*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.* With back to school just around the corner I’m in full nesting mode preparing for the busy fall season. One of the single most important things all kids (and grown-ups) need is good sleep. We are slowly rolling back bedtime to ...
Baby Fest will be arriving at the Pacific Inn Resort & Conference Centre located at 1160 King George Highway in South Surrey on Saturday, May 10th and is going to be a jam packed event!
This premier event presented by Modern Mama and sponsored by Britax, Halo, Pediped, UPPAbaby and MAM is geared to new mama’s and mama’s to be. The morning will be jam packed with information, prizes and opportunities to mix and mingle with other local parents. This is a great way to be introduced to tried and true products, local vendors and resources in a fun relaxed environment.
Ah, the joys of Summer have come and gone so quickly. Summer is a time that comes with freedom from the constraints of bedtimes, school and homework. Holidays, barbeques, camping fill the family schedule! Yet, even in these lovely moments, we need to be mindful of our children and their mental health. Many times, in our excitement we fill our schedules with “fun” activities, but forget our children need the stability of routine.
Children crave rules and structure, sound familiar? I hated that. It sounded too constraining and plainly no fun. But the truth is, they do need it. Structure/routine allows children to feel safe in their environment. In safety, they can flourish and confidently rise to the occasion!
My Husband and I used to take turns doing our daughter Ava’s bedtime which allowed each of us to have some evenings off every week. Now with a second child in the mix, we are both on bedtime duty every night.
With our new arrangement, I have come up with some definitions that apply to our situation….
Babies cry to communicate their needs. Crying is often a baby’s way of letting you know that they are tired, hungry, overstimulated, uncomfortable or sick. However, crying is often the last way that they communicate their needs. If you pay attention you’ll notice that babies often try to communicate their needs long before they resort to crying.
Some signs you may want to look for include feeding cues, sleepy cues, signs of over-stimulation and cues of discomfort. Let’s take a look at each of these individually