This is why I LOVE nap time :) Right now the only noise I hear is the distant sound of my daughter's classical music echoing from her room and the rhythmic sound of the rain outside, its so peaceful. But if you have small kids at home nap time and bedtime may be a challenge for you. I totally get that! My daughter came home from the hospital wide awake and very alert. I thought babies were supposed to eat, sleep, and poop.
Mine didn't sleep.
After 4 long months of sleep exhaustion I asked our pediatrician if he had any advice to help her sleep. He suggested sleep training (which I HIGHLY recommend), a consistent routine, and some sort of lovey (small toy or blanket) to transfer attachment away from me. It was genius! After just a few difficult nights our daughter was sleeping peacefully in her crib for most of the night (and I was a very happy mama).
|My daughter and "Mr. Giraffe"-her lovey|
When we brought our 2nd baby home from the hospital I knew I would establish a routine right off the bat. And although our son seemed to get the whole sleeping thing on his own, I still decided to give him a "lovey" when he was around 5 months of age. My daughter's lovey (that she still sleeps with) is a little pink giraffe. His neck was the perfect size for her little arms to hold. My son however did hot have any nice cuddly stuffed animals that would make suitable lovies, so I took matters into my own hands and made his this adorable little blankie:
Lovey Blanket measures 14" across
I gave him his blankie to hold every night as I fed him and prepared him for bed. He soon began to associate his blankie with bedtime!
My son is now 13 months old and totally adores his lovey blanket. Sometimes he crawls up to his crib, reaches his chubby little hand through the bars and grabs his blankie as a means to tell me that he is ready for bed. Its a wonderful thing!
He also loves playing peek-a-boo with his blankie!
Whats not to love about a lovey??? But it gets even better. In a parenting magazine I read that experts suggest a "transitional object" for your child around 6 months of age to help with separation anxiety. A Lovey Blanket from Gouldthreads is the perfect solution!!! So what are you waiting for?