1. Keep them dry - for the little ones this means a clean diaper right before bed. For the older, it means no drinks after dinner is over. I'm sure this will change as they continue to grow but for now, it helps us get through the night without accidents and the accompanying middle of the night sheet changes.
2. Keep them warm - for some of you this may not be a problem but because we live in a cold area, keeping the kids warm at night can be a challenge. We use swaddles for the little ones and footed pajamas for the older crowd. Mom and dad also check right before they go to bed to make sure no one has kicked their covers off - just to be safe.
3. Have a routine - it doesn't have to be fancy, but do the same thing every night before bed. At our house this involves pajamas, potty, teeth brushing, prayer, potty again, and then getting tucked in. It's simple but all the kids know exactly what to do and how to get it done which makes my stress much less.
5. Go to bed yourself - this is the hardest part for me but, you have to go to bed. Some days I crash right after the kids do but I'm learning that this is ok. Yes, I often stay up to work or even just spend some quite time but if I listen to my body and make sure I get enough sleep we are all a much happier family.
If you'd like some more great sleep tips - these from an expert - then you should check out this amazing book by The Sleep Lady. You can find it using the link on the photo - or you can enter to win it as part of our Pampers prize package below.
Another great place to find sleep tips will be during the Pampers Twitter party tomorrow. We would like to invite you to please join Pampers and The Sleep Lady on March 3rd at 9 pm EST to learn about the best ways parents can help their little ones transition to Daylight Savings Time. It's going to be a great chat!
And now, for the giveaway.
Prize Package includes:
Dr Kim West's Book
Moth Supply of Pampers - Size 6
Month Supply of Pampers Wipes
Cloud B Twilight Turtle
To enter, simply use the form below. Good luck!