You've finally taken the first step and decided to work with a baby or toddler sleep expert (or about to). Congratulations! One thing I've learned in my many years of sleep consulting is that some families are more successful than others. True, much of it depends on your baby and his or her temperament and personality, but I also find that successful families have a few things in common. Here are 5 things to keep in mind when working with a baby or toddler sleep expert: 1. Open Up I
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When I knew I was going to become a mom for the first time, knowing I would be away from most of my family, I devoured all the books I could find on pregnancy, birth, the newborn stage and beyond. It helped me feel more prepared overall, but everyone kept reassuring me that everything would be just fine...that my baby and I would settle into a rhythm - naturally. But not everything did come naturally. We needed help with feeding and tackling reflux, but, most notably, we needed help with sleep!
Self-care can feel like a foreign concept or an impossible feat when you are a mom or dad of a young baby. Babies require so much time, effort, love, and giving that it's easy to feel depleted at the end of the day. The extra challenging part of raising young babies (or toddlers) is the day never really ends... especially when you have a sleepless baby. Maybe you haven't started or just started sleep coaching and you have a ways to go. Or maybe your baby is going through something that you can't
Don't freak out at that title. Yes, I know it seems odd - this is The Baby Sleep Site®, after all! Shouldn't we be talking about how to put an awake baby to sleep, and not the other way around? Well, stick with me. While we do specialize in helping sleepless babies find their sleep, we also offer tips on how to keep a baby awake - or how to wake a sleeping baby - and when it makes sense to wake your baby. And one of the occasions when you may find you need to keep your baby awake is
We're shifting gears a bit with today's article, and tackling a subject that we've never tackled on this blog: postpartum depression. Our team got to talking and decided that since we are a company dedicated to helping moms of babies and toddlers, it's high time we addressed this very real and pervasive diagnosis, especially since we know that a fair percentage of you readers have likely struggled with it as some point (or are perhaps struggling with it right now).
Well, readers, you know what they say -- new year, new start! If your baby or toddler is struggling to take restorative naps, or is having a hard time sleeping through the night, now is the time to take action! With some work on your part (and some help from those of us here at The Baby Sleep Site), 2014 really can be a year of peaceful sleep for your whole family. With that in mind, here are are 14 tips you can use to get started on improving your baby or toddler's sleep, and to ensure that
Happy New Year! The last year has flown by for a lot of us, in some ways, and really dragged in others, especially if your baby hasn't been sleeping. When you're not getting good sleep, days feel terribly long, sometimes. You know what I'm talking about if your baby was part of the Massive Recall of 2011 Babies. :D It's time to take a look into our future and see what we can do to improve sleep in 2012! Here are 7 tips to make sure 2012 is a year of better baby sleep for your baby and your whole
We recently contacted award winning parenting expert, Brenda Nixon, M.A., author and speaker, who empowers and inspires confidence in parents of tots to teens. Brenda's books include The Birth to Five Book, her co-authored A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts, and she's a contributor to 30 titles, including several in the New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Brenda loves to keep busy speaking, writing, and hosting her weekly radio show, The Parent's Plate. We wanted
It seems like it would be simple, but I remember being clueless when my baby was first born. How do you hold a baby or, (gasp!) change a diaper? How do you feed a baby? And, yes, how do you get or put your baby to sleep at night? This article will be a simple guide to this way-more-complicated-than-you-thought task a new parent has to figure out: How to put your baby to sleep. When your baby is first born, you actually marvel at how instinctual it is, in a way. At first, most of us probably