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Celebrating Our Newest Arrival with a Giveaway!

Newborn Sleep eBook GiveawayHave you heard the news? On Tuesday, we unveiled the newest addition to our Baby Sleep Site® family of products: 4 Essential Keys to Your Newborn’s Sleep. Written specifically for parents of newborns and young infants, this book is designed to help parents create healthy baby sleep habits right from the start.

It may be a bit of an understatement to say that we’re excited about our newest e-Book. Truth is, all of us are absolutely thrilled that we can finally put this awesome resource into the hands of our Baby Sleep Site® parents.

In fact, we’re so thrilled, we decided we had to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than to host a giveaway? :) That’s right — a brand-new e-book AND fabulous prizes! So enter today, using the widget below (and also on our Facebook Page). We will be accepting entries from today through Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm EST.

Ready for the details? Check out the list below for a description of the prizes we are giving away in celebration or our new e-Book.


Grand Prize- Newborn e-Book Bundle (a $99 value)

Newborn eBook Bundle GiveawayBecause all of us here at The Baby Sleep Site® know first-hand just how exhausting and overwhelming the newborn stage can be, we created a bundle package that includes a copy of the e-Book, 4 Essential Keys to Your Newborn’s Sleep, PLUS a Basic E-Mail Consultation. With this bundle package, you get all the helpful, hands-on information in the book as well as a Personalized Sleep Plan™, created specifically for your newborn. At $99, this bundle package is already a great deal. But an even better deal? Winning it in our giveaway! One winner will receive the 4 Essential Keys to Your Newborn’s Sleep Bundle Package. (Please Note: If you already have an account, your account will be credited. This prize is available to entrants worldwide.)

$75 Amazon Gift Card

amazon-GCEvery mom and dad deserve a little shopping spree now and then — and we are doing our part to make that happen! One winner will receive an Amazon gift card worth $75, to use toward any Amazon.com online purchase. The Amazon gift card is available to both U.S. and international contestants where Amazon is available.

5 Copies of Our Newborn E-Book

Essential Keys to Your Newborn's Sleep5 lucky winners will receive an instant download of our newest e-Book, 4 Essential Keys to Your Baby’s Sleep. This fantastic resource is packed full of information that all parents of newborns and young infants will benefit from, such as:

  • tips and special help on feeding (both breast and bottle) from Miriam, our lactation consultant.
  • suggested routines for promoting sleep.
  • guidelines to help you decode your baby’s cries, and advice on how to cope with fussiness and colic.
  • sample daily sleep and feeding schedules, for both breastfed and formula fed babies.

The E-Book is available in your choice of formats: PDF, Kindle, Nook, or iPad.

Remember, the deadline to enter is 8:59 pm EST on Thursday, October 24, 2013. So don’t wait; enter now!


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Labor Day Scavenger Hunt and a Giveaway!

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It’s that time of year again! Here in the U.S., the days are just a bit shorter and those of us with school aged kids are in the throes of Back to School. Here at The Baby Sleep Site™, we have a tradition of celebrating the upcoming Labor Day Weekend with a giveaway – a bit of a last summer HURRAH! Just because fall is right around the corner, we don’t think the fun has to end. With that in mind, we are having the first ever Baby Sleep Site™ Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway!

For this Scavenger Hunt, you will be hunting for the fun, summer-inspired images shown below. As you hunt for the images, be sure to note their location. Then come back to this page and enter the location where you found at least *THREE* of the images into the Rafflecopter widget below. This will enter you to win a variety of prizes, including a Grand Prize of a $250 Amazon Gift Card!

The Details


1. Throughout the site, we have hidden the images below:

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2. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to try to…
a) find at least three of these images,
b) note the title of the page where you found the image, and
c) enter the location of each into the Rafflecopter widget below.

BONUS:
For 5 particular images, you have a chance to win additional and immediate prizes and bonus items. You can hunt for any or ALL of the following:

These immediate downloads and bonuses are in addition to entering for a chance to win one of the prizes listed below.

The Prizes


Winners for the prizes listed below will be randomly selected from those who correctly enter the location of three of the images.

Grand Prize- $250 Gift Card to Amazon

The Grand Prize Winner of the Labor Day Scavenger Hunt will win a $250 Gift Card to Amazon. Amazon gift cards can be used to easily order online from a huge selection of items. *Please note* The Grand Prize is available to all entrants where Amazon is available.

Baby Shusher

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The Baby Shusher™ has been called a “Sleep Miracle” and was created by real parents with a genuine passion to help babies sleep.

This is a doctor-approved and thoroughly tested technique designed to break a baby’s cry spell and engage their natural calming reflex. The rhythmic shush reminds baby of being inside mom, where they were inundated 24 hours a day with loud sounds of blood flow and other in utero noises (up to 85 dBs, or the sound of a very loud vacuum cleaner). What may sound harsh at first is actually very calming to a baby. The Baby Shusher™ has two timer options, 15 and 30 minutes. It also easily attaches to car seat, stroller, swing or crib and works for newborns and up.

You can read more on the Baby Shusher website, or you can purchase one directly if you don’t want to wait to see if you’ve won!

10 lucky winners will each receive a Baby Shusher. *This prize is available to U.S. and International entrants.

Tuck Me In! Book

Tuck-Me-In-smallTuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen, is the irresistable, best-selling, interactive bedtime book that was an Oprah 2012 favorite. The stars are out. The moon is rising. All the baby animals, from peacocks to pigs to zebras, are ready for bed. Will you tuck them in and say good night? Just turn the pages and the big inviting flaps that serve as blankets cover each little creature up to its chin. This simple but endlessly satisfying novelty, with its array of goggle-eyed baby animals, bold patterns, and vibrant colors, is sure to be the book of choice for little ones everywhere, night after night.

Based on the idea that kids are more receptive to being tucked in if they first get to tuck in others, Tuck Me In! has been published in multiple languages and has been delighting little ones and their parents all over the world.

Find out more about Tuck Me In!

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5 winners will receive a copy of Tuck Me In! *This prize is available to U.S. and Canadian entrants.

Let’s Get Started!

The Labor Day Scavenger Hunt begins today through 11:59 pm EST, September 2, 2013.

**Here’s a hint to get to you started:**
If you don’t have time to hunt, maybe you can SCHEDULE a time later to do it.

Day 2 Hint
Baby slept like a dream for the first 3 months, but at 4 months old, no more!

Day 3 Hint
If your baby won’t nap, you’d probably search for this article to find out why.

Day 4 Hint
Ten fingers, ten toes, 10 tips for helping baby sleep.

Day 5 Hint
Rocking, swinging, pacifier, feeding…when baby depends on these to go to sleep, then it can be a problem.

Day 6 Hint
The 4 month sleep regression was hard, but now baby is 9 months old and it’s happening again!

Day 7 Hint
Your toddler may be able to count to 5 but do you know these 5 things that might be affecting her sleep?

Check back daily on The Baby Sleep Site Facebook page or follow The Baby Sleep Site on Twitter where we’ll be posting additional hints!

Happy Hunting!

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Helping Toddlers Better Understand How to Sleep and a Giveaway!

YellowFishAsleep_1000x1000Greetings from ZAZOO KiDS! We are so pleased to be here on The Baby Sleep Site® today. We have long admired The Baby Sleep Site community for their values that run so parallel to our own: good sleep, for the entire family, is an important piece of the path to happy, healthy lives.

One prevalent piece of the parenthood discussion is the challenge that surrounds newborn and infant sleep schedules. New mothers and fathers are counseled from every angle on how to best help their newborn babies sleep through the night, as quickly as possible. We have noticed, however, that the conversation often ends there. But as every parent knows, all infants become toddlers, and often, bedtime difficulties continue coming up well into childhood.

Toddlers are in a period of discovery and sometimes they just want to keep playing and learning – past their bedtime. Often, toddlers who suffer from chronic ear infections or other health issues develop a habitual tendency to wake up through the night, even after they have healed. Toddlers are also at a developmental point that invites separation anxiety and night terrors into their sleep lives. While the things that cause infants to wake up are usually rooted in survival –like hunger or pain – toddlers have reached a different stage and should be treated accordingly.

Some parents even express, incredulously, that their toddlers seemed to sleep much better when they were babies. There is good news, however, to pair with these challenges. Along with the toddler’s increased development comes an increased capacity to learn behaviors and expectations. The secret to helping a toddler sleep through the night lies in managing their understanding of sleep expectations and how to meet them.

The tricks to training toddlers in sleep are simpler than you might imagine.

Consistent naptimes. Consistent bedtimes.

Toddlers have a biological clock just like their parents, and sticking to the same times for sleep every day helps their minds understand when to relax and fall into slumber. Consistency is everything.

Cold water.

Give your toddlers a glass of water to keep by their bedside, and teach them that if they are having trouble falling back to sleep, a refreshing sip of it will do the trick. They will learn this habit and administer it to themselves – while you sleep through the night.

The Bedtime Routine.

You have heard this before, and not without reason. A bedtime routine helps anyone relax, settle down and prepare the brain for sleep, especially toddlers.

Comfort Objects

We think comfort objects aren’t such a bad idea. With the knowledge that toddlers often suffer from separation anxiety, why not allow them to have a comforting blanket or stuffed animal next to them in the dark hours of the morning?

Clock Training.

Owls_GNgirl_1000x1000 (2)At ZAZOO, we have created a business around the need for kids (and their parents) to sleep better. Consider using our clock to help your child sleep through the night. It shows children the time, even before they can understand it, but quickly switches to an image that is easily recognizable as “awake time” or “rest time.” We find that some kids even take pride in learning to distinguish the correct time, and its associated behavior, all by themselves. The clock enables toddlers to meet sleep expectations with visual guidance.

The ZAZOO Photo Clock is best introduced between the ages of 18 and 36 months, depending on the child’s developmental status and maturity level. Their ability to associate the time they see with the image they see will become apparent to you through reading and other activities.

Don’t be alarmed if you try the clock and your child doesn’t show interest; instead, change the settings. The clock is designed to be personalized – upload family photos and favorite songs to make it engaging, and use creative approaches like making the “rest time” image a picture of the child using it!

Incorporate the Photo Clock into your child’s life at nighttime, when it’s meant to be used. Review what the images mean together as if you are reading a bedtime story, and make it part of the regular bedtime routine. Ask your child to verbally repeat to you what the “sun photo” means, for example, by saying “The sun means it’s okay to get out of bed!” With some practice, you will see great rewards from the Photo Clock – more rest for you and your kids!

If you’re a tired parent struggling with toddler sleep issues, hang in there. There are solutions to your problem and it will get better! We hope these tips, along with our Photo Clock, provide some of the relief that you need. Happy resting!

About ZAZOO KiDS: The award-winning ZAZOO Photo Clock is an innovative sleep solution for children who wake up too early or don’t stay in bed all night. The contemporary ZAZOO Photo Clock lets your child know it’s time to wake when the sun is displayed and time to stay in bed when the moon is displayed. There is even a convenient nap-time setting.

Parents can use the pre-programmed image options or easily personalize the awake and asleep images. Ensuring years of use, the ZAZOO Photo Clock includes features such as: rotating photo frame, music, audio book, alarm clock and video capabilities. The ZAZOO Photo Clock now includes music from children’s artists from coast-to-coast in an amazing 11-song compilation that’s built into the memory of the Photo Clock. Or, upload your own tunes or audiobooks.

ZAZOO KiDS has kindly offered to giveaway one of their photo clocks to a Baby Sleep Site reader. See below for the options for entering the giveaway.

You can enter the giveaway today through 8:59 pm EST on August 18, 2013. *Open to US Entrants Only.

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5 Ways To Help Your Child Feel Empowered Rather than Frightened by Bad Dreams

The following is a guest post from Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D. Please see below for more information about Dr. Pieper plus a giveaway!

cover mdihabd-1When your child runs into your room in the night chased by bad dreams, he is frightened not only by the bad dreams, which seem utterly real to him, but also by the conviction that he is at the mercy of these dreams. This helpless feeling often makes children afraid of bedtime, with the result that children and parents miss out on much-needed sleep.

Unfortunately the advice parents are usually given – to tell the child the dream isn’t “real” and to show the child that there is nothing hiding under the bed or in the closet – doesn’t help and, in fact, ensures that the child will reawaken parents on a regular basis. Dreams are very real to children, and when parents try to convince them otherwise, children feel misunderstood or, worse, inadequate because they remain fearful in spite of parents’ reassurances. That monster may not be under the bed now, but it could come back as soon as parents leave the room and it was certainly there before because the child “saw” it. The result is that children continue to feel terrified by their bad dreams, which sends them running into their parents’ room night after night.

The solution is to help children understand that they have created their bad dreams out of anxious, angry, or disappointed feelings from the previous day. Making this connection empowers children. They start thinking of dreams as puzzles they can solve rather than as torture they must endure.

Interpreting children’s dreams is not terribly difficult because children’s dreams are usually fairly transparent. Bad dreams are an attempt to deal with lingering emotional upsets. So the best way to help a child who has had a bad dream is to explain that, “Dreams are stories we tell ourselves for a reason. We just have to understand the reason.” Once children understand that they are the authors of their bad dreams, they can enthusiastically engage in connecting the dream with losses that are still bothering them. Eventually, they can learn to make sense of dreams on their own and often are able to put themselves back to sleep without having to awaken their parents.

Typically any experience that makes children sad, angry, or worried can cause bad dreams. Examples are everyday unpleasantness such as sibling rivalry, the flu, a spat with a friend, a negative teacher, and disagreements with parents over bedtime. Or the dreams may be caused by more traumatic occurrences, such as parental divorce, a grave illness in the family, or the death of a pet. Parents are amazed to find that when they ask children what might be bothering them, children over three can usually identify a worry or loss that parents can connect with the bad dream. To illustrate, one three-year-old was devastated when he dreamt that his beloved dog was licking him in a very painful manner. He couldn’t understand why his pet would want to hurt him. He ran to his parents, who asked if he could think of something upsetting that had happened that day. Their son remembered that he had fallen at school and badly skinned his leg. Once the child saw the connection he had made in the dream between the upset he had felt at the pain of the skinned knee and the discomfort of the dog’s rough tongue, he laughed and said, “I knew Patsy would never hurt me!” and went back to bed happy and comfortable.

Parents are often surprised at how enthusiastically children engage in the process of connecting their bad dreams to events from the day before. Children love a puzzle and they want to feel in charge rather than victimized. This active approach to identifying the causes of bad dreams will ensure that both children and parents will get more sleep.

It is also true that children may have fewer bad dreams altogether if parents regularly ask them at bedtime if they have any leftover bothersome feelings from that day. The experience of having a caring and sympathetic ear to tell their troubles to may be all that is needed to prevent children’s troubles from reappearing in disguised form in a bad dream.

The Most Helpful Responses to Children Who Have Bad Dreams:

  • Do ask them at bedtime if they are bothered by something that happened that day.
  • Don’t try to convince them their bad dreams aren’t “real.”
  • Do explain that they are the authors of their dreams.
  • Do help them to connect the dream with upset feelings from the day before.
  • Always offer a big hug and a snuggle when they come to you with a bad dream.

Do you remember nightmares as a child and your parent’s response to them? Is your child having nightmares? Share your story!

Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D., has spent over thirty-five years treating children, adolescents, and adults; counseling parents; supervising psychotherapists; and consulting with mental health clinics and preschools. Recently she wrote the award-winning children’s picture book, Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream (www.smartlovepress.com) for ages three and up to help parents and children respond constructively to children’s bad dreams. Joey, a bouncy kangaroo has a series of bad dreams which his parents lovingly help him to understand until, by the last one, he is able to understand why he had it and to go back to bed feeling comforted and in charge.

Dr. Pieper co-authored with William J. Pieper, MD the bestselling parenting book: Smart Love: The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Regulating, and Enjoying Your Child. The Piepers also co-authored the popular adult self-help book, Addicted to Unhappiness and for ten years wrote the parenting column, “Smart Love,” in Chicago Parent. Dr. Pieper received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her work is the inspiration for Smart Love Family Services (www.smartlovefamily.org) which provides a broad spectrum of services to children and families, including counseling services, parent education, toddler programs, and a preschool.

Dr. Pieper has been kind enough to offer 5 copies of her book for a giveaway for our readers. We will be randomly selecting 5 readers to win either a hard copy or a Kindle copy of “Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream.” You can read more about this book on Dr. Pieper’s Book website.

We will be accepting entries from today through 8:59 pm EST, July 27, 2013.

(*Please note that this giveaway is open to US and international entrants.)

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Sleepy Baby Snap & Share Giveaway!

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Share your sleep success with us!

Nothing makes us (and you!) happier than seeing your little ones peacefully sleeping. We know that for many parents (and especially The Baby Sleep Site community) that the image of a sleeping baby or toddler is a truly beautiful thing. We’re also pretty sure that many of you have taken some adorable photos of your baby or toddler while they’re sleeping and we would love to see them!

Share your sleeping baby images on Instagram and tag your photos with #babysleepsite. We will review them all and your sleeping baby or toddler’s photo could show up on the home page of The Baby Sleep Site!

And, to make it even more fun, we’ll randomly choose two winners to each receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Start tagging your photos today and photos tagged with #babysleepsite by 8:59 pm EST on August 4, 2013 will be eligible to be chosen to win one of two $25 Amazon Gift Cards. Winners will be contact via their Instagram accounts on Monday, August 5, 2013.

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It’s a Father’s Day Giveaway!

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Father’s Day in the U.S. is coming Sunday, June 16 and just as we celebrate Motherhood for Mother’s Day, we want show our appreciation for all that dads do as well. With that in mind, we are doing another giveaway with prizes that are sure to appeal to dads everywhere! We work every day with many caring and loving dads who want to help their little one sleep better and learn healthy sleep habits. Just as motherhood is an amazing journey, being a dad is an equally profound adventure. So, we thank all of the dads out there for all that they do for their families and invite you all to enter the giveaway for some awesome prizes for that special dad in your life.

You can enter the giveaway via the widget below (and also on our Facebook Page). We will be accepting entries from today through 8:59 pm EST, June 16, 2013.

See below for a complete list and description of prizes for this Father’s Day giveaway. (*Note: Shipped prizes available to U.S. Residents only. International winners will be offered an alternative Baby Sleep Site prize that does not require shipping.) The prizes listed below are not necessarily in the order that they will be awarded.

Grand Prize- Google Nexus 7 Tablet (16GB)

NexusThe Google Nexus tablet has a 7 inch HD screen, Quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 16 GB of internal storage. This tablet has received great reviews and it is sure to be a hit with any dad or even a toddler who’s ready to take on the next edition of Angry Birds. *Please note* The Grand Prize is available to U.S entrants only. If an international Grand Prize winner is selected, they will be offered an Amazon Gift Card for the amount of the cost of a Google Nexus in USD, provided that Amazon is available in the winner’s country.

Coffee Lovers Gift Basket

Coffee-LoverIf there’s one thing that tired dads might need, it’s probably coffee! But even if you’re not an overtired dad, we’re hoping that dad can still enjoy a gourmet Coffee Lovers Basket for a great cup of java to sip on (perhaps even with breakfast in bed!) One winner will receive a Coffee Lover’s Gourmet Gift Basket to enjoy. Note: If the Gift Basket pictured is not available, a comparable gift basket will be sent.)

George Foreman 4 Serving Classic Plate Grill

GrillPerhaps the next best thing to a BBQ, the George Foreman Grill can help create healthy and delicious meals for the entire family. It’s patented sloped surface, allows fat and grease drain off during cooking and smoke is minimized. This George Foreman Grill takes up minimal counter space and is big enough for four servings. The non-stick keeps your food from sticking to the cooking surface and makes clean-up a breeze! One winner will be selected to receive a George Foreman Grill.

Basic Email Baby Sleep Consultation Package

Baby Sleep Consulting Dads need sleep too, and a Basic Email Sleep Consultation will help dad and the rest of family to get the rest they need. 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 Basic E-mail Consultation Package (Personalized Sleep Plan™ Plus One Follow-Up) to help with your sleep struggles. You’d be surprised how far you can get in just two e-mails! If you already have an account, your account will be credited.

Wishing you all a very Happy Father’s Day!

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Celebrating Motherhood and Giveaway!

Night wakings. Care Taking. Hugs & kisses. Being a mom is the biggest adventure there is! So this Mother’s Day we are celebrating Motherhood. We celebrate YOU! Thank you for doing the most important job of all. As we do each year, we are celebrating all that moms do with a giveaway with prizes just for mom – our gift to you!

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You can enter the giveaway via the widget below (and also on our Facebook Page). We will be accepting entries from today through 8:59 pm EST, May 12, 2013.

See below for a complete list and description of prizes for this Mother’s Day giveaway. (*Note: Shipped prizes available to U.S. Residents only. International winners will be offered an alternative Baby Sleep Site prize that does not require shipping.) The prizes listed below are not necessarily in the order that they will be awarded.

Grand Prize- $100 Gift Card to Amazon

The Grand Prize Winner of the Celebrating Motherhood Giveaway will win a $100 Gift Card to Amazon. Amazon gift cards can be use to order easily online making it a great choice for any mom to pick out something perfect for herself. *Please note* The Grand Prize is available to all entrants where Amazon is available.

Pamper Mom Spa Basket

SpaBasketAll moms could use a spa day every now and then. But, it’s not always that easy to get out for one. So, we bring the spa to you. One lucky winner will win a Spa Basket with an array of home spa relaxing items to soak the day away with Bubble Bath, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Bath Soaps, Luxuriously Rich Body Butter, and more! The Spa Gift Basket will be similar to the one shown, depending on availability. If this one is not available, a comparable gift basket will be given.

Loose Leaf Tea Set

teasamplerteacupSometimes a good cup of tea is all it takes to get away from it all for awhile. Drinking tea is not only known for its health benefits but often, teas can help relax or revive. If it’s been too long since you’ve enjoyed the company of friends, use this gift to take the opportunity to invite your best friend over for an afternoon of tea, talking and enjoying each other. One winner will receive Tea Forte World Of Teas Single Steeps Loose Tea Sampler and a Tea Forte Kati Cup for steeping that perfect cup of tea.

Basic Email Baby Sleep Consultation Package

Baby Sleep Consulting 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 Basic E-mail Consultation Package (Personalized Sleep Plan™ Plus One Follow-Up) to help with your sleep struggles. You’d be surprised how far you can get in just two e-mails! If you already have an account, your account will be credited.

Wishing you all a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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National Sleep Awareness Week and a Giveaway!

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Each year in the United States, the first week of March is National Sleep Awareness Week. This week is meant to coincide with Spring Daylight Saving Times as well as help promote the benefits and necessity of healthy sleep habits.

This year, Daylight Saving Time for the US and Canada will be on Sunday, March 10th. For those of you in Europe, DST will happen on March 31. Many of our friends in the Southern Hemisphere will have a fall back DST in April. Whenever DST happens for you, most of you already know how this can create havoc with your baby or toddler’s sleep schedule for a few days or weeks. Falling back in time will tend to create more problems than springing forward. If you’re worried about how the time change will affect your little on what you can do about it, be sure to check out this week’s article on Tuesday, when we will offer some tips for handling Daylight Saving Time with your baby’s schedule.

Here at The Baby Sleep Site, we certainly want to do our part to help promote sleep awareness! Below are some tips and facts that we hope you find helpful.

1. Amount of Sleep – The amount of sleep your baby or toddler needs varies by age. Newborns and young babies will obviously need more sleep than an older baby or toddler. For more information about how much sleep your baby or toddler needs by age, please see this article.

2. Schedule and Routine – A good schedule and routine are essential to helping your baby or toddler get the sleep they need. It also creates a sense of predictability and helps set their body clock which will ultimately keep your baby or toddler from getting overtired and being able to go to sleep when it’s time. Please visit our Schedules page for a full list of our sample baby and toddler sleep schedules by age.

3. How to Get Your Baby on a Schedule – Having a good idea of what kind of schedule your baby or toddler should be on is good information to have, but the next step is to then help your baby or toddler to adapt to that schedule. We suggest you read this post for some additional information on how to put your baby on a nap/sleep schedule.

As we have in previous years, we are also hosting a Sleep Awareness Week Giveaway! And this year, in addition to our Grand Prize, we have a fantastic list of other sleep related prizes to help your baby or toddler get the sleep they need (and you too!) Keep reading for more details about the prizes and how to enter!

Giveaway

For this giveaway, one winner will be selected to receive a $150 gift card to Amazon. We were also fortunate to partner up with several other companies to offer to you some additional fabulous sleep related prizes along with some prizes from The Baby Sleep Site. Please be sure to visit the websites of our giveaway partners. See below for a full list of the prizes and their descriptions – plus some discount offers from a few of the companies for our readers! Entries to the giveaway will be accepted today through 11:59 pm, March 10, 2013. Please note that some prizes are only available to US entrants. Prizes will indicate whether they are only available to US winners or available internationally.

Grand Prize- $150 Gift Card Amazon

The Grand Prize Winner for the Sleep Awareness Week Giveaway will win a $150 Gift Card to Amazon which will be sent to them electronically. An Amazon Gift Card can be used to order easily online for a wide variety of items or for digital items such as Kindle ebooks or movies. *Please note Amazon does have some restrictions about what they will ship to different countries.

Additional Prizes


The 3 Step System to Help Your Child Sleep

We will be giving away a copy of this ebook to one lucky winner. This book helps you design a step by step a sleep coaching plan that works for you and your family. It also includes a quick reference guide with age-specific sleep guidelines and sleep log for tracking your child’s sleep patterns. Whether you are interested in co-sleeping, crying it out, setting schedules, night weaning or feeding at night, this book covers it all! *This prize is available to US and International entrants.

Zipadee-Zip Slumber Sacks

Zipadee-Zip The Zipadee-Zip This wearable blanket was designed by a mom, like you, specifically to help transition a baby off of the swaddle and teach them to sleep freely! It prevents a baby’s hands from getting cold at night and is also designed to help babies who scratch their faces while sleeping (perfect for babies with eczema!). The cozy, enclosed environment teaches babies to self-soothe and learn to fall asleep on their own!

The Baby Sleep Site Reader Special: Baby Sleep Site Readers can receive $5 off of their entire Zipadee-Zip purchase. Enter promo code ‘ZZZ’ (without the quotes) at checkout.

Hear from other parents who are raving about the Zipadee-Zip in this video. One winner will receive a Zipadee-Zip of their choice. *This prize only available to US entrants.

Mastering Naps and Schedules e-Book

baby napsOne copy of our Mastering Naps and Schedules e-book will be awarded. If naps are a struggle or if you have questions about how much and how often your baby or toddler should be napping, then this is the book for you. This book covers how to help your child learn to nap longer, why naps are so important for nighttime sleep, how to break baby’s dependence on you to fall asleep, how to help your early riser learn to sleep later, and includes over 40 sample schedules…plus much more!

One winner will receive a copy of Mastering Naps and Schedules. *This prize is available to US and International entrants.

SnoozeShade

It’s not always possible to stay at home during your baby’s nap time. So what do you do when you have to go out but baby needs a sleep?

SnoozeShade is the answer. You don’t have to worry about your little one missing a nap or getting overtired when you’re out and about. This award-winning line of sun and sleep shades protects babies from the sun and helps them get the sleep they need wherever and whenever they need it. In a busy world, SnoozeShade means you can run errands or go shopping while your baby can switch off for a nap.

SnoozeShades are designed for use with strollers, infant carriers and playards. They create a dark comfortable sleep environment which blurs visual stimuli that often keeps babies awake regardless of how tired they are. SnoozeShades also shield baby’s delicate skin from up to 98.5% of the sun’s harmful UV rays as well as protecting from wind, light rain, chill and insects.

Designed by a mom and endorsed by sleep experts and health professionals worldwide, SnoozeShades are soft, stretchable and a cinch to use. You can find out more on www.snoozeshadeUSA.com.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Visit www.snoozeshadeUSA.com and use BSS20 at checkout to save 20% and get FREE shipping on any purchase until 30 June 2013.

Three lucky winners will each receive a SnoozeShade Original in the new Deluxe Edition. *These prizes are available to US and International entrants.

The 5 Step System to Better Toddler Sleep

Toddler sleep help Many parents are surprised to learn that it is not that uncommon for a toddler to not be sleeping through the night or have other sleep related issues. With this toddler sleep book, you can learn how to get back in control with this comprehensive toddler sleep guide. This ebook includes a toolkit of strategies, sample schedules, and sleep logs will put your toddler on the right sleep track.

One winner will receive a copy of The 5 Step System to Better Toddler Sleep. *This prize is available to US and International entrants.

Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines

Sweet Dreams and Flying MachinesSweet Dreams & Flying Machines was founded during a 3am feeding, while battling baby brain, when a stroke of inspiration hit. An image of the safest, snuggliest and most functional baby sleepwear started to form. Sleep Sacs and Swaddles with personality to rally against the sea of pastels and whites. What you’re looking at now is the result of that inspiration, and the most powerful tool there is: a mother’s love.

Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines is new on the scene and starting with a bang. They are proudly Canadian and are designed and manufactured in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

lullaby-love2With a bedtime story theme, we aim to bridge the gap between form and function, creating stunning pieces with timeless sentiment. They have worked tirelessly to develop the safest design for your precious baby, from armhole and neck dimensions to a new sizing strategy. Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines baby sleep wear is a perfect blend of safety, comfort, style and convenience and they use only the finest, highly breathable, fire tested fabrics.

One winner will receive a Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines baby sleep sack and one winner will receive a Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines Swaddle. *These prizes are available to US and International entrants.

DidiPop Bunny in the Moon CD

This fun, delightful and relaxing CD will soon be released by DidiPop (aka Deborah Poppink) and is her third children’s music CD for kids 2-7. “Bunny In The Moon: bedtime songs for falling asleep” was inspired by Deborah’s sometimes challenging experience of putting her own children to bed, It features 14 original songs that take a child through the bedtime routine, each song getting slower and more lulling as the album unfolds. Parents with wound-up kids start with the first track, while parents with sleepier kids would start on track #5.

Musically the album is filled with warm, intimate piano, layers of vocal harmonies, and an abundance of tangible love energy. Songs incorporate music that has touched Deborah. You can hear the influences of Brain Eno (“Bukie”), Enya (“Good Night My Love”), The Beatles (“Chloe in the Clouds”), and Musical Theater (“Brush Brush”) along with Mozart, Bach and Chopin (“Little Star”, “Oceans of Love (Dream)” and “The Cricket Alphabet”).

The CD includes the following songs:

BunnyCD-Cover2Track #1: Bathtime
Track #2: My Old Pajamas
Track #3: Brush Brush
Track #4: I Love You Mommy
Track #5: Good Night My Love
Track #6: Snuggles and Books
Track #7: Lights Out
Track #8: Bunny in the Moon
Track #9: Bukie
Track #10: Chloe in the Clouds
Track #11: Good Dreams Come True
Track #12: Oceans of Love (Dream)
Track #13: Cricket Alphabet
Track #14: Little Star

You can read more the Bunny in the Moon CD and pre-order the album on the DidiPop website.

Two winners will each receive the Bunny in the Moon CD. *Prize is limited to US entrants only

Baby Sleep Site Basic Email Consultation Package

Baby Sleep ConsultingYour 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 a Basic Email Consultation package to help with your sleep struggles. With this consultation package, you will receive a Personalized Sleep Plan™ which is like a mini book written just for you and your family. A follow-up email will help to fine tune the plan or provide additional support after you have put the recommend strategies to work. If you already have an account, your account will be credited. *This prize is available to US and International entrants.

Deadline to enter is Sunday, March 10, 2013, 11:59 p.m. ET.

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10 Tips to Battling Toddler Fear and Other Bedtime Monsters

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The following is a guest post from Dr. Kaylene Henderson. Please see below for more information about Dr. Henderson plus a giveaway!

I once heard that young children are hardwired to dream about frightening, child-eating creatures. Apparently it’s an evolutionary advantage to have had a few practice runs before being chased by a real saber-tooth tiger. These nightmares affect 50% of children and occur most often in the 3-6 year age group. Children’s brains have adapted to modern times though so instead of saber-tooth tigers it is now monsters which haunt our young children at night since these are the threatening figures that our little ones are exposed to in books and television shows.

The ways in which your child might express their night-time fears will depend on how often they’re frightened and on their age and language skills. Perhaps your child has become an expert in delaying tactics as bedtime approaches. Or does your little one start to panic as you tuck them in under the covers? Maybe you have a regular night-time visitor clambering up into your bed? My oldest child who was aged two at the time would wake screaming in the middle of every night. It was only after many months of this that we realized that her fear of sleep was a result of the monsters who visited her in her dreams, threatening to devour her.

If, as I was, you are battling your child’s bedtime fears, here are ten helpful tips that I have learnt from my dual roles as a Child Psychiatrist and as an experienced monster-battling mother:

  1. Be aware of what your toddler is exposed to. Children learn so much from books and television yet don’t have the experience to know what is real and what themes are fantasy. To make matters worse, children’s movies and stories are often filled with monsters, child-eating wolves and murderous (and horribly misrepresented) step-mothers.
  2. Don’t ever let anyone threaten your child with “the bogeyman” coming for them. It’s false and just plain mean.
  3. Each bedtime engage your toddler in the same, predictable, wind-down routine to help them manage any anticipatory anxiety they might have.
  4. If it helps them to feel braver, allow your child to have a dim night-light or a torch in their bedroom.
  5. It’s important to acknowledge that even though monsters are not real, your toddler’s fear is very real. And real fear needs to be met with real comfort, even in the middle of the night.
  6. Some parents seem to have success with “magical monster repellant spray” but this option never sat well with me. I preferred to be honest with my daughter, reassuring her that monsters did not exist and that her bedroom was a safe place. Similarly, repeated checking in her cupboards or under her bed or putting signs up prohibiting monster visitors would simply have confirmed for her that she was in real danger.
  7. Instead, teach your child about dreams by letting them know that dreams are just our ideas while we’re asleep. Ideas cannot hurt us nor can they make something magically happen. To prove this, try playing a game with your child in which you both take turns thinking about something with your eyes closed, then open your eyes to check whether just thinking about it made it real. It can go like this: (You, with eyes closed) “An ice-cream”, (open your eyes), “Shame – no ice-cream. Just thinking about it didn’t make it real.” After you’ve taken turns with this, you can try some less fun ones such as “Getting my finger caught in the door” or if your child doesn’t seem too anxious, “A monster on the couch”.
  8. By day, storytelling is a wonderful therapeutic tool. For children who are afraid of the dark or scared of monsters, the story should aim to shift the child’s attitude towards the monsters or the darkness through some event which isn’t compatible with fear. An example would be telling a story which ends with your child making friends with the feared monster.
  9. Art is also an amazing communication tool and another great medium to help children overcome strong feelings. Having your child draw their fears for you (even if it looks like toddler-scribble) can be really helpful as you try to understand what’s happening for them. Seeing the drawn version of their scary monster with you, their big brave grown-up, by their side can also help children feel braver.
  10. Lastly, see through the exhaustion for the opportunity this provides. If dreams are meant to prepare your child if ever they should meet a real-life ‘monster’, wouldn’t it be wonderful if one of the lessons they learnt is that you’ll be there for them joining them in battle.

Good luck and sweet dreams!

Dr. Kaylene Henderson is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Founder of Little Children Big Dreams which provides online help for children who are afraid of the dark or scared of monsters. Little Children Big Dreams offers personalized printable stories and parent guides to help children beat their fears of monsters or fears of the dark and sleep better at night. Parents are also invited to read Dr. Kaylene Henderson’s blog and Little Children Big Dreams Facebook page providing free access to parenting tips and Child Psychiatry information.

Dr. Henderson has been kind enough to offer 15 copies of her eBooks for a giveaway for our readers. We will be selecting 15 winners to receive a personalized copy of their choice of either “Fear of the Dark” or “Fear of Monsters.” Each story will be accompanied with a parent guide and child certificate and will be emailed to the winner, ready to print and use with their child. You can read more about each of these eBooks on the Little Children, Big Dreams website.

We will be accepting entries from today through 8:59 pm EST, December 28, 2012.

(*Please note that this giveaway is open to US and international entrants.)

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3rd Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

It’s that time of year again! We are launching our 3rd Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway today. If you’ve been with us for awhile, then you already know what fun this giveaway is and it is always filled with great prizes including a Grand Prize of the winner’s choice of a $250 gift card to Amazon or Target*. This is one of our favorite giveaways of the year to help get us in the holiday mood and as a way to say “Thank You” to all of you who have been part of The Baby Sleep Site Community this year.

Here’s how it works:

You can enter the giveaway via the widget below (and also on our Facebook Page). We will be accepting entries from today through 8:59 pm EST, December 13, 2012. Starting on Monday, December 3rd, we will draw a winner per day with the Grand Prize winner being drawn on December 14th. Obviously, the earlier you enter the better chance you have of winning a prize. There are several ways to earn more than one entry so be sure to read through all of the options.

Keep reading below for the complete list of all our prizes we’ll be giving away each day during the Giveaway. As you can see below, we have an awesome list of prizes this year! (*Note: Shipped prizes available to US Residents only. International winners will be offered an alternative Baby Sleep Site prize that does not require shipping.) The prizes listed below are not necessarily in the order that they will be awarded.

Grand Prize- $250 Gift Certificate to Target OR Amazon

The Grand Prize Winner for our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway will have their choice of either a $250 Gift Card to Amazon or to Target. TargetGiftCardEither gift card can be use to order easily online or the Target Gift Card can also be used in a Target Retail Store. *Please note* that the Target gift card option is only available to US Residents. If you are outside of the US and are drawn for the grand prize, you will receive the Amazon Gift Card.

Zipadee-Zip Slumber Sacks

Zipadee-Zip The Zipadee-Zip is the next big thing in Baby Sleep! This wearable blanket was designed by a mom, like you, specifically to help transition a baby off of the swaddle and teach them to sleep freely! It prevents a baby’s hands from getting cold at night and is also designed to help babies who scratch their faces while sleeping (perfect for babies with eczema!). The cozy, enclosed environment teaches babies to self-soothe and learn to fall asleep on their own! Zipadee-Zip… Inspiring dreams one night at a time!

The Baby Sleep Site Reader Special: Baby Sleep Site Readers can receive 15% off of their entire Zipadee-Zip purchase if you purchase before Christmas. Enter promo code ‘Zippy Baby’ at checkout.

Find out more and watch a video on how the Zipadee-Zip works on their Zipadee-Zip website. One winner will receive a Zipadee-Zip of their choice.

Sleep Buddy System

Sleep Buddy is a complete sleep system to help parents teach toddlers when to stay in bed. This product was created by a former teacher and mother of 5. What makes it special is that it has three components (it’s not just a light!) It comes with a programmable sleep light that can be used at nighttime as well as naptime. When the soft, blue glow is on the child stays in bed. When it turns off, it’s ok to get up. It also has a dimming function so that it can be as bright or as dim as the child prefers. The system also includes a sweet children’s book, A Bedtime Surprise, to introduce and explain the concept to children. A colorful reward chart with stickers makes up the third component of the system to help motivate your child and track successful sleep periods. We were sent a complimentary Sleep Buddy System and must say we were quite impressed with it! It comes with good instructions and would work well with helping toddlers to go to sleep and stay asleep. You can find out more on the Sleep Buddy website. One winner will receive the Sleep Buddy System.

Basic Email Baby Sleep Consultation Package

Baby Sleep Consulting 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 Basic E-mail Consultation Package (Personalized Sleep Plan™ Plus One Follow-Up) to help with your sleep struggles. You’d be surprised how far you can get in just two e-mails! If you already have an account, your account will be credited.

Cuddle Up Baby Blanket from Ambajam

Follow the turtles to sleepyland with Ambajam’s irresistibly soft Cuddle-up Baby Blanket. A plush, ultra soft fabric combined with vibrant colors and whimsical details makes this baby blanket a true standout. Once your little one gets a hold of this yummy blanket there’s no letting go!

  • Double-side plush “Cuddle-Up” fleece comforts baby
  • Embroidered turtle family in corner adds a touch of whimsy
  • Large 29”x35” size ideal for napping, nursing and snuggling.

Ambajam will give away one Cuddle-up Blanket in the winner’s choice of color. See a list of all available colors on Ambajam’s website.

Mastering Naps and Schedules e-Book

baby napsOne copy of our Mastering Naps and Schedules e-book will be awarded. If naps are a struggle or if you have questions about how much and how often your baby or toddler should be napping, then this is the book for you. This book covers how to help your child learn to nap longer, why naps are so important for nighttime sleep, how to break baby’s dependence on you to fall asleep, how to help your early riser learn to sleep later, and includes over 40 sample schedules…plus much more!

Dohm-NSF Sound Conditioner

We have previously mentioned the Dohm Sound Conditioner as a must-have sleep product and it has been named the “Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation.” A sound conditioner can help block out noises that might keep baby awake and can offer a soothing background noise to help lull your baby or toddler to sleep. Read what one parent had to say about the Dohm-NSF Sound Conditioner:

“My little Jane is 23 months old. The Dohm for baby is an essential part of our family’s lives. It’s the best sleep conditioner out there. Actually, my husband says those words are not strong enough. Having a baby means not getting much rest. Duh. But our Dohm for baby soothes Jane to peaceful sleep. Which soothes the rest of our house. I can’t describe how good that felt the first time it happened. I almost had to get used to relaxing again! We got some of our stressed-out-new-parents life back again. Dohm says “serious sleep”on the box. They sure got that right. Now if you’ll excuse me, Jane is snoozing and I am going to get some of that serious sleep myself. I suggest you do the same.” – Emily, Richmond, VA

One winner will receive a Dohm-NSF Sound Conditioner. Read more about the Dohm Sound Conditioner on the Marpac website.

Bobee Diaper Stacker

Did you know you’ll change over 2,000 diapers in the first year alone?! You better be ready. Thankfully diaper changing just got easier with the Bobee! A diaper stacker, dispenser and wipe holder in one. The Bobee diaper stacker is wall mounted, allowing you to grab a baby wipe or diaper with one hand while the other hand is always free for your baby. It also frees up your floor space and your drawer space to make room for all the other baby supplies that you’ll need to store!

One winner will win a Bobee Diaper Stacker from BusyMommyBoutique.com.

The 5 Step System to Better Toddler Sleep

Toddler sleep help Many parents are surprised to learn that it is not that uncommon for a toddler to not be sleeping through the night or have other sleep related issues. With this toddler sleep book, you can learn how to get back in control with this comprehensive toddler sleep guide. This ebook includes a toolkit of strategies, sample schedules, and sleep logs will put your toddler on the right sleep track.

One winner will receive a copy of Mastering Naps and Schedules.

Love Bug Embroidery

Love Bug Embroidery specializes in personalized infant and toddler accessories and apparel including onesies, t-shirts, bibs, burp cloths, blankets, towels, and more! All onesies and shirts are made of high quality, 100% cotton, and are lined with comfort backing to prevent itching and irritation. Love Bug offers several super cute designs for both boys and girls. Personalized items make the perfect gift for the holidays, birthdays, or any special occasion! One lucky winner will receive a personalized onesie or shirt in your choice of design. You can see more examples of products available from Love Bug Embroidery in their Etsy shop.

The 3 Step System to Help Your Child Sleep

This book helps you design a step by step a sleep coaching plan that works for you and your family. It also includes a quick reference guide with age-specific sleep guidelines and sleep log for tracking your child’s sleep patterns. Whether you are interested in co-sleeping, crying it out, setting schedules, night weaning or feeding at night, this book covers it all!

One winner will receive a copy of The 3 Step System to Help Your Child Sleep.

Sound Sleeper App

Sound Sleeper is a white noise app for newborns and infants. It includes a variety of calming sounds as well as the unique “Listen” mode, which “listens” for your baby and starts playing the sound you’ve chosen, automatically – the instant he begins to cry. This simple and easy-to-use – and very effective – app was first created by a young couple for their own baby, and has now become one of the most popular baby white noise apps available. The Sound Sleeper App is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

You can download the free version, Sound Sleeper Free, which lets you play all of the app’s calming sounds as well as test-drive the “listen” mode. The full version of Sound Sleeper ”listens” for your baby, shushes her to sleep if she wakes up and starts crying…and resets itself to be ready to calm and comfort your little one if she wakes up again, as many times as she needs. You can read more about Sound Sleep on their website.

Five winners will receive the full premium version of the Sound Sleep app. (Non iPhone winners will receive a gift card to Google Play)

Deadline to enter is Thursday, December 13, 2012, 8:59 p.m. EST.

(*Please note that all shipped prizes are available to US residents only.)

NOTE: An international grand prize winner will receive the Amazon Gift Card.


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