6-15 Months

Sleep Matters

2019-08-23T17:02:21-04:00

Having a baby in the house does not mean you’ll never sleep again. But there are few things you can do for yourself (and for your baby when he/she arrives!) that will positively affect nighttime sleep. Here are our top five tips: 1. Keep a consistent wake time. Did you know that a consistent wake time plays a role in your nighttime hormones? Remaining consistent with both bedtime and wake time will help you achieve those natural bedtime hormone levels. (And these days, ANYTHING to wrangle those hormones, right?! This will help!) 2. Daytime sleep affects nighttime sleep. Of course, we want to ensure that our babies have consistent nap opportunities. But the biggest thing is to not let those naps last too long or too late. Think about it. If you nap too long or too late, do you have trouble going to sleep at night? Of course you do! Sweet babies are no different. Generally, naps should be under two hours and end by 4pm. 3. Light is for shorter stretches of sleep, and darkness is for longer stretches. We want to create a sleep environment that allows our body to know that it is nighttime. Our hormones respond to light, whether it is the sun or artificial light. Keep the room as dark as possible. (Bonus tip: Turn off all electronics 30 minutes before bedtime. NO ONE needs to google “butt rash” at 10 pm anyway. THAT will never make you sleep easier – trust us!) 4. Movement matters. You may not feel like you have tons of extra energy these days. (After all, you ARE growing a human!) But just

Sleep Matters2019-08-23T17:02:21-04:00

Three Household Rules

2019-08-20T14:50:24-04:00

(Excerpt from the Moms on Call Toddler Book) Often in our households, we have so many rules that the toddler cannot remember and categorize them all. Don’t touch the stove. Don’t disturb anyone when they are on the phone. Don’t run into the road. Don’t throw your toys. Don’t pee in the Home Depot parking lot. (And just for parents of boys like ours) Don’t hit your own self in your own head with your own foot! (Long car ride—enough said.) There are just too many rules. We can keep track, but they cannot. They are just trying to sort out a few colors and put together a sentence! So we want to narrow the list to three rules that they can understand and those are: Obey Daddy and Mommy Do not hurt yourself Do not hurt others This is simple and all of the other rules can fit into one of these categories. The time that we place this in the heart of our child is right before bed or what we like to call “between awake and asleep.” We like to say it like this: “We have three rules in this house and they are: Obey Daddy and Mommy, do not hurt yourself and do not hurt others because we are Walkers and Walkers are good to people.” Insert your own name into that scenario and choose a character trait that defines your family. Go over these rules each night, right before bed. This is not the time to go over the history of good behavior, just the three household rules, short and simple.  And before you know it, you have placed

Three Household Rules2019-08-20T14:50:24-04:00