How to Deal With Sleep Regressions

Last Updated . Wowza, is this a loaded topic or what?! Let’s start by breaking down what each of these things mean to your baby’s sleep. Sleep Regressions There are all sorts of sleep regressions. While some regressions occur due to circumstances like travel or illness, which we’ll discuss below, many occur for seemingly [...]

FTMG: Early Morning Waking

This is a post for the new weekly First Time Mommy Group sleep poll. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to answer all your excellent questions! Question: Why does my baby struggle to sleep between 4:00 am and 6:00 am? Answer: As a baby/toddler sleep consultant, I typically work with babies aged 14 weeks [...]

In Defense of White Noise

Let’s start from the beginning with what we actually know about white noise.  In the womb, fetuses are exposed to sound that ranges from, at a minimum, 72 decibels all the way up to 111 decibels. That means for the last 14 weeks of their development, all humans have been hearing near constant sound akin [...]

By |2017-04-11T16:35:22+00:00March 5th, 2014|Categories: White Noise|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Family Trip vs. Vacation

Ahhhh, the family trip. Anyone with kids knows that traveling with your kids, especially young kids, doesn't really equate to a "vacation."  I, cynically, like to say that the term "family vacation' is an oxy-moron.  I understand now why my own parents and my husband's parents took regular vacations without the kids.  As I write this, [...]

White Noise For Baby

Of all the standard advice I give out to mothers of newborns to toddlers, the one piece that seems to immediately make a difference is the implementation of  white noise.  There are all sorts of products on the market, from a sheep you put inside the crib that emits a low frequency whirrrring sound, to [...]

By |2017-04-11T16:54:44+00:00November 16th, 2012|Categories: White Noise|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

How to Adjust With Daylight Saving Time Ending

  First off, does everyone know it's Daylight SavinG Time, NOT Daylight SavingS Time? Also, does everyone know that DST is ending, and the only time you denote time as, say, 9 pm PST, Pacific Standard Time (or Mountain or Central or whatever), is after DST ends until it starts again, so between the months [...]

Crying and Cortisol

A lot of anti-sleep trainers out there talk in depth about cortisol in relation to crying babies. The basic idea is that crying is stressful for babies, so their brains will flood their bodies with cortisol - the stress hormone - which causes long-term damage to the brain itself, plus a number of other issues. [...]