February 1, 2016
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Bedtime Battles

Toddler trouble? Preschooler problems? Maybe bedtimes mean full blown tantrums at your house? Or perhaps bedtimes are just a little more stressful than you’d like them to be?

Bedtimes can be better. With a few simple changes, you can make bedtime a more positive experience for your family.

Make Bedtime Battles a thing of the past

Take the battle out of bedtime

  1. Fill that attention basket – Every child has their own “attention basket” which needs to be filled at the conclusion of the day. If positive attention isn’t available or if the basket is not full, attention seeking will continue, even if it means filling their basket with negative attention.  The solution? Fill those baskets: approximately 15 minutes of dedicated parent and child time per day will do the trick. Find something special you and your child like to do together. It can be reading, playing a game, crafting, puzzling, colouring, etc…
  2. Routine Chart – Take the power out of bedtime routines. You’re not the boss dictating the flow of a routine. The child is not the boss either. Allow a chart to be a boss. This is not a reward based chart.  Check out a sample for you to download here (colourable! or make your own with your child!). Your child can follow the chart and tell you what comes next, allowing them to feel in control.Routine Chart Download
  3. Cut the tech – Turn off the television, tablets, computers and smartphones, at least 2 hours before bedtime. We know screens limit melatonin production. That means it’s harder to fall asleep if you’ve been using technology before bed. Quite simply, screens limit sleep from a behavioural and biological perspective¹,². Make a media plan with your family. Use a tool like OurPact to manage devices.  Make bedrooms a no tech zone.
  4. Consistency – If bedtime is 7:30PM Sunday, 8PM on Tuesday and 9PM on Saturday; that’s a loose definition of bedtime. Add in a child who is aware of the clock, and you’ll be in negotiations around bed timing because, well, bedtime seems negotiable. Select an age appropriate bedtime, based on sleep needs. Children need a regular amount of sleep on weekdays and weekends, therefore, a regular bedtime. Respect your child’s need for sleep.
  5. Choices, choices, choices – Offer choices to give a sense of power, all day long, but especially at bedtime. Ensure options are age appropriate; instead of “What would you like to wear to bed?” use “Would you like your car pyjamas or your baseball pyjamas?” Not “What would you like for a bedtime snack?” but “Would you like blueberry or strawberry yogurt?” Handing over power in situations that matter less means compliance in situations that matter more.
  6. Mind the message – Is “go to bed” or “go to your room” a punishment? If sleep has a bad rap in your home, consider yourself sleep’s newest marketing manager. Make bedtime a positive time of day, with routines your family looks forward to. Talk about the benefits of sleep for mind and body (“Sleep helps us grow strong and be smart”, “We can do so many fun things when we’ve had a good sleep”, “When we’re tired, we all feel yucky”).  Keep bedrooms a positive space.

xxoo

Krista

About the author:

KristaGuenther Krista is a mother of 3 (+1 dog who believes she’s people), a wife to a wonderful husband, and the owner and founder of Sleeperific.  Even though she’s been in the sleep consulting biz for 4 years, she still gets excited when she’s hired by a sleepy family.

References

[1] Thompson, D. A., & Christakis, D. (2005). The association between television viewing and irregular sleep schedules among children less than 3 years of age. Pediatrics, 116(10), 851-856.

[2] Barlett, N.D., Gentile, D.A., Barlett, C.P., Eisenmann, J.C., et al. (2012). Sleep as a mediator of screen time effects on children’s health outcomes. Journal of Children and Media, 6(1), 37-50.

December 14, 2015
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#sleeperific12daysofChristmas WINNERSHO HO HO MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I hope you all enjoyed my 12 Days of Christmas as much as I did. This was my way of saying a HUGE thank you for being a part of my following and helping me do what I love….I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for YOU!  Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!

As promised, here is the list of winners from my 1st annual 12 Days of Christmas….

Day 1 Bugaloo Baby Snack Bags:
Tami_18

Day 2 Teeny Tiny Bakery Cookie Set:
Steph Wagler

Day 3 WeeUrban Sleep Bag:
Lindsay Slouthhouber

Day 4 Herschel Supply Co Backpack:
Laura Clancy

Day 5 BetterLetters Poster:
Katelyn Thom

Day 6 Sleeperific 4th Trimester Sleep Consultation:
Rachael Angelo

Day 7 Bravado Nursing Tank:
Laura Joelle

Day 8 Lulujo Swaddle Blankets:
Jenny J Clarkson

Day 9 Applecheeks Learning Pants:
Kelly D

Day 10 Bambino Land Organic Crib Sheet:
Heather

Day 11 TeethingBling Bracelet and Necklace Set:
Shannon Seko

Day 12 Brag About It Gift Certificate:
Stacey Beattie

I will be emailing you all individually (please check your junk mail).  If you don’t reply within 48 hours then a new contestant will be chosen.

Already looking forward to next year!!!

HO HO HO

xxoo
Krista

December 12, 2015
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12 Days of Christmas from Sleeperific - Day 12$100(CAD) Gift Certificate from Brag About It

SOOOO excited about this one.  This giveaway is just for the Mamas!

Owner Melissa is a Mama, just like you and I, but she also happens to be über talented making stunning, meaningful hand-stamped jewellery.  You have $100 to spend on ANYTHING in her store.  Go on, just check out her Etsy shop and try to pick just one thing…

Enter below from now until December 12.

Winners will be announced here on December 14th, 2015.

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December 11, 2015
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Teething Necklace & Bracelet Set from Bambino Land

I wasn’t aware of these fabulous necklaces and bracelets, until I was gifted one from a client.  What a genius product!  These are great bracelets and necklaces for Mama to wear, but teething-baby friendly.  These products are an entirely safe way to soothe and entertain that child who wants to put everything in their mouth.

We also love Teething Bling, because it was started by a Mum, just like us. They support organizations like Dress for Success and is environmentally and responsibly made without PVCs or phthalates.

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December 10, 2015
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12 Days of Christmas by Sleeperific - Day 10Organic Crib Sheet from Bambino Land

Love these sweet, colourful sheets from Bambino Land.  Manufactured with organic cotton, and responsibly made in Asia, these sheets are a perfect addition to your nursery. Check out the Bambino Land product line for more great options for your bambino!

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December 9, 2015
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sleep coachLearning Pants from AppleCheeks

So excited about this new product from AppleCheeks!  Famous for their high quality cloth diapers, AppleCheeks has recently added Learning Pants to their product line.  These brand new Learning Pants come in 3 sizes (small, medium and large, which should cover your potty learner from a size 2 to a size 6).  They’re ADORABLE, not to mention a environmental and economically responsible way to potty train.  Bonus that they feel and look like real underwear – so if your child is truly ready for potty learning, these are going to get them to independent pottying faster!  Responsibly made in Canada, AppleCheeks also supports the David Suzuki Foundation with a portion of their profits!

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December 8, 2015
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Swaddle Blankets from Lulujo Baby

Cute, soft and strong!  We loved these blankets for more than just swaddling… an ad hoc blanket for privacy, shade or even spit up management.  Almost 5 years later, my son still sleeps with his swaddling blanket from when he was a newborn.  We love this Canadian company!

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December 7, 2015
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On the seventh day of Christmas, my sleep coach gave to me:

A nursing tank from Bravado Designs

One of my favourite pieces of postpartum clothing!!  These nursing tanks were practical and comfortable. With nursing babies in the winter, these tanks kept me from getting chilly when adjusting my clothing to feed.  As an added bonus, my postpartum belly was kept under wraps.

Pick your colour and size and we’ll ship directly to the winner!

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December 6, 2015
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12 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAY by Sleeperific

On the sixth day of Christmas, my sleep coach gave to me:

Infant Sleep Consultation from Sleeperific

This consultation is focused on building on a skill that’s already there.  By the time mature sleep patterns roll around, you’ll have been practicing all the skills necessary to create a capable, independent sleeper.

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December 5, 2015
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12 Days of Christmas from Sleeperific - Day 5

Printed Poster from better letters Art

We have this wonderful print in our family room!  Made right here in Canada by a lovely family.  Sweet and sentimental, but still fits with the aesthetic of our home.  We’ve received MANY compliments over the years.  We want you to have one too.  You can customize your family name and the colours to fit with your decor!

Check out better letters Art on Etsy for more fabulous products and designs.

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