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
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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. It is time to start sleep training! 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
When it comes to getting our babies to sleep longer and better, we all fantasize about a “silver bullet” solution -- something that would provide instant results with minimal effort and little cost. If only it were that easy! Any sleepy parent can tell you, though, that there is no silver bullet when it comes to getting your baby to sleep. Or is there? Recently, a client e-mailed to let us know how she got her 6 month old breast-fed baby sleeping through the night and taking long,
If you’re a mom who thinks a lot about your baby’s sleep (and if you’re a Baby Sleep Site reader, you probably are), then you know that having a predictable, consistent schedule in place can go a long way towards helping your baby establish good sleep patterns. In fact, our sample baby schedules are some of the most popular articles on the site; clearly, parents are interested in establishing routines! For some of us, though, a consistent schedule for baby can lead to the onset of serious
Imagine putting your baby to sleep in her crib. Your baby doesn't cry. She happily plays in 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. This article will explain how TOO much downtime in the crib can be bad for your baby's sleep. A while ago, I received an e-mail that went