DRIFT OFF TO DREAMLAND ON WORLD SLEEP DAY AND BEYOND,
TIPS TO HELP YOU AND BABY SNOOZE FROM THE OLLIE SWADDLE
Ollie Swaddle Founder Hindi Zeidman Shares Baby and Family Sleep Advice Just in Time for World Sleep Day
Whether it’s from nighttime feedings and a crying baby, or random bouts of insomnia and a hectic schedule, if you’re a parent, you probably know all about sleep deprivation and how significantly it affects you. You’re not thinking straight, you’re forgetful, you’re feeling crabby and you’re less patient with your baby. Babies cry for a multitude of reasons. They’re hungry, wet, something hurts, they’re tired from not getting a quality nap, or they are simply feeling unsettled and restless. This leads to their own sleep deprivation and pretty constant fussiness and being cranky.
The Ollie Swaddle was created by Hindi Zeidman who invented the life-changing item for a baby boy named Oliver, her foster baby that wasn’t thriving. Oliver was an innocent, disconnected child who was underweight and on the verge of being labeled a “failure to thrive.” Zeidman’s experience with infant mental health had acquainted her with the ancient practice of swaddling, which is considered to be a therapeutic method of wrapping an infant to assist with the transition from the womb.
Award-winning Ollie Swaddle extends the duration of sleep for all babies (including preemies and high risk), reduces fussiness and helps baby self-calm. Its patented moisture-wicking material is luxuriously soft and regulates their temperature to keep comfortable and cool without the risk of overheating. The fabric has the unique feature of speeding up moisture absorption and diffusion. All of this together makes it self-soothing, promoting restful sleep.The elasticity allows for freedom of movement while the opening at the bottom makes it easy to change diapers. The Ollie Swaddle helps ensure your sweet little one is getting the sleep he needs—which helps you get the sleep you need.
Tips for a Sleep Inducing Family Bedtime Routine to Help Mom, Dad and Baby Drift off to Dreamland:
While no two bedtime routines are exactly the same, it’s fair to say that there are some common elements that might help your family wind down before it’s time to go to sleep. The awesome thing about these tips is that they work for each and every member of the family—from baby and toddler to school age and even mom and dad!
Unplug. The rest of these bedtime routine pieces can be done in any order, but unplugging should always be the first step. It’s so easy to have the TV on in the background, your phone in your hand and your little ones playing on handheld game systems and tablets. And that’s fine sometimes, but not at bedtime! The bright screen displays can put stress on your eyes and make it more difficult to fall asleep. Turn off all of your devices and give yourself at least an hour to wind down.. and hour to do all of the other fun things we have listed!
Snuggle. This is our personal favorite. Who doesn’t love snuggle time? This is especially important for bonding with your little ones. Our days can get so busy between work and chores and homework that physical touch is often left by the wayside. When our babies are newborns we hold and cuddle them constantly, but as our children grow up those moments slowly dwindle down. Take a cuddle break to talk about your day and de-stress.
Read books. Bedtime should be slow, easy and peaceful as much as possible. (If that doesn’t sound like bedtime at your house, no fear. That’s what these tips are for!) Reading aloud to your little ones is a great way to create distance in your mind from the stresses and duties of the day. It will also create a fondness for books that your little one will carry with him for life.
Get ready for bed. This sounds pretty generic but it encompasses so many activities that can be done before bed: bath or shower, lotion, brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, brushing hair, etc. Basically anything that promotes relaxation makes our bedtime routine list.
Stretch. If you have a little one who is particularly wound up at bedtime, try introducing a session of stretching before climbing into bed. It may take a week or two to get the silliness and giggles out during stretching, but eventually your little one will catch on. Stretching is a great way to release tension and prepare your body for bed.
Give thanks. Whether you say prayers or just talk about positive things that happened during your day, ending on a positive note can do wonders for bedtime. This will also teach your little one to look for the positives in life instead of the negatives, and in the long run, that will give him a brighter outlook on life.
Hindi Zeidman, founder of the Ollie Swaddle knows from her experience as a social worker, with a focus on infant mental health, the importance of keeping little ones safe. The Ollie Swaddle’s special design and patented fabric helps babies sleep longer and better, decreases fussiness, and helps baby self-calm. Ollie Swaddle’s elasticity allows for freedom of movement while the opening at the bottom makes it easy to change diapers. The custom developed, patented moisture wicking material reduces overheating, promoting physiological regulation.