The Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make When Sleep Training On their own

It is not uncommon for families to come to me and insist they have tried everything to get their little one to sleep, had nothing work, and to assume their child just “will never be a good sleeper”. Without even knowing that child, I can assert with complete confidence that this is just not true. I know many adults who are not good sleepers, but childhood is a time where sleep is as close to perfect as it is going to get. After gathering their history, what they’ve tried, and the methods they’ve used, I can often quickly spot what went wrong and how some simple tweaks can make a drastic difference.

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Is Sleep Training Safe?

Saying that parents-to-be and parents of newborns have many questions is the understatement of the century. Parents spend nine months doing endless research on what to expect when their little bundle arrives but inevitably, when we’re sent home from the hospital, there’s an unavoidable feeling of unpreparedness. Every decision feels like it is the most important decision, and undoubtedly we want to be certain that every choice we make is the best and safest choice for our tiny human. So what about sleep training?

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Sleep Myths: Debunked!

When we are pregnant, we are inundated with advice, suggestions, and opinions by everyone from our loved ones to the cashier at the grocery store. While I’m sure everyone has the best intentions, this barrage of information can be overwhelming nonetheless. It’s a whirlwind of, “You should,” “You’ll want to,” and “You just have to.” If there’s no such number as kajillion, it should be created specifically to measure the number of suggestions a new mother hears in her first year of motherhood. So today I want to focus on my area of expertise – SLEEP – and try to dispel some of the more popular myths I’ve seen in parenting forums, heard in mom’s groups, or had angrily shouted at me in all caps in my Instagram DMs.

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How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Relationship

What is it about having an awful night’s sleep that makes everyone else so intolerable? It seems that way, doesn’t it? You have a night of interrupted, fitful, downright bad sleep and the next day people are driving like they don’t have their licenses, are jabbing incessantly in the Starbucks line before you’ve had your coffee, or are asking you the same work question that you’ve answered a dozen times already. Is the universe just messing with you? Maybe. But a more likely explanation is that your lack of sleep is making it impossible for you to react rationally to frustrating – and even mundane – situations.

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Is My Baby Waking From Hunger?

When babies wake up crying in the middle of the night, it’s tough to determine whether it’s because they need to eat or because they just want to see a parent back in the room. Many babies develop a dependency on nursing, rocking, sucking, and more in order to fall asleep at bedtime which they then need again in order to connect their sleep cycles throughout the night. If your baby is waking up several times throughout the night, how can you know whether they are waking up out of true hunger or whether they just need a little help falling back to sleep?

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