Pam’s 12 Days of Christmas – Day 9




You might have heard of the fourth trimester? Many theorize that when a baby is born, their new environment can over stimulate them and you need to re-create the one they came from. I certainly felt that way when my own son was born 11 years ago. I found that if the house was calm and the lights were low, if he was wrapped tight in a swaddle, if he had a soother (pacifier) or my breast in his mouth, and if I was making shh-ing noises to recreate the womb environment – he would stop crying and settle into sleep easier.

Unfortunately, sometimes that was not enough, and he would cry in my arms unable to be soothed – despite my best efforts – for what felt like hours. I am confident many of you reading this have been there too – pacing, rocking, and bouncing trying to calm your precious newborn. It is exhausting, and heart breaking, and frustrating all at the same time. I hit my breaking point one night and had to place my inconsolable baby in the crib and walk away, just to breathe. Have you been there too?

When I had baby number two, Maddy started learning to sleep at the tender age of two weeks once our breastfeeding was well established and I was confident that she was getting the nourishment she needed. We were able to avoid all the tear-filled days and nights – for me, for my spouse, and most importantly for my newborn baby girl.

Week by week, we instilled good habits and she learned this beautiful and VITAL life skill. Her stretch of nighttime sleep got longer and longer. By 10 weeks old, she was sleeping 10 hours through the night, waking up once to breastfeed, and then back to sleep all on her own for another 2 to 3 hours. By day, she was napping well, eating well, gaining weight and was THE HAPPIEST BABY ON THE PLANET. She rarely cried. I had the opportunity to enjoy all the leaps in her development, as she was not veiled in sleep deprivation and nor was I. This was one of my many inspirations to give up my stable, corporate career in 2009 to HELP YOUR FAMILY GET SLEEP.

Sleep is NOT a LUXURY. It is neither a PRIVILEGE nor a PUNISHMENT; healthy sleep is a BASIC NEED for you and your child. It is the foundation to good health.

By using a swaddle like the AMAZING GRO-SNUG – which is today’s giveaway. If you are using a traditional swaddle, it is important that you do it properly to avoid issues with your child’s hips. You also want to make sure your child does not overheat – so no hats when you are at home and turn down the heat. The ideal room temperature is 16 to 20 C (60.8 to 68 F).

…not because it’s the fourth trimester – but because of their startle reflex, also known as the Moro reflex. This reflex (and many others that we are born with) are good – they indicate that neurologically, we are sound. It is a positive sign that your baby startles awake! Swaddling helps prevent this healthy reflex from interfering with their SLEEP. A newborn can jerk themselves fully awake. *Please check with your medical practitioner if you are ever concerned about your baby and their development

Last year, I had the pleasure of going down to a local baby store to check out the GroSnug with Tasha, one of our newborn clients. Her little guy is doing so great, she was able to easily put him down for a nap in one of the display cribs while Mom and I shopped! SO Adorable!


A revolutionary New 2 in 1 Swaddle and Newborn Grobag from safe sleep experts The Gro Company. It’s the only bedding you will need for your newborn!

The Gro-snug enables you to swaddle arms in or out for a great night’s sleep. Extremely easy to use with no folding needed and a long zip that opens from the bottom for nappy changes. Unique design creates space for hip healthy natural leg position. Perfectly transitions your baby in to their first Grobag (go back and enter to win one on Day 5!).

Made from super-soft and stretchy cotton, the Gro-snug is available in two different weights – Light and Cosy, for different room temperatures. Babies love it!

Cosy – for room temperatures between 16 – 20 Degrees Celsius
Light – for room temperatures between 21- 25 Degrees Celsius


  • Allows natural leg position; officially recognized as “Hip healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute
  • Available in Light and Cosy weights
  • One size fits newborns 5lbs to 12lbs
  • Includes FREE Nursery Thermometer and what to wear guide
  • Chest lined for secure swaddle comfort
  • Highest quality construction
  • Baby safe YKK zips, Nickel free poppers, and no rough edges or seams
  • Machine Washable and can be tumble dried on low heat.

Thanks to Oyaco, Inc. for letting us give one away to a lucky family! Don’t have a Newborn? You can still enter – this would be an AMAZING baby shower gift! Don’t want to wait? Click here to purchase one now.

To learn more Newborn Sleep Tips and to get to know the wonderful Pediatric Sleep Consultant, Sleep Angel Sophie who worked with Tasha and her husband, make sure to join my newsletter. You will get EXTRA ENTRIES into today’s giveaway and be eligible for special discounts, contests, promotions and more.

enter EACH DAY, especially on Day 11 where we will be giving away a Full Virtual Newborn Sleep Consultation Package (value $545.00), and on Day 12 where we are giving away a Full Private Baby Sleep Consultation Package (value $545.00)!

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35 thoughts on “Pam’s 12 Days of Christmas – Day 9”

  1. My son’s name was a name we’d thrown around for a few years while dreaming of having kids, when we found out he had a fatal defect and that the name meant, “carried by God” we instantly knew it was meant for our sweet boy. We named him Amos and he was born sleeping on November 3rd, 2017. We’re going to be fostering to adopt my addict cousin’s little girl who is due in March and we’ve named her Eden, it just popped into my head and I’ve always loved the nickname Edie, it just fits.

  2. We have a list of boy and girl names and when we saw our baby that’s when we picked which name best suits them from our list.

  3. My baby is 8 weeks and won’t sleep nor than two and a half hours. I’m so tired. His first name is William which runs in the family. We go by his middle name, Barrett and I chose it because I didn’t know others with it.

  4. Our son, Sebastian, was named after the old French story, “Belle and Sebastian” about a boy and his dog and the adventures that ensue. He is certainly an adventurous guy!

  5. My husband said he liked the name Collin and that name wasn’t even on my radar but I was like that is a nice name and we just agreed on it. It was so easy. Now for my second son we took a long time to agree on a name.

  6. My husband and I made name lists separately and then compared with each other and our son’s name, Oliver, was at the top of both of our lists (thank goodness he was a boy because we were so far apart on girl names, we might still be calling her “baby girl” if we’d had a girl!)

  7. Our baby had no name for three weeks because it took us so long to narrow-down our list! We eventually settled on a name that we liked, but also thought wouldn’t be too common (but also not unusual).

  8. In my family, the first female of every generation has this old Indian name. That will be my little girl who will be here in 36 days, first name and we chose his great great aunts name as a middle name.

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