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A Guide on Making a Nap Transition

A Guide on Making a Nap Transition

Nap Transitions - Is now the right time? As a parent, this is one of the 345 questions that run through your head on any given day about parenting. When is it time for a nap transition? Are they sleeping enough? Why are they not sleeping through the night? Are naps...

Attachment Parenting & Sleep Training

Attachment Parenting & Sleep Training

Boy, that’s A LOT to cover in a title. In my experience, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, room sharing often go nicely together, sleep training is generally the phrase that can ruffle feathers. I want to explain a bit more about parenting philosophies and how they...

My Baby is Playing in the Crib At Nightime – What Should I Do?

My Baby is Playing in the Crib At Nightime – What Should I Do?

Today I want to talk a little bit about playing in the crib. If you are a veteran of the Sleep Sense program, this might sound like something you've experienced. If you're not, this might sound like the craziest thing ever. If youíve got a child who's not sleeping...

Are Early Morning Wakings Derailing Your Sleep?

Are Early Morning Wakings Derailing Your Sleep?

How to Keep Your Kids in Their Own Room & Out of Your Bed during those Early Morning Waking's Here it is, 4:30 am and the pitter-patter of little feet come shuffling across your bedroom floor and over to your side of the bed, “Mom, I am awake” is quietly whispered...

Does White Noise Help Baby Sleep?

Does White Noise Help Baby Sleep?

Hands up if this sounds familiar Your fussy baby finally falls asleep for her afternoon nap and you sit down for a much needed moment to yourself only to hear a car with a broken muffler roaring down the street. Just like that, Sleeping Beauty is wide awake and mad...

The Secret to Longer Naps for Your Baby

The Secret to Longer Naps for Your Baby

Naps are an interesting beast. Most families I work with as a sleep consultant involve challenges with your baby sleeping through the night. As a result of poor overnight sleep, many families often then struggle with naps, nap timing and how to make them last longer...

Three Myths About Sleep Training

Three Myths About Sleep Training

Do you want to know something that really gets me fired up? It's when Moms (either online or in real life) are talking sleep, and I hear comments like this: You should just enjoy getting up to nurse all night ñ someday heíll be all grown up and you'll miss it. Or You...

Breaking the Nightly Bottle Habit

Breaking the Nightly Bottle Habit

This week's question comes from Teresa. My 11-month-old goes to bed with a bottle and wakes for a bottle in the night. How do I break her of this habit? Good question, Teresa! When you put your baby in bed at night, it's fine to include the bottle in her routine. You...

Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?

Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?

This is a question I often asked my first son when he was an infant. I asked it in a sweet voice, I asked it in a pleading voice, I asked it in an angry voice, but no matter how many times I asked, he never gave me the answer. I can remember the night and some of you...

Is Co-Sleeping Dangerous For Your Baby?

Is Co-Sleeping Dangerous For Your Baby?

There is no way to sugar coat it: SIDS is truly is a parent's worst nightmare. I remember worrying to the point where I got up several times a night to check on my first son while he was sleeping. I was exhausting myself, and finally, I had to sit down and come to...

Crib to Bed Transition

Crib to Bed Transition

  Moving to a big boy or big girl bed is a very exciting time for a child. It is a huge milestone in your child’s life and should be celebrated! Parents have varying reasons to make the move and for some parents, the concept of the move can be quite...

Does Teething Affect my Baby’s Sleep?

Does Teething Affect my Baby’s Sleep?

Have you ever heard the story of Catherine O'Leary's Cow? Back in 1871, the Chicago Tribune reported that the cause of the Great Chicago Fire was a cow, Catherine O’Leary’s cow to be precise, kicking over a lantern in the barn while it was being milked. Unfortunately,...

Dropping A Soother

Dropping A Soother

Before my last bundle of joy arrived, I spoke with my husband about soothers and whether or not we should use one at all this time. As a Certified Lactation Counselor, I know that introducing a soother reduces statistically the longevity of successful nursing, which I...

Getting Sleep Ready for Your New Baby

Getting Sleep Ready for Your New Baby

During the last few months of pregnancy, many women experience nesting big time! Getting the baby’s nursery ready for is usually the first item on mom’s to-do list as they approach the birth of a new baby. As I near the birth of my second child, I think back on all of...

How To Drop One Nap

How To Drop One Nap

One of the nicest transitions I experienced with my firstborn was when we decided to consolidate his two short daytime naps into one big one, right in the middle of the day. I can’t deny it, I loved the time off in the middle of the day. He went from sleeping an hour...

Crib to Bed Transition

Toddler Bedtime – Helping Toddlers Stay in their Bed

Reduce Stress, Reduce Anxiety and Help your Toddler to Sleep with Ease. Toddlers are fascinating little humans, aren’t they? Watching them develop into thinking, creative little people is such a fascinating time, and one that parents often wish would last a little...

How to Handle A Light Sleeper?

How to Handle A Light Sleeper?

Is your baby a light sleeper? Does she wake up every time you so much as walk past her door? Does she go from fast asleep to wide awake the second you put her into her crib? This is one of the most common complaints I get from parents. They say that their babies are...

MY Baby Sleeps Through the Night! Does YOURS?

MY Baby Sleeps Through the Night! Does YOURS?

“My 8-week-old son sleeps through the night all by himself!”, says the mom sitting to your left at your local mommy support group. “My daughter skipped the 4-month sleep regression! She not only sleeps through the night but sleeps until 10 am every morning!”,...

Is Sleep as Important as Diet?

Is Sleep as Important as Diet?

I’m sure you can guess what my answer is to this question, since I am, after all, a pediatric sleep consultant. I tend to put a high priority on sleep and am, in my humble opinion, justifiably passionate about its benefits for babies. But is my passion for sleep...

Transitioning From Two to One Nap

Transitioning From Two to One Nap

The transition from 2 naps a day to 1 nap a day usually occurs sometime between 12 and 18 months for most babies. It can sometimes be difficult to tell when your baby is ready to make the switch from 2 naps a day to 1, and dropping a nap too soon can backfire and lead...

Early Wakings Suck.

Early Wakings Suck.

A Plan to Stop Kids from Waking before the Sun. “Go Back to Bed." - mumbles mom from under the covers. A likely phrase in your house, especially with a child who has determined they are ready to get up for the day before the farmers. The issue of early wakings is...

Preventing Overtiredness

Preventing Overtiredness

If there’s anything that can send your child’s sleep off the rails, if there’s an arch-enemy for sleep training, it is, without a doubt, the dreaded condition of overtiredness. Kids, as with all people, have a natural rhythm when it comes to sleep. Our bodies secrete...

Farewell Rock-n-Play! Now What?

Farewell Rock-n-Play! Now What?

By Rosie Hawley Sleepless nights, up every hour, struggling to walk straight to take your crying baby out of their bassinet for the umpteenth time in the middle of the night….ENTER, the Rock-n-Play. Can you imagine life without your cell phone? That’s what I might...

Removing Yourself From Baby’s Sleep Routine

Removing Yourself From Baby’s Sleep Routine

So, perhaps that’s a bit of a misleading title. I’m not suggesting that you can remove yourself from baby’s bedtime routine altogether. Even if you could somehow say to your child, “Alright. It’s almost bedtime. Go have a bath, brush your teeth, get into your PJs,...

Are Early Morning Wakings Derailing Your Sleep?

Sleep Training and Daycare

One of the biggest obstacles my clients face is what do when they send their little ones to daycare. Whether they’ve already gotten their baby on a carefully planned nap schedule or they’re planning on starting one, a problem obviously arises if their daycare provider...

Switching to a Big Kid Bed

Switching to a Big Kid Bed

One of the most common questions I get asked as a baby sleep consultant is, “When should we move him into a big kid bed?” My favorite answer to this is, “Later,” and there are a couple of reasons why I say that. Number one is because there are so many other priorities...

Reclaiming Your Bed

Reclaiming Your Bed

Before I had my first child, I was so excited about the idea of co-sleeping. I had these visions of my partner and I sleeping peacefully with our little baby snuggled oh-so peacefully between us. Those first few dreamy moments in the morning when we looked at each...

Testing, Teething, and Illness

Testing, Teething, and Illness

Testing After you have gotten your little one sleeping well, you may still experience the occasional “test night”, and this can happen with any age group. It might manifest as suddenly protesting a bedtime or naptime when there is no explanation for the behaviour. It...

Toddlers and Their Stalling Tactics

Toddlers and Their Stalling Tactics

Toddlers are fascinating creatures, aren’t they? Watching them develop into thinking, creative little people is such a fascinating time, and one that parents often wish would last a little longer. Of course, they usually wish that after baby’s grown out of the toddler...

Travel Tips and Jetlag

Travel Tips and Jetlag

It has taken you a few weeks to get your baby into a good schedule and sleeping well. Now that you’ve put in the time, effort, and energy to make this big change in your family’s life, that trip you have planned for next month is starting to stress you out! If you’re...

What To Do When Things Don’t Go As Planned?

What To Do When Things Don’t Go As Planned?

Chances are if you’re considering hiring a sleep consultant, you’ve done a little bit of reading about sleep training. Alright, truth be told, you’ve probably looked at about three hundred different websites trying to find out how to get your little one to sleep...

What If Baby Gets Sick?

What If Baby Gets Sick?

One of the most aggravating situations I see parents running into when they’re sleep training is the sudden onset of a minor illness when they’re finally seeing some progress. After months of sleep issues, they finally decide to take the initiative and get serious...

Transitioning From Two to One Nap

Snoring, Mouth Breathing & Sleep

As a mother, the sight of your baby sleeping means they’re relaxed, feeling safe, and content with everything around them. However, the adorable purr coming from my child was not as innocent as I believed it to be. Interestingly enough, snoring and mouth breathing...

When Can I Make Exceptions?

When Can I Make Exceptions?

One of my biggest rules for parents who are sleep training is to remain consistent. Whether it’s the bedtime routine, where baby sleeps, or what the consequences are for leaving their room in the night, consistency is absolutely essential to regular nights of quality...

Breaking the Nightly Bottle Habit

When Can I Night Wean?

I get asked this question a lot, and I have two answers for you. First of all, the clinical one. If your child’s six months or older, gaining weight as expected, and your doctor says you’re okay to end nighttime feeds, then go ahead and give it a shot. But that...

When Will My Baby Sleep Through The Night?

When Will My Baby Sleep Through The Night?

This is a difficult question to answer without getting into some specific details, which is unfortunate because when parents ask me this, I know they’re looking for a quick, concise, time-based answer. “Three nights from now,” or “Six months old,” are the kind of...

Why Should I Hire A Sleep Consultant?

Why Should I Hire A Sleep Consultant?

“With all of the information that’s readily available online and the resources you have at your disposal in the form of friends and family who have managed to get their kids to sleep, why would you want to invite a stranger into your home to get your child sleeping...

What To Do When Things Don’t Go As Planned?

Is Sleep Deprivation Impacting Your Relationship?

What is it about you having a lousy night’s sleep that makes everyone else so awful? It seems that way, doesn’t it? You have a night of broken, interrupted, just plain lousy sleep, and the next day people are driving like they’ve been lobotomized, humming and hawing...

3 Reasons You Should Hire a Sleep Consultant

3 Reasons You Should Hire a Sleep Consultant

When people ask what I do, it’s often met with a stare and awkward curiosity. “You help kids to sleep?” — yes, and it’s the most amazing job in the world. As a certified sleep consultant, I can tell you the research and very fundamental reason for the start...

Does Teething Impact My Baby’s Sleep?

Does Teething Impact My Baby’s Sleep?

A baby teething gets blamed for just about every ailment imaginable when it comes to babies. Baby’s got a fever? Probably because she’s teething. Baby’s crying more than normal? I bet it’s sore gums from those teeth coming in. Baby’s got runny poop for a couple of...

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