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    Sleep Tips for Baby, Young Kids, and You.

    tips for better sleep for the whole family | Oh Lovely DaySleep. It’s so elusive and yet so important for sanity. I swear the hardest thing about being a mom is the lack of sleep and then the need to do ALL THE THINGS on so little sleep. But I have been fortunate in that I birth pretty good sleepers and have gotten to try and discover some pretty great products to help us out as well. So I thought I’d share some of my tricks, tips, and favorite products in case they help you too.

    Sleep tips for everyone:

    1. White noise. If you don’t have a fan running, a white noise app playing, or a sound machine raining in both your and your kids’ rooms, you have to start. My husband and I use a table fan to drown out minor noises while still allowing us to hear any emergency sounds and our kids on the monitor. My kids both have at least two white noise machine combinations going on in their rooms anytime they are sleeping. It makes a world of difference.
    2. Darken your rooms. Everyone sleeps better when the room is as dark as possible. While your kid may like a nightlight, once they are actually asleep they will sleep longer and better if no sunlight gets in alerting them that the sun is out, it is no longer night, etc. Mine do, anyways.
    3. Keep rooms on the cooler side. Both of my kids sleep better when the rooms are between 66 and 68 degrees, rather than into the 70s. We live in Southern California and don’t have central AC, so we put window units in both of our boys’ rooms and they sleep SO much better because of it.
    4. Be consistent with bedtimes and bedtime routines. While it is hard to always get them to bed on time, being consistent is key. Sure, you can keep them up later for a special occasion. But most kids thrive on a set bedtime, and it is often better earlier than you would think. Both of my kids are in bed between 7:00 and 7:30, and they sleep almost twelve hours a night and take naps on most days. Sleep begets sleep. And I find that a bath, book, bed routine works well for us (although I do bath, book, nurse, bed for baby).
    5. Sleep training and not co-sleeping. I know people are going to yell at me about this, but I’m just sharing my experience. (Many of you might be totally happy and rested co-sleeping, and if that is working for you, you don’t need these tips anyway.) I have sleep trained both of my kids in some form (although I do truly believe I was blessed with naturally good sleepers), and it has worked wonders for us. I think every child needs help learning to sleep in some form. For many, sleep training (sometimes involving letting them cry it out a little) does work. Additionally, I have never co-slept with either of my kids. They sleep in their own beds. While I would absolutely love to cuddle and sleep with them, I think I’m doing us all a better service by allowing them their own space to sleep, and giving my husband and myself our own sleep space as well.
    6. Incorporate lavender into your bedtime routine, whether it is by using an all-natural lavender bath product, putting lavender essential oils in a special diffuser, or giving a light massage with a baby oil or lotion containing lavender.

    Aside from the general tips above, there are a couple of products that have been really great in helping my kids sleep well that I thought I would also share.

    Sleep tips for babies:

    For babies that are swaddle age, I cannot recommend the Ollie World swaddle enough.


    It is the only swaddle my baby could not bust out of, and it kept him feeling cozy and secure. It is also ridiculously easy to use. I have recommended it to all of the expecting parents I know since I discovered it. I also really loved the Ergobaby Swaddlers, and sometimes layered the two to contain my super strong baby (Ergobaby swaddle on first, then the Ollie World swaddle on top — it was bust-proof!) Don’t waste your time trying to swaddle your baby in a swaddle blanket for night sleep — it’s great for naps and when they’re just chilling, but they always bust out at night. And there are other swaddlers that have a velcro type fastener, but I have found that they don’t really work (which is probably why they are cheaper). Don’t waste your money – just invest in the good stuff and it’s the only thing you’ll need to buy.

    And when you’re transitioning out of the swaddle, we had some luck with the Magic Sleep Suit.

    Sleep tips for young kids:

    And for toddlers and preschoolers I have to recommend the It’s About Time Stoplight Clock. We got this when my son was still in his crib, but we knew we would be transitioning him to a big boy bed soon (he was not quite three years old). He is now almost five and still uses it and follows it.


    You can program the light to be red when they need to stay in bed and sleep, and when the light turns green it means they can wake up. My son took to it right away, and while he sometimes calls out to wake up before the green light comes on, he almost always sleeps until green for both nap and night sleep. It’s brilliant.

    I also share sleep tips on Instagram as my kids transition to new sleep phases or when I find a new miracle product I love, so feel free to follow along for addendums to these tips.

    Have a great sleep tip or miracle product that has worked for you? Share in the comments. I might need something new for baby #3!

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    My Favorite Things When We’re On The Go

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    I’m often on the go with my two (soon to be three) monkeys. We’re a busy little family always headed out on another adventure — sometimes on foot/stroller, sometimes in the car. Over time I’ve found a few things that make life on the go easier for me with these little guys in tow. You know how you’ll see something a friend or somebody on Instagram is using and think “how did I not know that existed!?” Well, these are mine and I thought I’d share them with you!

    When we’re driving.

    Since the boys are in the back and I can’t reach to give them things, while I’m driving, the iHide car seat organizer is key. I keep it on the seat in front of Charlie and he can reach. There’s a place for his water bottle, a wipes holder for kid cleanups, some of Calvin’s toys so he can pass something to Calvin when he gets fussy in the car, and even a tablet viewer for road trips. Charlie gets car sick and can’t look down to watch an iPad but the organizer holds it up at eye level, keeping him nausea-free.

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    Other favorite things for when we’re out in the car: the white hot shades keep the sun out of their eyes — this is especially helpful for Calvin who is still rear facing and gets a lot of late afternoon sun when we pick Charlie up from school. They also help keep the back seat cooler by keeping the sun out, which is key in Southern California. The bite proof trainer cup is also great for Calvin to have in the car (I keep it within his reach with this, so that when he inevitably tosses it, he can reach it again.) Also, if we’re on long car trips I love the travel warmer for Calvin’s bottles. Just plug it into your car adapter and you can warm whatever in minutes while on the road!

    When we’re strolling.

    My lifesaving stroller accessory is the stroller organizer from Munchkin. It drinks for both me and the little ones, plus sunglasses, a toy, my iPhone, and pretty much anything else I need to have within reach.

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    Oh, and it has an easily accessible wipes holder! Brilliant. Other favorite things when we’re out strolling: the bite proof trainer cup and click and lock snack catcher for Calvin and the miracle cup for Charlie (no spills!), which are perfect for on the go, picnics, and home use.

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    So there you have it — my favorite little genius discoveries that make life on the go easier and more convenient, thanks to Munchkin.

    This post is sponsored by Munchkin. Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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    Tips for Taking a Baby to Disneyland

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    First, let me start by saying that if I only had one child and that child was a baby, I would NOT take that baby to Disneyland until he or she were two or older. Disneyland with a baby isn’t all that fun, honestly. But since we have an older child who loves Disneyland like Pooh loves honey, we decided to brave the happiest place on Earth with a 3 month old in tow for his 4th birthday. I expected to miss out on a lot of the riding, but I thought at least the baby would sleep a lot in the stroller and we would enjoy the day. I was wrong. Some babies probably would do that, but my kids just aren’t great nappers unless they are in their own beds. I know this about my kids, and you’ll know what your baby can handle. If you decide to do it, here are some tips for surviving the day with a baby in tow.

    1. Bring LOTS of diapers, a full pack of wipes, and outfit changes.

    Babies always blow out when you most need them not too. For Calvin, this always happened when he was in his car seat for a while, and our Disneyland trip was no exception. Plus, as soon as your baby senses you’re away from home for the day they’re gonna start the poop extravaganza. We used seven diapers and two outfits while we were there. FYI—the children’s care center does have this stuff for sale in a pinch.

    2. Bring a wrap or baby carrier, even if you are bringing a stroller (and definitely bring a stroller!)

    You can ride most of the rides while baby wearing as long as there isn’t a height restriction. Plus, wearing baby gives him a stroller break and lets him look around when awake, and may help him sleep as well. I loved having our Ergobaby 360 on hand and Calvin really did love the stroller break.

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    3. Where to nurse, if you like privacy.

    There are a couple of nursing centers in the family center in both Disneyland and California Adventure. But you can’t take your stroller in, even if you are alone with a baby and need stuff with you. I split up from my husband and needed stuff to both nurse and for diaper changes, so it was a little frustrating for me to have to carry all of that plus the baby by myself. This is a policy I think Disneyland should rethink, although I understand their reasoning behind it (in reality there was only one other mother in there and would not have been a traffic jam of strollers they were looking to avoid). I nursed Calvin there once, but mostly just found a spot wherever we were. It was easier for me to have the stroller close by. Also, the children’s centers close at 8:00 p.m. My favorite quiet nursing spot was under the Hungry Bear Restaurant by the water in Critter Country in the Disneyland Park. It was quiet and mostly empty with a nice view of a duck pond.

    4. Park in the main Disneyland structure

    …and take the tram to the park since you can ride in the last two cars without folding up your strollers. We’ve always parked in the Toy Story lot and bused over, and it didn’t occur to us until it was too late that we’d have to schlep two kids, two folded strollers, an infant seat, and all of our stuff onto the shuttle. It was a huge pain in the ass. So if you park in the Toy Story lot, try to bring as little gear as possible (yeah, right), or park in the main Disneyland structure and take the tram.

    5. If you are taking two kids (or a baby and another child), try to take two strollers.

    My husband and I found it really helpful to take two separate strollers so we could split up when we needed to (which happened quite a bit). So Calvin rode in our UPPAbaby Vista with his Mesa infant seat attached, and Charlie rode in our UPPAbaby G-Luxe umbrella stroller. While we have the piggyback board for the Vista, a full day was too long for Charlie not to have a seat in the stroller, and because Calvin was a bit high maintenance the ability to divide and conquer was definitely a lifesaver.

    tips for taking a baby to disneyland | Oh Lovely Day

    Now that summer is over and Calvin is older, we’re ready to try Disneyland as a family of 4 again. If you have any tips for taking a one year old to D’land, I’m all mouse ears! :)

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