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Like adults, babies need to wind down after a long day before they can go to sleep. If your baby is having trouble winding down at night consider establishing a bedtime routine to help them, you can get some tips here. If the bedtime routine isn’t working you may need to dive a little deeper to find the root of the problem. Here are some common reasons why babies have a hard time unwinding at the end of the day.

1. Baby is overstimulated. If there is too much going on around baby they may have a tough time going to sleep. Be sure that the room is dim and free from distractions while baby is trying to fall asleep. You may also want to consider a white noise machine for the room to help create a calming environment.

2. Baby is overtired. This is the most frustrating for parents, when you know baby is tired but they won’t go to sleep. Consider trying an earlier bedtime so that baby does not get overtired.

3. Gas pains. If your baby is fussy, squirmy and keeps pulling his or her legs up they may be experiencing gas pains. You can try to ease their gas pain by laying them on their backs and moving their legs and hips in a bicycle motion to try to break the gas bubbles up so they can pass them. A warm bath can help and our gripe water is a safe and natural remedy for baby gas relief.

 

 

bedtime routineNot sure if you want to establish a bed time routine for baby? A bedtime routine can help you and baby unwind from the day and calm baby down for bed. It is also a great way to spend some one on one bonding time with your little one after a long day. Once you establish a routine try to stick with it, kids love consistency. Your baby will begin to know the routine and you will notice them go down for bed easier.

Not sure where to start? Here are some great ways to help establish a bedtime routine for baby:

1. Bath. A bath is a great way to relax baby and wind down for the night. For kids with sensitive skin you may not want to give a bath every night, skip to the next step on those nights. Sweet Slumber baby wash is tear free, hypoallergenic and made with soothing botanicals to help get baby ready for bed.

2. Massage. A great way to really connect with baby after a long day. Gently message them with a gentle lotion like Sweet Slumber massage cream.

3. Book. Don’t go overboard here, pick a couple short books to read to baby. Be sure to read books throughout the day so you aren’t trying to get all your reading time in at bedtime.

4. Mist. Sweet Slumber Mist can create a calm and familiar bedroom environment.

5. Quiet time. Dim the lights and have your final snuggle and good night kiss.

 

 

 

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1. Keep baby’s head higher than their stomach when feeding.

2. Burp baby during and after every meal.

3. Gently bicycle baby’s legs to help work out gas.

4. Experiment with different formulas or foods.

5. Try Mommy’s Bliss natural gripe water to help ease gas and stomach discomfort.

 

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1. An on the go charger is perfect for busy moms, that phone never seems to stay charged! (J.Crew Triple C Power Card, $29.99)

2. A piece of jewelry with either baby’s picture, initials, birthdate and/or name is a great gift for a new mom. (Stella & Dot Engravable Memento Locket, $89)

3. Comfy shoes that are also stylish are key for moms through the toddler years, have to stay comfortable running after the kids. (Tieks in California Navy, $175)

4. Sweet Slumber Line is not just for babies, gift mom with a mini spa basket and a night to herself.

5. Time seems to fly by when the kids are little, from the first smile to the funny things they say as toddlers a one line a day journal is perfect to help mom remember all those little moments for years to come. (Paper Source Mom’s One Line A Day Journal, $16.95)

6. Give mom a mini get away with a spa afternoon. (Spa Finder Gift Card)

7. A fun mug for mom’s morning cup of tea or coffee. (Anthropologie Bellina Blooms Mug, $14)

8. Give mom cute jewelry that little hands can grab and chew. (Chewbeads Jane Necklace, $29.50)

9. A cute diaper bag is like the gift that keeps on giving for young moms. (timi & leslie Metro Messenger bag, $99.99)

 

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Colic is defined as uncontrollable crying in otherwise healthy and well-fed babies that begins within the first three weeks of life, lasts at least three hours per day, happens at least three times a week for at least three weeks.
While no one knows exactly what causes colic there is strong research to suggest that colic is caused by an imbalance of healthy bacteria in baby’s digestive tract. In addition to the traditional colic remedies including massage, gentle rocking, gripe water and swaddling, probiotics may be effective in treating colic in babies.
Probiotics, like Mommy’s Bliss’ baby probiotic drops, are natural microorganisms similar to those found in healthy digestive tracts. By adding them to baby’s routine you could help to build up good bacteria in the gut leading to less tummy troubles like gas and colic.