When I was pregnant with my second child, I knew it was “normal” to wonder if I could possibly love my second as much as my first. I remember having conversations with my mommy-friends and hearing from most of them that going from 1 to 2 children was hard. Only one of my friends said the transition wasn’t that bad. “You’ve already adjusted your whole life to having children… what’s one more?” she said. What I wasn’t prepared for was how hard it would be for my 2 ½ year old to share her
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We talk a lot here at The Baby Sleep Site® about how to promote better sleep for your baby. From sleep training for better nighttime sleep to nap coaching for better naps, we have so many tips to offer for getting your baby to sleep. But here’s a tip that may surprise you: did you know that the food you offer your baby can have a direct impact on his sleep? It’s true! Read on for details. Sleep-Promoting Foods To Feed Your Baby or Toddler You probably know that foods containing
Here’s a familiar scenario: It’s 2 a.m. and you hear your little one crying out for you… again. You’re out of bed and in her room, soothing her back to sleep. This is the 15th night in a row. You’ve tried everything, but nothing you do is earning you or your baby a full night of rest. How are you ever going to get through yet another day of work on just a few hours of sleep?? Sound familiar? If so, then it might finally be time to hire a baby/toddler sleep consultant to make your life
We have written so much about sleep regressions here at The Baby Sleep Site®. SO MUCH. So so so so so much: 4 month sleep regression (and here and here) 8/9/10 month sleep regression 12 month sleep regression 18 month sleep regression (and here) 2-year sleep regression Now, there's a reason for all of these regression articles: there are no less than FIVE sleep regressions within your child's first 2 years of life. That is a lot of problematic,
We've written quite a bit about sleep regressions on this site (in fact, Nicole herself was instrumental in coining that term!), and with good reason: your child goes through FIVE sleep regressions in the first year of life alone! But how can you know for sure if something is a sleep regression? How do you distinguish a sleep regression from a growth spurt? What about a sleep regression vs. a funky phase that has no real explanation? And, for that matter, how do you distinguish
Let's face it: accidental co-sleeping is real! You know the kind of co-sleeping I'm talking about, right? The kind of co-sleeping that you never really planned on, but that just kind of happens on its own? The kind of co-sleeping where you put your child to sleep in her own bed, only to find her in YOUR bed a few hours later? Yep. That kind of accidental co-sleeping. Sure, plenty of parents co-sleep intentionally, out of a desire to practice attachment parenting principles. But based on
CIO, or cry it out, is a controversial subject and one that has been dividing parents for at least 2 decades. But in the opinion of our expert sleep consultants, the larger problem with CIO is that some parents assume ALL sleep training is CIO; they assume that sleep training is just letting your baby cry until he/she stops waking up at night and stops waking early from naps. Cry It Out Is Not Sleep Training You can imagine how frustrating it is for our team to combat this misconception.
Sleep training, or teaching your baby healthy sleep habits, can be confusing and frustrating. One of the most popular sleep training methods is The Ferber Method, also known as Ferberizing or graduated extinction. This method involves letting your baby cry at increasingly longer intervals until they are sleeping through the night and taking longer naps. Here's everything you need to know about this sleep training method. What is The Ferber Method? The Ferber Method was developed by Dr.
The 4 month sleep regression is a doozie for most new parents - it seems to come out of nowhere! Just when you think your baby's sleep is improving, and that you might be "out of the woods", sleep-wise, BOOM - sleep falls apart completely. It's easy to see, then, why the 4 month sleep regression is such an incredibly popular topic with our readers! We hear from numerous parents each month who want to know how they can prepare for the 4 month sleep regression, what to do during the regression,