Stay Dry During Daylight Savings Time with Pampers + Giveaway

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Disclosure:  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.

"Aww man mom!  Really? Nap time?"


There are two days of the year that I, as a mother dread the most (well, besides the first day of school):
Daylight Savings Time.

I'm a creature of habit and a stickler for a schedule.  Therefore my son thrives on his schedule - otherwise my life would be nothing short of a hot mess.  I found from the time he was a baby that once I had his naps, meals, playtime and bedtime set in a stone schedule my life was so much easier and he was a happier camper too.
Until my first experience with Daylight Savings Time occurred...
It took a good week to get our lives back on track because of this darn time change and I felt like I was dealing with a newborn all over again.  I'm not alone - over half of moms (52%) feel that their baby's sleep patterns are thrown off when the clocks 'fall back' and Daylight Savings Time endsFrom that experience on I vowed to be more prepared and ready for the next time change.  When the time change rolled around again life was so much easier!   Being prepared and knowing what to expect helped the switch seem like no sweat off our backs at all.

So how can you help your family stay in line this Daylight Savings Time?

Take it from sleep expert Kim West (aka the "Sleep Lady) -- she knows how to make this transition a smooth one for your family!

Tip #1:  Make sure 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.
This is extremely important for children 4 and under.  Quality nighttime sleep is dependent upon good daytime sleep.  Between naps, make sure your children are exposed to natural light - open the curtains, take an afternoon walk or just play outside.  To help your children adjust, 30-45 minutes before nap and  an hour before bedtime close the curtains, dim the lights and follow a soothing sleep routine.  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. 

My son always knows when it is time for sleep because we will follow the same quiet routine -- dim lights, soft music and book.  We'll do this at both nap and bedtime.  So with the change in time I'm still able to put him down closer to his nap time because he's familiar with the nighty night routine.


Tip #2:  To help your baby sleep more soundly, considering installing blackout curtains and a sound machine.
Although the days are getting shorter, there may still be some natural light present, especially in the morning as well as noise when you put your baby to bed.  To mitigate these, install blackout curtains and use a sound machine to help buffer outside light and sound.  Blackout shades are great for children with early rising issues, which is often a problem after the fall time change, especially if your child was already getting up before 6:00 a.m.

Recently Cohen has decided that no matter what time he goes to bed, 7:00 a.m. or earlier is an appropriate time to wake up.  I dreaded the time change this year because I had a feeling he'd be at the edge of our bed ready to roll at 5:30 this morning -- which is even earlier than when I get up for work.  However, I made sure his blinds were closed and his blackout curtains were pulled to keep his room nice and dark.  Then I turned on a small fan in his room for extra noise plus turned up his music player just a little bit louder than normal to maintain a soothing atmosphere.  What do you know?  The kid woke up at 7:30 -- which was technically 8:30 prior to today's time change.  Total success!

Tip #3: Get outside!
It's getting colder, so bundle everyone up and take a morning walk, just 20 or 30 minutes to make sure 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 the blinds are open as you start your day, and keep them open up to 45 minutes before naps and bedtime to help your children adjust to the time change.

It's chilly here in central Indiana, however, it never hurts to bundle your little ones up and get outside!  I have made sure to get Cohen outside playing on his swing set, riding his bike and running a few errands with me today to not only keep him busy but keep his little body moving and in rhythm so he'll be ready for his nap.  If this isn't an option, head to the mall or local fitness center to play in the gym or in area where they can run around to burn off steam.  Better yet - create an obstacle course in your house that will encourage crawling, jumping and moving around to get your kiddos moving.




But let's be honest -- it also helps to feel comfortable when you're sleeping because the more comfy cozy you are, the longer you want to stay in bed.  That's why I also make sure that the diapers I use at nap or bedtime are super absorbent and will keep my little man dry from shut eye to wake up time.  Pampers Baby Dry diapers offer up to 12 (yes 12!) hours of protection for your little ones.  These diapers offer an "ultra absorb" core to cover up to 95% of overnight loads and three layers of absorbency compared to the two that the other diapers offers.  Pampers Baby Dry diapers come in sizes 1 through 6 so your little one can grow up using Pampers and you'll be sure to find the right diaper fit no matter your child's age or size!



Be sure to follow Pampers on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about their amazing products that are promised to keep your little ones dry.

As you can see, Pampers Baby Dry holds up for any real man -- chubs and all.


Come join the #PampersSleepChat Twitter Party on Thursday November 7th at 9 p.m. where sleep expert Kim West will chat with us and share tips on easing the transition during the end of Daylight Savings Time plus you'll have the chance to win one of these amazing 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

--Grand Prize: $500 AMEX Card to purchase sleep items such as a new crib, video monitor, etc.

To participate be sure to follow these hosts and sponsors:
@DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, sleep expert @TheSleepLady and our sponsor @Pampers.
 
Click here to RSVP!


Ready to win something now?  How about a jumbo pack of Baby Dry Diapers to keep your little one dry and asleep during this time change as well as an adorbes pair of pajamas from the Children's Place -- just in time for the cold winter months!

11 comments:

  1. I love using a sound machine for my baby. She sleeps much better with it on

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  2. lots of patience and blackout curtains

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  3. When my kids were babies we used a sound machine nightly. It was a major help.

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  4. We don't have a strict schedule for our 1 month old; we just follow her sleepiness cues.

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  5. Chubby babies are so cute!

    At 2 1/2 and 4, our kids do pretty well. They generally only wake up (and wake us up) if they are sick. But, we do have blackout curtains in their rooms, and a sound machine in one of their rooms (the other doesn't like it).

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  6. We don't do anything different. My kids have always adjusted fine.

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  7. We really don't do anything differently. We stay on schedule by sticking to our normal bedtime routine.

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  8. we keep the same bed time

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  9. I put them to sleep a little later at first. We also have blackout shades and a noise machine

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  10. We start moving bedtime back a few weeks before the time change, to help them slowly adjust!

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