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Are some babies just NOT SLEEPERS?

I got a message from a member of my Facebook group.  If you fantasize about what it would be like to have a baby that sleeps through the night, but you’re not doing anything about it, you should read my reply. The Question “Hey Eva, I have a question for you.  I’ve been following you […]

Toddler Naps- When Do Toddlers Give Them Up?

Nap transitions can be yucky and annoying at the best of times- and the 1-0 nap transition is no different.  In fact, getting rid of toddler naps completely can be a long, drawn out, not-so-fun process.  A mother named Grace in the My Sleeping Baby Facebook Community group wanted to know: when do toddlers go […]

How to get a Toddler to Sleep!

People are often SHOCKED to hear that many of my clients reach out for help because their toddlers are STILL not sleeping through the night.  Fixing toddler sleep issues is no easy feat, that’s for sure!  Unfortunately, bedtime battles and frequent, extended nightwakings are regular occurrences in many households with toddlers and preschoolers. Tons of […]

HELP! Why Can’t I Get My Baby to Nap?

Those of you who follow me are probably WELL aware of how important naps are for your baby’s overall sleep habits.  Daytime sleep is CRUCIAL for avoiding overtiredness, which can cause all sorts of ugly sleep problems you don’t want. But you know that already.  So you try your hardest to get your baby to […]

My Thoughts on the Shh/Pat Sleep Training Method

Traditional behavioural sleep training is not for every parent.  Maybe you’re not ready to make such big changes to your little one’s sleep habits.  Perhaps you hate listening to your little one cry- even if you’re in the room supporting him.  Or maybe you were blessed with an amazing sleeper who doesn’t need sleep training! […]

A sleep trained baby…yet so many nightwakings?

Any parent who’s done the slightest amount of research on infant and toddler sleep will know how important it is for their little one to fall asleep independently.  But what’s a parent to do or think when their little one IS falling asleep independently, but continues to wake up a million times a night? An exhausted […]

How to Survive the Fall-Back Time Change

The fall-back time change is coming up very soon! This is probably the most ANNOYING day of the year for every parent of a baby or young child.  Why?  Because your child’s 6:30am wakeup, which is early enough as it is, has suddenly turned into a 5:30am wakeup overnight.  We can thank this barbaric, out-of-date […]

The Dreaded 18 Month Sleep Regression

Now let’s talk about the 18 month sleep regression.  This one can be a doozy!  I mean, isn’t every problem more challenging when the baby has reached toddlerhood? 🙂 What causes this regression? There are a few factors that typically cause this regression.  Firstly, he’s learning how to exert power and control over his environment—and […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]