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 [...]

How to Properly Dream Feed Your Baby

Last Updated . Dream feeding is one of those terms that gets tossed around so much that everyone assumes that everyone else knows the exact meaning of the term. Yet when you dig a little deeper, you realize that people have WILDLY different definitions of the same exact term! Just so [...]

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 [...]

Getting Newborn Babies to Sleep Longer Stretches at Night (0-12 Weeks)

Last Updated . I sooooo often have mamas calling me in desperation in the newborn stage, which is exactly why I created my Newborn Sleep Program. Families need help in that first, brief, portion of their baby’s life but there is a lot of contradictory information out there. Further, I acutely recall that when [...]

By |2018-11-11T20:31:30+00:00August 19th, 2014|Categories: Getting Baby to Sleep Longer, Newborn, Sleep Training, Swaddling|Tags: |27 Comments

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 [...]

Beginners Guide to Swaddling

I have this very distinct memory of my first child, Olive, breaking out of her swaddle when she was just 3 weeks old.  The girl needed to be swaddled, or else she wouldn't really sleep, and I was at my wits end.  Along came my friend Morgan Olson who shared her incredible swaddling technique. I [...]

By |2017-04-11T16:37:09+00:00October 7th, 2012|Categories: Swaddling|Tags: , |5 Comments

A Few Words on Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Dr. Marc Weissbluth (HSHHC) is hands down my favorite child sleep book.  There are many others that offer great methods and programs, but none come close to flat out convincing a parent that doing, and sometimes sacrificing, whatever it takes to instill excellent sleep habits in a child is [...]

By |2017-04-13T12:53:51+00:00September 29th, 2012|Categories: Science of Sleep, Sleep Training|Tags: , , |1 Comment