The use of props to help a baby fall asleep, is the number one reason a sleeping baby wakes up at night. Here are some common props or sleep associations:
Bottle or breastfeeding/nursing to sleep Rocking to sleep Swinging to sleep Movement in a carseat or stroller Even the *pacifier if your baby is dependent on it Holding to sleep/sleeping on parent
If your baby relies on any of the above to fall asleep, and needs them when she wakes up at night, then it is considered a prop or sleep association. Your baby will most likely continue waking throughout the night and not be able to soothe back to sleep, without that particular prop. Also, if your baby wakes up crying or if your baby wakes up screaming, this is a good sign that your baby has become dependent on sleep props. To encourage good sleep habits, your baby should be laid down to sleep awake, without any … Continue reading
Baby Sleep Associations
The newborn days are a blur for many new moms and dads; feedings, changing diapers and sleeping (or lack of sleeping) are your new life. You might have done anything in the early days to get your little one to sleep; I know I did.
The techniques you started using to get your baby to sleep when you first came home from the hospital are now habits or sleep associations. Your baby needs them to fall asleep. Not all sleep associations are bad but you’ll want to get rid of the ones that involve you helping out.
If you’re at your wits end with helping your little one get to sleep, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is you can definitely get rid of these habits; the bad news is it might take a little work.
Common Baby Sleep Associations
First of all, don’t beat yourself up if you’re feeling bad … Continue reading
Naptime is the best time. Take a deep breath. Enjoy a silent house. Zen out. Do yoga. And then veg on the couch and binge on The Good Place.
Of course you know it’s not always like that. And if your little peanut likes to take short naps, you’re lucky if you even make it to the sofa before she calls out for you again.
It’s a problem.
Short naps are one of the most common headaches new parents deal with. But they don’t have to be your problem anymore. In this article, I’ll give you my top tips on how to get your baby to take longer naps.
Let’s get started.
Why short naps are such a problem
You already know how draining short naps can be.
…on your baby’s mental health and yours.
Short naps can wreak havoc on your baby’s nighttime sleep. And that traps you in a seemingly endless cycle. Sleepless nights followed by … Continue reading
So you tucked your little nugget into bed a couple of hours ago. You’re drifting off to sleep yourself. And suddenly, here she comes, bouncing into your room.
We’ve all been there. And for some of us, it’s a nightly routine.
And every time, you wonder: why does my toddler keep getting out of bed in the middle of the night?
Relax. You’ve got this. The solution may not be easy, but it’s surprisingly simple. In this article, I’ll show you the approach I’ve used to help dozens of families teach their toddlers to stay in bed all night long.
Why your kid won’t stay in bed
First, ask why your toddler is getting out of bed. It may be a simple fix. Your child may be getting up because he needs to go to the bathroom or is afraid of a spider he saw in his bedroom. In situations like these, your little one needs your … Continue reading
A vacation should be fun, exciting, an adventure! Unfortunately, that’s not always the case; especially anytime you travel with a baby. Not only do you have to plan everything extra you need to pack for baby, you also have to figure out how in the world you’re going to get your little one to sleep while you travel. I’ve been there and that challenge can turn any vacation into a stressful, tiring time instead of a fun adventure together. Because I’ve been there, I have a few baby sleep travel tips that will help make your next trip much more relaxing and enjoyable.
Establish a Routine
Establish a routine in your little one’s life as soon as possible. Kids in general, and babies especially, thrive on routine. If you haven’t started one yet, it’s not too late. Every baby’s routine looks different. You might read a specific book and sing a special song before putting your … Continue reading
Wondering how to get your baby to sleep through the night?
“So… how much sleep are you getting?”
If you’re a new parent, you get this question all the time. The first few months of parenting can be rough — and everyone knows it.
And it’s even harder if your little one is having a hard time settling down at night. You can’t wait for the day when you’ll finally get a full night of sleep again. Even six hours would be amazing.
This is my complete guide to getting your baby to sleep through the night. I use these proven techniques with my clients to help the whole family get a great night’s sleep. If you don’t get these basics right, you could be in for a lot of sleepless nights.
Let’s get started.
1. Create a calming sleep environment
To help your baby get a great night’s sleep, creating a peaceful environment can make all the … Continue reading
My Baby Won’t Sleep Here’s What to Try When You’ve Tried Everything
You’re doing all the right things. You’ve created a consistent bedtime routine to help your baby get settled. You always try to wait for the right time to put him down.
But no matter what you try, your baby won’t sleep.
What do you try when you’ve tried everything?
Don’t give up. Sooner or later, all babies will learn to sleep on their own. If you’re still not getting that great night’s sleep you want, there are still plenty of things you can try.
Here are my top suggestions for parents who have already tried everything. Let’s get to it.
Your baby hasn’t learned that nighttime is for sleeping
Simply being born is a pretty big change for your little one. After spending nine months in a dark, warm womb, your baby is suddenly brought into a world of bright lights and pretty colors. Sometimes … Continue reading
How to Take Your Bed Back and Leave Co-Sleeping Behind
I don’t know about you. But I’ve never been a fan of roller coasters.
Sure, they look like fun. From a distance. But once you get rolling, it’s a whole different story.
And parenting can be the same way.
When your little one joined your family, you had visions of laying your little one peacefully down in the crib each night, after he’d fallen asleep quietly in your arms.
And then, your dreams crashed into reality. You never imagined it would be like this.
Maybe you started cosleeping because your little one just won’t settle on his own. Maybe he was waking constantly at night, and bringing him into your bed seemed easier.
“It’s only temporary,” you tell friends. “We’re just doing it until he learns to sleep by himself.”
Don’t worry. There’s hope. With the right approach, you can take your bed back… and get your … Continue reading
Is Your Baby Waking Up Screaming? Here’s How to Wake Up With the Sun Again
Midnight crying can be stressful. But it’s also totally normal. Here are my top tips for teaching independent sleep.
Waking up with the sun feels great. You open your eyes and immediately you feel refreshed. You just got an amazing night of sleep. And as you hear the birds singing to you outside your window, you can’t help but smile.
But let’s be real. A night like that? It feels like an impossible dream right now.
It’s tough when your little one can’t sleep… for both of you. Your baby is still snatching sleep in one- or two-hour bursts, never really resting enough to wake up refreshed.
And your last solid night of sleep? Who even remembers?
Relax. It’s all totally normal. With the right approach, you’ll have your baby sleeping on her own before you know it.
And the best part? You’ll be … Continue reading
So you are now past the baby stage and your little one is not so little anymore. Your baby has turned into a toddler, and he’s still not sleeping! This is not unusual. A baby that doesn’t sleep well typically turns into a toddler that doesn’t sleep well. Then a toddler that doesn’t sleep well turns into a child that doesn’t sleep well. So what can you do? It’s time for some toddler sleep training! Toddler sleep training just like baby sleep training requires a consistent and appropriate plan. Here are a few sleep training tips for toddlers.
At this age a bedtime routine can be really fun. Your toddler understands more of what’s going on, and he may even want to be involved in choosing what happens during the routine. Make it fun. Have him pick out a favorite buddy to sleep with, read him his favorite books, and say good night to everything in the room. … Continue reading