It’s hard to believe that the new year is almost here, and we have helped so many families get started on their journey to better sleep. As we close out 2017, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the blog articles that our readers loved most this year!
With in-depth advice on topics ranging from newborn sleep problems; to answers about early rising; to nap fighting; and top toddler sleep problems, these articles (not in any particular order!) were really popular this year. Take a look below – you may just get a new favorite too!
Changing sleep habits are a pretty big deal for most of us, and starting sleep coaching is like starting a new fitness program – it takes commitment, determination and lots of support. Deciding the right time to begin sleep coaching can also be challenging for many parents.
With several sleep regressions in baby’s first year alone, it’s no wonder most parents dread the words! But given that every baby is different and regressions may hit at slightly different ages, it can be confounding to know whether your baby’s sleep changes are due to a regression, phase, growth spurt or any other number of factors.
It’s no secret that naps are often a lot tougher than nights when you’re talking about good, quality sleep. Daytime sleep is a lot different than night sleep and many children need more space to learn to sleep independently for naps.
If you are considering a cry-it-out approach to help your baby get their best daytime sleep, click here to find out what you need to know before you start.
Most of us know that newborns sleep A LOT! And although some newborns can sleep for longer stretches during the day or night, this is definitely not true for every baby. Our article will help you get a feel for what “normal” newborn sleep looks like, and 6 reasons your newborn may not be getting enough sleep.
For help putting all the pieces of the newborn sleep puzzle together, click here!
Toddler-hood can be an amazing and magical time where your baby is suddenly growing into a little person, full of personality, opinions, and questions. But with all this excitement can also come some downright perplexing sleep problems!
It is no wonder this was one of our most popular articles in 2017. To take a look back at how to handle the 9 most challenging toddler sleep problems, click here now!
Wow, readers were very interested in toddler sleep this year! Sometimes, though, it can be hard to distinguish between “normal” toddler behavior and behavior that signals some kind of larger problem or deeper issue. This can be especially true when it comes to our toddler’s sleeping habits. Click here to learn what’s considered “normal” bedtime behavior for a toddler, and what’s a sign of a more serious sleep problem.
One of the questions we hear pretty frequently from moms and dads who have newborns and young infants at home is, “How can I get my baby on some kind of schedule?” The problem is, most babies are not ready for strict, by-the-clock schedules until they are about 6 months old. This often leaves parents of newborns and young babies wondering how they can bring some order and predictability to their babies’ days. Creating what we call “fixed points” in your baby’s day is a gentle way to provide some structure and routine, which in turn can help promote better sleep for your baby. Read more about how to use “fixed points” here.
3. Should Your Baby Nap in the Infant Swing?
Chances are you’ve put your baby in the swing for naps at least a few times. Naps tend to be fussier times of the day for infants, after all, and many parents reach a point at which they’re willing to try anything to make naps easier. Enter the swing! But is this a good idea? Should you let your baby take naps in the swing? That’s the topic we’re tackling in our number 3 article – click here to read our take.
We’ve said a lot over the years about cry it out sleep training methods. Nevertheless, this is a topic that we get lots of questions about in our Helpdesk. Specifically, lots of parents ask us when they should/shouldn’t try cry it out, and how cry it out is going to work with their babies’ personalities and temperaments. Well, you’ve asked – and now we’re answering! Click through for 11 vital dos and don’ts of cry it out sleep training, as well as tips to help you decide whether or not cry it out will work with your child’s temperament.
For many families, there comes a time when mom and dad are ready to transition away from co-sleeping, and to move their baby or toddler into a crib (or a bed). But this is one of those ‘easier-said-than-done’ things, isn’t it? Way easier for me to type ‘transition away from co-sleeping’ than it is for you to actually do it! ? Fortunately, we are here to help with this process. In our number one article from 2017, we’re looking at how you can gently transition your baby or toddler away from co-sleeping – click to read!
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