Is My Baby Getting Enough Sleep?

I’m grateful for the opportunity to shed some light on this question since the answer is relatively straightforward. Assuming we are not talking about newborns, the guidelines I’m about to put forward apply to all kids through to elementary school age. All children “should” sleep about 10–12 hours overnight, and for babies and toddlers who [...]

Sleep Training and Attachment

I tend to answer the same questions over and over again from clients reaching out for sleep training help. The one I get most often is, “Will sleep training harm my baby’s attachment to me as their mother?” Even once a mother knows logically that her child has a sleep issue and that everyone would [...]

Toddler Nap Transitioning from 2 Naps to 1

Last Updated . Of all the nap transitions that take place, going from 2 naps to 1 nap can be the most daunting. The age range when this transition occurs can vary widely, in some cases occurring as early as 12 months of age, and in other cases not occurring until 20 months of [...]

How to Help Your Sick Baby Sleep Best and When to Resume Sleep Training

Last Updated . As if it doesn’t take so much time and courage to finally get a sleep training plan going, it seems illness threatens to put a wrench in your plans and progress! Since it can take so much motivation to start sleep training in the first place, illness often stops the [...]

How Your Child’s Temperament Influences the Sleep Training Process

I can speak directly to the role a person’s genes play in their personality. Throughout my life, particularly after I had children and embarked on the sleep training process, I have dealt with varying levels of anxiety. As a more newly married couple my husband would simply tell me to, “Stop worrying about things,” which [...]

By |2017-04-13T12:31:17+00:00March 12th, 2015|Categories: Sleep Training|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Spring Forward Gracefully

You like that play on words? See what I did there?!? Nothing stirs up anxiety in new parents, especially those who have painstakingly sleep trained their babies, more than impending time changes. But, fear not fellow parents - the Spring time change is by far and away the easier of the two time changes for [...]

How to Pair Siblings When Sharing Rooms

Many times parents will find themselves trying to decide which two children to pair together. For our purposes let’s say we have three children aged 5 months (a girl still taking a night feeding but not usually waking otherwise), a 3 year old girl, and a 7 year old boy. Let’s also say Mom and [...]

Signs Your Baby is Ready to Night Wean

There are a few signs to look for when deciding to wean your baby off of night feedings. Age: I usually advise my clients that after the age of 4 months it’s safe to assume that your baby is able to go down to one feeding from bedtime through morning. For various reasons some parents [...]

By |2017-04-13T12:35:36+00:00February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Feeding, Sleep Training|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Eczema, Face Scratching, and Sleep

Peggy Y. recently reached out on Facebook and asked," Is there any advice on how to sleep train/stop swaddling a 6 month old that scratches her face until she bleeds? My daughter has really bad eczema on her face and one night she broke free and I found blood all over her. I don't want [...]

How to Protect Sleep During “Milestones” (Standing, Sitting, Walking)

Another week, another post!! I have to admit, I was surprised to see this as having received the most votes this week. Can’t quite put my finger on why I’m surprised, just that I am. First I should elaborate on what a milestone consists of. There are two different types of milestones: physical (like those [...]

Nap Sleep Training: When is the Ideal Age to Start Nap Training and Why?

Last Updated . Notice that this week’s question has to do with nap and not night training. Nighttime sleep can start to develop longer stretches as early as 6 weeks of age if certain things are done to encourage those longer stretches (Wanna learn how? Check out The Newborn Sleep Program for babies under [...]

How Many Naps for my Baby or Toddler’s Sleep Schedule?

Last Updated . Newborn and 1-month-old nap schedule (0–8 weeks) Babies do some crazy stuff those first 8 weeks. Sometimes they sleep around the clock, sometimes they sleep in 10 minute increments, sometimes they’ll only sleep one, 5-hour block from noon to just before dinner, then they’ll be awake all night. Whatever they’re doing, [...]