Having a sick baby is never fun. Trying to figure out how to get your sick baby to sleep, feel more comfortable, and ultimately feel better can be hard. These tips will help! Not only will I show you how to make your baby feel better, but also how to handle jealousy from older siblings who might not be old enough to understand.[Read more…]
Reading to a toddler who won’t sit still is definitely difficult – we’re trying to expose them to a key developmental aspect but they’re resisting like no other. Reading to children is important for development as well as creating a future love for reading. If you’ve ever tried to read to a toddler, chances are you didn’t get very far into the book before the jitters hit. No need to get stressed out about it, though – these tips for how to read to a toddler who won’t listen will help you out!
We all know how important it is to read to our children. The studies are endless on the infinite benefits a child receives from being read to. We all want to do what is best for our child, but sometimes the typical “advice” just doesn’t work for us, especially when it comes to reading to a toddler.
Suffer from sleep problems? Here are some great tips and methods for getting to sleep when you can’t seem to doze off.
My entire life, I’ve had trouble falling asleep. When I was younger, I would stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning reading a book. I would choose a page number or chapter to stop at and blow past it. And when I wasn’t prolonging sleep with a book, I would lay in bed and write stories in my head. Have full conversations with people, real and imaginary. Think of the homework I had to do, or count down the time until I had until I had to wake up, which would stress me out and – you guessed it – keep me up later.
These days, it’s not too hard to fall asleep. Most nights the second I turn the lights off I’m out. Yes, half of that is because I have a son who wakes up at least once every three hours (much more now that he’s cutting about five teeth at once. Yes, I said 5. God, help me.) but the other half of that is because I’ve learned what it takes for me to fall asleep.
Since most nights of the week Alex isn’t home (UPDATE ON THAT COMING AND IT’S A GOOD ONE.) because he’s at work, I definitely find it harder to fall asleep, since usually Alex either tells me it’s bedtime or I pass out on the couch watching whatever boring show he makes me watch. So since he’s been at work, I’ve found myself relying on my old methods of sleep as a back up. So in hopes that they’ll help my fellow life long insomniacs, here are my best tips for falling asleep easily!
-Get everything together that you need to go to bed. Nothing will hinder your ability to turn your brain off than getting in bed and realizing you forgot XYZ. Here is what my bedside looks like (This is actually my kitchen floor since everything in my bedroom photographs super yellow.)
Inhaler, paper towel (or tissues, when I remember to pick them up which is never) full cup of water, phone charger, a book or Nook, clock.
-Do yourself a favor, and keep your bedroom basic. Bedrooms are for 2 things. Sleeping and sleeping. Take the TV’s out of your room. Laptops? Out. If you can, plug your phone somewhere you can’t reach over and check it. This also helps if it’s your alarm in the morning – it’s harder to justify hitting snooze if you have to get out of bed to hit it.) Bonus points if you charge it outside of the bedroom.
-Choose sheets and blankets that you’ll want to snuggle into each night. Make your bed inviting! Hell, make your bed. Every time my bed is made I can’t wait to jump in.
-Know your temperatures. I like to sleep cold. Like, we put the AC on high until October. I know that in order for me to comfortably fall asleep, our bedroom needs to be chilly before I get in there, so an hour or so before bed we either crank the AC, turn down the heat, or open the windows.
-Prepare the house. For me, this means making sure the doors and windows are locked, the animals have food and water, Cooper has been let out, lights, stove, etc are off, and the floor is clean. It’s these things that would keep me up (or wake me up, thanks Coop.) if I were in bed trying to sleep.
-Find your comfy bed clothes. For me, certain shirts, especially big shirts will keep me up all night. They bunch and move and I hate it. I like fitted shirts and either looser pants or shorts. Find what clothes will work for you and won’t have you squirming all night trying to get comfy.
-Pick a “bed”time. I try to be asleep by 11, mostly because as much as I would love to be asleep before then, I have a hard time doing so. This means be 9:30 or 10, depending on the day, I make sure I’m in bed. That way, I can wind down in bed without the distractions of the rest of the house.
-Set a lights-out time. Depending on what my bed time is, I make sure my lights are out between 10:30 and 10:45. This gives me adequate time to fall asleep without cutting into my “eight hours”. This means that if I’m reading and it hits that time, book closes and lights go off. I know myself. If I let myself, I’ll finish a book. Yes, there are days when I hit a crazy part of a book and I just keep going because how can you not? But most days, I stick to my guns.
-Wipe your brain. I’m all about visualizing things. So at night when I can’t seem to shut my brain off, I need to visualize it all being erased. It may seem weird, but I swear it works for me. I imagine I have a big chalkboard eraser and slowly erase everything that’s in my mind, every single little corner. #weirdbuttrue
-Count down. Everyone has heard of counting to fall asleep, but, at least for me, counting from one to a billion is too easy and doesn’t distract my busy brain enough. So I count down, usually from 500 and make sure I completely focus on each number, even drawing them out in my mind.
-Yoga breaths. I don’t know the actual term for these, but they remind me of when you’re laying on the floor in yoga. Deep, thoughtful breaths. Concentrate on them. When I would have asthma attacks, they would instruct me to breath in for 10, hold for 10, release for 10. I find the breath/release for 10 to be a great starting point.
-If it’s been 30 or more minutes of not sleeping, sometimes I’ll grab my book and read for 20 minutes to decompress and get a little more sleepy. Not being able to fall asleep is stressful, so I try to give myself some time when I genuine can’t sleep.
Good night, Sleep tight, friends.
Do you have trouble falling asleep? What are your favorite tips for falling sleep? let me know in the comments!
A few weeks ago, I wrote a guest post for Sarah about the 5 things I do each night to make the following morning easier. Even as I wrote it, I thought of the things I do each morning to make that day easier.
Mornings are hard guys. I am NOT a morning person. My husband is a rare breed who jumps out of bed as if he’s been up for hours. He’s loud and awake and ready to start the day. I, on the other hand, cannot do that what so ever. I need at least an hour of quiet talk, shuffling around, and ahuge cup of coffee in order to fully wake up. He’s learned (though he often forgets, leading to early morning arguments that no one likes) not to even bother for at least 30 minutes, or until he’s promised me coffee and bagels.
Short of a breakfast out (the promise of pancakes will also do the trick!) I need some real help in the morning. I find that having a set routine that I can follow without thinking each morning really helps me get through the morning. This is my little routine (not including the basics of bathroom, tooth brushing, getting the baby, letting the dog out, etc) that I have perfected to make my mornings run smoother and my days a little easier.
5 Things to do Every Morning to Make The Day Easier
1. Finish what you missed last night. As much as I wish I could say I complete my nightly routine each and every night, I can’t. Especially on Sundays, when Alex has to go to bed early and I want to squeeze a few more care free minutes out of the weekend. Those nights, I get a few things done and resign to finish them in the morning. But please, please, please finish them in the morning. Navigating around mess and chaos all day will really do no good for you. Finish those last few dishes, sweep a bit, put away toys.
2. Put away the dishes. Speaking of doing those dishes, remember how last time I told you to do all of your dishes, but you didn’t have to put them away? Well, now that they’re clean and dry, put them all away! That is all.
3. Choose 3-4 items off your to-do list. This is my big one. I know that you, like me, have the to-do list of the century. It’s three miles long and seems like it will never be over. The only way I can both make sure I get some done AND not stress out non-stop over it is the each morning, look it over and choose a few that I will finish that day. Maybe you’ve had “send thank you” on your list for 2 weeks. Maybe you really need to call the dentist, once and for all. Maybe you have a shirt to return to Target (always.)
4. Plan your days meals. If you don’t meal plan, this will really make a huge difference in your day. Think of what you want for meals through the day. Check your fridge – do you have what you need? If not, make sure you have time to get what you’re missing, or change directions. I hate when 5 o’clock rolls around and either a. I don’t have something I thought I did, or b. I have NO idea what I want to eat and I’m starving. The worst. Reduce the possibility of disappointment and dismay by planning ahead.
5. Take 30 minutes to yourself. If you take a single one of these tips to heart and execute just one, I hope it’s this one. Every morning, give yourself a few minutes for you. Drink your coffee, peruse the internet, watch your favorite morning show, read a book – I don’t care. Just take it. It will really set your day up to be so much more relaxed and happy. The mornings that I skip this little bit of ‘me’ time I feel it all day. Try it for a week and you’ll feel a million times better.
Anything you would add? What does your morning routine look like? Let me know in the comments!
I also want to throw a quick happy birthday out to my dad! He’s the best dad and grandpa in the world, cheesy dad jokes and all. Happy 54th you old man.