Happy Holidays from Sound of Sleep Consulting! I’m excited to share some of my favourite local products, all of which would make wondering gifts during this season of giving. Stay tuned to my Facebook page for my 12 Days of Giveaways starting Monday December 11th!
For the Mom that just moved into the neighbourhood
Mommy Connections Ottawa and Area connects local families to each other, and to professionals, programs, and products in their community. Programs such as Travelling Tot and Mom and Baby give moms the opportunity to connect with their tribe, as well as discover the many opportunities to do fun things locally!
For the Soul Searcher
Intuitive Life Coach Gesa Harmston supports women through the process of tapping into their own intuition to connect to their place of strength so they can realize their purpose and believe in themselves. Her coaching is done over the phone or online so it’s great for someone that doesn’t have much time for running around.
A gift for yourself…because you deserve it!
Release, Relax, and be Ready for anything with a package from Hair Expectations! Designed to reduce and eliminate the stress and tension that you hold in your upper back, this relaxation back massage, Indian Head Massage, and wash and blowout will take you from pleasure to party ready in no time.
For the Latin Soul…or the Mom who just wants to get her groove on with her baby
Tuck your little ones into a baby carrier and introduce them to music and movement while getting a great workout and socializing with other parents! Salsa Babies™ classes are perfect for those who have always wanted to learn to dance, but can’t convince their partner to take lessons!
For the Adventurous Type
Gift a trip to Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo for a family experience like you’ve never had before! With a public feeding and a hands on room with Fruit Bats, you’ll get in touch with a fun learning experience to remember. Check out the over 150 animals on display including snakes, alligators, tarantulas, birds of prey, and so much more.
For someone who wants to add some POP to their life
Pocket Full of Parties specializes in creative gift sets, craft kits, teacher gifts and more. If you’re looking for that elusive something for a special person in your life, look no further!
For the tumbling star
Starr Gymnastics is the perfect place for little ones to improve power, balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination. Fun for drop-in playtime, birthday parties, or camp, your children will make new friends and learn amazing skills no matter what their level of experience.
For the socially conscious
World-Changing Kids recently launched their 2018 Calendar for parents, teachers, educators, and childcare providers. It helps adults teach children acceptance, kindness, empathy, social activism, inclusion, engagement and peace through “Conversation Starter” email kits with child size explanations of socially, environmentally, and religiously important dates, why they are important, and an action that the child can take to honour the date. A beautiful way to share the spirit of loving, giving, and accepting this holiday season.
For your favourite monkey
Gymboree Play & Music fosters creativity and confidence to help the cognitive, physical, and social skills of children aged 0-5. Recognized for their unique approach to parent involvement, Gymboree encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. There’s nothing like a fun morning of playing with your child to bring out the kid in you as well!
For the person you just don’t have time to shop for!
A Basket Full of Creativity allows you to sit back and let someone else do the hard work of shopping and putting together the perfect unique gift for someone special. Get $5 off your order for mentioning the Sound of Sleep Gift Guide!
For the parent that wants to get in touch with their baby
Every week, at Mellow Baby parents and their babies sing their way through some fabulous yoga stretches and massage strokes, discover useful shiatsu points for baby ailments, and soothe the little ones with a lullaby. Offering baby sign language classes as well, Mellow Baby is the perfect place to enjoy learning and socializing in a relaxing class atmosphere.
For the parent that could use some sleep success!
What could be better than the gift of a sound sleep? Not much! The A La Carte Sleep Services are the solution to helping provide your baby with healthy independent sleep. Give the gift of sleep, including naps, easier bedtimes, and eliminate unnecessary night time wakings. Hint hint men – THIS is what she really wants.
For someone busy who could use a helping hand
Källababy means more time with your family! Källababy is an online platform and virtual concierge designed to link growing families with local, unique, useful products and services in their area, from pregnancy planning through to school-age.
Every day I have the privilege of working with families to have better sleep not only for their children but for their entire family.
I recently worked with a lovely family who was battling sleep deprivation with both their one year old daughter, as well as their six year old son. There is help as you will soon see after reading my recent interview with mom.
Diane: We worked together such a short time ago. Can you describe what sleep was like before we met?
Mom: Before Diane came into our lives, sleep seemed like a mission not even Ethan Hunt’s IMF team from Mission Impossible would accept, let alone successfully complete if they dared. Our 13 -month old would be nursed to sleep for naps and at night. She would always be placed in her crib asleep. At night she would wake after two hours screaming and I would stumble into her room (from our six year old’s room where I had passed out) and bring her into our bed for the rest of the night. She would nurse constantly. Our six year old fought us tooth and nail at bedtime. Each night I would fall asleep in his bed. Sleep would happen for everyone as a result of sheer and utter exhaustion.
Diane: What lead you to consider working with a Sleep Consultant for your children? Was there a significant moment where you felt that things needed to change?
Mom: I had heard about Sleep Consulting from friends of ours. I was curious…and desperate. Exhaustion can make you crazy. In preparation for heading back to work, I knew we had to try something different. I also wanted our bed back! I like the idea of having a coach – whether in sports, career wise or for sleep. My husband and I have terrible sleep habits and I didn’t want to pass this on to our kids. So, I hit up my good friend, Dr. Google, and found Diane. Her website was almost as fabulous as she is. Without a moment’s hesitation, I booked a consultation.
Diane: Did you face some challenges during the process? Was it easy and please be honest!
Mom: Absolutely. Naps were killer. At night my husband and I faced the new routine together with our 13 month old. For naps I was it. Diane was there to support and encourage me every step of the way. Without her, I would have given up. Even on days where my daughter did not nap, I made it through because of Diane’s patience, kindness and words of wisdom.
With our son, nights were tougher than ever before. Diane prepared us well with his new routine and anticipated every challenge we would face. Each day she helped us resolve the challenge, and reaffirmed we were taking the right steps to move forward.
Diane: Please describe what sleep for your children looks like now. Are they happy going to bed and waking up in the morning?
Mom: Our 13 month old (now 17 months) is a joy to put to sleep. Her grandparents regularly put her down for nap. She loves her routine, and goes to bed in her crib all smiles and waves us goodnight. We greet her at 6:30 the next morning after her brother takes her out of her crib. She wakes up babbling happily and then calls for him. She even gives him a kiss when he takes her out of her crib. Cuteness overload!!
Our son challenges us lots. He is seven now, and the challenges are typical at this age. The predictability has helped him anticipate what is next in the evening. He knows when reading happens and that he will get cuddles with Mum. This has given him security. I am now able to leave his room. He is asleep within 20 minutes and wakes up happy (for the most part) at 6:30 in the morning.
Diane: I always tell families that improving sleep for their child goes far beyond sleeping through the night. What changes have you noticed since sleep has improved for your family?
Mom: It has removed a lot of tension for the four of us at bedtime. Hubby and I have our bed back and have time to talk to each other after the kids are asleep. The kids’ sleep routines gave the adults predictability too. The battles with our son are fewer. Hubby and I even have a weekly date night! The routines have been invaluable for our babysitter too. The routine can easily be taught to others who care for our kids from time to time.
Diane: Every parent has valid questions when it comes to implementing a sleep plan for their child. Is there any advice that you would share with a parent who is struggling with sleep for their child and family?
Mom: Most parents plan on giving the gift of education to their kids. It takes planning and diligence to save for such an important part of your kids’ lives. Sleep is no different. It is a wonderful gift you can give your kids now that will last their lifetime AND make the education investment all the more profitable. Sleep is something you can give your kids (and yourself) now. All you have to do is call Diane. What are you waiting for?
If you can relate to this family’s experience and want to find out how I can help, connect with me for a free 15-minute call. I would love to chat and learn more about sleep for your little one and your family.