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Are There Monsters Under The Bed Or Is it A Nightmare?

You hear cries or whimpers coming from your child’s room in the middle of the night. Worse yet, they run into your room scared. Your child is experiencing a nightmare.

To a child, a nightmare is very real and very terrifying. As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to alleviate this fear. It can be difficult to explain a bad dream to your child, so you have to help them understand it in inventive ways so they can go back to sleep.

 

1.) Teach lessons of facing fears

When your child is frightened, you want to comfort them. That’s okay, but encouraging them to always run to you when they experience a nightmare is bad for their sleep and won’t help them handle scary dreams in the long-run. Talk to your child about the importance of facing their fears and read them books that enforce the same message. You can sit with them in their room every once in a while after a bad dream, just try not to do it too frequently. 

 

2.) Get them used to the dark

As a toddler, it’s not only scary being in a room alone, it’s even more scary to do it in the dark. For many of them darkness equates to danger, inspiring nightmares. Try playing games in the dark, like flashlight tag. This will help acclimate your child to become less afraid of the dark. If that still doesn’t work, try dim nightlights (not too bright as it will disrupt sleep). It may not work for all children, but it could be an effective tool for some.

 

3.) Find them a friend

Once your child is a toddler and can start safely having toys in the bed with them, try seeing if a stuffed best friend will help them sleep. Having a friend in bed will make them feel safe and secure, either reducing nightmares or making them feel more secure when they do still happen. Some children go as far as feeling protective over their stuffed animal, making them braver.

 

4.) Practice relaxation with them

One of the best ways to get your children to stop running to you after a nightmare is to teach them some relaxation techniques to deter nightmares. The simple task of focusing on breathing in and out can help them fall back to sleep peacefully and recover from a nightmare.

 

5.) Help them feel safe in their room help

One of the simplest things you can do for your child is make sure they feel secure at home. To avoid your child getting scared, try to create a calming environment that will lull them back to sleep. Their sleep is important to their development, so the best thing you can do is to make their room feel like a safe haven. Incorporate decor centered around things they like, that way they will feel comfortable alone and less likely to have nightmares.

Here’s to only sweet dreams for you and your little ones!

Do I need a Waterproof Pad on a Waterproof Mattress?

Do I Need a Waterproof Pad on a Waterproof Mattress | Lullaby Earth Blog

You ask, we answer!

Preparing your child’s nursery can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to equipping their crib. When researching, you see companies offering not just mattresses, but toppers, waterproof pads, changing pads, etc. Especially if you are purchasing a waterproof mattress, things can get confusing when figuring out what you actually need and what is just a nice addition.

The biggest question we see when it comes to accessories for a waterproof crib mattress is, “Should I also purchase a waterproof protector pad?”

While it is not required for you to add a waterproof protector pad, we certainly recommend it. In fact, we recommend buying two! But why?

 

1.) Prevents Bacteria

Adding a waterproof pad on top of the mattress is one of best ways to prevent bacteria from getting on the mattress. Without the topper, “occurrences” such as urine, drool, etc. will cause the sheet that is directly on the mattress to get damp and possibly cause bacteria. A waterproof protector pad is a smart extra barrier for messy babies.


2.) Makes Clean-Up Easier

Without the pad, if an accident happens, you will need to wipe down the mattress with antibacterial soap and water after every occurrence to keep your child’s sleeping surface healthy and to avoid set-in stains. Imagine waking up to a fussing baby to have to clean...it’s never fun. And clearly, it isn’t the most effective use of precious time you could be sleeping. If you choose to use a Breeze waterproof pad as well, after a nighttime accident you can simply throw the pad in the wash and head back to bed!


3.) Two Pads Keep Accidents At Bay

When it comes to adult sheets, many of us keep a spare set in case we spill and need to wash the first set. With the same logic, if you buy two pads, you won’t have to worry about bacteria on the mattress if your child happens to have another accident while you are washing the first pad. It’s a great, affordable investment.


Have more questions about our waterproof crib mattress or waterproof pad? Ask us in the comments!

Working Parent Tips

Working Parent Tips | Lullaby Earth Blog

For more and more working parents, work-life balance is becoming even more desirable. You don’t want meetings to take precedence over soccer games and you don’t want to pause playtime to answer an email. In the same accord, you don’t want your work to suffer either.

It is possible to not only work and parent, but also succeed at both! We spoke to three of our very own working parents to see  how they manage maintaining success in their career and still enjoy quality time with their children.

 

You don’t have to be at every event...just the big ones

You are a parent. Your kids are the most important thing to you. So even as a working parent, you want to be there for every practice and event. Don’t hold yourself to that standard because not even stay-at-home parents do. To lessen the load, don’t be afraid to be picky about what you attend.

If you follow this advice, you won’t have to constantly worry about leaving work on time, and you will still be there for the occasions that count.

 

Multitask your preparations

Since mornings are no doubt chaotic and daytime is out of the question since you are working, after work is your best bet for getting your kids bags all assembled and their lunches packed. As a working parent, this may be your time to focus on the kids, but don’t forget to prepare yourself as well so you aren’t scrambling at work the next day. 

“Pack your own lunch the night before, too! I can get focused on making sure the kids needs are taken care of that I neglect myself. When you’re packing kids lunches, don’t forget yours as well,” Hilary T. says.

 

When you have time for outings, make them as stress-free as possible

No matter where you work, it’s bound to be stressful at points. That’s why when you have time with your kids, you don’t want that to carry on during these moments. When you find time outside of work to enjoy the zoo with your kids or take them shopping, try to set aside just a few minutes beforehand to pack a bag.

“Pre-planning is important. Have food and things ready for kids anywhere you are going to go,” Arin S. says.

This way, the time you get with your kids is fun and relaxed versus stressed and chaotic.

 

Embrace the little moments

As a working parent, time with your little ones is precious. Even when with them, however, it’s normal to get stressed about work. To truly balance parenthood and career, you need to take active steps to be fully in the moment for both.

“I don’t use my phone while I’m playing with them unless it’s to take a cute picture. We also have dinner together every night,” Jaime R. says. 

And as Jaime went on to explain, sometimes these little moments are worth a change in schedule...even if it means going in to work a little later than you had hoped.

How do you balance family life and being a working parent? Let us know in the comments!

5 Ways to Prepare for School Success

5 Ways to Prepare for School Success

Transitioning from home life to school life for the first time can be challenging for both parent and child. With every new chapter comes new adjustments, right?

Let’s get your child ready for school success with 5 simple ways to prepare them for the journey ahead.

 

1. Start a Schedule Now.

One of the most important adjustments children must make is staying on schedule. Weeks before the first day of school, create a schedule with your child. Include a wake-up time, chore time, lunch time, nap time, play time, bed time, etc. The earlier they get used to a schedule, the easier time they will have with time management at school.

 

2. Go Out and Have Adventures.

While in school, your child will be experiencing all new things. New people, new personalities, and new challenges. By taking them out to new places beforehand, you can slowly expose them to new scenes, behaviors, and people. It’s a fun, subtle way to teach them how to interact in new surroundings.

 

3. Set Up a Chore Chart.

Not only will this help you keep the house clean, but it also teaches children about responsibility and accountability—two very important aspects of thriving in the classroom!

 

4. Take Time Away.

We know you’re going to miss them when they’re at school, and you want to spend as much time with them as possible while you can. But it’s important to get them ready for spending time away from you. Ask relatives to take them to lunch alone. Get grandparents involved, if possible. Set up playdates. Do anything you can to help them feel confident in their independence!

 

5. Get Excited!

Starting this journey can be scary for children, but excitement is contagious. Tell your child about your favorite school moments. Talk about your favorite teacher. Make a big deal about shopping for backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies. If you show them how exciting this time is, they will reciprocate the feeling.

Tags: kids, parenting

Keep Your Kids Safe This Fourth of July

Keep Your Kids Safe This Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a holiday known for lights, sounds and sun. This makes Independence Day exciting, but also an especially risky day for babies and toddlers. Young children are much more sensitive than adults, and there are a lot of hazards that children won’t understand at Fourth of July cookouts and events.

Follow these general safety tips for the Fourth so you and your children can have the best and safest holiday ever.

 

Protect Their Ears

More than adults, babies’ ears are particularly sensitive. You may want your little ones to experience the light and beauty of fireworks, but you don’t want to the loud booms to damage their ears. Invest in some noise-cancelling headphones or earmuffs so that your child can still take in one of the biggest traditions of July Fourth and stay safe.
 

Mind the Grill

Toddlers have a curiosity that many of us envy. This curiosity also tends to put them in dangerous situations. While one of the best parts of celebrating the Fourth of July is the cookouts and the food, we need to mind the curious children around us. Teach your children to not go near the grill when it’s on because it gets hot and smoky. Also, examine your grill before you use it to make sure there are no cracks, holes or leaks.

 

Practice Water Safety

The Fourth of July can be one of the hottest days of the year. Baby pools are, therefore, fun and smart things to include in kids’ Fourth of July parties. They may cool down your babies and toddlers, but don’t forget that children can drown in even an inch of water. Keep an eye on your child at all time, or opt for a sprinkler which is a safer option and still keeps them playing in the water.

 

Never Forget Sunscreen

Since the Fourth of July occurs during a day when the sun’s rays are strongest, and you may likely be celebrating at an outdoor cookout, don’t forget to protect your baby from a dangerous sunburn. Apply a non-toxic sunscreen on your child, such as Babyganics sunscreen, and reapply regularly throughout the day.

 

Avoid “At-Home” Pyrotechnics

While it’s best to avoid bottle rockets and sparklers all together, sometimes you will be at events where you cannot control what others do. These “at-home” pyrotechnics are extremely dangerous, especially near a baby who doesn’t know how or why to stay away from these explosives. If these sorts of activities are happening near you and your baby, head inside and enjoy the festivities there.

 

What safety tips do you have for your child during the Fourth of July? Share with us in the comments!

 

5 Tips to Unplug Your Kids


5 Tips to Unplug Your Kids
It’s the Digital Age, which means a lot of life happens behind the screens. We receive information faster than ever and we can easily communicate with loved ones around the world, but too much of anything is never a good thing—including technology. When we live life for likes, comments, and retweets, we forget to live in the moment. We forget how to sit back and cherish everything that’s happening around us. Now is the perfect time to unplug your kids and teach them how to explore and enjoy life beyond the screens.

TVs and tablets are great, but that’s not where memories are made. We want all parents to encourage their children to get up and have fun, so we’ve listed some suggestions to help you teach your kids how to unplug!

 

1. Set Time Limits & Stick to Them.

When it comes to screen time, it’s important to give kids limits. Allow 15-60 minutes of screen time per night, and be sure to enforce this time limit. Encourage them to fill the rest of their evening with activities that don’t include phones, tablets and TVs.

 

2. Encourage Socialization. 

Enroll your children in activities that require them to interact with other children. Not only will this help them develop social skills, but it may introduce them to new interests and passions. Check your local newspaper and library for information about youth sports leagues, academic clubs, theatre classes and more.

 

3. Buy More Books. 

z Before technology took over, people had to rely on their imaginations for entertainment. Crazy, right? Let’s bring that back! Take your kids to a bookstore and encourage them to pick out books that catch their eye. Set aside time each night for reading, and make sure they stick to it.

 

4. Plan Family Fun Nights.

When was the last time you and your family played a board game? Do you ever look through photo albums together? Have you camped out recently? Have you ever thought about having a picnic together? Think of one or two activities a week that don’t involve technology, and do them with the entire family!

 

5. Be a Good Example.

If you want your child to “unplug,” show them how it’s done! Limit your screen time, especially when you’re with the kids. Setting a good example is essential to the process.

It’s never too early or too late to show kids that there’s more to life than what’s on the screens. Start teaching kids how to unplug today!
Tags: kids, parenting

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt: Week 3

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt: Week 3

We want to leave this planet better than we found it, right? It’s time to get the next generation involved! The past two weeks, we have focused on getting kids to love and appreciate the Earth. This week, it’s time to teach them how to protect and improve it.

There are hundreds of ways we can practice conservation, and the earlier we involve children in the process, the more likely they’ll be to develop Earth-friendly habits and practice them throughout their life.

Here are a list of fun Scavenger Hunt activities that you and your family can do together this week.

 

Week 3: Conserve Earth

This week, challenge your child to complete these tasks:

Create a mini compost. Make a mini compost with a clear plastic bottle. The clear bottle allows curious kids to see daily changes within the compost, and it’s a great way to recycle food. If you’re not feeling up to the compost challenge, make a list of biodegradable and non-biodegradable foods.

Catch the rain. An important part of conservation is re-purposing. This week, grab a bucket and designate it as the “rain bucket.” When it rains, catch the rain and encourage your child to use the rainwater for watering the house plants or for other activities.

Find a pollinator. Get outside and search for insects that pollinate. Use this opportunity to share why flowers need those special insects.

Have a candlelight night. Electricity isn’t needed to have a fun night at home! Replace the TVs & tablets with books and shadow puppet shows using only candlelight.

Make or play with pinwheels. Teach your child about wind energy with pinwheels! By playing with pinwheels, kids get a visual representation of how powerful the wind is, and it offers the perfect way to start a conversation about wind energy.

While completing the Scavenger Hunt, you can also take part in our Earth Month Giveaway to enter to WIN over $1,000 in prizes!

Sign up to WIN the weekly prize bundle & share photos on social media with the hashtag #LEEarthMonthHunt to enter to win a Grand Prize worth over $1000 from our Planet-loving friends: Bitsy’s Brainfood, Bumbleride, EZPZ, Happy Family, Lullaby Earth, Olen Organics, and organicKidz.

Each photo shared counts as a unique entry - the more you share, the better your chances of winning! Check back each Monday in April to unlock the week’s Scavenger Hunt activities and to enter to WIN.

For more details on how to enter please visit, Earth Month Scavenger Hunt.

Scavenger Hunt

 

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt: Week 2

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt: Week 2

Think about how your child treats his or her favorite toy. They usually know exactly where it’s at all times, right? They protect it. They probably have a difficult time putting it down, and it would break their heart if it broke.

That’s because your child appreciates that toy.

Now, imagine if we could persuade them into appreciating Earth with the same passion. That would be pretty special, wouldn’t it?

Let’s give it a try.

You and your children are invited and encouraged to join our Earth Month Scavenger Hunt! Each week during April we will be sharing 5 activities you can do with your children to teach them how to love and respect the Earth.

The second week of Earth Month focuses on appreciation. Our goal this week is to help kids understand and appreciate everything that our planet has to offer.

Week 2: Earth Appreciation

This week, challenge your child to complete these tasks:

Learn fun facts. The Earth is truly a fascinating place. Challenge your child to find fun facts about it.

Play in the rain. Rain is just as important as sunshine, right? Put on your rain boots and do some puddle jumping and take time to share why rain is essential to humans, plants and animals.

Find and trace leaves. Find three different leaves, provide crayons and paper, and ask your child to trace the leaves. Not only does this activity result in beautiful artwork, it also helps children appreciate the amazing differences in nature.

Add a houseplant to your family. A houseplant is a great way to teach your child how to care for and appreciate another living being. This is a wonderful way for children to learn responsibility and accountability. Don’t forget to name your new addition!

Find new wildlife. The Earth is home to many fascinating creatures, critters & plants. Go for a walk & encourage your child to find three different types of wildlife.

Earth Month Scavenger Hunt: Week 2
While completing the Week 2 Scavenger Hunt, you can also take part in our Earth Month Giveaway to enter to WIN over $1,000 in prizes!

Sign up to WIN the weekly prize bundle & share photos on social media with the hashtag #LEEarthMonthHunt to enter to win a Grand Prize worth over $1000 from our Planet-loving friends: Bitsy’s Brainfood, Bumbleride, EZPZ, Happy Family, Lullaby Earth, Olen Organics, and organicKidz.

Each photo shared counts as a unique entry - the more you share, the better your chances of winning! Check back each Monday in April to unlock the week’s Scavenger Hunt activities and to enter to WIN.

Winter Wellness for Kids

Winter Wellness for Kids

Once the seasons change from fall to winter, you probably have some new concerns for your children’s health. At the same time, you likely also drop some of the health worries you had in the previous seasons. But what should you REALLY be doing to keep your kids happy and healthy in the cold winter months? We break down some of the top winter wellness tips for your kids.

 

1.) Fight Dry Skin

Many toddlers love playing in the snow. Sledding and making snow angels are completely new experiences for the kids, but when they come inside, it may not be as fun anymore. The cold, dry air may lead your children to have dry, itchy skin. Right when they come inside use a non-toxic lotion like California Baby’s Everyday Lotion on exposed skin like cheeks and ears to avoid discomfort for your children. Pay special attention to kiddos who have eczema because wintertime can exacerbate the red, itchy skin.

 

2.) Warm Winter Clothing

You may be lax about how you personally bundle up during the winter, but don’t have that habit when you are dressing your kids. According to the Cleveland Clinic, your children should wear one more layer than you as an adult do in the cold. Also, boots, gloves and hats are extremely important because they keep your children warm and comfortable.

 

According to the Mayo Clinic, if your children are still in a car seat, don’t forget that it is dangerous to have thick coats under the car seat harness. It can make the harness straps loose, which will not protect a child in a wreck. So take off your child’s coat when they get in the car and put it back on before having them out in the cold.

 

3.) Allergies

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can forget about allergies! While there are many seasonal allergies that only pop up during the warmer months, some children’s allergies are year-round, especially allergies to dust and pets. Keep that in mind and don’t forget to manage your children’s allergies, even though it is winter. Be sure to regularly dust and try getting a humidifier for the home to keep the air pure for kids.

 

4.) Healthy Eating

You always want to feed your children nourishing foods, but be extra vigilant with their diets during the winter. When cooped up inside warm soups and healthy snacks are great to have on-hand to keep your kids full and happy. Also, be sure to stock up on tea and other warm beverages in case your children happen to get sick.

 

5.) Sunscreen

If your kids are going to be playing outside this season, don’t think you can skip one of the most important protective steps you take during the summer: applying sunscreen. The sun’s rays can still cause sunburn during the winter, and they can reflect off of the snow, which is another concern.

 

Try California Baby Broad Spectrum Sunscreen for a non-toxic, organic option.

 

What winter wellness tips do you follow for you kids? Share in the comments!

Tags: kids, parenting

6 Times Parents Were Thankful For Sleep

6 Times Parents Were Thankful For Sleep

We’re in a thankful, grateful mood this season, and we asked our readers about times they were thankful for sleep as parents. Read on to hear the stories and be sure to share your own!

1. When They Can Get Some Uninterrupted ZZZs

Laura M. says, “When I had a stomach bug and hubby let me sleep all day and night. It was two years ago and I still think about it.”

Renee C. says, “My husband works shifts, and when the baby has a rough night my husband will take her in the morning so I can actually get some uninterrupted sleep. It’s the best.”  

Cindy H. says, “I was in the hospital with my newborn for three days all alone and probably got four hours of sleep the whole time. I was so thankful to finally get some sleep once I was home with my husband.” Sarah C. says, “The time I collapsed into my hotel bed at a conference after a three week sleep strike conducted by my three year old.”

 

2. When Baby Sleeps Through The Night

Ariel F. says, “I’ve been grateful for every night since my son was 18 months old and he started sleeping through the night. Before that, he woke up every 90 minutes.”    Shanan W. says, “My kids are only 14 months apart, and my newborn son slept a solid six hours a night right from the start. I felt like he was my reward for surviving the long nights with my daughter.”  

Emily M. says, “When my first born was about 9 months old, we went out for a family dinner and one of us gave her a tiny sip of pop to see her reaction to the bubbles. Big mistake. She was up until 1am bouncing off the walls, but she slept until 9am the next day. I’ve never been more thankful.”  

Andrea H. says, “I’m thankful [daughter] is a good sleeper. She fusses at first but when she’s down she’s down! And our other daughter is up all night singing to herself, running around her room, coming into our room…I’m grateful the older one sleeps so I can take care of our other daughter and new baby without having to worry about all three of them at once.”

 

3. When They Reconnect

Elizabeth S. says, “When baby sleeps, parents can reconnect with each other and refuel their relationship. For example, snuggling on the couch and watching Stranger Things 2 in one weekend” 

 

4. When They Get A Good Routine Going

Maggie B. says, “When we switched from bedsharing to having our son in his own bed. The lack of kicked kidneys was amazing.”  

Clarissa O. says, “I worked eight-hour night shifts after my first child was born, and I was a zombie the whole time. I feel like I missed so much with my son because I was so exhausted all the time. I switched shifts when I was pregnant with my daughter and was able to get a more consistent sleep schedule. Having a consistent routine made all the difference and it made me a better mama.”

 

5. When They Know Baby is Okay

Amy C. says, “My little one had reflux as a baby. Before we knew her medicine was working, I would sleep in small increments and wake up alarmed, always worried she would be choking. After a month of her reflux being under control, I was finally able to sleep without someone watching her.”   Genevieve M. says, “Our kiddo was sick and throwing up all day. We were so thankful when he finally slept.”

 

6. When Their Child Wants a Good Snuggle

Alx G. says, “My daughter is a total daddy’s girl and merely tolerated me until she was about four. After spending a week in the hospital with her newborn brother, we were finally home. I was in the spare bedroom on the main floor with the baby since I couldn’t go upstairs while I recovered from an emergency C-section. I was trying to get him to sleep, and my husband told our daughter it was almost time for bed. This normally meant she would go upstairs, but she climbed into bed with me and her brother. She put one hand on him, patting him gently, and used her other hand to wrap my arm around her. She said, ‘Don’t make the baby up, mama? Don’t make the baby up, please?’ I realized she meant herself, that she didn’t want me to make her go upstairs. We all fell asleep snuggled in that bed. It was Valentine’s Day and I spent the night sleeping with my two biggest loves that I fought 13 years of infertility to get.”  

Tracy T. says, “I was pregnant with my daughter, and so very very tired. I had fallen asleep on the couch on my side while my husband made dinner. When I woke up, I had a blanket over me and my toddler snuggled up between me and the couch. My husband said that my son had grabbed a blanket, told him mama was asleep, and got him to help cover me up. Then my son snuggled in with his own blanket to nap with me.”