Take Back the Night: Tips for Helping Baby Sleep with the Time Change

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. 

I'm a mom to a newborn, so I'm not really sleeping much.  I'm also a mom to a toddler; the new time change (the end of "Daylight Savings Time") has really affected him.  So, now I have TWO children not really sleeping through the night, and I'm quite exhausted!

(Not to mention, my toddler gets pretty ornery without much sleep... Just look at this "spider" that my son drew on my couch with a black marker)

Did you know that over half of moms (52%) feel that their baby's sleep patterns are thrown off when the clocks 'fall back' and Daylight Savings Time ends?  That's quite a few grouchy moms!  Take a look at the infographic below for more reasons baby can't stay asleep...

So, what's a mom to do?  "The Sleep Lady", Kim West, has expert advice for moms on the topic.  Here are my favorite tips that we've already implemented with success at our house..
For children under 4 years old, its essential that we make naps a priority this time change. Quality nighttime sleep is dependent upon good daytime sleep. Make sure that your children are well-napped during the day so that when the time change takes effect having a later-feeling bedtime isn’t as much of an issue. Between naps, make sure that your children are exposed to plenty of natural light; open the curtains, take an afternoon walk, or just play outside. If you find that your baby is still having trouble with sleep even after a good day of naps, you may need to temporarily add a third late-afternoon nap, of no more than 45 minutes to help make sure that your baby isn’t overtired at bedtime.
Get outside. It’s getting colder, so bundle everyone up and take a morning walk, just 20 or 30 minutes to make sure that you and your baby get some sunshine, which will help your circadian rhythm adjust to the time change. If you can’t manage a morning walk, make sure that the blinds are open as you start your day, and keep them open up to 45 minutes before nap and bedtimes to help your child adjust to the time change.
Putting baby in a trusted diaper like Pampers Baby Dry, is also a bright idea.  Since my kids have always been very sensitive to wet diapers, and are likely to get up in the night to have them changed, the Pampers allows them to feel comfy all night long, preventing leaks, and giving us a solid night's sleep! (Pampers Baby Dry diapers are available in sizes 2-5, so my toddler is enjoying them, but my tiniest isn't big enough for them just yet...) 

Learn more about how you can keep baby and toddler dry all night long (and get more sleep in the process) via the Pampers website, Twitter feed, and Facebook account!

Wanna Win?  We are giving you TWO chances to score some fabulous prizes!

The first is a #PampersSleepChat Twitter Party to take place on November 7th at 9pm EST. We'll chat about how the end of Daylight Savings Time can affect sleep patterns & get tips on easing the transition from The Sleep Lady, Kim West. RSVP and be eligible to win the following prizes:
  • $50 AMEX Gift Card, $25 Children’s Place Gift Card, Pampers product and book by Kim West
  • $100 AMEX Gift Card, Pampers Product, series of books by Kim West 
  • $500 AMEX Card to purchase sleep items such as a new crib, video monitor, etc. 
Be sure to follow hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, sleep expert @TheSleepLady and our sponsor @Pampers!

Your second chance to win is right here!  We're giving one lucky reader a pack of Pampers Baby Dry Diapers and a pair of Children’s Place PJ’s (like the ones my son is wearing above!)  
To be entered to win, just comment on this post with how you've been coping with the time change -- if possible!!  You have until November 15th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in.  One entry per person, please. Giveaway is open to U.S. 18+ only.  Full promotional rules here.



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