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3 Steps For Creating Great Sleep For Your Newborn

3 Steps For Creating Great Sleep For Your Newborn

After struggling with being pregnant what seems like forever, you finally give birth to your precious little baby. Your adrenaline is high, the "snuggle hormone" Oxycontin has been released, and you're in love with this new bundle of joy! Life can't get any better...

How Much Sleep Do We Need?

How Much Sleep Do We Need?

As a culture we seem to always be concerned about how much sleep we need versus how much sleep we're actually getting (called your "sleep debt"). We worry about ourselves, and we worry about our kids. It's exhausting! Sometimes we're right to worry, and sometimes we...

Why I Became A Sleep Consultant

Why I Became A Sleep Consultant

Before I was a certified sleep consultant (for children or adults), a Certified Lactation Counselor, or certified in infant and child mental health, I was a mom. Just a plain old mom, who struggled with the ups and downs of caring for babies just like every other mom...

Transitioning Out of the Crib

Transitioning Out of the Crib

When transitioning your child out of their crib, the first important thing to remember is that there is no magic age that you should move your child to a "big kid" bed. As a new mom 15yrs ago, I thought there was an age that you just made the transition no matter what...

Night Terrors vs Nightmares

Night Terrors vs Nightmares

Most parents have seen some sort of night waking event in their child's young life that wasn't about feeding or changing their diaper. They will wonder what's happening...Is it teething? Is it pain? Are they sick? What can I do to help the crying or screaming stop?!...

The Truth About Age “Regressions”

The Truth About Age “Regressions”

As a mom of 4 and a pediatric sleep consultant, I have heard parents complain about “regressions” with practically every month of their child’s first few years (ie 4mo, 6mo, 9mo, 18mo regression, etc). Many parents believe that because their child’s sleep seems to...

Daylight Savings Time – “Falling Back”

Daylight Savings Time – “Falling Back”

Daylight savings time is coming up this weekend! Let me just start by saying that if I had my way, there would not be a daylight savings time! Statistically, there is an 8% increase in traffic accidents the Monday after daylight savings time kicks in. It really does...

10 Tips For Traveling With Your Child

10 Tips For Traveling With Your Child

Traveling with a child or children can often be exhausting, frustrating, and potentially the unraveling of a great sleeper, but it doesn't have to be. Yes, you will probably have to work hard at keeping your child on their normal schedule (at least part of the time)...

Are Schedules Really That Important?

Are Schedules Really That Important?

Parents often ask me if having a good schedule is really that important, and the answer is yes! Children thrive on schedules! Whether you have a baby, toddler, preschooler, or school aged child, they all appreciate knowing what comes next in their day. If you have an...

Breastfeeding Do’s and Don’ts

Breastfeeding Do’s and Don’ts

Updated 8/2/19 In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), I am dedicating this month's blog issue to all-things-breastfeeding! First of all, I want to congratulate you on your decision to give your child breast milk! We all know that breast milk is best, but...

Things That Go Bump (or Boom) In the Night!

Things That Go Bump (or Boom) In the Night!

In light of this weekend's 4th of July celebrations happening around the US, I am dedicating this month's newsletter to all things that go bump (or boom) in the night. Even the best sleepers are sometimes startled awake by things that sound off in the middle of the...

Let’s Talk Toddlers…

Let’s Talk Toddlers…

Toddlers can be very challenging, yet very rewarding if you know what you're doing! First of all, a child becomes a toddler around 1yr of age and it lasts until about 3yrs old, when he moves up to the classification of "preschooler". While that time frame is often...

Bedtime Routines

Bedtime Routines

Bedtimes routines are an essential cue to a child's mind and body that sleep is drawing near. They can be implemented as early as day one, though most parents find it easier to begin them after things have calmed down a bit. Whether you already have a bedtime routine,...