Bed

We are a co-sleeping family. I love being able to cuddle my kids and spend wonderful moments talking to them about their thoughts just before my kids fall asleep. But I know, the day will come when they will have to move to their own beds and later on, they will move on to their own rooms.

From time to time, we would check out bedroom designs around the web. If you’re looking for a bed for your children then there are plenty of different places to check out. There is a great collection of beds at www.dreams.co.uk. Visit the site to find out more.

 

Nap Time Worries

For the past week, my son and I are having disagreements when it comes to his afternoon nap. I wonder, is it time to give up his afternoon nap?

I read Elizabeth Pantley’s comments and advice on this issue. She is the author of the No-Cry Nap solution book.

Signs that your child needs a daily nap:
>Responds in a positive or neutral way to naptime and falls asleep easily
>Usually naps an hour or longer
>Wakes up in the morning in a good mood, but gets whiny and cranky as the day progresses
>Demonstrates coordination deterioration over the course of the day – can’t manage a puzzle as well, falls down more often, or gets clumsy.
>Late in the day becomes wired up or hyper-active and won’t settle down easily
>Often falls asleep in the car or when watching a movie
>Has a difficult time waking up in the morning, or wakes up grumpy

Signs that your child no longer needs a nap (but still might benefit from a daily rest break):
>Has a consistent personality from morning until bedtime
>Learns new things easily and has an appropriate attention span for his age
>Goes to bed at a reasonable time and sleeps well all night long
>When she is put in bed for a nap she rarely falls asleep
>On the days when he naps, he takes a long time to fall asleep that night, or goes to bed much later than usual
>Generally wakes up on her own and in a pleasant mood
>Sleeps the number of total sleep hours shown on the Sleep Chart almost every night

I think my son is still in the transition phase.. there are days he might no longer need to nap but there are days… he definitely needs to nap!

Our Bedtime Routine


Sleep is one of the most important factors in releasing growth hormones, most especially for very young babies.While your baby sleeps, her little body produces 3x more growth hormones.

The good news is there is a way to promote better sleep for your baby: through a consistent nightly bedtime routine.

Learn more about the JOHNSON´S® Baby Bedtime Routine, clinically proven to stretch your baby´s sleep by as much as 23%.

In addition to the JOHNSON´S® Baby Bedtime Routine and products, there are countless other ways you can help your baby fall asleep and even share bonding moments in the process!


When my kids were still babies, we established a bed time routine. We would take a warm bath after dinner, put some lotion, change to night time clothes, play or do some coloring, read books and say a prayer and then lights off. Now that they are bigger, we still have the same routine and it helps calm them down so that they are ready for bed. We try to get them in bed by 8PM since they wake up before 7AM usually.
I certainly believe that establishing a bedtime routine helps babies and kids to fall asleep on their own and gives them the rest that each of them needs.
I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a hands on mom and I was able to witness this part of their life!

Co-Sleeping Is For Us!

Until now, we are still co-sleeping with our kids. We love it that we can enjoy sleeping together in our queen sized bed. To accomodate the kids, we attached a single bed beside our bed. Maybe when the kids are bigger, we can buy twin beds for them and put them on the other room. As of now, sharing one room is the best option. Not only do we enjoy this stage of our kids but we also can lower our electricity expenses, as we use only 1 aircon or fan. Anyway, I am not in a hurry to send them to their rooms as I am sure that the day will come when they want to stay in their own rooms already.

Co-Sleeping

Do you think co-sleeping is okay? Until what age should co-sleeping be acceptable?

Co-sleeping means the kids are sleeping with their parents on the same bed. In our case, my eldest has been co-sleeping with us since she was 11 months old. While my son was 6 months old, when he started co-sleeping with us. Until now, Kyla is already 5 years old while Toby is 2, we are still co-sleeping.

At the beginning, I didn’t really plan on co-sleeping but as it turned out, it was easier for me since I was breastfeeding Toby for 22 months. And now, I enjoy sleeping beside my kids. Waking up beside them and being close to them. I am not sure until what age we would be co-sleeping but for now, I am just enjoying being close to them for I know 1 day, they would surely want their own bed and their own room.