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Giving Parents and Babies a Better Night Sleep with Fade Away Sleep Sounds

This month’s “Dad of the Month” is a husband and father of two awesome boys. His “day job” is a TV and Film Editor. Some of his past projects have been “The Grey”, starring Liam Neeson, NBC’s “The Blacklist” Pilot, and NBC’s “State of Affairs.” And when he isn’t doing any television productions, he is spending all his free time on Fade Away Sleep Sounds.

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I had the opportunity to connect with Kevin to get to know more about this great dad and his business, Fade Away Sleep Sounds.

  1. What does your company do?

“Fade Away Sleep Sounds is a white noise sleep aid company. The womb is a very noisy place, and for some babies, making that transition to sleeping in the quiet environment outside of the womb can be a challenging one. That’s why white noise has been so successful with the little ones. The sounds we provide are sounds that tend to replicate actual white noise in the respect that they are at a constant pitch, tone and level. They both re-create that womb-like sounds and they also act as a masking sound, blocking out other unwanted sounds. Also, most of our Baby Sleep Sounds were developed to take the place of items parents were already using to help get their children to sleep (i.e. hair dryer, washing machine, shower sounds, the sound of a car ride, etc.).”

“Originally our sounds catered to babies and their needs, but we have since expanded our library to include sleep and relaxation sounds for adults too. What makes Fade Away Sleep Sounds different is the slow, gradual fade to silence at the end of every track. It’s so slow you can’t even hear it happening, and before you know it, your baby (and you) are sleeping un-aided.”

  1. When did you start your business?

“My first experience with white noise was with my oldest child back in 2003, but Fade Away Sleep Sounds didn’t start until 2008.”

  1. How did you come up with the idea?

“As I mentioned, my first time using white noise was with my first child. He was a fussy sleeper, and my wife and I had heard a little about the benefits of white noise, so we decided to try it out on a particularly challenging evening. The sound that ended up working was running bath water. It was amazing how this nearly inconsolable little person quickly relaxed and calmed when he heard that sound. With our second child, it was very much the same, except the sound he responded to was the hair dryer. And with him the response was almost instant…it was almost like flipping a switch. When the hair dryer turned on, he turned off. It was amazing! It got to the point where we just kept the hair dryer under his crib. A few years later we were sharing our experiences with our friends, telling them how well white noise has worked for us. Since I worked in the broadcast industry, I had a lot of the equipment needed to professionally record and produce video and audio, so I decided to record a sound for them and put it on a CD. They loved it and soon after Fade Away Sleep Sounds was born!”

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  1. How did you come up with the business name?

“We decided on Fade Away Sleep Sounds to highlight what was special and unique about us. If you’ve ever researched white noise companies, you’ll soon come to see that there are quite a few. However, none of them offered the slow fade to silence that we do, hence, “Fade Away” Sleep Sounds.”

  1. What do you hope your business accomplishes?

“I hope that if anything Fade Away Sleep Sounds can bring a little relief to babies and adults struggling with sleep. Sleep deprivation is a tough thing. If we can help in combating it, I think we will have accomplished just what we set out to do.”

  1. Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

“Right now we’re the little business that could. There have been times when Fade Away Sleep Sounds took a back seat to my editing career, which really hurt its growth. Now I’m trying to take a more balanced approach with my career and Fade Away Sleep Sounds. I’d like to see our library of sounds grow and have us to be more top of mind with parents and other businesses. In five years, I can see Fade Away Sleep Sounds as a leader in the white noise industry and a partner with other sleep related and parenting companies.”

  1. As a busy working dad, how do you find the time to balance it all?

“Balance is the key. Yes, work and career is important, but it’s nothing compared to being part of your child’s life. My wife and I created routines in our household, and we make a concerted effort to stick to them. This means consistent meal times where we sit down as a family and consistent routines, such as bed time. I’m very connected to my calendar, so I schedule everything. I know when my kids have a concert or a soccer game and whenever possible I schedule everything around those family type events.”

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  1. If someone is interested in purchasing from your company where can they go?

“I try to encourage everyone to go to our website at http://www.fadeawaysleepsounds.com/. That’s where you can find every sound we have, and where all our new sounds are released first. We even have free sounds available to people who register on our website. I’ve also tried very hard to make Fade Away Sleep Sounds available on most every digital platform as well. After our sounds have been released on our website, I then will start making the sounds available on all the other platforms out there, such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, etc. We are on most of the popular streaming and download sites.”

  1. Lastly, is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?

“I, and thousands of other parents, have had great success with white noise and have truly seen it benefit our kids. However, it’s not for everyone. I suggest testing white noise with your baby before buying a track from Fade Away Sleep Sounds or any other white noise company. Also, our Baby Sleep Sounds weren’t necessarily made to introduce to your baby, but to supplement the sounds you have already discovered work for your kids. So, if you know the hair dryer works for your baby, then go ahead and download our hair dryer tracks so you don’t wear out your own dryer. I also like to stress to parents not to play the sounds too loud. It is recommended that sounds for babies shouldn’t be any louder than 50 db. And the source of the sound shouldn’t be too close to the baby either. I suggest picking a sound level that is a close level to the actual sound…..so if someone is use to sleeping with a fan in their room, set the volume level to one that matches the actual fan.”

“We do have sounds that are more geared to adults too as I have mentioned earlier. While I think it’s great that the sound of a vacuum works well for a lot of babies, that’s the last thing I want to hear when I’m sleeping. That’s why we have other sounds like Rain Sounds, Thunder Storm Sounds, Ocean Roar, etc. I use those types of sounds all the time and love them!”

“Lastly, thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my company! I’m very proud of what it is and excited to see what it will become.”

Momma Braga is extremely proud to feature Kevin of Fade Away Sleep Sounds as this month’s “Dad of the Month” as he is such a humble, kind and is helping many babies (and parents) sleep better with the sounds he creates. What parent does not want better sleep?! I think we all do! This alone makes Kevin an awesome dad and our Dad of the Month.

Kevin is so awesome that he is giving us some free tracks to give away to our awesome readers. Make sure to follow Momma Braga on Facebook for contest details.

To follow Fade Away Sleep Sounds to see what they are up to, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as I have a feeling there is more to come from them!

Thank you Kevin for your time and wishing you many years of success!

Until next time……Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga
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Centreville: A Hidden Gem, A Ferry Ride Away from the Big City

Growing up in Toronto, there was many things to do as a family but one of my ultimate favourite places to go to was Centre Island or more specifically Centreville. I remember loving the ferry ride to get to the island and then spending the day on all the fun rides. Those are the moments that I remember and cherish to this day.

Now with a family of my own it was my turn to provide these same fun memories to my daughter who now at the age of two can enjoy more of them.

Here are my five top reasons why Centreville is a great place for families to visit.

Escape from the Big City

It is hard to believe that Centreville is only a ferry ride away from the busy city of Toronto, Canada and gives guests a scenic ride to the Island with unbelievable views of the city with planes flying overhead into the airport. Once you arrive at the Island you can already feel such a calming atmosphere. The scenery is landscaped beautifully and there is so much to see on the island. It is a great place to see and a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Click here to see a map of the island.

Momma Braga Tip: To avoid long line ups, it is best to purchase your ferry boat ticket online as it will save you time. Infants under the age of 2 are free; Children from 2 to 14 is $3.65 CDN; Student (under 19 with ID) is $5 CDN; Senior ($65+) is $5 CDN; and Adult is $7.50 CDN. This price is to and from the Island.

Photo Credit: Karen Braga
Photo Credit: Karen Braga

Centreville Amusement Park

From rides and games to a wide selection of food outlets, there is something for everyone at Centreville, like they say! Centreville celebrates 50 years of fun this year and has been a hot spot for families with young children for many years. Even though many know about Centreville Amusement Park, I think families don’t realize how toddler friendly it is. There are many rides and attractions for toddlers and that is the best part! There are of course some rides that are not recommended for toddlers but I find Centreville full of many more options.

Momma Braga Tip: When planning your visit, check out the website to see what type of rides they have and it also lists how many tickets you need to ride each one. The neat part of this section is that it lists the intensity of the rides under: Smooth, Moderate and Extreme. I also recommend to check the hours of operation as well before visiting, click here.

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There is no entry fee to enter Centreville Amusement Park (which is fantastic!) but to enjoy the rides and attractions payment is required. There are different rates depending on what you would like to do. Each ride requires a certain amount of tickets to ride them and you can also buy a pass which will provide you unlimited access to the rides for the day. You can purchase a Family of 4 All Day Ride Pass ($108 CDN) which must include at least 1 Adult; Individual All Day Ride Pass Over 4’ ($35.35 CDN); Individual All Day Ride Pass Under 4’ ($25.25 CDN); Sheet of 25 Ride Tickets ($23 CDN); Sheet of 65 Ride Tickets ($55 CDN); and Season Pass ($66.50 CDN). Please note that some rides require an adult to accompany a small child and therefore the adult will require a ticket. Keep this in mind when making your decision on what to purchase.

Momma Braga Tip: We purchased the Family of 4 All Day Ride Pass and we purchased it online to save some money ($105.50 CDN) as this way we didn’t have to worry about how many tickets we needed. If you are looking to buy a pass, I recommend to purchase it online to save yourself some money.

Nikki Favourites: Our daughter had a few favourite rides that she recommends for all her young toddler friends which are: Centreville Train; Antique Carousel; Kiddie Boat; Fire Engines; Touring Cars; Twirling Teacups; and the Pony Express.

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Photo Credit: http://www.centreisland.ca/centreville/rides-attraction

Far Enough Farms

A staple of Centre Island is the Far Enough Farms and a must see with your little ones. My daughter loves animals so of course this was on our must see list. Far Enough Farms is locating just east of Centreville Amusement Park and is open daily 365 days a year from 10 AM to 5 PM and completely free to enjoy! Yes! I said FREE! There are 40 different species to see at the farm and you can learn about them through the farmers and farm hands that are always on hand to answer any of your questions. We truly enjoyed this part of our visit and of course so did my daughter!

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Fun Games

Can’t forget about all the games that you can play to win some stuffed toys to add to your collection! Check out all the games they have on site by clicking here.

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Photo Credit: http://www.centreisland.ca/centreville/rides-attraction

Great Food Outlets

Plenty of yummy food to eat at Centreville and they are all great! We didn’t bring our own food as we decided to fully experience Centreville. Here is a list of all the available food outlets. We ended up eating at the Carousel Café which we just adored. They are located a short walk away from Centreville.

Photo Credit: http://www.centreisland.ca/food-and-drink/carousel-cafe
Photo Credit: http://www.centreisland.ca/food-and-drink/carousel-cafe

These are my top five reasons to visit the Centreville Amusement Park and if these reasons are not enough…..I think the most important part was it provided a city escape to spend time together as a family. Overall, we all had a great time and what tugged at my heart strings was seeing the pure joy in my daughter’s constant smile as she enjoyed every minute of Centreville. I got to see what my parents use to see in me and for that I am truly grateful for.

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga
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Brunhilda’s Backwards Day

My daughter, Nikki and I were very excited when we got a new book to add to our story time line up called, Brunhilda’s Backwards Day. This book is written and illustrated by Shawna J. C. Tenney.

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Brunhilda’s Backwards Day is an adorable children’s book that takes us into Brunhilda’s world which is full of witch trouble. Each morning she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed (yes she purposely does this, after all she is a witch), puts on her ugliest dress, eats spider mush for breakfast, and brushes her teeth with candy. She then looks in the mirror and happily observes, “You are utterly repulsive!” As soon as she leaves the house, she begins her trouble making ways and starts casting spells of chaos.

Then one night, Brunhilda’s cat decides to make trouble instead. The next morning Brunhilda finds herself having a backwards kind of day. It starts with waking up on the right side of the bed, having only a fluffy pink ball gown to wear, oatmeal for breakfast and toothpaste to brush her teeth instead of candy. On top of it all, her spells had the opposite effect and good was happening instead of bad. But with the good spells that she was doing she realized the reward of other people’s happiness was making her feel great. Brunhilda changed her ways for the better but of course she decided to still be her but a good her (minus the pink fluffy ball gown and I don’t blame her for that!).

Nikki and I give this book five witch cackles out of five. The story flows really well and it is an easy read. The illustrations articulate the story beautifully with the colourful pictures and characters. I honestly can’t get over how stunning the illustrations are!

The message that we got from this story is that being kind and nice to people makes you feel better than being mean. This is a great message for children to learn as it shows the effect of playing tricks can have on people and how being nice is the best way to be. This book beautifully portrays this empowering message clearly and it is done in the most artistic way for all to enjoy. It is better to be a nice person than a bully, that’s for sure!

We just adored this book and we think you will too! It is a great book for children ages 3 to 6 but I think even at 10 they would enjoy it too.

Looking forward to any upcoming books from Shawna J. C. Tenney. You can follow her on social media to keep up-to-date on what she has going on (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest).

To purchase this lovely book visit, https://www.amazon.com/Brunhildas-Backwards-Day-Shawna-Tenney/dp/163450691X.

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga
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