I cannot stand jet lag – it seems such a waste of time and energy.
I am currently in the throes of jet lag and can’t wait for it to end so that I can begin to think and act like a normal adult and not a hangry toddler.
I used to think that jet lag was all in the mind and something you could just snap out of or just distract yourself from, but it turns out I am wrong. There are a whole bunch of biological factors that contribute to jet lag with your brain being in control of the discomfort you experience.
Below is a set of facts that I have sourced from all over the place which give a good understanding of where jet lag stems from and what it [...]
For many parents, sleep becomes a thing of the past once you have kids. I’ve been blessed with two kids who started sleeping through the night at approximately 2.5 months. I seriously cannot complain and know that I’ve hit the sleep jackpot when it comes to babies. However, approximately two weeks ago Kate decided to give me a run for my money. She had been sleeping through the night and I thought we had her sleep schedule pretty much figured out. Then one day it all changed. I could not figure out why she suddenly began waking up at weird times. During the day she was much more fussy than her usual happy self and her appetite wasn’t very good. She became very inconsistent during her [...]
I’ll be honest, I did not have a mobile on my baby registry, nor did I have one on my son’s crib the first few months of his life. I hadn’t really thought about purchasing one and at the time didn’t really think it was something that I needed to add to his crib. After visiting my parents I completely changed my mind. My mom had put a mobile that was mine when I was a baby on the changing table in the nursery she created for her favorite grandson. He absolutely loved watching the animals go around and enjoyed the music. My grandparents saw how much he enjoyed it and when they found out he did not have a mobile they jumped on the opportunity to purchase him one.
When my son was an infant I remember reading a research study that found that running a bedroom fan had been shown to decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). At that point I decided that we would run a fan in his nursery and we started doing this the day he made the move from the bassinet in our room to his crib. My husband and I always turned the fan on when we put him down for a nap or for bed in the evening. What started out as a way to do whatever I could to reduce the risk of SIDS also turned into a great way to provide background white noise while he slept. The constant hum of the fan became something he recognized and he began associating the fan [...]
While my son was in the Special Care Nursery after his premature birth the nurses would often swaddle him. He seemed to really enjoy this and I continued with swaddling once we returned home. Pediatricians recommend “back to sleep” and advise against placing blankets in the crib in order to promote a safe sleep environment. Once my baby started rolling onto his tummy I transitioned him from a swaddle to a Halo SleepSack wearable blanket.
The Halo company was established after founder Bill Schmid and his wife Cathy tragically lost their firstborn to SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics began recommending the use of wearable blankets in 2005. Currently, there are [...]