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How I Learned What Kind of Parent I Wanted to Be

One of my FAVORITE quotes about parenthood goes something like, “I will never be as good of a parent as the one I was before I had kids.” As someone who’s worked with thousands of parents, here’s what I’ve learned... The type of parent who you think you want to be before you have kids [...]

By |2019-12-06T14:16:22-08:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What Should Baby Wear to Sleep?

There are many questions (many) questions parents ask themselves in the first weeks and months of their child’s lives. One important question that comes up quite often is what should baby wear to sleep? You don’t want them in clothes that are too warm, and you don’t want them cold. Then factor in the seasons [...]

By |2019-11-25T14:33:46-08:00November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Sleep FAQs|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

2 Year-Old Sleep Regression

I’ve spoken at length in the past about parents blaming their child’s sleep issues on “regressions.” Through my extensive experience, I have learned that there are only two “real” regressions. One at four months, and another one around 10-12 months. Outside of those two regressions, long term issues with a child’s sleep are almost always [...]

10-12 Month Sleep Regression (and Why it’s Not Time to Transition to 1 Nap)

Here at Baby Sleep Trainer we tend to shy away from using the term “regression.” That’s because I find families will look for any reason to explain why their child isn’t sleeping through the night. (For example, I often hear teething, ongoing and repeated sleep regressions, nightmares, etc.) Yet, the most obvious reason is that [...]

Nightmares, Night Terrors, Afraid of the Dark – Oh My! What’s a Parent to Do? 

Infants and toddlers struggle to sleep through the night for all sorts of reasons. If your child has not yet learned how to fall asleep on their own for naps and bedtime, then normal nocturnal arousals can turn into lengthy wake ups as baby calls out for help to fall back to sleep. But what [...]

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 [...]