Helping Your Kids Fall – and Stay – Asleep

Another great post from the JBF Corporate Blog – enjoy!


Once your kids learn to fall asleep on their own it becomes a lot easier for the parents. These bedtime tips will come in handy and you’ll be able to pick and choose what works best for your family/child and what doesn’t.

Have Down-Time

Add at least an hour of down time at night before your child goes to sleep. By doing this you won’t be stressed out and ruches. It’s always better when kids have time for 1-2 books before bed. Stick to just 2 calm and relaxing books to help your child sleep.

Cuddle Time

No matter the age kids will always want to have cuddle time with their mom. It’s the one place they feel the safest. Cherish these moments because there will come a time when they feel they are too old for this. Having mom or dad lie down with their child as they fall to sleep can be very helpful. Once kids they fall into a deep sleep, they normally in it for the long run.

Get a Nightlight

If the darkness is scaring your kids to the point they can’t sleep opt for a nightlight. This way they wake up in the mid of the night and become afraid due to the darkness, the nightlight will help reassure them and help them fall back asleep.

There are several other ways that might be beneficial to helping your child fall asleep but these 3 are what helped me and my family the most.

KZoo Drop Off – Two Weeks!

jbf_ilovejbf_180x180_webadWe are just two weeks out from Kalamazoo’s drop off! We’re excited to see everyone again and look forward to making this a great sale!

If you’re selling in Kalamazoo – have you checked over the details of the drop off and sale times?

Now would be a good time to get familiar with where, when and what you need to bring when drop off starts. Go to the Kalamazoo Sale Page by clicking here. Got questions, don’t hesitate to ask us here, or on Facebook!

It’s almost time!!

Get A Move On – Never Give Up

Every child is special. No parent or guardian is perfect. You will hit bumps along the way.

Sometimes I think my kids might fire me from my job.

Sometimes I want to sell my kids for a quarter.

It’s the most rewarding job of your life – with no instruction  manual, no “right” way and so many challenges you think your head might spin right off.

Yes, childhood obesity is on the rise. But you can do something about it! During the last few months, this blog have given you tips and benchmarks, ideas and suggestions. No one suggestion will solve the problem, but just as your child learned to walk, speak or read – you simply try and try again. Embrace what is special in your child and help them grow. If they love to read, take a walk and have them tell you their favorite story. If they love to dance, turn off the TV and turn on the radio – have a dance party in your kitchen. You’ll figure it out! Goodness knows our “Friday Night Dance Party” (now quite the serious tradition) simply started from an exhausted momma and dadda just trying to limp along until bed time.

But they memories they have – the love of dance and movement – their attentiveness in music class – their songs from the back seat…oh, how those memories are worth the trial and error it took to get there.

It’s time for a break – Spring Break – and whether you’re going to stay home or travel the globe, this is just your “you can do it!” inspiration to not give up – keep moving, keep learning. We’ve got more tips coming after the break! Stay Tuned!!


This is part of the Get a Move On series – keeping your child healthy through activity and movement.