If you are like me, when you or your family are confronted with an issue, you get right to work! You start looking for answers, doing research, and figuring out the best way to help. When my dad was diagnosed with arthritis, I started reading everything I could on the subject, and when my eldest son was born, it was no different. I realized that sleep was not going to come easily, so I began to educate myself on all things SLEEP. Needless to say, there was a lot of conflicting advice out there!
As parents, we cherish the Holiday Season and look forward to sharing these moments with our children and families all year. It is a magical time because although it may be cold and blustery out there, inside, our homes and our hearts are warm with love for each other and the power of togetherness. Most of us will host our friends and family or travel to see our friends and family who may be farther than we’d like. It is such a special time of the year; we want everything to be just right! We
Recently the AAP released the results of a new study that indicated many parents are not following safe sleep guidelines. Of course, I have a few thoughts on this! Read the study HERE: My advice? Make the sleep guidelines more realistic! If parents aren't listening, it means they are desperate for sleep and the recommendations are falling short without the "village" we once had. Instead, tell parents HOW to co-sleep safely, if they need to. People across the globe do it! (You can read our
Sleep training comes in all shapes and forms; there are so many different ways you can teach your baby healthy sleep habits! One of the most popular sleep training methods is The Ferber Method, also known as Ferberizing, which involves letting your baby cry at increasingly longer intervals until they are sleeping through the night and taking longer naps. Developed by Dr. Richard Ferber, the director of The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, at Children's Hospital Boston, The Ferber
Did you catch all the controversy a few weeks ago over the latest baby sleep book? The book in question is called The Newborn Sleep Book: A Simple, Proven Method For Training Your New Baby To Sleep Through The Night. The two authors who wrote it allege that by using their method (called "the Jassey Way"), you can start training your newborn baby to give up night feedings and sleep 8 hours or more each night, starting from about a week after birth. They boast an impressive 90% success
Last week, I had the privilege to participate on one of HuffPost Live's segments called "Sleep Like a Baby" and it was hosted by Nancy Redd, mother of a 1 1/2 year old. Also in attendance: Dr. Harvey Karp, Sara Marannis, and Edwin Iguina. Here is a recording of what you may have missed: On the segment, I was able to (virtually) meet Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block materials. It was neat to (virtually) meet him as his 5 S's were great for my son when he was a newborn.
Nap times go array when we miss the “sleep window”—that magic snippet of time in which baby is primed for la la land and will drift off peacefully (in the right environment). Perhaps you’ve seen your baby’s sleep window open—a glazed look, a yawn, or some agitated movements (depending on age)—but by the time you finished that bite of food, changed the diaper, and swaddled, that window had slammed shut on you! One missed window can set in motion a vicious cycle of overtired, short naps and more
Not too long ago, I received an e-mail from a long-term client, now working on her third son's sleep (second with me by her side) and boy WAS SHE ANGRY! Why? Her doctor told her that her 6 month old "technically" didn't have to eat at night anymore and she should avoid that "trap" that he had to eat at night. He said that he should be able to go 12 hours without eating (Can you?). Now, to give this some context, this little baby had already had some feeding and weight-gain issues, so it was