My daughter Brianna was a screamer. In contrast to her older sister, she cried during the first six months of her life. She screamed when she was bored, when she was tired when she was wet, and when she was hungry. It wouldn’t take her more than 5 seconds to change from a sweet cherub to a hot mess. She would flail her arms, arch her back, and her face would turn red. I tried my best to soothe her with hugs, diaper changes, and nursing – all to no avail. Result? I would end up in tears too. The feelings of being overwhelmed consumed me, and worse, I thought I was failing at the fundamental task of mothering – the ability to make my child comfortable.
For new parents, identifying what every crying indicates may be frustrating, challenging, and downright scary. If they are not able to pinpoint the reason immediately, they get frightened up to the point that … Continue reading
You know the parents of a wakeful baby the moment you see them. Bed head. Bags under the eyes. A fourth cup of coffee in hand. A look in their eyes like they have just been subjected to a new and previously unknown form of torture.
Sadly, it’s a very common sight.
Getting a baby to sleep through the night is a common struggle for many parents — both new and seasoned.
And just when you think you have it made, your baby who has slept like an angel through the night for months can go through regressions. The waking periods can return because the baby is sick, teething, having a growth spurt, or just because it’s Tuesday.
Here are some of our top five tips to help your baby learn to sleep through the night.
Stick to a Bedtime Routine
Babies sleep for 10 to 18 hours a day, but they don’t really know (or care) which hours those … Continue reading
Is there really anything more exhausting than chasing a destructive toddler around all day? Yes, actually, there is! Trying to get that same toddler to sleep through the night. Gone are those blissful newborn days.
Now you have a walking, talking miniature version of yourself that seems to have an unlimited amount of energy. Exhausted parents, we hear you loud and clear! There is hope in getting your toddler to start sleeping through the night so you can be well-rested to handle the next day, and it may be simpler than you initially thought.
Follow a Relaxing Bedtime Routine
One of the most important ways you can help your toddler begin sleeping through the night is by adopting a relaxing bedtime routine. An example of the perfect routine would start with a warm bath. For some kids, bath time can be a time to play and have fun.
However, if you want your little tike to calm down for the … Continue reading
You’d think that something as simple as swaddling your baby would be something everyone could get together on. But these days, nothing is as simple as it seems.
Just check out these recent headlines…
As a parent, you know the score. Wrap up your hot little mess in a baby burrito, and it’s a lot easier for him to feel safe, secure, and sleepy.
So what’s with all the controversy? Is swaddling safe? In this post, I’ll unwrap the controversy and give you my best advice for swaddling your little one safely.
Why swaddling is making headlines
Swaddling has been in the news a lot in recent years. In 2011, the National Resource Center on Child Health and Safety released a set of safety recommendations for early care and childcare programs. Among their guidelines: swaddling should not be used in daycare settings.
Following the NRC’s report, states from Texas to … Continue reading
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