Please Keep Your White Noise Machine

When I saw the online buzz about a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association about the harmful effects of white noise machines, I felt my heart sink to my stomach. I frequently recommend white noise machines to clients who have environmental noise waking up their little ones early in the morning or throughout the day, so yes, I was freaked out. After all, these were reputable news sources making these claims. However, as is all too often the case, the headlines were inflammatory and drastically misleading. So, let’s unpack the story that have so many parents tossing their noise machines in the trash, shall we?

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Life After Sleep Training

Sleep training your little one is a demanding endeavor. I’ve never had a client who said it wasn’t worth it, mind you, but nevertheless, it’s a lot of work, and it requires a lot of discipline. But once parents get their baby on a steady, predictable nap schedule and sleeping consistently through the night, they sometimes find they have a new issue facing them. They’re scared to deviate in any way from their routine.

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Dream feed: Pros and Cons

One of the many tricks that parents use to try to help their baby sleep through the night is a “dream feed”. What this typically means is that at some point in the night – usually just before going to bed themselves – a parent will feed their half-asleep baby in the hopes that this will fill her up and result in an extra few hours of sleep for everyone. But does this practice actually work? Is it a good idea?

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Sleeping Safely

Chances are if you’re an expecting mom, a new mom, a veteran mom, or not a mom at all and just have access to the internet, you’ve heard about the recent recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. This happened after reports of more than 30 infant deaths over the past 10 years came to light and, to be honest, I can’t believe it took them so long.

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How These Families Started Sleeping Through the Night Again (and how you can too!)

When you’re exhausted, it’s easy to get caught up doing whatever it takes to get your little one sleeping (so that you can sleep too!) Parents get into the habit of bringing their little one to bed with them, nursing 5, 8, 10 times at night, rocking until their arms go numb, driving around at 3:00 a.m. bleary-eyed, or a combination of any or all of these. Thankfully, there is another way. You and your baby can both get the sleep you need without resorting to extraordinary measures to make it happen. I’ve worked with many families who have ALL been there. They’ve all called me, exhausted and at the end of their rope, and after working together, we have restored predictability and peace into their nights.

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