How [and when] to Use a Toddler Clock

Struggling with getting your toddler or preschooler to stay in bed? A toddler clock might be for you!

Toddler clocks or Ok-To-Wake clocks are a great tool to help you if your child...
Is fighting bedtime and using a million stall tactics,
Leaving their room at night,
Is constantly having night wakings,
Wakes early in the morning,
or struggles with Daylight Savings Time or when you're travelling across time zones!

Although it's amazing that our little ones are growing up and becoming more independent, sometimes they're still not old enough to navigate that independence all night long without a reminder of what they're supposed to be doing. This is where a toddler clock can take over some of the responsibility of reminding your child what they're supposed to be doing instead of you having to get up and constantly do it!

They can be used by toddlers and children even as early as 18 months, more commonly starting around 2 to 3 years old and even can continue to be used by older...

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Dealing With Criticism About Your Child's Sleep: How to Handle it When You're Feeling Judged

Uncategorized Dec 24, 2022

If you're reading this, you're someone who prioritizes sleep for their little ones. You know that with good sleep, your whole family can be happy, healthy and well rested and you're willing to make adjustments to ensure that that can happen.

But not everyone feels the same about sleep and that can make it feel like you're being judged for how you choose to parent. Here's some tips to keep in mind the next time you feel like you're being criticized for how you handle your child's sleep.

1. Know your WHY
Remind yourself of what things were like before you committed to a solid sleep strategy that works for your family. How did you feel? How did your child feel? How did the night go? What about the next day? Then, remind yourself of how things feel now. Are the choices you make today worth the potential consequences. They might be! That's your choice.

2. Prepare yourself
You're getting ready to go to the event and you know that there's that family member or that friend that never holds back...

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The 3 to 2 Nap Transition: When and How to Drop to 2 Naps

You finally got your baby's sleep figured out and have a bit of predictability with your little ones 3 naps but then suddenly everything changes. Naps start getting shorter, your little one starts to fight falling asleep and in general sleep just becomes a struggle. What happened?! You my friend, might have a baby that's ready to drop a nap!

Now before you go making any rash moves, make sure that your baby actually needs to drop the third nap. Going from three naps to two naps is a big change because they're not only dropping a third nap they're also dropping that extra wake window!

Keeping that in mind, if it's just been a day or two, there might be something else bugging your little one like teething pain or they might be getting sick. It's also important to keep in mind that if they've been learning something new, this can temporary affect sleep as well. Check out my blog on sleep progressions to assess if that's a factor.



What are some of the signs that your baby needs to drop...

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Sleep Regressions: A Survival Guide. How to spot them, what they are and what to do about them.

 Many parents that I talk to live in constant fear of the dreaded sleep regression, but it doesn't have to be that way! Understanding what a sleep regression is and how to deal with them can help them seem less like a huge mountain of a problem to more like a little blip!

A sleep regression describes a period of time when a baby or toddler who has been sleeping well, suddenly starts having disrupted sleep. This either looks like they start having extra wakings at night, taking short naps, skipping naps or early mornings. Even though none of those sound fun, I like to call them sleep PROgressions and here's why:

4-month progression:
By 4 months, your baby has ditched their immature sleeping patterns and is sleeping more like an adult. As a baby their sleep comprised of 2 cycles and now they go through 4, the two new cycles being lighter sleep! That may translate into frequent night waking along with shortened naps and difficulties falling asleep.

4-6-month progression: babies...

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Struggling with Sleep? Start here! : All About the Fundamentals

Are you wondering how you can get your baby to sleep through the night? Regardless of their age or your parenting philosophies, this is where you need to start!

When sleep isn't going well it can feel daunting, you can be searching for any reason to make your child sleep better. Are they hungry? Are they cold? are they hot? Are they overtired? Sometimes it feels like no matter what you do nothing gets better!

If this sounds like you and you're just looking for answers keep reading!!


The first step to helping your child better is to understand and listen to your child’s biology. This basically means that we're making sure that we're working with their body to promote sleep rather than working against it and trying to force sleep.

We all know what it's like laying there counting back the hours" if I only fell asleep right now, I wouldn't get 6 hours, now I would get 5 hours" trying to force even ourselves to sleep is a losing battle let alone trying to force our children to...

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5 Ways to Improve your Child's Speech and Language During the Bedtime Routine

Uncategorized Aug 09, 2022

As parents, we are busy! There are so many skills to work on, especially in your child’s first year. Rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, and now we’re asking you to also work on your child’s speech and language skills. Cue the burnout!

Parental burnout is real, which is why we have a solution: work on speech and language skills in your daily routines… like bedtime!

There are so many ways we can focus on speech and language without making a huge change to your day. Here are five ways to work speech and language skills into the bedtime routine you do every day!

  1. Make your routine predictable. Young children thrive on routines when they know what will come next. Talk through your routine using words like first, second, third, next, then and have your child fill in the blanks. For example, “first we’re going to brush our teeth. Then, we are going to _____.”
  2. Use visual aids. Visual aids help your child know what will come next and...
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How To Enjoy Your Summer And Keep Your Kids' Sleep On Track

 When it comes to summer, the sun is out and there’s endless fun! Barbeques, beach days, camping, fairs, fireworks… you name it! But parents often feel like they have to pick between helping their kids have good sleep or have fun at different events, not both, but that’s far from the truth! Here’s a few tips to help you party-on while respecting your little one’s sleep!

 

Still try to respect your little ones sleep needs as much as possible. Their little bodies still need sleep to be able to function properly, including to be their happy-self so do try to make some sleep happen, even if it’s not perfect. Anything is better than nothing! If you aren’t sure what your child’s sleep needs are, check out the Month-to-Month Sleep Guide here for average wake windows, daily totals, average number of naps and max day sleep.

It's best if you can "sandwich" sleep if your child needs to skip a nap, has a short nap or is going to...

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How to Survive Juggling Sleep with a Baby and a Toddler

One of the scariest things about becoming a mom of two was figuring out how I was going to juggle a newborn and a toddler when it came to nap time. When my oldest was a newborn, naps were so difficult that I literally had to have family come over during their lunch breaks so I could take a shower or get ready for the day because Lily wouldn’t nap on her own for more than 5-10 minutes without level-5 screaming. It was exhausting and heartbreaking! 

 

Fast forward a year and a half, I was in a much better position; confident in sleep and my abilities as a mom. This was partly thanks to it being my second child and partly due to the fact that I became a certified sleep consultant but still, those fears of an overtired and cranky baby still lingered under the surface. I was so anxious about naptime but as I continued on, nap after nap, putting my knowledge into practice, things got easier.

 

If you’re feeling anxious about sleep when you have...

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What You Really Need During Those Long, Lonely Nights...

Babies are completely reliant on us. They need their parents or caregivers to feed them, clean them, dress them and help regulate their emotions.

They look to us for how they should be feeling, if we're calm and relaxed, this tells them that they're safe and can calm as well. 

If we're stressed, on edge, or upset, our little ones can sense that and will follow our lead. When they're in that state, it makes it really difficult for them to calm enough to fall asleep. 

That's why they need us to take the lead and show them our calm. 

 

But what if the very thing that we're stressing about won't happen unless we calm down?!


It's a vicious cycle right? 


I fully understand this because it was me. I experienced those late-night intrusive thoughts filled with all of the negativity, anxiety, and hopelessness with both of my babies. Not only was being awake and bouncing my baby for hours exhausting but the emotional toll that I was putting on myself was almost...

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Parenting in a Power Outage: Hacks to Help you Prepare

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2022
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