One thing friends and family forget to mention when you have children is that little things like Daylight Savings Time end up causing big problems, especially when you have little ones. How you ask? Well, take my girls for instance. It has been a struggle to get them to sleep in their own beds. And, now that they finally sleep there, we struggle to get them to go to bed on time each night, and then stay in bed. I remember getting frustrated with their up all nights, or waking up 2-3 times in the night to ask for milk, water or a diaper change. Now, thankfully, they are no longer waking to ask for anything. Instead, they are waiting at the crack of dawn, way before the roosters let out their "cock-a-doodle doo's" in the AM, only to crawl into bed with my husband or I, or simply wake us up to start the day.
Because the girls wake so early, by mid morning, they are dragging. And, now that they are getting older, they fight me tooth and nail when it comes to nap time. Savannah, thinking she is a "big girl" doesn't think she needs a nap anymore. But, let me tell you...she does...especially when she starts throwing afternoon tantrums or fights with Bella over not sharing or what to watch during their television time. If you have little ones, do you struggle with them to sleep and nap? Or, if you have any tips, I would love to hear them. Right now, I am going through the motions and hoping that in time they will get back on a steady routine and schedule.
I couldn't help but laugh today when I saw a photo posted on Facebook about how when you have children, you lose sleeping in time. Oh, how I miss up staying up late to watch television or to read a good book, only to sleep in the next day...or, to have a lazy weekend, where I stay in bed and catch up on recorded shows or some much needed ZZZ's. Maybe when the girls go off to school or leave the nest, will my husband and I be able to reclaim sleeping in. :-)
And, thanks to last week's Daylight Savings Time, where we turned the clocks ahead, this small change, really did throw a wrench into our ongoing battles with the girls to sleep. Just by moving the clocks ahead 1 hour, their entire sleep schedule was thrown off. Did you experience this with your child? We always tell the girls to stay in bed until it is light out. But, now that they see the light earlier in the AM, they are waiting earlier -- 4:30AM to be exact. Ugh.
But, thanks to some great "Sleep Hygiene" Tips and the following informative video from Dr. Zak, we are finally getting the girls back on a steady sleep schedule...slowly, but surely.
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Dr. Zak’s pinnable/downloadable "Sleep Hygiene" tips, bedside dream journal, and sleep rewards chart (be sure to scroll down the page) can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/1hGnv9W. This is valuable information worth printing out and saving. It has helped with our sleeping issues immensely in just the past few days.
One thing that we ended up trying to help get their sleep schedule in check was using Zarbee’s Naturals Sleep and Children's Sleep products.
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Usually I don't like to turn to sleep aids, even for myself, but after dealing with a recent stomach bug and cold that went through our house, the pediatrician recommended Zarbee’s Naturals Sleep and Children's Sleep products to help them get the much needed sleep the girls need, to keep their immune systems strong to fight off illness, etc., and to help them function better and be less fussy during the day time. Not only do they feel better physically and emotional, after getting a good night's sleep, but my husband and I can stop pulling out our hair from dealing with extreme terrible 2's and 3's tantrums and fussiness, after only getting a few hours of sleep.
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After this recent time change, my husband and I felt like we had just brought a newborn home, as we were drained of energy and sleep deprived. And, to think it was from a 1 hr. time change causing our girls' sleep schedules to be thrown off. If you are dealing with similar sleep issues due to the time change, or even a recent illness, and want a safe and natural way to help your child sleep a little easier, why not check out the line of Zarbee’s Naturals Sleep and Children's Sleep products, available at most major retailers and pharmacies, as well as through the Zarbee's Naturals website ( )?
Now that I am familiar with the line of Zarbee’s Naturals Sleep and Children's Sleep products, I will not hesitate to use them when the girls are feeling under the weather and can't seem to fall asleep due to congestion, or I need to get them back on a sleep schedule as a result of Daylight Savings time or other events that throw their sleep patterns off.
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Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received product samples and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.