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!
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
Many parents want to know when it's safe for their newborn to begin sleeping through the night. And, if you're breastfeeding? You're probably wondering about the impact on your breastmilk supply. Some books will lead you to believe that newborns can be sleeping through the night from a very young age. In fact, some books are controversial about it such as The Newborn Sleep Book: A Simple, Proven Method For Training Your New Baby To Sleep Through The Night. The two authors allege that by
The exhausting 4 month sleep regression is when your baby wakes very frequently at night and/or takes short naps. Regressions at other ages, including 8 months, 11 months, 18 months, and 2 years old, are temporary. The 4-month sleep regression is a permanent change to how your baby sleeps. Learn more about this exhausting time period and how to manage it with this guide. If after you read this you need individual help, please consider contacting a baby sleep consultant. The 4 Month Sleep
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
Recently, I had a client tell me that another sleep consultant was leading her towards cry it out by telling her something like "If you are in the room, that is like holding an aspirin in front of someone with a headache." and how cruel that is. This was an interesting statement that made me pause to consider whether this other consultant was right. Let's discuss! Let's go back to you teaching your child how to ride a bike without training wheels (and why crying is sometimes part of sleep