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Daycare and Sleep Training

Many families who wish to sleep train encounter the conundrum of how to create and maintain healthy sleep habits while their child attends daycare. Spoiler alert: daycare and sleep training can absolutely go together! Or, perhaps you are considering the different care options for your child for when you return to work. (And daycare is [...]

By |2019-09-12T15:10:02-07:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Training|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Why Is It So Hard to Advocate For Yourself?

I am a big (BIG!) fan of something called Orange Theory. If you’re not familiar, OT is a circuit-based, one-hour, drop in workout studio. Earlier this year I decided to once again try to incorporate exercise into my lifestyle. I am not exaggerating when I say that I hate(d) exercise. (And the outdoors, but that’s [...]

By |2019-09-12T14:29:05-07:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Back to School Routines

You know how there are some parts of who you are that are just unabashedly you? Some of us are pensive, or talkative, or good at math, or have excellent penmanship. Well, I am really great at being organized, and I thrive on routines! Summer is fantastic, and I love every second of it. But, [...]

What Surprised You Most About Motherhood (Sleep Edition!)

One of the greatest benefits of working so closely with new mothers is never really forgetting the “baby” stage. (Even though my own kids are school-aged.) Working with mothers of infants and toddlers helps me remember how challenging (and crazy and beautiful) the transition into motherhood can be. My own expectations for motherhood were so [...]

By |2019-08-22T22:25:17-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How I Overcame Postpartum Anxiety

I can’t speak of how I started Baby Sleep Trainer without discussing my struggle to overcome post partum anxiety. Hands down, the 8 months after I gave birth to my first child were the darkest of my life. In retrospect, I think my anxiety stemmed from two issues. First, I am a type A person. [...]

By |2019-08-22T20:25:55-07:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Get Dad on Board With Sleep Training Support

I generally shy away from assuming families using the Baby Sleep Trainer online courses follow the “traditional” family model. I’m talking about where Mom is the baby’s primary caretaker, and is not the main breadwinner. In this dynamic, it’s also assumed Dad works outside the home in paid employment. Many times Mom does some sort [...]

How Much Crying is Too Much?

Families often ask me, “How much crying is too much crying?” Of course, what they’re really asking is… When I put my baby down awake at the beginning of sleep training, and they protest falling asleep without help by crying, how long is it okay for them to cry? This implies an underlying assumption that [...]

Success Story: Nona Bararsani

If you're looking for support in teaching your baby how to fall sleep unassisted, Natalie Willes is your guide! Using her tried and tested method, thousands of families have found success and are now healthier, happier and much better rested as a result. This week we speak to Nona Bararsani, mother to Cyrus, who sleep [...]

By |2019-07-08T12:25:03-07:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Top 3 Tips for Baby Sleep Safety

Sleep safety is paramount at Baby Sleep Trainer. For all the unfounded concerns about sleep training and crying, I often wish families would be more concerned about their child’s sleep environment. Especially since once a child is sleep trained, they’ll be spending about 12 hours overnight in their crib, and around 2-3 hours each day. [...]

By |2019-07-06T13:41:45-07:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Sleep FAQs|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Doing The Right Thing

Hello lovely Baby Sleep Trainer families! Welcome to the Baby Sleep Trainer Journal. Each month I share what’s been on my mind as a way of staying in touch beyond your sleep training journey :) On My Mind in June You know something I’ve literally never once heard someone talk about? How often doing the [...]

By |2019-07-01T13:18:50-07:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Helps Baby Sleep When Teething?

Of all the issues that might disrupt a baby’s sleep (like rolling, standing, or illness), few things send families into a tizzy more than teething. This seemingly endless process starting as early as 4 months, and lasting as long as preschool, is blamed for any number of sleep problems. So what helps baby sleep when [...]

What Are Baby Sleep Cycles?

As families delve more deeply into what sleep training is and when to start, parents will often ask themselves, “What are baby sleep cycles?” Infant sleep cycles are very similar to adult sleep cycles. However, there are some significant variations which I will cover in more detail below. Photo Credit: Nynne Schrøder What [...]