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Jana Kramer is every parent crying over sleep regression

Her son is 19 months old and his mama is so tired.

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Jana Kramer

Actress and country singer Jana Kramer got super real on Instagram this week, posting a photo of herself crying over her son's sleep regression.

At 19 months old, her son Jace is having a very hard time sleeping. He's teething, he's crying and his mama is just overwhelmed.

"This is motherhood. Exhausted, heart strings breaking and crying in a dark room just wanting their baby to fall asleep because you're exhausted too," Kramer captioned her teary selfie.


"I have never heard these kinds of screams from and it's literally BREAKING my heart," Kramer continued. "Apparently it's the 18-21 sleep regression. (I had his ears checked and all are good now). His molars all 4 are coming in. And he throws his lovey and wubs out of the crib."

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Poor Jana. This is so hard but we love how she's sharing the hard side of motherhood as much as she shares the fun and glam parts of her life.

But here's the thing—according to Motherly's resident Sleep Expert, Rachel Gorton, sleep regressions aren't real.

That doesn't mean the frustration that Kramer and he son are feeling are not, but that it is a solvable problem instead of an inevitability.

"Your baby suddenly not sleeping through the night or the abrupt change in her positive sleep habits? That's real. Your baby who decides to start protesting naps? That's also real," Gorton explains.

"But, let's for a moment break down the very definition of this term. Regression is "the act of going back to a previous place or state, return or reversion." While it might seem that your baby is returning to previous sleep habits that were less than stellar, it is important to know that they are also going through huge developmental milestones for the first few years of life—all of which can and most likely will affect sleep."

So what does that mean for Jana Kramer and Jace?

It means that her 19-month-old is going through a transition. He's growing and changing (hello, molars!) and it is having an impact on his sleep. But he's not regressing, he's growing and his mama can grow through this with him.

As Gorton explains: "Providing extra comfort and soothing through this transition is perfectly okay. Just keep it simple and try not to introduce any major changes in sleep habits, such as starting to co-sleep."

It's totally possible that at his age Jace is starting to have nightmares.

"This is very common once children are at the age where their imaginations develop, they are starting to explore the world, and they are stimulated throughout the day," Gorton explains.

Kramer is already doing so much good by encouraging Jace to self-soothe with his lovey, but she doesn't need to be afraid to comfort him when he cries or when his lovey is tossed out of the crib. Providing the comfort he needs in order to fall back asleep will help Kramer get back to sleep, too.

"You may need to consistently guide [your toddler] back to bed. Even if it means you put [them] back in bed 35 times in a night, after enough consistency and communication, [they] will start to understand boundaries," Gorton explains.

This will pass for Kramer and Jace. It's so hard, and we totally understand how it can bring a mama to tears. But with consistency, routine sleep will come again.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

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Detective set

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

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Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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