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Did you know? Most of our organic cotton products are made from cotton grown in Texas!

When it comes to the materials used our kids’ clothing, bedding, and more, parents want something that is trustworthy. You want to ensure the safety, comfort, durability are of the utmost priority, and are all top tier and not bottom of the barrel. That being said, Dreamtown Kids is thorough in selecting the right producers of the materials used in the products YOU rely on, especially the cotton used in our organic cotton products!

So, where do we look to for this reliability? Texas!
And what is is about Texan production methods that make them superior? Let’s talk about that!

Fewer Chemicals

The production of certain materials can remain somewhat of a mystery to consumers. Transparency can sometimes be lacking. This can unfortunately leave many under the impression that the items they own or sell were produced in a wholesome fashion, when in fact they were not. A common practice with some materials could be the amount of potentially harmful chemicals being used. Texan cotton producers have achieved methods of production that circumvent the need to rely on harsh chemicals in their end product, bringing you the peace of mind that those goods your buying for your little one will be safe for them!

More Economical

It’s not that parenting CAN be hard… it’s that parenting IS hard! And one way in particular that it can be challenging in particular is with regards to how you will fund all the things that your babies and toddlers will need as they grow and mature through even their formative lifespan. Because of the level of production for materials in Texan companies, organic cotton can be bought by companies like Dreamtown Kids more affordably, and be able to turn around and provide you a great product for an affordable price all the same! Because we know it’s hard, and we want to find any way to make it easier!

Higher Quality

If you’re going to buy something for your baby or toddler, you want to ensure it’s quality. Why would you settle for any less for your bundle of joy? Texas has been a leader in cotton production for sometime now, with over 100 years of industry excellence tracing back to 1880. Over that span of time, the same aforementioned operations that are providing a cleaner, less chemical-filled product for you are also providing a more quality product overall! So you can rest assured that the bedding, clothes, and other organic cotton items that you’re purchasing for your little ones will be the best!

Conclusion

In conclusion, you want the best for your kiddos. We want to give you the best! That’s why we rely on the best for sourcing of our organic cotton! To learn about high quality, synthetic products and materials we use, read our blog on cotton and polyester and to check out our organic cotton products and try them out for yourself, head to DreamtownKids.com today!

Benefits of Reading Stories Before Bedtime

We’ll just go ahead and say it. There is no doubting, denying, or arguing that bedtime stories are good for helping your child get to sleep and achieve more quality sleep and, subsequently, their overall health. Study upon study has shown that this one act can work wonders by leaps and bounds for all youngsters all across the formative age spectrum. So, we know this to be true, but why is this the case? What makes this so beneficial for kids? Let’s jump in!

Wind Down Time

Toddlers can be little balls of energy that move, move, move with no sign of stopping. Because of that, it can sometimes be tough to get them to settle down for sleep at the end of the night. The reason this happens is due to the fact that there can sometimes be no transition between wakefulness and bedtime. To have something in the equation to transition, a sort of wind down time, will be beneficial in easing your toddler into a sleepy state effectively. Reading bedtime stories will serve this purpose wonderfully as it will bridge that gap between the energy of the day and the calmness of the night. Make bedtime stories a part of each night with your toddler to improve their sleep!

Distracts the Mind

As adults that have not been toddlers for sometimes, we may often forget that being a toddler certainly had its fair share of stresses. Each day is still very new in this young state, you are constantly being bombarded by unfamiliar things, and the learning is non-stop! That being the case, our little ones’ mind could be moving at a million miles a minute, and that makes it hard to fall asleep at the end of each busy day. Reading bedtime stories to your kiddo will help distract the mind to more effectively clear their head and get in a mental state that is conducive for sleep.

Sense of Comfort

While there are pretty apparent benefits to reading bedtime stories to our toddlers, such as the aforementioned, there are also some not-so-apparent ways that bedtime stories prove helpful in getting our little ones to sleep. One factor that is a fringe benefit of you reading stories to your kids is that YOU are there. You are their most powerful source of comfort, and by you being there with them, even if for a short while, before they go to bed, they will have that much greater of a likelihood of being able to fall asleep peacefully and easily.

Teach a Toddler to Fish

Okay, we’re not necessarily suggesting that you teach your kid to fish, at least not in this blog in particular. But what we are saying is that by reading your toddler bedtime stories, you are setting them up for successfully adopting a good nighttime routine for them to carry through the rest of their lives. The younger, formative years of our youngsters pose a good opportunity to set good habits, one of which could be a great practice like reading before bed to encourage quality sleep.

Bonus: Better Than Screen Time

Screen time is quite possibly the worst thing for anybody of any age to do before going to bed. Many kids see screen time as a sort of reward and then they end up wanting and getting an unhealthy amount of it. Similar to if you gave a kid a chocolate bar every time they did something good… it wouldn’t fair well over time. Apply that reward mentality to reading, whether it be for bed time or just in general, and it will do your toddler much better service!

Conclusion

In conclusion, bedtime stories are undoubtedly a great thing to implement into your relationship with your little one’s in establishing good habits, emotional connections, and more! Adopt this simple addition into your routine with your toddlers and watch them get to bed quicker, have more quality sleep, and experience fringe benefits of this small addition all at once! To learn more about bedtime practices and products for quality toddler sleep, look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids!

Christmas Activities with Toddlers

Christmas is right around the corner, and we are all feeling it! If you and your little ones have yet to really dive into the Christmas festivities, now is the time to truly get into the season! Your toddler or toddlers are now at an age where you can start to actually do more activities, engage them more, and start those Christmas traditions. So the question there in lies, what are you all going to do to enjoy holiday cheer this year? Let’s discuss some options!

Classic Christmas Movies

Where do we even begin on this one?! If there is one thing we all know and love from growing up, it is those classic Christmas movies! “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are just a few of the movies that we grew up loving and associating with the season. Your little ones will love these movies and more as they begin to develop their own experience of what it means to feel the Christmas spirit. Just think, what movies are you going to make a part of Christmas this year?

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

As we discussed back around Halloween, crafting is a super fun activity for your toddler, and this is certainly no less the case with Christmas! You have this big tree that is just begging to have decorations placed all over it. That’s where you’ll get to enjoy some play time making all the wonderful ornaments and accent pieces to adorn that tree! Felt, beads, popsicle sticks, and some other basic crafting supplies are really all you need to make any cute design to put on the tree, from reindeer to snowmen to good ole Saint Nick and more! So get to it and have some fun!

Light Show

Our kiddos may not be so familiar with Clark Griswold and the number he did on his house (that’ll be a movie that can come to love years down the road, but we’ll hold off for now), but that doesn’t mean we can’t show them similar showcases of seasonal festivity! An easy way to embrace the season is heading into town and checking out the light show displays on some of the homes in your locale, as there is never a shortage of people willing to go all out!

Christmas Cookies

Christmas is a sensory experience to behold! But it doesn’t stop at the sights to be seen like the movies, light show, and snow. It’s about the smells and the tastes just as well. For that reason, it’s time to get your BAKING on! Christmas cookies are a huge part of the Christmas season and make for a fun decorating experience for your toddlers. Having fun designing and munching on adorable sweets (but not too much or else they’ll be up all night!)

Conclusion

In conclusion, your toddlers are getting older and are finally at an age where you all can enjoy the season together, establishing new traditions in honor of the holiday! As you’re coming up with ideas of how to ring in the season, consider these options to help your kids get as festive as you. And remember, for all things toddler, look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids

Calming Your Toddler Down Before Bed

Our kids have a lot of energy, this much is for certain! One thing that is not always so certain, however, is if we’ll be able to easily get them to sleep each night or if it will be a painstaking, futile effort filled with fussiness. Most of us can almost count on the latter of the two. And especially during a time like the holiday season where excitement is in the air, this can be doubly difficult to achieve. So how exactly to we help calm our kids down before bed? For their sake…and for ours! Let’s talk about some options.

Avoid electronics with bright blue lights before bed

We live in a very digital world now. A large portion of our days are spent staring at a screen, whether it be a watching a show on the tube or playing games on our phones. The high amount of eye exposure to these lights, and namely that of blue lights, has been known to excite the brain, ultimately deterring from restfulness and translating to heightened brain activity.

If your little one usually spends the last part of their day watching television or tinkering on your iPad, this may be a culprit in their inability to get to sleep soundly without issue. Consider alternative options for winding down at the end of the night. These screens can be an easy go-to, but they do more harm than good for your toddler’s sleep.

Read a book to them before bed

As you’re considering solutions to problem one, why not give reading books before bed a try?! The benefits of taking an approach like this are many-fold. For one, reading books with your little one before they hit the hay will alleviate the blue light issue from before, and furthermore it will provide an option that generally encourages restfulness. Reading or being read to, telling stories, are all effective ways of helping kids get to sleep more easily.

Aside from that, as far as being read to is concerned, this could provide additional benefits for a child’s sleep. As you’re reading to them, they will feel more at ease and comfortable as they lull off to sleep. As they reach an age where they do the reading themselves, the association between stories and comfort will have been made for them mentally, so they will be able to sleep just as well as they make this transition. Reading, a great way to end the day!

Avoid naps too late in the day and keep them short

Part of why your kiddo may not be sleeping so well at nice may have less to do with restlessness and more to do with maybe being too well rested. What do we mean? Well, we’ll answer this is the form of a couple questions. How often does your toddler nap? For how long? What is the latest time in the day that they will typically nap?

If your toddler is napping too much during the day, napping for too long during each nap, or napping too soon before bedtime, this could absolutely have an adverse affect on their ability to rest easy when the time comes at night. That being the case, what we’ll recommend here is being mindful of those nap times and making revisions if and when you see fit. For all you know, this may be the problem.

Set up a comfortable sleeping environment for your toddler

Let’s not forget the obvious here. And let’s address it from your perspective. When you lay down at night, you generally prefer a really uncomfortable, uneasy sleeping environment, right?… Of course not! You like to be comfortable and at peace in your space. Your toddler probably feels the same way! One obvious way to manage this is to equip them with a quality mattress, quality bedding, and a quality pillow. Did we mention quality, by chance?

How else do we reach this? Another way is nurturing your toddler’s development of a space that is truly theirs. Help them decorate it with things they like, things that put them at ease. This will certainly make them feel more at home in their space and help they get to bed more easily.

Conclusion

In conclusion, sometimes our little ones can have a difficult time getting to bed at the end of each night. While it might not always be easy to combat this fussy behavior, there are definitely things that could be done in an effort to do so. Give these listed methods a shot and see how they work for your toddler, and remember that for all of your toddler needs, look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids!

Holiday gifts for Kids and Toddlers

The holiday season is upon us! What this can translate to is that the season of gift-giving is upon us. Your little one or little ones are at an age now that they can start really grasping traditions and being a part of the gifting festivities! That being the case, you’ll have to consider what presents you may get your kiddos this year to in that nature of celebration.

While there are lots of toys and presents that may not be safe or beneficial to children of very young ages, there are many more that will be perfectly suitable for a toddler. Today, we’d like to go over some gift ideas that will be safe, fun, and constructive for you toddlers!

Building Blocks

Our little ones are little engineers in the making. Whether they are using their food at the dinner table to craft a tiny castle or building a fort out of the couch cushions, part of play for them is undoubtedly a sense of building something. For that reason, our first item on the list could make a great gift this year; building blocks! Wooden building blocks or interlocking blocks like larger LEGO are great play toys for your kids that they will love and be excited to put to good use. Furthermore, they’re great for developing finer motor skills in children, so win win!

Musical Toys

One thing about your kids is that the younger they are, the more absorption they are capable of and the more creativity they exercise. For that reason, some great gift ideas are ones that can really harness that level of creativity and early development, especially musical toys! Instruments or noise makers are loads of fun for kids, plus they introduce them to concepts that could benefit them their entire lives, and has also been linked to improving math and language skills. So look to musical toys for your toddler this holiday season as you go about your gift shopping!

Books

Keeping up with the trend of presenting our kiddos with gifts that be both fun and constructive, our next one is undoubtedly a great idea for the holiday season; books! If you’re looking for a great present to really spark your toddlers’ imagination and boost their reading ability, this is perfect. Whether your little one is brand new to reading and will be going over the most basic classic kids learning books, or if they are more developed as readers, there is never a shortage of great reading options to excite youngsters into avid readership from their intrigued young minds.

Plush Stuffed Toys

We can’t forget about the classics here. We’re talking about stuffed animals or stuffed toys. We all had that stuffed animal that we clung to Calvin clung to Hobbes, and young children benefit from having toys like these. These cherished childhood toys have a large emotional impact on a child as well as they provide a lovable, comfortable, and familiar item to enjoy as they learn to self-soothe in their young years. You just can’t go wrong with stuffed toys!

Conclusion

In conclusion, as the gift giving holiday season comes into view, and we start looking for things to get our little ones, there is a lot to consider. Will my child enjoy this? How will this help them grow? Is it safe for them at this age? With these questions in mind, consider the aforementioned options, as they’ll be great for your toddlers! For all things kids, turn to the experts at Dreamtown Kids!

Thanksgiving dinner for picky toddlers

How could you NOT be utterly jazzed for this time of year! Thanksgiving around the corner, another chance to gorge on some good ole fashioned home cooking and enjoy the subsequent naps to follow, good times all around.
While YOU may be excited for all the food that will soon fill you right up, your little one may not be quite so enthused. The picky eater tendency is undoubtedly a common one amongst toddlers, and if you have a youngster, you may be in for it yourself.
So how do we combat picky eater syndrome at the dinner table this Thanksgiving. Let’s talk about how!

Implement Foods They Enjoy

Consider adding foods into the meal that your toddler does enjoy. We’ll start by stating this, by no stretch are we suggesting you completely reconstruct your Thanksgiving dinner to accommodate pickiness. It doesn’t help your little one establish good habits and it will make for a really downer on the dinner altogether. Achieve this in small, subtle ways.

Take this for instance, kids love marshmallows! And what can marshmallows be incorporated tastefully into? Sweet Potatoes! Think about dishes like this where you can integrate some of the things kids love and as a result, they’ll be more inclined to eat those items and experiment with other items on their plate.

Plain-ify Certain Items

But why would we want to make anything in our Thanksgiving dinner plane? Simple, so your little one can put their touch on it… even if it’s in a less-than-gourmet kind of way.

Kids are crazy about condiments, whether it be ketchup, mustard, or something else. Have these sauces or fix-ins at the ready for your kiddo for dunking turkey bits or something else into, and you should be successful in combatting some of the fussiness.

Have Them Help Prep

By no means are you going to assign turkey-carving-duty to your toddler. That would be reckless! But giving your little one some smaaaall degree of ownership in the process will make them that much more stoked on the final product. Meaning, they may be more inclined to be not-so-picky.

If they helped mash the potatoes, they’ll have that much more fun downing them at dinner time. If they were responsible for mixing all of the green bean casserole ingredients together, they’ll enjoy being responsible for consuming a surprisingly large portion. Get your kid involved and watch the pickiness subside!

Snacks During the Day

This one is up to you, but it’s worth us mentioning. If you feel that your child will be rebellious in eating whatever food is prepared for the big dinner, it may not be a bad idea to allow them snacks throughout the day. Your options are simple, the possibility that your child may not eat, period, or them eating earlier on and spoiling their appetite for dinner. Your call!

Bonus Tip: Proper Sleep Gear!

As we mentioned earlier in this blog, the post meal carb nap is just as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as is the food… seriously. For that reason, be equipped with the right gear for you toddler to get solid sleep after the big holiday celebration, by means of bedding, pillows, and more!

Conclusion

In conclusion, Thanksgiving is a holiday to really look forward to, and for any parent, the hope is that their children will enjoy the celebration the same way they do free of fuss. Consider trying some of these methods for getting your picky eater to embrace the holiday in the best way possible!

Halloween safety and fun!

It is that festive time of year again: Halloween! Having a family is largely about establishing fun traditions to share with one another, to embrace together. Halloween will certainly hold some of the most fun memories for years to come.

So how are you going to spend the holiday? Still not sure yet? Well you’re in luck, because today Dreamtown Kids is going to give you the low down on some fun Halloween activities, as well as some tips to partake in the fun safely! Let’s go!


Halloween Fun

But first a PSA: Kids are meant to be dressed up during Halloween, so take every measure possible to ensure optimal cuteness, adorability, and preciousness and leave no kid un-costumed…
…Because that’s kind of the fun of it! Right?!

So as a parent now, you have become immersed in the parenting world and community. That being the case, make Halloween a social one for you and your toddler. Get together with some other parent friends, and treat it as a play date for your little ones, full of holiday fun!

Trick-or-Treating
If either you or your friends have children at the trick-or-treating age, great! Take it to the streets, enjoy the fun, and take it as an opportunity to get out. By doing so, you give yourself a night out, and even more, you get to meet some other families with kids in your area, meaning a chance for your kiddos to socialize!

On the chance that everybody involved has toddlers too young to go trick-or-treating just yet, also great! Enjoy a night in with some fun activities (you don’t have to go out to have a blast)!

Saftey Note: Something to bear in mind, whether you head out or stay in, is this. Halloween has a strong tendency to encourage candy consumption. For toddlers 2-years old and under, avoid the hard candies as they can be a choking hazard. As a rule of thumb for your children, big or small, place restrictions on the amount of candy consumed, keep it in moderation.

Coloring
Studies show that 9 months to 1 year in age is a good time to introduce kids to coloring. That being the case, start the coloring in a festive seasonal setting! Halloween coloring books, online print-offs, or just plain construction paper are great ways to get your kids having a good time.

Crafting
If your toddlers are up for it, take it step beyond just coloring! Paper cut-outs, gluing, popsicle stick puppets, the list of crafting project possibilities goes on. Get your little ones having some fun making some Halloween crafts, plus, it’ll be a nice holiday keep-safe to hang on to in your kids’ memory boxes as they grow up!

Safety Note: Be sure to keep close supervision while coloring and crafting are taking place. Crayons and paste can often be confused for a gooey treat by a toddler, and colored pencils and scissors are obviously sharps. All this to say, make sure the fun stays safe!

Reading
Books are super fun, and it’s a great way to spend some time in on Halloween! There are tons of great kids’ Halloween books out there, here is a list of just a few that may be fun this year, so give them a whirl. If possible, look into books that could also allow your toddler to do some of the reading, so that they improve on that skill, and also books that incorporate math. These will all be very educational, and masked in the fun of the Halloween season… get it?.. Masked!

Sleep at a reasonable time

One final note is to be mindful of sleep. Halloween can be a lot of fun, but what’s not fun is throwing off your toddler’s sleep cycle… for them AND for you! As the night progresses, stay aware of the time, and don’t let it get carried away to where it could affect anyone’s sleep. To further improve sleep conditions, the best quality bedding is huge, especially a good toddler pillow for your little one. Have fun on Halloween, but don’t forfeit good sleep consistency.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Halloween is a great time of year to enjoy a night of fun with your little ones. From dressing up, to going out, to creative projects and more, there’s no shortage to the amount of fun you can have with your little ones on Halloween. Try some of these fun activities this year, and remember to have a safe and fun Halloween, from all of us at Dreamtown Kids!

Benefits of cotton and synthetic fabric

When it comes to your baby, you’ve given just about EVERYTHING you’ll need for them ample thought! Diapers, an obvious front-runner. Nutrition, totally of major importance. Fabric used to produce baby items, ABSOLU— okay, maybe this one didn’t necessarily come to mind right away.

The materials that you use for your children’s things, namely their bedding, is actually of more importance than you may think. So what exactly are good fabrics to look for in baby products, and why? Let’s dive in!

Cotton

Cotton is obviously a crowd favorite for many people. It is a trusted material for many and is widely used, and for good reason! And it goes without saying that this is without a doubt a fabric that you want to have in your trusted arsenal of materials for your baby products. Here’s why:

Soft
“Oooh” and “aaaah” are words that come to mind when you don a nice cotton garment or slip into a cotton blanket! Right?! This is what makes cotton such a wonderful material to have in the mix for your baby’s bedding. Put it this way, if something feel rough or scratchy to you, you’ll notice that you don’t throw a fit over it… Your baby, on the other hand may have an entirely different response!

Flexible
So thinking of a fabric, especially when it’s being used for an application such as bedding, there are things to keep in mind. Part of what makes babies so adorable is their squirminess by nature. Rolling, crawling, etc, and that doesn’t stop once they go to bed, oh no! To have a bedding material that can ebb and flow with your babies nighttime movements will be a good thing to ensure optimal comfort for your baby and protection against wear for those sheets.

Environmentally Friendly
Let’s not forget about the great fact that cotton is a natural material! From the Earth it comes, making it low impact in production. In being a natural material, this also means that it is biodegradable, recyclable, compostable, and will not linger around the planet after it has run its course.

Synthetic

While cotton is a great product that we have all come to know, love, and trust, there is also a lot of merit to synthetic products such as Polyester, and more!

Durable
To have to constantly buy replacements for things, especially for your baby, would become EXTREMELY expensive and would prove to be EXTREMELY wasteful! That being the case, synthetic materials are a great supplementary addition to products like bedding, and they will give the added edge of durability and longevity.

Quick Drying
When you have a baby, one thing you can know for certain is that you are going to be doing a lot of laundry! Between clothing, diapers (if reusable), and bedding, your washing machine will be put through the wringer. A great relief would be having materials that could dry quickly and get back to work right away. Synthetic materials give you exactly that!

Inexpensive
Parenting can be an expensive endeavor, and being able to save wherever possible is a win! That being said, synthetic materials can have a tendency to be more affordable and overall less strenuous on your wallet. Then you can apply those savings towards other things that you’ll need for your little one! Can’t argue with that!

Conclusion

In conclusion, you may not have given much thought to the materials being used in your baby’s bedding in the past, but it’s good information to know that could help in terms of getting the most out of your products, doing it at the best price point, being environmentally aware, and much more! To get the best in baby and toddler bedding, look no further than Dreamtown Kids!

Easy lunch ideas for toddlers.

As a parent, a primary goal of yours is to do all you can to set the groundwork for success for your little one in all ways possible! One way you do this that makes a particularly large impact is by means of how you nourish your child, fueling them right… simply put, FOOD! Ensuring that your toddler is receiving both what they need nutritionally for their daily schooling as well as the means to set good habits for the future is the goal.

Sometimes, parenting life can get a little crazy, and coming up with good, healthy meals for your little one’s school lunch box can be hard to manage. For that reason, today, Dreamtown Kids would like to provide some options for quick, easy to prepare lunch ideas to keep your youngster running strong, day after day!

Food for Thought
What you’ll want to provide in these lunches is two-pronged, something with the nourishment to propel your kiddo through the rest of the day while being something that they’ll actually want to eat. With a lot of kids being more on the ‘picky’ side when it comes to eating, making sure the food you give them is something they’ll realistically want to eat, and not just leave untouched come lunch time, is important… or else they won’t eat it, and even a well-balanced meal does no good if left uneaten.

Main Course
The main course, the star of your toddler’s lunch! This will be the center of their meal, so stack it high with the things that will fuel them right! Some easy-to-prepare options are:

  • Turkey & Cranberry
    Give your little one an exciting flavor profile with this one! Turkey to grow them big and strong, dried cranberry to add a nice sweet addition, and even throw some sliced almonds and a leafy green of some sort to add some crunch!
  • PB&J
    A timeless classic, and for good reason! Peanut butter for protein and good healthy fats, whole grain bread for complex carbs, and jelly for that hint of sweetness that your kid will love! Feel free to get a little experimental too, adding fruits into their PB&J as well, such as sliced pears or bananas, nothing but options and customizability.
  • Ham & Cheese
    A loved sandwich is lunchrooms everywhere, hot or cold! Ham and cheese, the two main ingredients here, will fill your little one up with protein! Swap out different cheeses to keep things interesting, and add pickles or other toppings based on your child’s liking.

Sides/ Snacks
Supplementing a really creative main course option, like the ones listed above, with a healthy side and snacks for other parts of the day will round off your child’s nutrition, and keep them full for the rest of the day to come! If you provide something fun for the main course of their lunch, it’s okay to go a simpler route on the sides. Here are a couple options:

  • Carrots, Broccoli, Cucumber, Plantain chips, Sliced Apples, and more!

And for some of these, why not pair them with a delicious dipping option?

  • Honey, Hummus, Guacamole, Yogurt, Peanut or Almond Butter.

YUM!

And if you’re looking for some classic, creative snack options, here are a few to get started:

  • ‘Ants on a Log’, ‘Cauliflower Popcorn’, ‘Trail Mix’.

Ultimately, there’s nothing but options!

Conclusion
In conclusion, you want to ensure that your toddler is fueled properly as they go through each and every school day, and more, you want to know that you’re setting them up for good eating habits for the future. By following some of these options and incorporating creative ideas of your own into the mix, you’ll be on the right track! For more ideas on food and all things parenting related, look no further than the pros at Dreamtown Kids for tips and insights!

How to transition your baby into a crib

The time has come, your baby is getting bigger, and you’re approaching one of the first big transitions of your little one’s life: the transition out of a bassinet or cradle into their crib. Sleep is a comforting state for your baby, and to be thrust into a new, unfamiliar setup for sleeping can be really daunting to a young one. However, as much as they may fuss, YOU are doing it with their best interests at heart. So how do you tackle this major change-up? Let’s talk over some strategies!

#1 Just Do It!

You’ve finally managed to figure out the trick to helping your kiddo knock out for the night. You’ve become a pro at it, as a matter of fact! And now you have to completely recalibrate by moving your baby into a crib?! Oy vey! We understand, it can be difficult, but the first thing to bear in mind is to just do it! Start making the change even if that is a gradual one — which it should be. Your baby will adapt and the whole fussy stage will be a thing of the past in no time!

#2 Gradual Process

We said ‘gradual’ a moment ago, but that is such a key element, that we want to really drive that point home! While the decision to make these transitions needs to be an immediate one, as previously mentioned, once actions are put in place to make the transition from bassinet or cradle to crib, you’ll want to do it in gradual ways. A shock value, or sudden adjustments, aren’t going to prove very helpful. A couple ways to be gradual are:

  • Naps in Crib: Simply getting your baby accustomed to their new sleep arrangement is crucial. So for that reason, whenever they’re getting ready for a nap, if you’re home, go ahead and put them in the crib for that, as opposed to staying comfortable with you on the couch, etc.
  • Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst: As you may have assumed, being placed in the crib for naps or for bedtime may not render the best response out of your little one. While there are cases where babies will be entirely unfazed by their new sleep setting, others may cry… and cry… and cry. If crying is the result, unfortunately, sometimes you may need to let it run its course. Your child will need to develop an adaptation to being in this unfamiliar space. As a parent, you learn to distinguish between your baby’s cries, so if something becomes concerning, obviously address it, but otherwise, see if they can adjust.
  • Positive Reinforcement: Positive reinforcement is a super powerful tool, when utilized correctly. If you comfort your baby when they are ‘crying wolf’, so to speak, you will be positively reinforcing to them that whenever they cry, you’ll be there to save the day! What you can do, instead, is for the ‘cry wolf’ cases, simply wait until it has run its course, and then enter the area providing a hug or some physical contact to reinforce that they are okay, and subconsciously that they did a good job of adapting to their crib setup.

#3 Experimentation & Considerations

One final thing to keep in mind is that any major transition will never be solved with a one-size-fits-all approach. As you go through this transition, be sure to experiment with different options. For instance, if you notice that that putting your baby in their crib for a nap after they have already fallen asleep leads to them waking up crying, maybe try putting them in their crib for a nap before they have actually fallen asleep. This is just one example of exploring the different options. The goal isn’t to stubbornly abide to an approach that you think will work in the end, but to find a solution that WILL work, achieving the end result of your baby’s sound sleep in their new sleeper crib. If that mission is complete, then you did it the right way for your baby!

A good consideration is to think ahead to the next big transition. Don’t fret yourself over it, but just have it in mind. It’ll make the transition easier when it actually arrives! As you’re going into the crib transition and are thinking into the future when a two-year-old bed setup enters the equation, neck support will begin to be something to think about. Look to Dreamtown Kids‘ pillows to help provide that support when the time comes.

Conclusion

In conclusion, transitions are not always easy for your baby. But their vital steps in their life that need to be taken one way or another, with bassinet and cradle to crib transitions being no exception! Take some of the ideas expressed above and give them a go for yourself, and for all other guidance with your little ones, remember to always look to the pros at Dreamtown Kids!