first colds, teething, pneumonia and so much more. Not just with our first daughter, but both of our girls. It’s been helping us for 5 years!

Braun has great options for thermometers. There’s the Braun ThermoScan ear thermometer. It measures the infrared heat generated by the eardrum and surrounding tissue. The ear provides a location that will accurately show the core body temperature on a thermometer. It’s very easy to check a child’s temperature within seconds using the small, soft tip of this thermometer.

The other option is the Braun No Touch + Forehead thermometer. With two modes; no touch and touch, you can easily get your child’s temperature. Imagine checking your child’s temperature in the night without waking them thanks to No touch mode, plus you can also put it on silent so there will be no beep sound when the temperature is taken.

As a parent, I appreciate how easy Braun has made taking a child’s temperature. Gone are the days of having to get a help when checking. Braun has helped give me peace of mind when checking my child’s temperature. I am that parent who will go into my kid’s room at night and check on them when they are sleeping. Now, I don’t have to worry about them waking up. Even better, is the fact that there is a colour coded display letting you know for certain that a temperature is normal, above average or high.

This is why I’ve added Braun thermometers to my baby gift list. I can pick one up easily from my local baby store. I know how much I appreciated being given peace of mind when it comes to fevers and taking my child’s temperature. I want the same for those I know with children. Temperature readings should be easy and not add to the stress when a child is not feeling well.

This blog post was brought to you by Discovering Parenthood

Did a Braun Thermometer help you get through your child’s first fever?

You can find Braun thermometers available at:  London Drugs

Together with Braun, we’re excited to be giving away one Braun Thermoscan 5 Ear Thermometer! See below for full Terms & Conditions and how to enter.

Braun Facebook Contest Terms & Conditions

To enter: Comment with your favourite baby health product on the Braun giveaway Facebook post.

Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since May 30th, 2017; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as of May 30th, 2018; (iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per person per social network per contest. Entries must be received no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time on June 15th, 2018. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected. All entries become the property of London Drugs Limited and will not be returned.

One (1) winner will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question and must sign London Drugs’ declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.

There will be three (3) prizes of

  • One (1) Braun Thermoscan 5 Ear Thermometer – IRT6510CA ($89.99)
  • One (1) Braun No Touch or Forehead Thermometer – NFT3000CA ($89.99)
  • One (1) Braun Age Precision Thermometer – PRT2000CA ($27.99)

See details and contest date below. Prizes must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. Prizes will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to contest winners.

Contest date – Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 – Friday, June 15th, 2018, 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Draw date – Monday, June 18th, 2018

Only one prize may be won by any one person and household. In the event that any selected entrant incorrectly answers the skill-testing question or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply in full with these rules, a new entry will be drawn.

Selected winners will be contacted by email or on the social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winners do not respond then they will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winners still do not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.

The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.

London Drugs and their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).

This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs, an independent judging organization, and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use, and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice, and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at www.londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

 

Baby Feeding and Nutrition Facebook Live Event with Carley Mendes and Beaba

Introducing solid foods to your little one should be a fun and exciting adventure, but there are often many questions on how and when to take this step. By the time baby is ready for solid food, new parents have already researched so many other things…. strollers, car seats, sleep!

Earlier this month I partnered with London Drugs and Beaba to host a Facebook Live event and answer viewers questions about first foods for baby. I’m a holistic nutritionist and founder of Oh Baby Nutrition. I specialize in naturally nourishing pregnancy, postpartum, and starting solids with your baby. I love talking about feeding babies because you have such an amazing opportunity to help little ones establish healthy eating habits right from the beginning.

We covered quite a bit of important information in the Facebook event, such as…

When to start solids

During the event, I recommended to introduce first foods when baby is around 6 months, but also waiting until a few key developmental milestones have been met. Specifically that your baby can sit up unassisted, has lost the tongue-thrust reflex (does not automatically push solids out of their mouth with their tongue), and is ready and willing to chew.

Different methods of introducing solids

The two primary methods of introduction are spoon-feeding purees vs baby-led weaning. With baby-led weaning, you skip the purees and start with finger foods right away.  These two methods do not have to be done exclusively and you can try a mix of both feeding styles with your little one. I’ve created a comprehensive guide to starting solids called Baby Knows Best that helps parents make an educated decision about the method that feels right for them and their babies. The Beaba Babycook that was featured in our Facebook event cooks both purees and finger foods.

Finger foods: shape, size & texture

Whether starting with finger foods or introducing them after purees, it’s critical to understand the proper shape, size & texture for safety.  Stick or finger shaped foods allows your baby to firmly hold the food in the palm of their hand and bite off little pieces, with or without teeth. It helps them learn how to chew, and learn how much food they can safely manage in their mouths. I’ve written more extensively about this here.

Best flavors to offer baby: sweet vs savoury

Parents are often concerned that offering sweet before savoury will cause babies to develop a sweet tooth. However, humans are naturally drawn to sweet flavours because in nature they represent energy dense, safe foods that are less likely to carry foodborne illness. Plus, breast milk (formula) is very sweet so they already have a taste for it. Initial introduction isn’t as important as making sure to include a variety of flavours in baby’s diet once they’ve started solids. Offering variety in a baby’s diet is also the best ways to avoid picky eating habits in toddlers.

How much food to feed baby

Each baby is different and the age at which they’ll be ready for more food will vary.  So it’s recommended to watch your baby’s cues and follow their lead. Its best not to rush into things and only offer 1 serving a day for the first month or so, then build slowly from there.

 

We also had some fantastic questions from viewers of our Facebook Live event, such as…

 

When you start to introduce solids does it take the place of a nursing feed?

When solid food is initially introduced, servings will be tiny and baby’s intake of breast milk should remain the same. As food intake slowly increases over time, breast milk consumption will naturally decrease and mother’s supply will adapt to the lessened demand. This exchange of breast milk for food should happen very gradually.

 

What would you recommend as a good first food to start your baby on?

I prefer fresh foods over packaged foods, and nutrient-dense foods over fortified foods. Some important nutrients for babies are iron, calcium, and DHA. In my guide to starting solids, I list all of my favorite foods, along with recipes and meal plans for various ages.

 

Is it ok to start babies on a full variety of mixed food from the very start or should you start with individual foods and then combine once we are sure they are ok to eat?

It was previously recommended to introduce new foods one at a time, waiting a few days between. However this advice has changed and now only applies to highly allergenic foods, such as cow’s milk, hen’s eggs, soy, wheat, nuts, sesame, shellfish and fish.

 

I have a very, very big baby so is it better to add water as opposed to breast milk to my baby food?

Breast milk is the most nutrient-dense sustenance for babies, so it’s not recommended to limit intake. However feel free to mix up the liquid you use to make purees, such as the water used to steam baby food, bone broth, coconut water, or even non-medicinal herbal tea.

My baby is 8 months (I started solids at 6 months) and he still does not seem very interested in food. Is this uncommon?

Some babies take to solids right away, but it can definitely take others some time to show an interest.  Let your baby lead the way and set the pace. It’s best not to try enticing them to consume more than they’re inclined too, so they can preserve their innate ability to self-regulate their appetite. However, I suggest talking with your health care provider if your baby isn’t taking to solids and is also exhibiting other developmental delays.

Is your little one ready to begin the adventure of first foods? My guide, Baby Knows Best includes a 4-part video series and 4 part-eBook series that will show you exactly how and when to take this exciting step. Baby Knows Best will answer all of your questions, eliminate your doubts, and allow you to start solids with confidence.

 

Carley Mendes, Holistic Nutritionist

Oh Baby Nutrition (www.ohbabynutrition.com)
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Beaba Facebook Live Event and Giveaway!


Cooking for baby?

See the Beaba Babycook in action and learn from a Holistic Nutritionist specializing in nutrition for baby and mom during pregnancy and postpartum

Learn how to use the Beaba Babycook Original to

  • prepare fresh, tasty and healthy meals for babies & toddlers in 15 minutes
  • make cooked & pureed from raw, including fruits, vegetables, meat or fish
  • make any stage baby or toddler food from purees to solids, and
  • preserve vitamins & nutrients

Join the conversation by subscribing to live notifications and tuning in on Thursday February 15th at 10am and have your questions answered via Facebook Live.

Plus, enter for a chance to win your own Beaba Babycook! See below for full Terms & Conditions and how to enter.

Please comment in the Facebook Event with your mom & baby feeding and nutrition questions and we will do our best to answer all questions during the event. We will only be referencing posts made on the event page or the Facebook Live Stream itself, so make sure you post your questions there and not in the comments section of a post or on our Facebook wall.

Please note that we are not able to diagnose or provide specific clinical answers through a Facebook Live event, but do not hesitate to ask these questions of your doctor.

Beaba Babycook Contest Terms & Conditions

To enter: Log on to Facebook.com and either sign in if you are already a registered user or create an account. Then comment during the Facebook Live on the London Drugs Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LondonDrugs in the form of posting a question or comment on the live event. You will be automatically entered into the Contest. Only one entry per Facebook account is permitted during the Contest Period.

Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since February 15th 2017; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as of February 15th 2018; (iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per person. Entries must be received no later than 10:30 AM Pacific Time on February 15th 2018. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.
One (1) winner will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received. To win, selected entrants must correctly answer a skill-testing mathematical question and must sign London Drugs’ declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.
There will be one (1) prize of one Beaba Babycook Original 4-in-1 Baby Food Maker (Retail value of $149.99). See details and contest date below. Prize must be accepted as awarded, is non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to contest winners.

Contest date – Thursday February 15th 2018 from 10AM PST – 10:30 AM PST

Draw date – Friday February 15th 2018

Only one prize may be won by any one person and household. In the event that any selected entrant incorrectly answers the skill-testing question or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply in full with these rules, a new entry will be drawn.
Selected winner will be contacted through Facebook messenger. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winners do not respond then they will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winners still do not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.
The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.
London Drugs and their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).
This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs, an independent judging organization, and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use, and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice, and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at www.londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.
The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

When you buy Huggies at London Drugs, you’re giving a hug to a vulnerable baby

Hundreds of medical studies have shown that all forms of touch are beneficial to the health and development of babies. Through an exciting new partnership with Huggies, we’re helping to make sure that no baby goes unhugged.

With every Huggies Diaper purchase made by an LDExtras member between January 26 and April 30, 2018, a $2 Donation will be made to the Huggies® No Baby Unhugged® program at Victoria General Hospital.

This volunteer hugging program help ensure all babies, especially those in the neonatal or pediatric intensive care unit, receive physical human touch should circumstance prevent a parent from being at their newborn’s side.

Within the hospital, specially trained volunteers are available to hug, rock, cradle and even sing to newborns – sometimes for hours at a time – providing peace of mind to parents, knowing that their baby is receiving this vital care even when they can’t be there.

The benefits of human touch for babies are endless; more stable heart rate, faster weight gain, stabilized body temperature, healthier brain development, and better overall health. These benefits are crucial to their long-term development and their effects extend throughout childhood.

Donations through this campaign will be used to expand the No Baby Unhugged program and the prenatal unit of Victoria General Hospital.

Every baby needs human touch to thrive—it’s what mothers have always known and science has proven. To help us give all babies the hugs they need, simply shop for Huggies at London Drugs in‑store or online before April 30th.

Not an LDExtras member yet? Sign up today. Visit LDExtras.com

How To Get Your Baby to Sleep – Baby’s Best Sleep and London Drugs Q&A

It was 3:30AM.

My daughter was 2 weeks old

I had seen every hour on the clock.

Earlier in the evening I had sent my husband to bed because he needed to work the next day. But here  I was: exhausted, desperate and about to ruin his slumber.

I ran into our spare room where my husband was sleeping, handed him the baby and tried to get two hours of sleep in a row.  I come back for the baby a couple of hours later to see HIM sleeping with the baby in his arms! It was my Oprah ‘a-ha’ moment: sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity!

While we may chuckle with a friend about how exhausting parenthood is, your child’s infancy (and sometimes beyond) can bring parents many sleepless nights if baby isn’t sleeping well–and that is no laughing matter.  When we have tired babies, we have tired parents and tired parents are more likely to be involved in an accident, have a higher risk of heart disease, be obese, and even experience anxiety or depression. Sleep deprivation is no joke. And we know that after baby is 6 months and their circadian rhythms look more like adult ones, having broken nights of sleep means they feel just as tired and cranky as you do!

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There are a few basics you need to know about baby sleep before you make any changes to way your baby falls asleep. Here are the basics that will answer the most common baby sleep questions and hopefully provide you with a starting point in helping your child become better rested.

 

Everyone has a sleep dance

“What?” you ask.

Yes! You read right. A sleep dance!

If I asked you to think about your sleep dance it would likely look like this: You hop into bed, take off your socks and turn to your right side. But in another 2 minutes you’re going to shift to your left side, put your hand under your pillow and shift your legs to and fro. These routines and actions are your sleep dance. And if your child or baby has you doing this dance for them (feeding, rocking, bouncing, swaying, pacifying etc.) it means that every time they wake, they will require that same ‘dance’ to fall asleep again…which is challenging because…

Your baby will never sleep through the night.

And neither will you for that matter! All human sleep is actually made up of several shorter cycles of sleep. Most adults have a sleep cycle of 90 minutes but because adults have independent sleep skills, we can get to the end of our cycle, wake, turn over and go back to sleep. A baby’s sleep cycle however can range between 30-90 minutes (depending on their age). This means it’s possible that a baby can wake every 30 minutes! And if baby does not have their sleep dance down, it means they will require a recital from mom and dad all night long! Some of you are nodding right now–if this is you, it means your baby does not have their sleep dance down and is lacking independent sleep skills

 

Becoming a professional soother replacer

If baby has any sleep associations (things that lully them to sleep: rocking, patting, swaying, swings, pacifiers, dock-a-tots, nursing, bottles etc.) it makes falling and staying asleep extremely challenging because these associations will all stop working. Whatever lulling effect is created by these associations will eventually wear off and you’re left swaying a crying baby for hours. How many of you have had to run back to baby’s room several times at night to replace a pacifier? When we remove the pacifier (or any other association) baby will sleep deeper and more consistently going forward.

So what now? Tips for success!

  1. Find a way to teach your baby independent sleep skills. Whether it’s with a consultant like me or with another program, method or practice that aligns with your family goals–teaching baby to sleep on their own is a must.
  2. Whenever you start a program don’t give up! Consistency is challenging with babies but its a MUST with any child. You can’t go half way and expect 100% results. If you want baby to learn to sleep, they must sleep unassisted every single time.
  3. Finally, get support. If your partner can’t be around to help, find a friend or family member to support you in helping baby sleep. It can be challenging and sometimes having another person to talk to through the challenges can be helpful (this is also why hiring a consultant is so great–we’re with you every step of the way!)

 

If you’re feeling like you’re ready to get you and baby to sleep, feel free to reach out! I (and many consultants!) offer free discovery calls to try to get a better sense of your sleep issue and let you know what working within a program may look like. You can reach me here: www.babysbestsleep.com/15mins

 

Good luck and teach that baby to dance!

 

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