Congratulations on Your Newborn 

Wow, your little one is sure growing and changing every day! Their first real laugh, the fear, and excitement that comes with each new leap and their ability to pull all-nighters because they can.

Hunger, teething, comfort, a messy diaper, gas…

The fog, haze, and exhaustion you are experiencing. Let me tell you something, you are not alone.

I am sure you are here for the same reason I went on a quest for sleep when my son Max was a newborn. I found sleep, sanity and Tiny Transitions was born, out of a passion for helping families achieve sleep in a gentle manner.

Wondering if it’s possible to get your child sleeping straight through the night?

I’ll answer that question for you in a minute…but first, I want you to do something for me.

I want you to take a moment and imagine a morning in the not-too-distant future where you are lying in bed and pop over to check the monitor because it’s been quiet and the sun is coming up. The silence must mean something is wrong.

It’s the morning.

And it’s still quiet. You fly out of bed and into their room, only to discover, yet, still sleeping soundly.

They did it.

They slept straight through the night. Not a peep.

Tell me how that makes you feel? 

Relieved? Happy? Anxious? Proud?

Whatever that emotion is, I am here to tell you that it’s a reality and within your reach.

And I want to get started right now. Trust me, even as an infant, sleep is a skill that children can learn. Keep reading, I promise it gets better.

Many parents ask me at what age their child should be sleeping through the night. When should they stop feeding or waking multiple times for you?

Babies do a lot of sleeping and eating their years. Since hunger is usually any parent’s concern, let’s start there. The average intake for a baby through the whole first year is 24 – 32 oz in a given 24 hour period. If your child gets their nutritional needs met in the daytime hours, they don’t need it at night and can sleep through the night, waking refreshed and hungry for breakfast. However, if they are eating breakfast and lunch while the whole world is sleeping, you can be sure they won’t be hungry for it in the morning because they just ate at 4 am.

If your child has gotten into the habit of needing you in the middle of the night, to eat, rock, hold, cuddle or co-sleep, all that has happened is they have not sharpened the skill of how to sleep independently. Every child can do it, children learn how to sleep by how they are taught.

However, I am going to share a simple statement no one is told or taught.

Sleep is a skill.

Everyone can learn new skills, they just have to be shown how to do it, gently and with no crying-it-out necessary. Sleep is a jigsaw puzzle that we solve together, uniquely with your sweet little one. I can teach you how to create a solid sleep foundation, coach you through these hard first years and get everyone into a terrific groove that they take with them forever.

I work with a lot of parents who want to take control of their family’s sleep now and for that, I applaud you. Many families will wait and wait and wait, believing that things HAVE to improve. Sleep doesn’t get better, in fact, with families it gets worse. Especially as a lot of things change in your baby, causing sleep regressions and setbacks that last months or even years.

If you follow the program I’m about to discuss with you, you’ll be giving your baby the skills they need to start sleeping through the night naturally, comfortably and independently.

(Yep, sleeping through the night, in just a few days.)

The Truth About a Lack of Sleep in Children

There are studies being published daily that discuss the impact of poor, broken sleep in children.

There are dangerous and long-term effects of sleep deprivation in children. I am not here to scare you. Think about how you felt when you woke this morning. That’s how your child feels too, they just can’t express it in the same way we can. Chronic sleep loss is linked to diabetes, ADHD, depression, anxiety, night terrors and much more. (and I am happy to share lots of studies that come out daily across the medical community on this, just ask.)

The fix, well, it’s simple. Really, it is.

As long as you have someone showing you what to do every step of the way, you should expect to see a wonderful improvement in their sleep and patterns that start to emerge as they grow.

There are certain foundational things you can do today that are important for setting the right environment that helps baby sleep:

  • Watch the awake windows, my sleep needs guide will be something you can tuck away, as your child grows. An overtired baby will eat much worse and be harder to settle, as the hormones that are triggered make them unable to calm easily.
  • Have a bedtime routine that consists of perhaps a bath or warm washcloth to the face. A final feeding or drink for the evening, a song or cuddle and then put them to bed. Creating this routine is helpful for signaling sleep is coming for children, even when they are infants. They learn this habit and begin to recognize sleep is coming.
  • Put your child to bed before they fall asleep. If the only way they know how to fall asleep is rocking to sleep, their dependency on rocking isn’t going anywhere and will become an expectation overnight to get them back to sleep when they wake in-between sleep cycles, as everyone does. (Even if you don’t remember)
  • Let your child “self-soothe” when they wake up at night. Falling to sleep independently is a skill, and — like any skill — it requires practice. So if you want your child to start sleeping through the night, you’re going to need to give them time to “put themselves back to sleep” when they wake up during the night. Does that mean tears and unnecessary crying? NO. It means that you are giving them a minute, sometimes they are just sorting things out. Not all tears are bad – and I am happy to share some research on what happens when we cry, as a briefly discuss here in a blog I wrote.
  • Ensure they take full-feeds to ensure they get as much nutrition during the day as possible. Kids need food and when they are hungry, they should absolutely eat. It’s recognizing if that eating truly is hunger or just habit.

While I teach parents this in many sessions, posts and conversations we have across my various platforms, there is one main challenge,

All children are different.

If it was easy, every kid would be an amazing sleeper. When I work with families, we look at a family’s goals, parenting approaches, sleep arrangements, temperament, and your little one’s personality.

I design a customized plan that’s unique to what’s happening with your child and parenting style because that is important for your success. There is not a one size fits all solution.

The program I’m about to show you takes both your child’s habits AND personality into account and lets YOU choose the approach that will work best for them!

The Truth About a Lack of Sleep in Children

There are studies being published daily that discuss the impact of poor, broken sleep in children. 

There are dangerous and long-term effects of sleep deprivation in children.

I am not here to scare you. Think about how you felt when you woke this morning. That’s how your child feels too, they just can’t express it in the same way we can. Chronic sleep loss is linked to diabetes, ADHD, depression, anxiety, night terrors and much more. (and I am happy to share lots of studies that come out daily across the medical community on this, just ask.)

The fix, well, it’s simple. Really, it is.

As long as you have someone showing you what to do every step of the way, you should expect to see a wonderful improvement in their sleep and patterns that start to emerge as they grow.

There are certain foundational things you can do today that are important for setting the right environment that helps baby sleep: 

Watch the awake windows, newborns should only be awake 45-60 minutes between naps. An overtired baby will eat much worse and be harder to settle, as the hormones that are triggered make them unable to calm easily.

Have a bedtime routine that consists of perhaps a bath or warm washcloth to the face. A final feeding for the evening, a song or cuddle and then put them to bed. Creating this at birth is helpful for signaling sleep is coming for children, even when they are newborns. They learn this habit and begin to recognize sleep is coming. 

Put your child to bed before they fall asleep. If the only way they know how to fall asleep is rocking to sleep, their dependency on rocking isn’t going anywhere and will become an expectation overnight to get them back to sleep when they wake in-between sleep cycles and after eating overnight.

Let your child “self-soothe” when they wake up at night. Falling to sleep independently is a skill, and — like any skill — it requires practice. So if you want your child to start sleeping through the night, you’re going to need to give them time to “put themselves back to sleep” when they wake up during the night. Does that mean tears and unnecessary crying of a newborn? NO. It means that you are giving them a minute, sometimes they are just sorting things out.

Ensure they take full-feeds every 3 hours (roughly) – to ensure they get as much nutrition during the day as possible, and perhaps wake 1 or 2 times for an overnight feed, then go back down to sleep.

Well, I teach parents this in many sessions, posts and conversations we have across my various platforms. 

The challenge. All children are different.

If it was that easy, every kid would be an amazing sleeper. When I work with families, we look at a family’s goals, parenting approaches, sleep arrangements, temperament, and your little one’s personality. 

With our Journey to Sleep Program, we work together through it all.

This is not a one size fits all solution. 

It is a high touch, private support, 1-on-1 every single day. 

If sleep has evaded your family for too long,  it’s time for us to chat. 

We’ll create the individualized plan you need to turn your sleepless nights around. 

Hi, I’m Courtney Zentz. You might recognize me from Fatherly, Romper, Tinyhood, Thrive Global, Yahoo or being a guest on partner’s media like the Merlin Magic Sleepsuit  or SlumberPod. Helping parents like you get their children sleeping through the night has become my passion.

I have an undergraduate degree in Finance and my Master’s in Marketing. After 12 years in Corporate America, I wanted more authenticity in my life. (My quarter-life crisis as I call it…) What you will care about is that I am a Pediatric Sleep Specialist, Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula, and I am an active member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants, just to name a few. I’ve been invited to present at conferences, speak to large Fortune 500 Corporations with many tired parents and make regular appearances on Podcasts® across the realm of parenting. 

But the thing I’m MOST proud of (besides my own 2 beautiful children Max & Sovella,) is the fact that I’ve been able to help families all over the world to solve the very same sleep questions that you’re having right now with your child. 

They are new, life with you is new, and they are on their very own journey in this big new world. 

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If sleep has evaded your family for too long,  it’s time for us to chat. 

We’ll create the individualized plan you need to turn your sleepless nights around.