Whether you decided to “dive right in” and begin sleep training after a particularly exhausting night or you spent weeks planning your approach to sleep training, sometimes sleep training just.doesn’t.work! What in the world is wrong!? We’ve worked with tens of thousands of families from around the globe and through this experience we’ve discovered: The Top 5 Reasons Sleep Training Might Not Be Working Without further ado, here they are: 1. You’re missing your baby’s Goldilock’s
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Remember when you were a brand-new parent? You had this precious, beautiful new miracle at home. This precious, beautiful, sleepless little miracle. (Of course, some of you won't have to think back very far -- I may be describing the stage you're in right now!) Remember the kinds of advice and "helpful tips" you would get about sleep from well-meaning friends and family members? And how much of that advice centered around the concept of 'baby sleeping through the night'? So many of our
Last week, I had the privilege to participate on one of HuffPost Live's segments called "Sleep Like a Baby" and it was hosted by Nancy Redd, mother of a 1 1/2 year old. Also in attendance: Dr. Harvey Karp, Sara Marannis, and Edwin Iguina. Here is a recording of what you may have missed: On the segment, I was able to (virtually) meet Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block materials. It was neat to (virtually) meet him as his 5 S's were great for my son when he was a newborn.
A client e-mailed me not too long ago concerned about what a co-worker told her about her baby. Her co-worker told her that if she didn't sleep train and let her baby cry it out, her baby would grow up to be spoiled. She alluded to the fact that by the time he was 7 or 8 years old, he'd be "running the show." This particular client has experience with two very different cultures, one being in the West and one in the East. In the West (where she lives now) she feels tremendous pressure to let
When parents update me on their sleep training progress, sometimes it is a little frustrating for them if their baby has a good night one night, then a bad night and some back and forth. I thought it would be a good idea to talk about that in today's post and why it happens. If nothing else, I know it helps to have realistic expectations while sleep training. One of the biggest lessons I learned when I was struggling with my own son's sleep problems is that when the books implied all of our
A very common question we get is when a baby can go all night without a feeding. This article will outline general guidelines about how many night-feedings you can expect at each age for breastfeeding and formula-fed babies. Breastfed babies can be night-weaned around 6-9 months old, on average, while formula-fed babies can night-wean around 4-6 months old. Night Weaning: What do the doctors say? In my experience, pediatricians seem to disagree frequently to the answer to the question
Since some babies won't sleep through the night without a feeding until some time after 9 months or longer, some parents swear by something called a "dream feed" to help their babies sleep longer. But, what is a dream feed and at what age should you try it? What Is a Dream Feed? A dream feed is where you feed your baby while he or she is still asleep before you go to bed yourself. Some parents breastfeed and others (or their partners) can give a bottle, sometimes without even picking up the