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.
Here it is! The Sound Of Sleep Christmas Sleep Guide!
I have created a Sleep Guide – just for you – so that you can help your little one sleep a little more soundly as we approach 2017. This guide is a mix of my favourite products and must-do sleep strategies for any child. By the way there is a VERY SPECIAL GIVEAWAY included in this list that may just get you and your child closer to a full night of sleep very soon!
Make it early
When you are determining an appropriate bedtime for your child, make sure that it is early, especially if he is extremely fussy or has frequent melt downs. Bedtime needs to happen between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Why? There are a few good reasons.
- Your child needs 11-13 hours of consolidated night time sleep every night up until the age of 10.
- An early bedtime is essential for your child to feel happy, healthy and energetic throughout the day.
- Getting enough night time sleep helps brain development and growth in babies and keeps older children feeling focused and at their best all day long.
- A late bedtime leads to disruptive sleep patterns and frequent wake-ups throughout the night, leaving your little one feeling exhausted the next day.
To make bedtime earlier, you may need to move an activity to the weekend or get home a bit earlier to have your little one in bed at an appropriate time. And don’t forget the bonus of getting your child to bed by 8:00 p.m. – a couple of hours in the evening to have for yourselves!
Give your angel a HALO
To keep your little one cozy all night long put them in a sleep sack. I absolutely adore the HALO company. They supply sleep sacks that come in a variety of styles and fabrics and help to keep your baby safe and warm, eliminating the worry of loose blankets in bed or toddlers leaping over crib rails. Find a sleep sack for every child:
- For newborns the Swaddle is best and you can keep hands in or out before they begin to roll.
- Toddlers have freedom with their feet out by using the Early Walkers .
- There is even one for Big Kids in a bed!
To have peace of mind and know that your child is tucked in comfortably for the night, these wearable blankets are a worthwhile purchase.
If your child is dependent on the use of an external item to help him fall asleep, then it will prevent him from developing an internal self-soothing strategy on his own. Some of the most common sleep props include falling asleep in one of the following ways:
- Feeding by bottle or breast.
- Motion (rocking, going for a car ride, bouncing).
- Needing a parent to lay with him to fall asleep.
When I meet a family struggling with their child going to bed or waking frequently, a prop is always present. Once we eliminate the prop, the child is able to sleep well and independently on his own.
Parents can compare this to how they fall asleep at night. We close our eyes and within 15-20 minutes we quickly enter into a peaceful slumber. We want our children to have this skill as well so that falling asleep is easy and prop-free, allowing for a consolidated and restorative sleep straight through the night!
Teach your child to tell the time
If you have a child over the age of two years old, getting him a clock will help him learn when it is time to wake up and when it is time for sleep. To do this, you have a couple of options:
- Make him familiar with number 7 and then get him a digital clock and cover up the minutes; then when the clock changes to the “magic 7” it is time to wake up!
- One of my favourite products is the Gro Clock. It has a screen that turns blue with stars when it is sleep time, and changes to a yellow sun when it is time to wake up. You can set it for a proper wake-up time in the morning and for naps. Your little one will be excited to let you know that his “sun is up!”
Sometimes you just need a little help
What can you do as a parent when you have tried every tip and trick but find yourself really struggling? It may have been months or even years since you have last experienced a solid 8 hours of sleep without being woken several times in the night. It is true that like everything else, sometimes you just need an expert to help you figure it out. Why?
- A Sleep Consultant can provide you with the support that you need and a clear plan to set you on the straight path to sweet dreams soon!
- We determine the reason why your child is struggling and what needs to be done to resolve it once and for all!
If any of this is resonating with you and you are tired of being tired, then enter to win my special Christmas Giveaway! A Private Sleep Consultation Package with me to help you get on track!
- A Customized Sleep Plan for your child.
- 1-Hour Private Consultation by phone or via Zoom.
- 2-15 minute calls
- Unlimited email support for the first week of implementing your child’s Customized Sleep Plan.
To learn more about the benefits of working with a consultant, read about other families success stories.
Enter your name here for a chance to win! A name will be announced on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
There you have it! My best list of strategies, leading you to a happy and healthy night’s sleep! Best of luck to all of you who entered for your chance to WIN!
Wishing you all a merry and restful Christmas holiday with your families! Sweet dreams for a blessed 2017.