Baby Sleep Training for Newborns

Sleep training can begin anytime a child is 16 weeks of age or older, counting from their due date.  However, many families wonder about baby sleep training for newborns. Over the years, I’ve given parents tips about how to get their newborn sleeping longer stretches at night, and on how to establish better sleep habits [...]

By |2019-02-15T16:13:50+00:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Newborn|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 Do I Put My Newborn on a Sleep Schedule?

Last Updated . 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 [...]

By |2019-02-08T14:04:58+00:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Getting Baby to Sleep Longer, Science of Sleep|Tags: , |2 Comments

My Favorite Products – Newborn Edition

As I’m writing this post, I’m really kicking myself for not putting this list together sooner! Below you’ll find a number of recommendations with links (if you click and purchase, Amazon gives me a small percentage - so thank you!!) of products I found absolutely invaluable when I had my babies. I often give my [...]

By |2019-01-29T14:07:11+00:00February 6th, 2018|Categories: Newborn, Swaddling, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 |2019-02-08T14:35:40+00:00August 19th, 2014|Categories: Getting Baby to Sleep Longer, Newborn, Sleep Training, Swaddling|Tags: |30 Comments

Early Morning Waking

Last Updated . Early morning waking is possibly the most common (and frustrating!) occurrence parents encounter with their kiddos' sleep - whether they are sleep trained or not. This issue is so prevalent that I probably get asked about it over 5x a week. It is VERY normal, and with some time, effort, and [...]

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, [...]