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A Good Night’s Sleep (With Giveaway!)

Contests By August 24, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 155 Comments

Benadryl Itch SprayIn my house, summer is a time to connect with the earth and refill the soul after a chilly winter. The kids are unscheduled, I wear less makeup and we all watch eagerly as our seeds turn into bright flowers and vegetables. Long, lazy days tending lemonade stands and riding bikes make for a (happy) tired family every evening.

Unfortunately, as soon as I crawl, exhausted, into bed, I hear “Mommy!! I can’t sleep…I’m scratchy.. And I have a bug bite… Now there’s a ‘skeedo’ in my room!” This is the point where both of my boys lie in bed with eyes as big as full moons, tracking any potential movement from bedroom insects while they scratch their skin raw from the day’s bites. We have tried mosquito nets, searches to eradicate standing water around the property and crazy citronella scents that simply stain the linens. Ultimately, my fatigue makes me give in to the inevitable – “Mommy may I sleep in your bed?” Followed by: “Mommy I feel scratchy. Can you please scratch hard?”

Summer Fun with MosquitoesYesterday we encountered a different itch-culprit. The boys spend two weeks each summer gliding over the ocean in sailing lessons. I can barely get them to remember their lunch bags, let alone to re-apply sunscreen every hour. By the end of the day, as I was hearing about controlled gybes and seal-sightings, their cheeks were a haute shade of crimson.

Wouldn’t summer be perfect without itch-inducing critters, sunburns, allergies and poison ivy encounters? The late sunsets make sleep difficult enough without the added strain of being kept awake because of feeling ‘scratchy’.

I was giddy to learn about a product that solves the itch issues! Non-stinging BENADRYL® Itch Spray provides fast, effective relief at the source from itchiness and pain. This easy spray contains a topical antihistamine/analgesic and a skin protectant to give you triple action relief that relieves itch, soothes pain, and protects skin.

Bugs will always bite, and sometimes the most diligent sunscreen users get mild sunburns, but we have found our summer miracle! Our bedtime routine still includes books, teeth brushing and backrubs, but we’ve added a fun exercise called ‘zap the scratchies’. Being able to simply spray bug bites and skin irritations with BENADRYL® Itch Spray to relieve those symptoms has made a world of difference to the quality of our family’s sleep.

Now if only BENADRYL® could figure out a way to extend the summer holiday…

Giveaway Alert!!!

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Disclosure: This post was made possible by BENADRYL. All opinions and anecdotes are our own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Daylight Savings Time: How to Fall Back

FAM, health By October 31, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Daylight Savings always messes up our kids’ schedules! To help households get ready for the change and keep the daily schedules moving smoothly, we’ve compiled a few tips to make the transition a bit smoother.  Good luck!  (ps.  Spring is just around the corner.  Kindof).

1.  Reset your clocks early in the weekend. Change your clocks on Saturday morning rather then waiting until Sunday. Doing this early in the weekend will take one thing off your plate for the day and allow you and your family to adjust to the change. This is also beneficial as the work and school week begins, as it will help with the overall sleeping patterns of your family.

 2.  Prepare your young kids for the adjustment. It may be easy for adults and older children to adjust to losing an hour of daylight and gaining an hour of sleep. For younger children, this change can be more difficult. Something you can start early in the week is to push your kids to stay up later or to change your clocks back about 15 minutes each day – this will allow for a smooth adjustment not only for your kids but will give you time to adjust as well.

3.  Check or replace smoke, carbon monoxide and natural gas alarms.  Are you one of those people with many disconnected smoke alarms after burning toast a few too many times?  Daylight savings is a great reminder to check the batteries and functionality of your home safety detectors. Make sure you have full batteries in your devices and that you are using the best product on the market to keep your family safe.

 4.  Try to absorb as much natural light as possible. Once we fall back an hour we tend to miss out on all the natural light that occurs during the day. Remember that it is important for your body and mind to absorb as much natural light as possible to generate vitamin D.  Absorbing the light will help to avoid the ‘winter blues’ and just put you in an overall better state of mind and body.

 5.  Reset your timer lights on your home.  Make sure your lights are not set to come on while its still light out to save on electricity and ensure potential thieves know if you are out of town.   This is a good time to remember to set your timers so that your lights come on earlier as is gets dark earlier – you don’t want to find yourself arriving home to a dark house.

 6.  Winter car emergency kit. How many of you have you have been stuck on the side of the road with an immobile car?  (It’s even scarier with kids).  Be car smart and prepare for the worst. The whole family can be involved in thinking about what is important to have in your vehicle should you find yourself stuck in cold weather and likely bored waiting for help. Think about warmth, hydration and things to keep busy while someone is on their way to save the day!

7.  Home disaster supply kit. This is a worst-case scenario, but with global warming, our weather patterns are certainly becoming more challenging.  As the snow blows in and the temperature drops, it is important to make sure your house is prepared. We have some great suggestions for What to Keep in your Emergency Kit.

Babies and Daylight Savings:

Babies can have a difficult time adjusting to time changes.  These tips are written based on a baby or child who goes to bed at 7pm and wakes at 7am.

Option 1 – Cold turkey: On the evening of the time change – put your baby/child to bed at the normal time (7pm) and before you go to bed move all of your clocks back by one hour.

Set your alarm clock or your child’s alarm clock if they use one to their normal wake up time (7am for example). Initially their body will think that it is 8am so they may wake early. It can sometimes take a day or two – but then they will be fine.

Stay on the new time all day – don’t make adjustments for the time change or try and compensate for the extra hour – keep all naps according to the new time and at the regular normal time.

Keep all meals/feeds on the new time and at the regular normal time.

Put your child to bed at their normal bedtime on the Sunday evening (7pm) even though it may feel like 8pm to them.

Option 2: Gradual

You can do a gradual approach 2 ways –

1) On the Saturday night that the clocks are going to change – put your child to bed 30 minutes later than normal bedtime (7.30pm) and then 30 minutes later the next night (7.30pm new time)

2) On the Thursday night on the build up to the time change make small changes of 15 minutes later each night. (7.15pm/7.30pm/7.45pm/8.00pm) – then the 8pm will be 7pm once the clocks have gone back.

Along with the time changes come shorter days and longer nights – or so it appears. You may be tempted to put your baby or child to bed earlier as it feels natural to put them to bed when it is dark. Don’t give into this temptation.

Daylight Savings How to Fall Back

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Time changes and jet lag when traveling with kids

LIVE, play, ROAM By February 1, 2009 Tags: , , , , No Comments

A big concern many parents have about traveling is how time changes and jet lag will affect their child’s routine and sleeping patterns.  It’s a valid concern; we all know how jet lag makes us feel (zonked and cranky), and who wants to cope with a toddler in that same state?  According to pretty much any book or article you read, children cope with time changes and jet lag much better than adults do, acclimatizing much faster.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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