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Top Mistakes Families Make Regarding Sleep, Part IV: Choosing the Wrong Sleep Training Method

It’s extremely important for YOU to be comfortable with whatever sleep training method you use. You want to be comfortable executing your sleep plan through until the end.  Why?  Because consistency is crucial to get your baby sleep well! If something makes you feel uncomfortable, there’s a good chance your sleep plan won’t work.  Here’s […]

Let’s Talk About BLACKOUT BLINDS!

Blackout blinds are simply awesome. We, as human beings, are programmed to sleep best in a dark, quiet room.  This is because light suppresses the production of melatonin, which is the hormone that makes us sleepy.  As a result, someone can fall asleep more easily in a darker room than when there’s light beaming in. […]

Is sleeping through the night a developmental milestone?

Is sleeping through the night a developmental milestone that all children will eventually reach when they are ready? GREAT question!  The short answer is NO.  Sleeping through the night is NOT a developmental milestone.  See, here is a non-comprehensive list of examples of age-specific developmental milestones: rolling, sitting up, standing up, crawling, walking, talking, reading, […]

Is Cry It Out the Only Way to Sleep Train a Baby?

The following is a scenario I see all the time: The parents have a baby or toddler who doesn’t sleep well.  They want to make changes to their baby’s sleep habits.  But they think their only option is to let the baby cry-it-out and remove all night feeds cold turkey.  The thought of leaving their […]

Newborn Sleep Tips: How to Maximize your Newborn’s Sleep

Newborn babies and sleep usually don’t go hand in hand.  And there’s good reason for this- newborn babies wake frequently at night because they need to eat!  However, there is still lots you can do to maximize your newborn’s sleep, make everything as manageable as possible, and get your baby’s sleep habits off on the […]

How to Survive the Spring Forward Time Change

I think we can all agree that time changes should be outlawed, right?  They’re completely archaic and totally pointless in this day and age.  However, it doesn’t sound like they’re disappearing anytime soon.  So as parents of babies and toddlers, we really need to know how to best navigate these awful time changes. Because we […]

Establishing a Routine for your Newborn Baby

What is a routine? A routine is a sequence of events that take place in the exact same order every single day.  This is different from a schedule!  A schedule is when a baby wakes and sleeps at the exact same times every single day.  Newborn babies aren’t ready for a set schedule until they’re […]

The Witching Hour: What Causes it and How to Survive it!

Let’s talk about the witching hour, which is that intense fussiness during the late afternoon and early part of the evening.  What causes the witching hour and what can we do to help minimize it?  Is it colic? It’s often thought that colic is responsible for this fussiness.  However, true colic is only experienced by 15-20% of […]

How to Ensure your Child Sleeps While Travelling

How can you ensure your little ones sleep well when on holiday? A very important factor that determines how well your baby sleeps while travelling is his temperament, which is inborn.  Part of a child’s temperament determines how adaptable they are.  See, some children can easily adapt to a new environment after taking a few […]

Sleep Environment Transitions

Transitioning your child from one sleep environment to a new one can be very exciting!  Yet, it can also be stressful!  How do you transition your baby from a bassinet to a crib as seamlessly as possible? Or move your toddler from a crib to a bed without a fight? Or transition your child of […]

We’re talking about PACIFIERS!

Is a pacifier a helpful sleep tool for babies and children?  Or is it a sleep prop that only causes sleep problems? Pacifiers are a really interesting device because one day they can be your biggest savior as parents of young babies.  And then the next day, they are the bane of your existence. At […]

The Dreaded 8-10 Month Sleep Regression

Sleep regressions are never fun- and the regression that often happens between 8-10 months of age is no exception. What is causing this regression? For the most part, this regression is due to significant brain development. Babies this age go through many developmental milestones such as crawling, scootching, sitting up and standing up. Sleep often […]

The Dreaded 4 Month Sleep Regression

What’s going on here?  For the first 3 months of your baby’s life, you were able to peacefully rock her to sleep and expect nice long stretches between feeds.  All of a sudden, it’s taking you two hours to rock her to sleep.  On top of that, she’s waking up countless times a night, and […]

3 Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to Daylight Savings

Remember when daylight savings in the fall meant you got an extra hour of sleep?  If you’re a parent with young children, you’re probably reminiscing about those good old days.  Now that I’ve reminded you that daylight savings is around the corner, you’re likely also dreading a potential 5am wakeup from your little monkeys. Thankfully, […]

7 Steps to Creating a Sleep Plan

So your baby isn’t sleeping.  She can’t fall asleep on her own, she wakes up 5 times a night, she naps for 20 minutes at a time, and she has NO structure or routine to her day.  You’re exhausted and sleep deprived….AND SO IS YOUR BABY! Last night you were so tired that you accidentally […]

Help! My Child is an Early Riser!

Every parent dreads the thought of starting their day before 6am. Even waking up before 7am can be challenging! Here’s the not-so-good news: If your baby or child is waking between 6am and 6:30am and is well-rested, you may have to accept this reality. On the other hand, if your child is waking before 6am […]