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 Help Your Sick Baby Sleep Best and When to Resume Sleep Training

Last Updated . As if it doesn’t take so much time and courage to finally get a sleep training plan going, it seems illness threatens to put a wrench in your plans and progress! Since it can take so much motivation to start sleep training in the first place, illness often stops the [...]

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

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

Crying and Cortisol

A lot of anti-sleep trainers out there talk in depth about cortisol in relation to crying babies. The basic idea is that crying is stressful for babies, so their brains will flood their bodies with cortisol - the stress hormone - which causes long-term damage to the brain itself, plus a number of other issues. [...]

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