Sleep

Sleep. We want it. We want our kids to want it.

Here, you'll find tips for getting your kids to sleep, and possibly even getting some sleep yourself, including:

...and more! Scroll down for our most recent tips.

02 November 2009

Turn a crib sheet into a non-kickable toddler blanket

Brilliant cool-weather problem-solving, Jessica! My toddler wakes every night crying because she kicked off the blanket and is cold. I took another crib sheet and cut the elastic away except for the two corners on the ends. I tuck those corners under the mattress and let the rest of the...

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23 October 2009

Amazon Friday Sale: Aerobed for Kids, lots of Thanksgiving supplies

In today's Amazon Friday sale : Are you hosting holiday guests this year? Aerobed once again makes a showing on sale: the AeroBed for Kids is 40% off today ($59.99). The kids' version has a 4-inch safety surround to help prevent little ones from rolling off. You'll also find tons...

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02 October 2009

Momversation: To cry it out or not?

To cry it out or not? It's every new parent's big question: How do we get the kid to sleep? There are many answers, including what's often known as "ferberizing" or letting the kid cry it out. Some parents are matter of fact about it, others think letting kids cry...

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02 October 2009

Amazon Friday sale: AeroBed (for kids and grownups) 40-50% off

In today's Amazon Friday sale : Consider thinking ahead to holiday houseguests. Two AeroBeds are on sale today: the AeroBed for Kids (40% off at $59.99), and the AeroBed Guest Choice Inflatable Bed (twin size is 46% off at $49.99, queen size is 51% off at $59.99). The kids' version...

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15 August 2009

Amazon today only: Aerobed Aerosport Overnighter 50% off

Well, hello! I hope you're enjoying the end of your summer. Despite my extended recess, I'm still here, silently scanning my online world. I've got much more to tell you, but in the meantime, I wanted to share this Amazon deal, which lasts for today only: The Aerobed Aerosport Overnighter...

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08 June 2009

Momversation: Do you let your kids go to slumber parties?

Summer's here, and it's time for sleepovers. Right? Dana of Mamalogues wonders: when are the kids ready? When are we? Giyen (Bacon is my Enemy), Mindy (The Mommy Blog ) and I share our thoughts. Join the Momversation! Leave your comments on the Momversation.com page for this episode.

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01 June 2009

Nightlight on a timer tells early risers when it's morning wakeup time

Here's Marie's brilliant hack for teaching her early riser about a reasonable wakeup time. (Especially handy now that the sun's rising earlier.) My three year-old daughter was a very early riser and would wake me up repeatedly to ask if it was time to get up yet. [Don't you love...

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08 April 2009

Cookie sheet as "stepstool" helps little kids climb into bed

Kelly's creative idea for helping her child climb into bed: Our 3 year old is tiny and needs help climbing in and out of bed. We tried an inexpensive Ikea stool that worked great except it gets 'misplaced' throughout the day. So, I wedged a cookie sheet between the mattress...

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08 April 2009

Cookie sheet as "stepstool" helps little kids climb into bed

Kelly's creative idea for helping her child climb into bed: Our 3 year old is tiny and needs help climbing in and out of bed. We tried an inexpensive Ikea stool that worked great except it gets 'misplaced' throughout the day. So, I wedged a cookie sheet between the mattress...

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20 March 2009

Bedtime Ice cubes satisfy thirsty kids AND help them stay dry at night

Bethany's hack for potty training families: When my 3 yr. old was learning to stay dry at night we wanted to help without dehydrating him before bed so my hubby had a wonderful idea. He puts a few large ice cubes into the cup with just a little water. Our...

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19 March 2009

Kids share a bed? How to stop them from fighting over the covers.

Linda, AKA minnemom, offers a great tip for kids who sleep in the same bed: My little girls (ages 3 and 5) share a double bed. They were always kicking each other and fighting over the covers until I tried this: I put them sideways on the bed, stacked pillows...

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18 March 2009

When traveling, have baby supplies shipped directly to your hotel

We've talked before about avoiding packing hassle by shipping diapers to your travel destination, but good friend and frequent traveler Cory Doctorow (of BoingBoing and Craphound fame) took it a big step further with great results: Don't suppose I'm the first to come up with this, but I've had amazing...

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06 March 2009

02 March 2009

Shorten pajamas with first aid tape

Kendra's quick, no-sew pajama-hemming hack: We're big fans of superhero PJs and sleep pants, but we either have to buy several sizes too big to even get a pair (e.g. Life Is Good lounge pants) or the buggers are simply far too long. After about the millionth cuffing / quick-basting...

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23 February 2009

Stave off sleep deprivation by tag-teaming overnight feeding

Parents of newborns: Jenna's overnight feeding how-to will save your sanity (or, at least, slow its departure): When my daughter was about 5 weeks old, we were going OUT OF OUR MINDS with sleep deprivation. A friend shared this with me, and I swear, its the best single piece of...

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