Baby Wakes Up Every time I Lay Her Down
You’ve just spent the last little while rocking, nursing, and putting your baby to sleep. Your arms are at breaking point, and you’re ready to put her down.
You slowly tip toe over to the crib trying to make as little movement or noise possible, and place baby into the crib, holding a few seconds before gently sliding your arms out from beneath her.
You step away, hold your breath and within second’s of putting baby down, baby screams and wakes up. Uh, oh, back to square one!
A baby waking up just when you’ve put them down can be so disheartening and frustrating for any parent, especially if you’ve been dying to use the bathroom, grab a bite to eat or get on with the house chores.
Some day’s we feel incredibly patient and don’t mind giving our baby a little extra attention, and other days, patience is … Continue reading
Wondering how to stop comfort nursing, or if you even need to?
Breastfeeding is both nourishing and comforting. A special moment designed especially for mommy and baby. An opportunity for mommy to step back from all her multitasking chores, and relax while bonding with her baby.
It’s a little bit of magic – sleep magic! The physical act of sucking releases sleep-inducing hormones for both mommy and baby. This can be very handy for falling back asleep easily during those first months where your newborn continuously wakes up, instead of being wide awake.
Breastfeeding really is a powerful tool we’ve been given to not only help us put our baby to sleep but to help us stay calm during those hectic moments of “mommyhood.” During a busy day, there is nothing better when you’ve reached sheer exhaustion than to sit down with your little baby to nurse her to sleep, whilst feeling that sense of euphoria surrounding you as you … Continue reading
How to get your toddler to sleep better: A complete Guide
Babies are such angels when they’re fast asleep. They have that slightly bemused expression, and you know you’ll do anything it takes to make sure they have everything they will ever want in that moment. Cut to a few months later when your baby is now a toddler, and that adorable gargle of words she’s learned are your undoing when they’re catapulted through the walls and vents to your ears at 2 at night.
12 to 36 year olds have it tough. They’re just beginning to walk, and they haven’t learned the full extent of their motor capabilities yet. Their mornings and evenings are still all over the place because their brains are still developing. But they’re certainly much more developed than babies, and so they have more needs as well.
Unfortunately, fulfilling those needs often has to come at odd hours at night. Your kid might just … Continue reading
Newborn Sleep Schedule
One of the first questions most parents seem to get asked when having a newborn is, “is your baby sleeping through the night!” Even a seasoned mommy knows that newborns don’t and shouldn’t be sleeping straight through the night at least for the first couple of weeks.
Even though a simple question like that has every good intention, it does leave you questioning your mommy skills thinking that you’ve got to get baby on a schedule right away or else you’re falling short.
How many hours do newborns sleep?
The different stages your baby goes through from the time you take them home from the hospital to when they take their first little steps can change drastically, and this is exactly how it is with their sleep pattern.
Newborns can sleep a lot, anywhere from between 14-17 hours a day. But this doesn’t mean all at night. In fact, a newborn shouldn’t sleep straight through the … Continue reading
So if you have been following my blog, you know that my first baby was a horrible sleeper, totally my fault! I had no idea how to get a baby to sleep through the night. And I surely didn’t know that I was doing things that were actually hindering the process. I was a new mom, I had no clue that little things like nursing or rocking my baby to sleep would be the reason she would be up all hours of the night for months to come. Babies should really come with manuals!
Wondering how to get baby to sleep through the night? Violet can help! Take a look at the available consultation packages and options! … Continue reading
How to Get a Baby to Sleep
How cute is it to watch a baby literally fall asleep at the dinner table on top of their food! If only it were always that simple.
It almost seems like there is a secret game babies play that we don’t know about. A game of how many times can I resist mommy and daddy’s desperate attempts at putting me to sleep, along with my personal decision to fall asleep where I want, when I want to.
Babies are smart!
Getting a baby to sleep is no small task, and will at some stage bring a few hair pulling moments.
It just comes along with the package of parenthood.
What is Stopping My Baby from Sleeping?
If your baby is finding it hard to sleep you might want to first investigate possible reasons as to why they’re finding trouble going to sleep.
Are they hungry, are they overtired, are they uncomfortable? … Continue reading
Is your 5 month old waking every hour at night? Or are you dealing with some major sleep troubles at this age? I’m not surprised. In fact most parents that reach out to me for help usually do so around this age. So what is it about a 5 month old baby that causes them to wake up every hour? Well…A LOT!
Somewhere between the age of 3-5 months a baby starts to develop adult-like sleep stages. So now they have to cycle through these stages. If a baby has not learned good sleep habits, and requires lots of help to get to sleep, he/she will expect your help to get back to sleep in between these sleep cycles.
At the end of each sleep cycle, there is also a brief and light waking. If a baby does not know how to get themselves back to sleep on their own, your baby will fully wake and call out for your … Continue reading
So you have been rocking your baby for an hour, then lay her down, and your baby cries when put down to sleep. Sound familiar?
Many parents think that if their baby cries it’s a bad thing. The guilt associated with it leaves parents wondering what they’re doing wrong.
But let’s not forget that a baby crying is the only way they know how to communicate. So, it’s not a bad thing! Of course, it can be a little difficult to hear at times, but it’s perfectly normal.
A baby just wants to be comforted, cuddled and feel safe and secure. After all, they did just spend the last 9 months inside a warm cozy womb, protected in their little cocoon, hearing the gentle soothing rhythm of mommy’s heartbeat.
Why does my baby cry when I put them down to sleep?
You may be asking yourself, “why does my baby cry when I put them down to sleep? … Continue reading
What exactly is a sleep prop?
Sleep associations or “sleep props” are anything that your baby uses and needs to fall asleep. Nursing to sleep and rocking to sleep are the most common, but there are many others. The breast, a pacifier, white noise, rocking, swinging, comfort nursing/comfort feeding, movement in the car or stroller, can all be sleep props. Sleep associations are a normal part of falling asleep. Even us as adults need that something to help us fall asleep. It’s when these props disrupt your baby’s sleep, that it becomes a problem. If your baby is not sleeping well at night, wakes frequently, or puts up a fight at nap time, it may be time to start teaching your baby to fall asleep on his or her own and without any sleep props. How do I know if my baby has a sleep association?
Babies that have strong sleep associations usually have very bad sleep patterns. This is because they are very dependent on these props … Continue reading
Imagine putting your baby down to sleep awake and she just dozes off, completely on her own. You don’t have to do any work. Just lay her down, and walk out of the room as your baby self soothes. She doesn’t cry, whine, or get upset, just peacefully falls asleep. You would probably tell me that I’m nuts, and that this is impossible, right? I don’t blame you. I didn’t think teaching baby to self soothe was possible either. When I had my first baby I just nursed and rocked her into deep sleep every single night…for hours on end! I didn’t even have a clue what baby self soothing was. Now both of my girls fall asleep by self soothing. I helped them learn to fall asleep on their own, and this is exactly what they do every night. No crying, no fighting. The best part of teaching my baby to self soothe, is that she is able to … Continue reading