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
I believe one of the biggest misconceptions about sleep coaching is that sleep coaching has to be a black and white thing. This could be due to the fact that some of the books and literature out there paint it this way. "Don't ever EVER pick up your baby during sleep coaching" one book might say. Another might say you need to parent your baby to sleep 100% of the time, or else she will have problems for the rest of her life. But, in actuality, all children will sleep independently one day - the
When you have an inconsistent baby or toddler, every day is different. When that happens, it's easy to want to try to find the right "recipe" for good sleep. I remember trying to recreate exact days when my son, who inspired The Baby Sleep Site, slept well the night before or napped well. A successful bedtime routine is definitely something that is effective for many babies. In fact, if your baby is slower to adapt (i.e. not very "go with the flow") having consistency definitely helps a lot!
Over the years, I've really had to reflect on what works and what doesn't for so many families, in order to give the best advice to our clients. After personally working with over 40,000 families (with my team, of course!), I have a lot of opinions. :) Not too long ago, my eldest son (and inspiration for The Baby Sleep Site®) was going through a rough patch of waking a lot at night and coming into our room. Sometimes it was a nightmare and sometimes he just felt scared in the dark room,