A very big thank you to Linda Szmulewitz from Slep Tight Consultants, Chicago’s resident sleep expert, for presenting last week’s discussion at our Infant Sleep Solutions event. Linda provided our MomMes with excellent tips and tricks for ensuring everyone in the family is receviing a good night’s rest. All of our MomMes went home with a fabulous product from The Gro Company and EcoSTORE USA.
Here are a few tips for our MomMes from Linda:
- A good day’s rest is imperative for a good night’s rest. Make sure your little one is napping adequately during the day.
- Establish a bedtime routine early on. This may evolve over time from just chaning of a diaper, putting on pajamas and nursing an infant to sleep to bath time and a book before bed. As your child becomes a toddler he/she will thrive on that routine at night.
- Introduce a “lovie”, “security blanket” or other item to your child that he or she will associate with sleep. Make sure this item is replaceable (not a family heirloom or one-of-a-kind item) and washable. Sleep with the item for a few days before giving it to your little one. If you decide on a larger blanket, knot it up in a ball or tie it to the crib railing so that it’s secure and won’t become a sleeping hazard for younger babies.
Linda will be hosting two more talks with Club MomMe Chicago this week!