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Swim, Sun, and Fun Giveaway!

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Swim, Sun, and Fun Giveaway!!  Summer is one of those exciting times of year no matter where you live or how old you are!  This giveaway  is about celebrating the season in every way.  Prizes include outdoor games, pool/beach gear, vacation essentials, outdoor sporting goods, entertaining and more.......
I have to thank each and every wonderful sponsor who helped truly make this giveaway event possible!

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Please be patient with our bloggers websites and load times since this is such a large event.  The forms may take a little extra time AND it may seem like this one has a little extra work to enter.  Even though each of the packages have their own giveaway form, you will find that most of the entries are identical.  This way if you like/follow a page in one you will already have it done for the next!

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Merlin Magic Sleep Suit Review & Giveaway!

The Magic Sleepsuit™ is an innovative baby swaddle transition product that provides babies with a cozy, calming, and safe sleep environment. The Magic Sleepsuit is designed for babies who are transitioning out of the swaddle, yet still need that cozy and contained feeling to help them sleep.

The Magic Sleepsuit is available in 2 sizes 3-6 months (12-18 lbs) and 6-9 months (18-21 lbs). There are 2 Fabric Options for the exterior, MicroFleece or Jersey Cotton and 4 Colors (Pink, Yellow and Blue Microfleece and Pink, Yellow, Blue and Cream Cotton)

The outer layer is either a soft microfleece or jersey cotton, the inner layer a breathable cotton with a layer of polyfil in between provides just enough security and comfort to muffle your baby's startles and help them transition from the swaddle smoothly.  The scooped neckline keeps fabric away from baby's face, and double zippers make diaper changes a snap.  The Magic Sleepsuit is to be used for back sleeping in the crib, the recommended safe sleep position.   

The baby Merlin Company has generously offered to give away a Magic Sleepsuit to one of my lucky readers. All you have to do is enter through Rafflecopter below. It's really easy to use. All you have to do is login, so that I know how to contact you once you win. Then just simply complete one or more of the tasks, depending on how many entries you want to submit. Yes you can enter multiple entries! Winner will be chosen on June 15, 2015. Good luck everyone!

Visit the Magic Sleepsuit website to learn more about how this suit can help your baby transition from the swaddle while keeping your baby cozy and safe.

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How to Get Baby to Sleep While Out: Traveling, Trips, and Vacation Tips

Wondering how to get your baby to sleep while out and away from home? I get this question a lot during springtime and early summer. Getting a baby to nap during outings, trips, and vacation can be nerve wrecking. With the warm weather and summer approaching everyone wants to know how to take their baby out without constantly worrying about their sleep. It's actually pretty simple, this dilemma can be solved in two easy steps. 

First, teach your baby independent sleep. A baby that is "sleep trained" and is able to fall asleep on their own, will be able to do it just about anywhere. It's one of the best parts of sleep training. Learn how to how to do that with your baby in this article about "Teaching Your Baby to Self Settle"

Second, bring something familiar from home that your baby associates with going to sleep. A favorite blanket, stuffed animal, some white noise on your iPhone. Anything that reminds your baby of sleep. Here's my little one, napping while out. She's cuddled next to my nursing cover with her dolly.
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If you are vacationing away from home, bring a pack n play. I always recommend that a baby has their own sleep space even while away from home. If you don't bed share at home, there's no reason to start that habit while on vacation. And that goes for bedtime routine. If you don't nurse or rock your baby to sleep at home, don't start. Follow the same bedtime routine you have at home. It may take a little bit more effort to get your baby to sleep in a new environment, but the effort is worth it when compared to the work you will have to do to break a new habit that was formed while vacationing. 

Getting a baby to sleep while away from home does not have to be a headache and constant worry. Having your baby to fall asleep easily and peacefully while still enjoying yourself during the warm weather is just one of the benefits of teaching your baby independent sleep. If your not sure where to get started. I would be glad to help you with the whole process. Have you considered one of my Sleep Consultation Packages

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How to Put a Baby to Sleep

Want to know the best way to put a baby to sleep? With so much conflicting information on the web, something so simple like laying a baby down to sleep, can turn into a fiasco. So I thought I would put together some of my best tips. Let's talk about how to put a baby to sleep considering safety, comfort, and of course ways to help your baby sleep through the night!

How to Put a Baby to Sleep

Swaddled. If your baby is young and not yet rolling, swaddling really helps keep that startle reflex under control. It also helps your baby feel warm and snug, kind of like she did in your belly. Some babies won't accept being swaddled at first, but give it a few tries before you call it quits. Also try some different types of swaddles and sacks. Not all are created the same. 

On His/Her Back. This is also important for babies that are young and not yet rolling. The SIDS campaign teaches the importance of safe sleep by recommending that you always place your baby on his or her back to sleep. Once your baby is able to roll by herself, she can sleep in any position she can get herself in, but until then, your baby should be put to sleep on her back. 

how to put a baby to sleepAwake. When clients ask me about how to put a baby to sleep, awake is the very first word that comes to mind. A baby that falls asleep by nursing, rocking, bouncing etc will expect that during the night and will wake frequently. The best way to put your baby to sleep, is by putting her down awake. This is just as important when your baby wakes during the night.

In the Dark. Sounds pretty self explanatory right? Not really, many parents still use night lights, and projectors that light up the ceiling hoping that this will help put a baby to sleep. Studies show that even the slightest amount of light can suppress melatonin, the hormone that helps your baby sleep. The room should be dark with no night lights, and anything that illuminates should be covered up. I even have the fire detector light covered with a piece of black tape!

With Noise. It's no surprise that babies are drawn to strange noises like the vacuum, blow dryer, fan and other crazy things. These noises mimic the sound your baby heard while in your belly. Take advantage of this soothing and familiar sound and play some of these noises while your baby sleeps. If you don't have a sound machine, there are many great smart phone and tablet apps.

With Love. Kisses, cuddles, and snuggling is the best part of our bedtime routine. A baby that has enough opportunity to spend time bonding with mommy or daddy will feel safe and secure to fall asleep on her own at bedtime and will sleep soundly through the night. Many times separation anxiety can be "cured" with a little extra loving!

Now that you know how to put a baby to sleep, you can spend less time stressing and googling this topic, and more time enjoying your little one!
Still having trouble getting your little one to sleep? Here's How an Email Consultation May Help!

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No Cry Sleep Solution

Does it work?
I get this question often from parents that are looking for an alternative to the old cry it out technique. The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley has gained some popularity because of the gentle sleep training methods Pantley teaches in her book. But do these methods work? Well, the only way to find out is to read 250 pages and try these techniques on your baby. But who really has the time for that while caring for a baby? In effort to save you some time, I will outline the gist of this book and explain why it may or may not work.

no cry sleep solutionThe main focus of the no cry sleep solution is to teach your baby to fall asleep on his or her own, which is great. However, to achieve this, the book tells you to gently remove from your baby's routine whatever it is that your baby is dependent on. Pantley mainly focuses on the sucking to sleep association so this can be nursing, pacifier, or bottle. She basically says that you should give your baby the breast, bottle, or pacifier and gently slip it out as your baby is falling asleep. On the first night, your baby can be totally asleep before you take it out. As the nights go on, your baby should be more and more awake when you take it out, until your baby is falling asleep without the sleep association.

Pros: If your baby is really young (1-2 months), this may work because your baby hasn't yet become really dependent on these props.
Cons: In the end your baby is still most likely going to cry, so you are just prolonging the inevitable and will still have to follow up with some other methods.

In theory, the no cry sleep solution seems like a good plan, but in my experience as a sleep consultant most babies that have these strong sleep associations are really dependent on nursing, feeding, pacifier, or rocking to sleep. And when removing these sleep props, most babies will still end up crying just as much, if not more, because you are just prolonging the process. The best thing to do is to help eliminate these sleep props by helping your baby learn to fall asleep on her own, and addressing any crying immediately so there doesn't have to be many tears in the process. Weaning or gradually taking these sleep props away rarely works, at least not without many tears in the process. So how gentle is it, if your baby is still going to end up crying? After basically spending a week "teasing" your baby and slipping his sleep prop away from him, you are still going to have to use some other sleep training methods.

Hope this helps answer your questions about the no cry sleep solution. Every baby is different and responds differently to sleep training. If you are looking for sleep training help, based on your baby's unique situation here are some options.

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