5.17.2010

Bedtime Believers Unite

"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." - from www.bedtime.com.ph
 


Last Saturday morning, I was fortunate to have been invited by Nuffnang to be a part of 'Bedtime Discoveries - Mommy Meet-Ups' forum.  It was my first "eye-ball" event and I can say it was a very pleasant experience as I got to meet other mom-bloggers from the metro, so thank you to Nuffnang and J&J.

This intimate gathering was the first of a series of fora from Johnson & Johnson's sleep campaign, which was launched last November.

It was a lovely, fun and informative discussion hosted by the very engaging Caren Bayhon-Yrastorza.  There was a short presentation from J&J about the importance of sleep and how to establish a bedtime routine for babies. We all shared some of our good, and not so good, experiences when it comes to our children's bedtime. While some kids and babies sleep peacefully through the night, others have experienced 'night terrors', hunger pangs, and other nuances which disturb the child's sleep.  My boy had his share of nightmares when he was 3 to 4 years old. And though this stage has passed, I can still remember trying all sorts of calming exercises like warm baths and gentle massages to aid in his good night's sleep. Lately, he still complains about bad dreams from time to time.  But there's nothing that a good hug can solve (",).

All the women present agreed that while babies grow as they sleep, another major benefit is actually for the mom to have her much needed break while baby is asleep -- and the longer the better!

What causes nightmares/night terrors? How will baby sleep longer through the night? How will we make bedtime more relaxing?
These are just a few questions raised during the open forum.


Here are some bedtime tips and tricks that were shared that morning:
  • Establish a routine and stick to a schedule so the child knows what to expect when it is time for bed
  • Dim the bedroom lights / turn on night lamp, or no lights at all, to condition the child and signal bedtime
  • Some babies like to be rocked to sleep as the vibration mimics the movement in utero
  • Babies are relaxed when they hear running water or soothing music
  • Give baby a warm bath before putting him to bed
I am also an advocate of touch therapy and infant massage, as well as playing classical music for a more relaxing sleep. 
Lovely mommies at the meet-up -- Mia, Melanie and Bethchay

There's no question that sleep is essential in a child's growth and development. Babies sleep almost the whole day, while young children requires 10 hours of sleep. I also learned that babies' brain cells are repaired during sleep, and I believe ours too!

My girl immediately recognized these wonderful products I brought home since we use them since she was a baby.  The baby milk bath is her favorite.

Discover more about the science of sleep from Johnson & Johnson, one of the most trusted names in baby care products. For moms like me, you will surely learn so much more from Johnson's Baby Bedtime Sleep Library. You will find a step-by-step guide and various tools to help your make the most out of your child's precious sleep.


Sweet dreams!


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Credits:
Nuffnang Philippines
Johnson & Johnson
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