If you have been reading The Baby Sleep Site® for a while or if you have just found us, you know that we’ve helped thousands of babies and families get on the path to healthy sleep. Nicole and our team of highly qualified Sleep Consultants have decades of combined experience among them, and have been known to produce some truly miraculous results with even the most challenging sleepers. I know what you are probably thinking: "Our team must have perfect little sleepers at home, right?” Well, you
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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
Imagine when you put your baby to sleep, your baby doesn't cry. Your baby happily plays in his or her crib, looks at the mobile, or babbles, but isn't sleeping. Or, your toddler happily chats in his bed for an hour every night before going to sleep. You're lucky, right? This is the ideal baby sleep situation and you have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. Turns out that downtime in your baby's crib - time in which she plays and entertains herself - might actually be detrimental to sleep.
Did you know that your baby can develop habits at lightning-fast speeds? It's true; even though she cannot walk or talk yet, she can develop a deeply-rooted habit very, very quickly. This explains why, after just a few days of rocking your baby to sleep, she will come to expect to be rocked. And this is why many babies quickly come to need a pacifier to calm down, even if they have only used the pacifier for a week or two. Babies can be especially prone to develop bad
If there's one thing we know to be true here at The Baby Sleep Site®, it's this: the parenting journey is made easier when you don't have to travel alone. When you can collaborate with other parents, sharing insights and experiences, the journey tends to feel a little easier. But there's another side to this, of course. When you journey alongside other parents, and you compare their experiences to yours, you may sometimes feel like you're coming up short: 'Her baby nurses so well --
I know. Some of you are probably laughing hysterically at the title of today's article. Too much nap time sleep?! Lots of you would probably give anything to have that the problem in your house! And we understand that. Most of the parents we work with have babies and toddlers who struggle with nap time sleep, and who need to take longer, more restorative naps. Those babies and toddlers desperately need a solid daytime nap schedule to help them get the nap time sleep they need.
You just can’t take it anymore. The exhaustion, the bleary eyes, the waking-up-more-times-each-night-than-you-thought-humanly-possible...you’ve had it! “Enough is enough!” you’ve said to yourself. It's time to take action. It's time to reclaim your nights. This, readers, is the point at which many parents first visit the Baby Sleep Site. They’re beyond exhausted. They know their babies are waking more frequently than is necessary, but they just don’t know how to make the night waking
Inertia. Remember that word from your high school physics class? (If you’re shaking your head, don’t worry -- I didn’t remember it, either!) For those of us who slept through physics in school, a little refresher course may be in order. What's Inertia, Anyway? My eyes tend to glaze over when I start hearing technical terms, so let me give you a basic definition: inertia means that if something isn’t moving, it’ll continue not moving until something or someone moves it. Inertia also
Don’t let that title make you angry -- this isn’t an article written to criticize stay-at-home parents! In fact, this author just so happens to be one. ;) Here at The Baby Sleep Site, we have the utmost respect for parents who choose to stay at home and raise their babies. For most parents, the decision to leave the workforce and stay at home represents a sacrifice of not just money, but of career ambitions, job-related goals, and even adult interaction! (Although we’re betting most