You've finally taken the first step and decided to work with a baby or toddler sleep expert (or about to). Congratulations! One thing I've learned in my many years of sleep consulting is that some families are more successful than others. True, much of it depends on your baby and his or her temperament and personality, but I also find that successful families have a few things in common. Here are 5 things to keep in mind when working with a baby or toddler sleep expert: 1. Open Up I
Magically, it has happened. Your twins are finally sleeping long lovely stretches at night. Glorious day. It’s amazing how a 12 hour stretch provides a big enough energy boost that you feel like you could run a full-blown marathon (or binge watch Stranger Things with a glass of wine if that’s your style). Then…. No, that faint cry you are starting to hear is not your imagination or the beginnings of a horror movie. Your twins are up! Your 12-hour window is shattering before your eyes. How could
It's no secret that we at The Baby Sleep Site are dedicated to helping parents help their children to gently fall asleep independently, and take long restorative naps. If your little one is waking up in the night or mid-way through their nap, chances are they need to let go of sleep associations or adjust their schedules to combat over-tiredness. Learning to sleep independently and having an ideal sleep schedule are two of the most important factors to helping your child get the sleep they need.
I’m an extrovert. Always have been, probably always will be. So much so that I occasionally take on a catering job as a waitress just to get out of the house and talk with people. ;) Being a mom is the most amazing job I’ve ever had. And I especially love the moments when time just kind of stops and I am overwhelmingly aware of how blessed I am. It often hits me the most after another long day has ended and I’m snuggling with my girls during their bedtime routine. That is my favorite time of
You finally get to hold your precious baby in your arms, your own little miracle and even if it's your second, third, or sixth, there is nothing ever like it in the entire world. You spend the first few weeks bonding, but suddenly the exhaustion starts to take a toll and you wonder when you will ever get to sleep, truly sleep, for the whole night again. For most new, and even veteran parents, the holy grail of getting life back to "normal" is getting to "sleep through the night" again. So,
You can't believe you are actually holding your baby in your arms after you felt them grow inside for so long. You get to feel their skin, gaze into their eyes, feed them, put on those insanely adorable baby clothes you so lovingly picked out, and bask in the glow of motherhood. It can be a magical time. But, it can also be an exhausting time. Your baby is likely feeding around the clock and the concept of days and nights may yet be a foreign thing. Your baby may sleep most of the day and
When I knew I was going to become a mom for the first time, knowing I would be away from most of my family, I devoured all the books I could find on pregnancy, birth, the newborn stage and beyond. It helped me feel more prepared overall, but everyone kept reassuring me that everything would be just fine...that my baby and I would settle into a rhythm - naturally. But not everything did come naturally. We needed help with feeding and tackling reflux, but, most notably, we needed help with sleep!
One of the most common questions we get here at The Baby Sleep Site® is “How do I get my baby to sleep?” Especially when it comes to newborns, who seem to be experts at throwing us curve-balls, just when we think we've figured them out! So, today we are answering the big question for new moms - how do I get my 5, 6, or 7 week old to sleep? Let’s take a look at the 6 steps to help your 5, 6 or 7 week old baby sleep. Your newborn is AMAZING! There's no denying that, and your teeny tiny baby
DIY or hire a sleep consultant? When is it possible to tackle baby and toddler sleep problems, schedules, and regressions alone and when should you call in the professionals? Stop guessing! Here are 7 signs you need professional help! You’ve tried “sleep coaching” and found it too overwhelming or difficult to follow through with Your baby is intense, persistent, or slow to adapt You don’t have time to read umpteen books on baby/toddler sleep You’re the parent of