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Caffeine is a difficult thing for a mother with a newborn; it can be a great way of dealing with countless sleepless nights, but on the other hand, many might wonder whether if it’s ok when you’re breastfeeding. If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’re one of the 90% of Americans who intakes caffeine daily, and you might even find you’re addicted, with a recent study by the University of Florida finding 15% of caffeine users meet the criteria for addiction. Caught in this struggle between needing caffeine while also knowing it might be best for your child to cut back, it’s useful to know both the facts and some basic tips on using caffeine while breastfeeding.

What’s the harm of caffeine in your breastmilk?

Firstly, breathe a sigh of relief: you can drink caffeine while breastfeeding. However, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you should drink a maximum of 200 mg per day. This is equivalent to about two cups of instant coffee or four cans of caffeinated soda. To understand how your caffeine intake affects your baby, remember that like everything else you’re eating and drinking, what you’re consuming is what baby is having too. Therefore, just as coffee acts as a stimulant for you, it can also make baby more awake and as a result, he or she can find it more difficult to get to bed at night. Moreover, your child might not be able to process and break down the caffeine properly yet. This could cause a rise in your baby’s stress hormones.

Caffeine might affect you and your baby in another way too, and this one might surprise you. Caffeine affects individual people in different ways: not everyone feels wide awake after an energy drink. In fact, some people can experience a different caffeine reaction compared to others. Caffeine makes you feel more alert through stimulating a signalling molecule in the brain, known as a messenger, called cyclic adenoise monophosphate. However, with regular coffee use, your body can become immune to this stimulant. Therefore, when the initial vivifying effect fades away, some people can be left feeling even more sleepy than before they had any coffee at all! Moreover, if there was sugar in your drink, as is often the case, your body might be experiencing a sugar crash at the same time, doubling the downer.

How to cut down on caffeine

Now that the adverse effects of too much caffeine for new moms are clear, it’s worth making a plan for how to cut back on these bittersweet beverages. If you’ve been drinking five coffees a day for the past ten years, this can seem quite daunting, but with a plan in place it becomes a lot easier to take the plunge. The first step is to analyze how much caffeine you’re taking in each day: do you have a tea out of habit come 3pm, or do you feel like you can’t face the morning without a coffee? Writing down your daily intake will help you calculate how much you’ll need to cut back.

Once you know how much you need to reduce your intake by, it’s now time to put your plan into action. Cut back gradually on caffeine, to avoid withdrawal symptoms like pounding headaches. Swap the coffee for caffeine-free alternatives, like herbal teas aimed at new mothers or just plain water to make sure you stay hydrated. Finally, a good tip is telling your friends and family what you’re up to, so they can keep an eye on whether you’re sticking to your goals.

Avoiding the caffeine fiend

A small amount of caffeine for breastfeeding mothers is unlikely to cause problems, but it may not be having the positive effect on your own wakefulness that caffeine is often assumed to have. Therefore, it’s worth reducing your caffeine intake by replacing caffeinated drinks with alternatives like herbal tea. To give your baby the best start in life, make sure you’re taking care of your own body too.

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We’ve been recommending the Zipadee Zip sleep sack long before they were on Shark Tank and we have worked with many happy families who have used it. But, a common question is should you wean from the Zipadee Zip before, after, or during sleep training? Do you have to wean from this swaddle transition sleep sack at all?

Once you are ready to stop swaddling your baby, the most common sleep product parents use is a sleep sack. A sleep sack is also called a wearable blanket and it’s considered the safest way to make sure your baby is sleeping comfortably without being too warm or too cold. The sleep sack shouldn’t come off; thus, your baby can’t accidentally get his or her face covered up leading to accidental suffocation.

Do you have to wean from the Zipadee Zip?

The company who manufactures the Zipadee Zip has larger sizes of sleep sacks, so for that reason, as long as your baby or toddler is in the “right” size, it is not mandatory to wean from the sleep sack at all. After all, it’s designed to lengthen nighttime sleep in the first place. That’s what makes it a great swaddle transition sleep sack! But, there are some instances you may want to wean from it:

  • Your baby likes to suck on his or her hands – If your baby likes to suck her fingers or thumb for self-soothing, then sleeping in a zippy may actually hinder her sleep. Once the moro reflex has gone away, the primary motivation for the covered hands on the Zipadee Zip, then she may not like her hands covered.
  • Your baby uses a pacifier – For similar reasons, if your baby has a pacifier, as he gets older you may want him to be able to find and replace his own pacifier. It may or may not be as easy with his hands covered.
  • Your baby is tactile – Tactile people like to touch things with their hands and some babies will soothe themselves by running their fingers across their mattress, their own skin, touching a blanket of some kind, etc. That’s why the blankets and toys with tags are so popular!
  • Holding on – Although not as likely, your baby may prefer his hands out when holding onto the crib rail and there are some sleep sacks that have feet out allowing older toddlers to run around in their sleep sack. That won’t be as welcome in the Zipadee Zip. But, if that is unimportant to you or your toddler, it’s not an overly compelling reason to wean from the Zipadee Zip.
Should You Wean From the Zipadee Zip Before Sleep Training?

If, for whatever reason, you decide to wean from the Zipadee Zip and you plan on sleep training, some people will wonder which should come first. In general, if you are considering sleep training, then sleep likely isn’t all that great, with or without the Zipadee Zip, so you probably won’t lose anything by taking the Zippy off. Of course, sleep could always get worse! Try using a traditional sleep sack 2-3 days first before you start sleep training. Why? Well, it’s best to keep variables to a minimum. If you start sleep training and the night is extra rough, you will wonder whether it’s the sleep training or the lack of a Zippy. Take a day or two to see the impact of JUST changing sleep attire. If your baby does like sucking his fingers or thumb, you might avoid sleep training altogether. Stranger things have happened!

Should You Wean From the Zipadee Zip After Sleep Training?

If your baby is younger than 6 months old, this may be a reason to keep the Zipadee Zip on for about a week during sleep training, since he could still have his moro reflex and the Zippy is great for that! Otherwise, though, if you sleep train your baby and sleep is good, then you can, but don’t have to, wean from the Zippy.

Should You Wean From the Zipadee Zip During Sleep Training?

Yes, possibly. If you have been sleep training for 1-2 weeks without much progress and you have kept the Zipadee Zip on, then you may see improvement by uncovering your baby’s hands for self-soothing and making moving around easier. You may find that your baby wants to entertain herself with her hands as she’s falling asleep or, as I mentioned above, she may prefer to suck on her fingers or thumb for self-soothing. Or, again, she may have an easier time maneuvering her own pacifier, if she has one and you haven’t taken it away as a part of your sleep training plan. My son loved to put his fingers through the loops of his Taggies blanket, which he would have been unable to do if he were sleeping with his hands covered.

So, what about you? Did you wean from the Zipadee Zip and how did it go?
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Below is a guest post written for our blog.

No matter how many parenting books you read hoping that you will be fully prepared when your newborn comes into the world, you might not always take the best decision. Do not start off thinking that you want to be a perfect parent. Make sure that you provide your baby with the best of care, attention, and love. Being a great parent is about patience and establishing priorities.

Motherhood is one of the greatest parts of a woman’s life. When you will hold your baby in your arms for the first time, you will feel complete. You have to offer your baby most of your time, focusing on its health and wellness, being near him thorough his best and his worst. Sweet Moms Blog teaches parents about the best products that can help take care of a baby. Read about the best baby bottles, wipe warmers, cribs and so on and you will soon feel more confident in your own.

  1. Decorating the House – Have you already spent numerous hours painting your baby’s room in sweet colors and decorating it appropriately? Well, that’s too bad since your baby might only sleep in your room for the next few months. Therefore, you should not invest too much of your time to cheerfully decorate your little one’s room since he or she is too small to care. Make sure everything is clean and in perfect order to make it easier for you to find things when you need them.
  2. Lighting and Noise – If you imagine that your little one will get startled when hearing a noise while he or she sleeps, you might be wrong. Your baby is used to hearing noises all the time. After all, they have already spent nine months hearing your heartbeat and your stomach growling. A white noise in the background and a dim light could actually help you put your newborn to sleep.
  3. Cutting Nails – Did you see those cute, little hands? You have always dreamt about this moment when your little angel squeezes your thumb in their little fist. However, looking at their fingers, you realize that they are incredibly small. How are you supposed to cut their nails since you are so scared of them bleeding? Just breath in, breath out and start doing it. First, you should try doing this while they sleep.
  4. Going Out – When going outside with your baby and preparing the stroller and nursery bag, do not have any plan in mind. No matter how carefully you plan out your day, you are very likely to drop it because you depend on a little human. Remember that you have to put your baby’s comfort and needs in the first place. Therefore, your plans may change by the hour. Try not to be disappointed.
  5. Breastfeeding – You may experience sore nipples and leakages after breastfeeding your baby. But there is no other greater feeling than holding your baby close to you and nursing him. Therefore, you should see this as a magical experience even if at times it may get painful. You should consider using a warm compress in case your ducts are blocked.
  6. Your Sleeping Pattern – Do not even dare to dream about it! Getting a full night’s sleep is impossible for a new mother. Your main focus now is your newborn who needs to be fed, changed and happy at all times. Don’t get obsessed with the fact that you are tired. Try to sleep when the baby sleeps so you can load up on energy.
  7. Mimic the Womb – The most efficient way to soothe your little one is to mimic the womb. You should try swinging, shushing and swaddling your newborn while breastfeeding them. This combination can trigger a calming reflex. Therefore, your baby will remember the period he or she lied in your womb and they will stop crying. Do not worry about soothing your baby too much that you are afraid they will be spoiled.
  8. Dad Should Get Involved, Too – Diaper-changing can be a drag for dads. However, he has to remember that he is also a father. Make sure you take turns in doing anything for or with your baby. From feeding and playing to changing diapers and taking them for a walk, you should both do these activities. If the dad fears from doing something wrong, you should just exemplify whatever they have to do to encourage them. Therefore, as a mother, you do not only have to be patient with your baby, but also with their dad.

Receiving advice from your mother or close friends can help you build the foundation of what is called motherhood. However, no one says it will be easy. It will be freakishly hard at times. The most important thing is to calm yourself and start all over, thinking about the greatest wonder that came into your life. Being the best mom means failing a few times, learning by error or by simply guessing what your crying baby wants.

Motherhood is a challenge for every woman because no matter how well-prepared you think you are, you will still panic at times. Make sure you also ask for the dad’s help, trying to teach them everything you know about your little one to be able to split tasks with them.

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The Baby Sleep Site by Nicole Johnson - 1w ago

Co-sleeping means different things to different people. Generally, co-sleeping means that a child shares a sleeping space with a parent. Co-sleeping can mean a baby sleeping in the same bed as his parents; however, it can also mean a baby in a separate sleep space such as a bassinet or co-sleeper next to the parents’ bed. Co-sleeping tends to be synonymous with bed-sharing to many, but bed-sharing and room-sharing are two different things.

Should You Co-sleep?

Whether you co-sleep is an individual choice that depends on a variety of factors. First, the AAP does recommend that parents share a room with their babies for the first 6 months to a year but does NOT recommend sharing a sleep surface. Unfortunately, for some babies, sharing a room but not a sleep surface is unacceptable, hence why we have so many accidental co-sleepers (i.e. bed-sharing). If sleep in a crib came easily to babies, The Baby Sleep Site® wouldn’t be where we are today! The bottom line, many moms bed-share out of choice while others do so simply out of necessity.

Room-sharing is generally safe; bed-sharing, however, is inherently riskier. The most obvious danger related to bed-sharing is suffocation of the baby. An adult (or an older child) can roll on top of a baby, or the baby can be smothered by adult limbs, large pillows and heavy blankets that most adults use in bed. Some less obvious dangers include a baby falling from the bed to the floor, or a baby becoming wedged between the mattress and the headboard, footboard or wall. The mattress itself can also be a threat; if it’s overly soft, a baby can sink too low and suffocate.

So, to answer your question of whether you should co-sleep, that’s 100% a personal choice. Our only advice is if you decide to co-sleep, be sure to put in place the necessary safety measures to keep your little one safe (and you sane!).

Can Co-Sleeping Be Safe?

Again, room-sharing arrangements are generally considered very safe. In fact, room-sharing has been shown to produce lower rates of SIDS than a solitary sleeping arrangement (which places baby in a room by herself.) And while bed-sharing is statistically less safe, advocates of bed-sharing point out that research studies fail to account for a variety of factors and ultimately make bed-sharing seem more dangerous than it actually is.

For example, researchers refer to bed-sharing as a baby and an adult sharing an “adult bed.” But an adult bed doesn’t necessarily mean an actual bed — in these studies, it can also mean a couch, or a recliner, or a waterbed (all surfaces that bed-sharing advocates would never recommend using). Research studies also fail to account for safety factors like smoking, or drug and alcohol abuse (parents who smoke or use drugs or alcohol should never bed-share.) Even factors like obesity, which advocates say should be considered (since obese parents are advised not to bed-share), aren’t considered in research studies.

Supporters of bed-sharing claim that when these factors are considered, research shows that safe bed-sharing practices make putting a baby to sleep in an adult bed just as harmless as putting a baby to sleep in a crib. It has been said that when researchers controlled for these kinds of safety factors, rates of infant death related to safe bed-sharing proved to be very low.

Supporters also point to the fact that co-sleeping in all its forms (including bed-sharing) has been the norm for human infants since the dawn of time, while putting babies in cribs, in their own rooms, alone, is a practice that’s less than 200 years old. Bed-sharing advocates also emphasize that while co-sleeping is no longer standard practice in most Western cultures, it remains the norm in many, many countries around the world. These advocates are quick to point out that if it works for families around the globe, it can work for families in the West.

An important note, though, about comparing bed-sharing in Western countries to bed-sharing around the world: the comparison isn’t always a fair one. Western-style beds (with their soft, elevated mattresses as shown below, and their abundance of pillows and blankets) make bed-sharing more dangerous than do other types of beds found around the world. What’s more, health-habits vary worldwide, making the bed-sharing comparison a tricky one. Western mothers are more likely to smoke than are Japanese mothers, for example; this may partly explain why Japan has an extremely low rate of deaths related to bed-sharing. Therefore, it’s best to take cultural differences like this into account when looking at bed-sharing from an international perspective.

Keep in mind that there are risks associated with any sleeping arrangement, but parents can take steps to make their baby’s sleep environment as safe as possible. Parents who educate themselves and practice safe co-sleeping shouldn’t be made to feel guilty about their decision. And, of course, neither should parents who choose not to co-sleep; after all, it won’t work for everyone! And, if it’s not working for you, we help babies and toddlers transition to their own crib or bed every single day.

What is co-sleeping to you?

References:
https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/american-academy-of-pediatrics-announces-new-safe-sleep-recommendations-to-protect-against-sids.aspx

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/5/e1341.full

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Below is a guest post from Jenn Sanders

Ancient folk medicine once brought us comfort and healing. It was the only kind of medicine we knew. But in the last hundred years, innovation and technology have overtaken the world of natural medicine and replaced it with modern-day medicine. Even so, many moms still feel that natural medicine sometimes offers a better alternative for dealing with baby discomfort and pain.

An Ancient Tradition That Works

One such effective and an ancient folk remedy is the use of amber to relieve pain and inflammation. Healers, midwives, and mothers from the Baltic region have long used amber to reduce pain and inflammation caused by baby teething. The idea is to thread the amber into a teething necklace and place it on the baby’s neck just under his-her clothing.

Is It Worth Trying?

Many modern naturists consider amber, especially the kind found in the Baltic region, to be an effective homeopathic remedy. They say it works much like a natural analgesic, protecting little ones from many of the discomforts associated with teething and initial growth pain.

Some of the Most Significant Healing Benefits of Amber
  • Purges fatigue and weariness and increases energy: Essentially, this natural anti-anxiety remedy transmutes negative energy to positive energy. Specifically, for this reason, Baltic Amber purges fatigue and weariness. From the hustle and bustle of getting to and back from school and work and then onto homework and chores, any help which expedites the journey is pretty much appreciated. To be sure, adults and children alike will ultimately detect the natural energizing vitality of Amber holistically serving them in the long run of everyday life.
  • Boosts the Immune System and blocks the common cold: In reality, the human body has a lot of wear and tear to endure in regards to familiarizing itself with antibodies. In fact, it is common for the body to take on germs so as to process them. By processing the germs, the body therein builds an immunity to them. The antioxidant biochemical interaction in Baltic Amber serves as a reinforcer and reminder to the body, inspiring self-healing and rejuvenation. Moreover, adults and children profit from this assistance becoming stronger and wiser.
  • Balances mood swings: Generally speaking, Baltic Amber stands as a silent witness on its wearer, balancing the muck and chaos of fluctuating hormones. The calming attributes of Amber, of course, applies to all mood swings in all ages. From the toddler going through the ‘Terrible 2s’ and learning to assert their preference, to the adolescent who is actively asserting their opinion, there are certainly a lot of moods happening. Adults also have to take into consideration all of the internal and external stressors as well as their consequential moods. At which point, both adults and children alike benefit from Baltic Amber’s calming and soothing metaphysical properties.
  • Reduces pain and minimizes inflammation: Steer clear of over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and their side effects by using a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, drooling and teething pain are greatly reduced. To be noted, an amber necklace for teething babies is not meant to be chewed on. Rather the Baltic Amber releases microscopic amounts of Succinic Acid in oil as it’s warmed by the body’s natural temperature.

    Thereafter, it’s directly absorbed into the skin and bloodstream. This “fossil resin” was produced by ancient pine trees which grew in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. As an adaptogen, Baltic Amber is able to naturally cure and heal the body. In other words, this natural biomatter is capable of promoting regenerative self-healing.
  • Reduces teething pain and minimizes colic pain: Baltic amber teething necklaces eliminate the need for repeated dosing of synthetically-created medications with their myriad side-effects. They are a single-purchase, reusable item, making them more cost-effective. They are incredibly convenient: just add the necklace to your baby’s daily dressing routine and let it work all day long! This one simple product answers not only the multiple symptoms of teething that unsettle the child going through it but also the numerous concerns of parents looking for a solution to help relieve those symptoms.
The Modern Explanation of Why Amber Works

The effective ingredient contained in this geographically-specific amber is called succinic acid. It is known to have both analgesic (pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatory (reducing swelling) properties that are activated when the amber is heated. Old World Europeans were known to crush the amber into a powder to be used in hot baths for arthritis treatment. The warmth of the water released the succinic acid, which was then absorbed through the skin, distributed to the painful, inflamed joints by the bloodstream, and the sufferer experienced relief.

Amber teething necklaces use this same process but rely on baby’s body heat to warm and release the naturally-occurring succinic acid. Since these necklaces can be worn continuously, their soothing effects are ongoing.

Is It Safe?

Despite the hemming and hawing of non-naturists, the use of the amber teething necklace is a safe practice, but moms need to know how to use it correctly.

  • Always put on your child while under supervision. If they go to bed, take it off.
  • Check to make sure the necklace you buy comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Also check to make sure that each bead is knotted individually, and comes with a breakaway clasp.
  • Also make sure to take it off in chlorine, like a pool, so as not to decrease the efficacy of the Baltic Amber.
The Mysterious Power

Baltic Amber is no longer witchcraft or simply an ancient custom. The succinic acid found in amber is curative, and a natural analgesic which when absorbed into the skin has pain reducing properties. It is as simple as that!

Jenn Sanders currently works as a marketing assistant at Baltic Wonder, a company that is dedicated to the health and well-being of infants. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor adventures.

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One of the things we hear so often from new parents is that they all thought it would be much, MUCH easier to get their babies to sleep! After all, for us, sleep seems intuitive, doesn’t it? You get tired, so you go to bed…and then you fall asleep. What’s so tough about that?

Apparently, a lot, if you’re a baby! As you are no doubt aware, the process of going from wide-awake to fast asleep can require a lot of intervention from mom or dad. But since you and your partner are no doubt exhausted just about all the time, you’d probably like to shorten that process and make it easier. Well, look no further; below, we’re highlighting a basic 5-step process that, when done consistently, should help your baby fall asleep (and – fingers crossed – stay asleep!).

How To Get Baby To Sleep In 5 Steps
  1. Make sure that your baby’s nursery is as sleep-friendly as possible.
  2. Do your usual bedtime routine.
  3. Cue your baby that it’s time to sleep by ending your bedtime routine the same way each night.
  4. Soothe your baby until he’s drowsy enough to fall asleep – but avoid soothing your baby until he actually falls asleep.
  5. Lay your baby down to sleep. When he wakes, soothe and feed him briefly, and put him right back to sleep.
1. Make sure that your baby’s nursery is sleep-friendly.

You don’t have to break the bank here; you just want to ensure that your adorable nursery décor also facilitates your baby’s sleep. Hanging a pair of blackout blinds is as great place to start; blackout blinds can help your baby nap longer and ensure that your little one doesn’t wake too early in the morning. A white noise machine or white noise app can also help your baby sleep, as it’ll block out all those stray “life” noises (like the traffic outside, or your neighbor’s barking dog, or your doorbell) and keep your baby sleeping peacefully.

2. Do your usual bedtime routine.

Bedtime routines are POWERFUL; when done consistently, they signal to your baby that it’s time to settle in and go to sleep. A bedtime routine doesn’t have to be complicated- a feeding, a little time spent reading a book and singing a favorite song, and you’re all set! However, you do want to ensure that your bedtime routine is consistent – do the same things in the same order each night (that’s what makes it routine, after all.) You’ll also want to make sure that you start your routine at about the same time each night. For additional help, check out this article with 10 bedtime routine tips.

3. Cue your baby that it’s time to sleep.

We recommend that you end your bedtime routine in the same way each night, by saying the same phrase or by performing the same action. This can be whatever phrase or action you want, but when you consistently use it, it sends a strong signal to your baby that the bedtime routine is over, and that it’s time to sleep. Really, the entire bedtime routine cues your baby that sleep is approaching, but your ending phrase of action signals that it’s time to fall asleep. One option is to use something like the Bubzi Co. Soothing Sleep Owl to cue your baby that the bedtime routine is over and that it’s time to sleep; simply end your routine by setting the Owl to play lullaby music.

4. Soothe your baby until he’s drowsy, but not asleep.

Ideally, you’d be able to lay your baby down fully awake (and for some families, that’s one of the desired outcomes of sleep training). However, that’s not always a reasonable expectation, especially for younger babies. Instead, try soothing your baby until he is drowsy but awake. Experiment to see what your baby finds soothing; your baby might like to be rocked, or bounced, or walked around the room. Now, to be honest, drowsy but awake can be tough to achieve, and it may take some practice to find that sweet spot where your baby is sleepy enough to drift off but not so sleepy that…well, that he’s actually asleep! Don’t be discouraged if it takes some practice. And don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work; some babies just are not natural self-soothers, and they have to be taught (via sleep training) how to fall asleep without help. And, of course, if your baby is a newborn, you’ll probably need to soothe him to sleep; he’s likely too young to be able to self-soothe. But as your baby grows, work on drowsy but awake; soothing your baby to sleep every night, or before every nap, will create sleep associations that you have to undo later.

5. Lay your baby down to sleep.

Once your baby is nice and drowsy, lay her down to sleep on her back. She may wake a little, but do your best to soothe her in the crib so that she falls asleep there, instead of in your arms. If your baby wakes between feedings, do the same – try to offer enough soothing that you calm her and help her feel drowsy again, but try not to soothe her all the way to sleep. Staying consistent with drowsy but awake can help set the stage for successful sleep training later, since a baby who has some practice with falling asleep independently likely has fewer sleep associations to overcome.

How do you get your baby to sleep at night? Share your stories and tips below; we love hearing from you!
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It’s our 10 year anniversary! That means it’s been 10 years of helping families all over the world to get the sleep they need which fills us with great joy and pride. We’ll be celebrating all month long but we couldn’t possibly celebrate without YOU! That’s why we’re starting the celebration off with a giveaway. We’ve got 10 fabulous prizes and will be giving away a prize each day for the next 10 days with a grand prize of a $75 Amazon Gift Card. Keep reading to see the full list of prizes and then be sure get your entry in for the best chance of winning. We’ll be accepting entries starting today through Sunday, June 10th at 9 pm ET.

Find out more about what we have planned for our 10 year anniversary here.

Grand Prize – $75 Gift Card to Amazon.com

The Grand Prize winner will receive an Amazon.com gift card worth $75. Order virtually anything quickly and easily online, using your Amazon gift card, and receive your shipment quickly.
 
One grand prize winner will receive a $75 Amazon Gift Card. This prize is available to U.S. and international entrants.
 

Deluxe E-Mail Baby Sleep Consultation ($187 Value)

What better way for Mom to pamper herself than to get more sleep! Your baby’s sleep shouldn’t be stressful and The Baby Sleep Site® strives to provide a strong, non-judgmental, support network to help you and your family sleep better. Our website has helped countless families through free online articles, step-by-step e-Books, and private and personalized sleep consulting services.

One winner will win the Deluxe E-mail Consultation Package to help with your sleep struggles, which includes our signature Personalized Sleep Plan® and three follow-up e-mail consultations. If you already have an account, your account will be credited. Available to both U.S. and international entrants.
 

Baby Shusher

Baby Shusher Collection The Baby Shusher is the only device on the market that has an actual human’s voice recorded that “shushes” your baby. These long, rhythmic “shushes” mimic the sounds heard in utero and cut into the baby’s crying cycle to calm him/her down. It’s called the Sleep Miracle! The Gift Collection comes with two pacifiers, two swaddles, and the amazing Baby Shusher.

One winner will be selected to receive a Baby Shusher Gift Collection. This prize is available to US entrants and international entrants.
 

The Tired Parent’s 5-Step System to Better Toddler Sleep eBook Gold Package with an Express Sleep Plan® ($87 value!)

Toddlers come with a whole new batch of sleep problems. From waking too early to needing you next to her to fall asleep. Naps are likely getting shorter and just as you put him down at night, he pops out of the bed. The Tired Parent’s 5-Step System to Better Toddler Sleep gives you a complete toolkit of strategies, advice, sample schedules, and sleep logs to get your toddler to love bedtime. The Gold Package will also include our popular Express Sleep Plan® to help you create a custom, step-by-step custom sleep plan which is available for immediate download plus other bonus resources.

One winner will receive The Tired Parent’s 5-Step System to Better Toddler Sleep Gold Package. This prize is available to entrants worldwide.
 

6 Month Membership to Exclusive Content on The Baby Sleep Site® (Priced regularly at $72, but invaluable!)

Our Members Area is a do-it-yourself sleep coach’s dream come true! Members of The Baby Sleep Site receive unlimited product access – read all our e-Books at no additional charge, access special members-only articles, enjoy a large library of recorded tele-seminars, browse our selection of case studies…it’s like having your own sleep resource library! This is truly a resource that grows with your child. What’s more, members enjoy weekly chats with expert sleep consultants (which provides the perfect chance to ask your pressing sleep questions and get answers from a pro). And the icing on the cake? Members receive 20% off all personalized consulting services!

One winner will receive a 6-month membership to The Baby Sleep Site®’s Members Area. This prize is available to U.S. and international entrants.
 

Gerber Childrenswear

The perfect outfit to keep baby cozy, this 2-piece set of cloud footies from Gerber Childrenswear features a long sleeve footed design for sleep or play time. It also zips down the front for easy on/off dressing for mom and also has a pull tab to protect baby. These footies made of 100% cotton are available on BuyBuyBaby from newborn to 6 months.

One lucky winner will win Gerber® 2-Piece Clouds Sleep N’ Play Footies in Teal/Yellow. This prize available to US entrants only.
 

The 3-Step System eBook Gold Package with Express Sleep Plan® (value $97)

Our eBook, The 3-Step System to Help Your Baby Sleep, is a judgment-free approach to getting your baby sleeping through the night. In this book, you learn the pros and cons of all of the available baby sleep methods as well as how to incorporate each one into your own routine. You get quick and easy information on the science behind baby and toddler sleep. You learn what you need to do – in a step-by-step format – to tackle all the “big” sleep questions. The Gold Package also includes our popular Express Sleep Plan® to help you create a step-by-step custom sleep plan for your baby (suitable for babies 4+ months of age). PLUS, you gain access to informative teleseminars and case studies.

One winner will win The 3-Step System to Help Your Baby Sleep Gold Package. This prize is available to entrants worldwide.
 

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle or Zen Sleep Sack

We love the zen swaddles and sleep sacks from Nested Bean! The Zen Swaddle and Zen Sack is lightly weighted in the center to simulate the pressure from your touch even when you’re not there. Zen Swaddle can be used to swaddle your baby with arms in or arms out and is toxin free and hip healthy. The Zen Sack has adjustable shoulder tabs for growth and a two way zipper for easy diaper changes.

One winner will win their choice of a Classic Zen Swaddle or a Classic Zen Sack depending on the age of their baby in the print of their choosing. This prize available to U.S. and Canadian entrants.
 

Mastering Naps & Schedules eBook Gold Package with an Express Sleep Plan® (value $87)

Mastering Naps & Schedules is just the ebook you need to help banish your naptime battles. It includes easy to follow schedules for naps, meals and nights plus answers the hard questions like “How can I get my baby to nap longer?” and “Why are naps so important for nighttime sleep?”. The Gold Package also includes the popular Express Sleep Plan® which helps you create a step-by-step custom sleep plan available for immediate download (suitable for babies 4+ months of age) along with four informative teleseminars, the No-cry method case study and our “How to Create a Personal Sleep Plan” workbook.

One winner will win the Mastering Naps & Schedules Gold Package. This prize is available to entrants worldwide.
 

Tranquilo Mat (value $99)

(As seen on Shark Tank!) The Tranquilo Mat is a gently vibrating mat that can help calm and soothe young babies to sleep by mimicking the feeling and sounds of mom’s womb. It comes with four vibration settings and two heartbeat settings. The vibrations and the white noise help to activate your baby’s calming response. The Tranquilo Mat can be used to help transition your baby to a crib and help with nap and sleep training. It comes in two different sizes making it portable enough to use in the crib, bassinet, play mat, pack-n-play, tummy time or while in the car seat or stroller.

One winner will receive a large Tranquilo Mat. This prize is available to U.S. entrants only.
 
The first winner will be drawn at the end of the day today, June 1, 2018 and one winner will be drawn each day with our grand prize winner selected on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Get your entries in today for the best chances of winning! (Entries will be accepted through 9 pm ET, June 10, 2018.)

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In the beginning, newborns sleep virtually around the clock waking only to eat and demand a clean diaper (sometimes!). But how many total hours does a newborn sleep anyway? On average, newborn babies sleep 14-16 hours in a 24-hour period, broken up into numerous sleep periods.

How many hours do newborns sleep during the day and at night?

If your baby has day/night confusion, your baby may be awake a bit too much at night such that they are awake for 30-90 minutes at a time. If that’s the case and doesn’t resolve within 1-2 weeks, you’ll want to fix that as soon as you can. Once day/night confusion is resolved, your baby will generally sleep about 8 hours at night (with feedings throughout the night) and the rest during the day broken into numerous short-to-longer naps. Early bedtimes (along with 11-12 hours of sleep) generally don’t happen until after 3-4 months old.

Why do newborns sleep so many hours a day?

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of energy for a baby to grow. Their brains and bodies are growing at very rapid rates. In addition, everything is new to them, so everything they are seeing in the daytime needs to be processed by their brains. As your newborn gets a bit older, she will be able to gradually stay awake for longer and longer periods.

How long can a newborn stay awake during the day?

In general, newborns need to sleep very frequently. During the first few weeks, your baby may only be able to stay awake for 30 minutes (or less) at a time, for example. As your baby gets a bit older, or around 4-6 weeks old, she will be able to stay awake 1-2 hours, but any more than that and many babies will get overtired and over-stimulated. This will actually make it harder to put them to sleep and lead to worse sleep!

When will newborns sleep through the night?

This is the million dollar question, right? When will your baby sleep through the night? In short, many babies will do a single 5-hour stretch as early as 6-8 weeks old or as late as 4-5 months old. But, sleeping 11-12 hours without any feedings? That generally takes anywhere from 4-5 months old (for formula-fed babies) to 9-12 months old (for breastfed babies or those with reflux, in some cases). Every baby is unique, though there is a huge difference between a baby waking for age-appropriate feedings versus waking every 1-2 hours all night long for months and months on end.

Looking for tips on helping your baby sleep through the night? Download our free e-Book, 5 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep Through the Night!

What if your newborn baby doesn’t sleep a lot?

Some babies don’t sleep non-stop in the early days like everybody said they would. Should you worry about it? Well, in general, some babies will need more sleep than others and some babies will be more alert than others. If your baby is content and growing well, you likely don’t have to worry. A baby will get what he or she needs to grow and thrive. However, if your baby isn’t sleeping a lot, having weight-gain issues, and cries a lot throughout the day, you will want to talk to your baby’s healthcare provider to rule out something medical or a feeding issue such as reflux or a lip- or tongue-tie, for example. While it could be colic or general evening fussiness, if your baby is miserable all day (and so are you, I imagine), you may want to dig deeper. You know your baby best and your intuition will likely tell you if something is really wrong. Sleep is very important for the proper growth and development of your baby.

How many hours did your newborn sleep? Share in the comments below!
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