With topics ranging from helping your little one learn to fall asleep independently, to answers about top CIO questions, to age-appropriate bedtimes, these articles were really popular last year. Take a look below, and see if we’ve included your personal favorites!
10 Baby and Toddler Sleep Articles You Loved In 2014
You guys sure do love hearing directly from Nicole. 😉 And no wonder – she’s a wealth of sleep training wisdom! In this article, Nicole shared the top 10 things she wishes everyone knew about sleep training. Learn what “finished” sleep training means, what Nicole thinks to toddler sleep training, why we parents sometimes need more “training” than our babies, and more!
Want to bask in Nicole’s sleep training wisdom? Click this link to learn the 10 things she wants you to know about sleep coaching your child!
Ever heard of a neat little book called The Wonder Weeks? It’s designed to walk you through the early years of your child’s development, and to alert you to common “fussy spells” that actually become big, developmental leaps forward for most children. The theory is that if you know approximately when these “wonder weeks” occur, the symptoms of each, and how each fussy spell is actually preparing your kiddo for a mental leap, then you can better-respond to your child. Well, we like this theory a lot, but we were curious: how does each “wonder week” impact a child’s sleep? And so we studied, and researched, and wrote – and the result was this post!
Curious about how the various wonder weeks will affect your baby or toddler’s sleep? Click the link to see our chart!
Growth spurts can be tough to navigate – most babies and toddlers wake more frequently during growth spurts, and need to eat more often than usual. But the same can be true of a sleep regression…so how do you know which is which? Is your little one going through a particularly noticeable growth spurt, or is this a sleep regression rearing its ugly head? It’s important to know, because your response to each may be different.
Want our insights on how you can tell a sleep regression apart from a growth spurt? Click on over and get the scoop!
Okay, okay, so this isn’t exactly an article – it’s more of a totally-free-customized-daily-schedule-generator. But hey, who doesn’t love a FREE tool that creates customized schedules based on your child’s age and usual morning wake time? This has proven to be an incredibly popular tool so far, and it’s one that we know many of you will return to again and again as your child grows.
Want your own customized baby/toddler nap schedule? Click through for details!
Cry it out is a controversial topic among sleep-training parents…we get that. But it’s also a topic that we find many parents have questions about. Well, what if I told you that Nicole herself was available to answer your most pressing CIO questions? She is, in this article! She answers the most common CIO questions we hear in our help desk, and sets the record straight on a variety of CIO-related topics.
Want to see the questions, and hear her answers? Click this link to read the article!
If you are going to work on improving your baby or toddler’s sleep, there are a ton of ways you can go about doing it. The pace at which you sleep coach, the sleep training method you use, the order in which you tackle sleep problems…all this is 100% customizable! But no matter how you approach sleep training, there are 3 key ingredients to better sleep for your baby and toddler, and you will need to address each of them in your sleep training.
What are these key ingredients? Click over to find out!
Learning to fall asleep independently, without mom or dad’s help, is the #1 most important step in the journey towards sleeping through the night and longer, more restorative naps. Until your kiddo can fall asleep without your intervention, you likely won’t make much progress towards better sleep, since he’ll need you there to put him back to sleep every single time he wakes. But this is one of those ‘easier said than done’ scenarios, isn’t it? That’s why we published this article – it offers 5 steps you can work through to help gently wean your kiddo away from her sleep associations, and to put her on the path towards independent sleep. (And don’t let the title fool you – “alone” doesn’t have to mean “alone in a crib in a separate room”. These steps work for co-sleeping and room-sharing parents, too!)
Want to know more about these 5 steps so that you can try them at home? Click the link to read the post, and get started now!
Sleep training can be overwhelming, man – where do you start? What issue do you tackle first? That’s why we often tell parents that the first step is the hardest to take. We know how overwhelming it can be to even think about trying to overcome your little one’s sleep challenges – especially if you’ve got A LOT of sleep challenges on your hands? Multiple night wakings + bad naps + a handful of strong sleep associations = a situation that feels so impossible to solve, you may just decide to not even try. That’s why we wrote this particular post – we wanted to make it feel a little easier to take that first step, and to begin working on sleep training. This post lays out 5 simple things you can do right now, this very day, to get started on improving sleep.
What are these 5 simple steps? We’re glad you asked. 😉 Click through to read the article and learn how you can get started on sleep coaching right now!
Do-it-yourself sleep training? That can definitely work, which is why we provide a whole lot of do-it-yourself sleep training resources! But here’s the thing – like so many things in life, some people find that they need professional help in the sleep training department. Just like not everyone can fix their own automobile without help from a mechanic, and not everyone can do their own taxes without the aid of a CPA, and not everyone can remodel their own bathroom without consulting a plumber, not everyone can sleep train successfully without a sleep consultant. So when can you sleep train on your own, and when does it make sense to consult a pro? We can’t define that for everyone, obviously, but in our years of work, we’ve identified 7 distinct scenarios in which families usually need help from a sleep consultant.
Want to know what those 7 scenarios are? Click this link to read all 7!
Boy, did you ever love this one!! And we don’t blame you; who doesn’t love super-helpful, printable charts? In this article, we shared our recommendations for the best bedtimes at every age and stage, from birth through toddler-hood. And that’s not all – we also shared general sleep tips for each age, as well as total sleep ranges and average “wake times” that are best for each stage. So yeah, this is basically your one-stop article for sleep! And because we love you, we made it printable – print off copies for yourself, for your friends, for your family members — print as many as you want, and use this hand resource again and again!
Want to know when exactly we think you should be putting your baby or toddler to bed? Look no further – click over to read (and print!) our handy bedtime chart.
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If you’re looking for ways to get your baby or toddler into a healthy sleeping routine during the day, I encourage you to explore Mastering Naps and Schedules, a comprehensive guide to napping routines, nap transitions, and all the other important “how-tos” of good baby sleep. With over 45 sample sleep schedules and planning worksheets, Mastering Naps and Schedules is a hands-on tool ideal for any parenting style.
For those persistent toddler sleep struggles, check out The 5 Step System to Help Your Toddler Sleep. Using the same unique approach and practical tools for success, this e-book helps you and your toddler sleep through the night and enjoy a better daytime schedule.