Happy Birthday Tired Teddies!

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And the winner is…

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Okay moms and dads. The moment you’ve been waiting for! Our panel of 5 independent judges each reviewed every entry submitted. They then gave their top 10 entries a score, ranking them from 1-10. All scores were then added together, and the highest total scores won. To everyone that participated, thank you!! So without further adieu… 1st Place: Elizabeth Jensen 2nd Place: Hilary Onesko 3rd Place (tie): Brandi Brandenburg, Lisa Knapp 6 runner-ups: Jessica Hills, Laura Skinner, Alana Dvorak, Georgia Duncan, Naomi Wagstaff, Alisha Johnson Congratulations! We will be in contact to verify shipping addresses to send you your prizes. Please refer to official contest rules to see what you won, or just wait for our email. 🙂

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Must-have travel items

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As a follow up to our “Travel Guide” blog post here is a list of cool travel items, that can make traveling with your family a little easier and fun. iPhone/Tablet Cases The Laugh and Learn Apptivity Cases are amazing! They allow your little one to still play with your iPad or iPhone without it getting ruined by falls, spills or even drool. Some are created so you can make the home button accessible for your older kids or inaccessible to your little tots. You can also download interactive learning games that use the case and iPad/iPhone in sync. The one featured below is an actual case, but there are other versions that are more interactive. The Speck iGuy is another option. This Gumby type case is fun and durable. It can be free standing or the little arms can be used as handles. Traveling Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory Use this strap to attach a car seat to your rolling, carry-on. It instantly makes a stroller while in the airport. This accessory comes in handy when you need as many free hands as possible while traveling. With this strap you don’t have to lug a car seat and stroller […]

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Travel Tips

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It’s summer, your kids are out of school and it’s time for vacation! Traveling six hours on a plane with a 2, 5 and 7 year old doesn’t exactly sound like the vacation you were hoping for, does it? These tips and tricks will help you, your child and the passengers around you have a more comfortable and enjoyable flight. Tip 1: Nap time. Schedule flights to coincide with your little ones nap time (if they still take naps). Sometimes it’s hard for kids to sleep on a plane because it’s an unfamiliar environment. If this is the case there is always Tired Teddies to help them fall asleep Tip 2: Take a breath. I know, I know. How can you possibly relax when you’re trying to carry all of your luggage, plus your kids’ luggage and maybe even a baby!? Just take your time; the person behind you might just have to wait an extra minute for you to gather up everything. Once on the plane and situated don’t start stressing about the baby possibly crying or what the man next to you is thinking. If he wanted a completely silent plane ride, with no kids then he should have […]

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Is Melatonin Safe For Kids?

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Dear Parents, I hope this post finds you doing well. With this blog post, I want to address a question that I’ve seen thrown around quite a bit by the media: Is melatonin safe for kids? As many of you know, the media loves to sensationalize things almost as much as they love to speculate. This is especially true when they have the opportunity to play on one particular emotion — fear. And there is nothing scarier than the thought of hurting our own children. So, why does the media do this? Why don’t they exercise the principles of fair journalism? Unfortunately, because they (usually) don’t get paid to be fair. They get paid and are rewarded for the number of eyeballs and clicks that their article generates. And that means the more sensational and attention-grabbing they can make it, the better. Let’s return to our original question: Is melatonin safe for kids? When I first had the idea for Tired Teddies in May of 2012, this was my #1 question. And after my initial Google search on the topic, I saw enough sensationalized articles to nearly can the whole idea and give up. After all, I didn’t create Tired […]

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“Sleep Diaries” Video Contest!

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OVERVIEW Entrants will submit a video sharing their child’s struggles with sleep/travel and how Tired Teddies has helped him/her. Every entrant who complies to contest guidelines will receive one (1) free travel pack of Tired Teddies.* 1. Have fun. This is a chance to be creative. 2. Create a compelling, emotionally-charged customer testimonial that is convincing and fun to watch. 3. Videos should be at least sixty (60) seconds and no longer than five (5) minutes. 4. Keep videos PG, children will probably be watching. 5. Videos will be judged on creativity and content. The sky’s the limit, make them heartfelt, clever, humorous, serious etc. We don’t expect perfection, but quality does matter, i.e. shaky cameras, background noise, poor picture etc. will influence judges. 6. A panel of judges will choose the top ten videos, ranking them first, second, third and the top seven runner-ups. “Sleep Diaries” Video Contest Official Rules by Teddy MD HOW TO ENTER 1. Contest opens Thursday, July 3, 2014. 2. Submissions will not be accepted after midnight on Friday, August 15, 2014. 3. Post your video to Youtube. Once video is uploaded to Youtube email the link to tiredteddies@gmail.com. In the email include your name, […]

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Official “Sleep Diaries”Rules

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Sleep Tip #3: Nightmares

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Nightmares can be such a nightmare. If you or your kids have nightmares often here are some tips and tricks to help prevent nightmares from occurring and/or reoccurring. What’s the difference between a nightmare and a night terror? Nightmares typically occur in REM sleep while night terrors occur within the first 90 minutes of falling asleep. Night terrors can typically jolt you awake paired with screaming, sweating and increased blood pressure. Only about 4-5 percent of adults experience night terrors. As much as 85 percent of adults experience nightmares. What causes nightmares? Some common causes for nightmares are eating late at night, stress, anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, sleep disorders and even some drugs. How can I help prevent nightmares? Leave at least two hours between eating and going to bed. As mentioned in sleep tip #1, eating before hitting the hay can have some negative effects on your sleep.Dr. Charles Bae, sleep medicine doctor at Sleep Disorders Center at the Cleveland Clinic said, eating snacks late at night can increase your body’s metabolism and temperature resulting in more dreams. Your brain will work much more during sleep if your metabolism is increased, and this is the time when your brain […]

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Sleep Tip #2: What do bananas, tuna, and yogurt have in common?

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Bananas, tuna and yogurt all help you sleep better! Certain foods have essential vitamins and minerals that help you get a good night sleep. Those essential nutrients are magnesium, potassium and calcium. All of these nutrients work together to improve sleep. Magnesium: Research has shown that one cause of insomnia may be the lack of magnesium. Magnesium is one of the key components to help regulate sleep. It isn’t uncommon for you to have a magnesium deficiency. As much as 80 percent of Americans don’t get enough magnesium in their diet. Magnesium rich foods: 1.) Avocados 2.) Bananas 3.) Brown rice 4.) Dark leafy vegetables: Spinach, Chard and Kale 5.) Nuts and seeds 6.) Oatmeal 7.) Quinoa Potassium: Is most often referred to as the “good salt.” Potassium and magnesium both serve as nerve and muscle relaxers. In order for you to get the sleep you need/deserve your body needs to be able to relax, which is why potassium is a vital nutrient. Potassium rich foods: 1.) Beets 2.) Molasses 3.) Nectarines 4.) Oranges 5.) Pistachio 6.) Sweet potatoes 7.) Tuna Calcium: Calcium is important for more than just your bones. James F. Balch, M.D. author of Prescription for Nutritional […]

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Do electronics prevent you from having a good night sleep?

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You have heard time and time again that your children shouldn’t have TVs or computers in their bedroom, but it might expand even further than that. Besides fearing your children are watching TV 24/7 or stumbling upon something inappropriate, having electronics in the bedroom can affect sleep! This goes for adults and children alike. Tablets, cell phones, TVs, game systems and computers influence the type of sleep we will have during the night. Researchers have found that the radiation from cell phones can cause problems in the sleep cycle. What they found is radiation delays and reduces sleep. One interesting factor they found was children and teens that use their phones often at night can develop ADHD-like symptoms. Professor Bengt Arnetz, who led this study, suggests that cell phones may activate the system in the brain that controls stress, causing it to be more active and less likely to relax and unwind to fall asleep. Science lesson: There are many kinds of light; green light, red light, blue light, white light and more. Blue light is the light that “boost attention, reactions times and mood. Blue light is pretty beneficial to the body in the day! Blue light has the […]

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