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Sleep Training Methods: Which is Best for Your Baby or Toddler?

Many parents wonder, which is the best sleep training method to use on my baby? I think it’s normal that families, mothers in particular, spend a lot of time researching different baby sleep training methods, since we live in a time where we have such a huge amount of information available to us 24/7. Sometimes [...]

Cry It Out for Naps

When families come to me sleep deprived and ready for help, they are almost always more concerned with nighttime sleep rather than daytime naps. While naps are likely hard on Mom or Dad, it’s the repeated nighttime waking that can really affect an entire family’s health and well-being. But, the big irony is that nighttime [...]

By | 2018-03-01T13:21:38+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Categories: Nap Training, Nap Transition, Naps, Sleep Training|0 Comments

How Do I Put My Newborn on a Sleep Schedule?

I’m writing this blog post not because I believe newborns can or should be on a schedule, but because I know this is a question frequently asked by new parents. First, let’s define two terms -  newborn and schedule. Newborns are babies aged birth–16 weeks, counting from their due date. If you give birth 4 [...]

What You May Not Know About Baby Sleep Safety

For a variety of reasons, I am personally and professionally a stickler on safety. When it comes to sleep environments, I never deviate from advising infants and toddlers are sleeping in environments that are totally safe. For the newborn stage, safe sleep habits are often ignored in an effort to produce longer sleep periods. Instead [...]

By | 2018-01-22T15:31:21+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Categories: Newborn, Science of Sleep, Sleep Training, Swaddling|0 Comments

The Four Month Sleep Regression

Ahhhhh, the four month sleep regression. Rare is the family that doesn’t experience some sort of disruption to their infant’s sleep patterns around the fourth month of life. Some experienced/well-read parents anxiously dread the impending “regression,” while most new moms and dads are completely blindsided by their little one’s sleep suddenly taking a nosedive around [...]

By | 2017-12-29T22:16:01+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Categories: Getting Baby to Sleep Longer, Newborn, Sleep Regression, Sleep Training|0 Comments

Swaddling

Music: Bensound.com The market for baby sleep devices can be very fickle. All the different objects and devices parents use to get their kiddos to sleep can gain and lose popularity very quickly. But you know what never falls out of favor? Swaddling. I recommend swaddling babies in the following circumstances: With pediatrician’s [...]

By | 2017-11-30T23:11:49+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: Newborn, Sleep Training, Swaddling|2 Comments

Baby’s Sleep Changes

I started Baby Sleep Trainer because I was shocked that I wasn’t able to compel my newborn to sleep “better,” and I spent all my time and energy in the first few months of my daughter’s life trying to figure out how to “solve” her sleep problems and how to “not create bad habits.” My [...]

Toddler Sleep Issues

Even though infants have their share of sleep issues to work through, toddlers are not immune from sleep struggles as well.  While toddler sleep problems present themselves in different ways than infant sleep issues do, they are often (but not always) rooted in the same predicament - a child’s inability to fall asleep unassisted.  Here [...]