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...
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...
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...
Calling all parents of early-risers, this one’s for you! Daylight Savings Time is upon us and that means that your little one who wakes at 5:43 every single day, on-the-dot, no matter what you do will suddenly be waking at 6:43- score! But it’s not all puppy dogs and rainbows, DST can bring a host of other sleep issues as well, most notably, come bedtime when it’s still bright out and your little one does not feel like sleeping! Luckily, there’s a few things that you can do to help ease this transition and get or keep your child’s sleep on track.
I recommend choosing how you’d like to deal with DST (or not) based off of your child’s schedule, their age, temperament, and your parenting style. Do remember though that there is no wrong way!
Option 1- The Gradual Transition
This option is best for babies and little ones who are sensitive sleepers and younger children who are still having one or more naps. You can do a gradual transition...