Posts tagged Sleep Training
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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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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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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short naps: why they happen and how to help

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar…

Your baby wakes up in the morning after a solid night’s sleep. You feed her, change her, play with her for a little bit, maybe take a walk outside. Nap time comes around so you rock her to sleep and gently place her in her crib for her morning nap. And then, 30 minutes later, she wakes up. Fussy, irritable, and inconsolable. Despite your pleading, bargaining, and comfort tactics, she refuses to go back to sleep. So after a half hour of trying to get her to fall back to sleep, you finally give in, hoping that she’ll be much more tired when her afternoon nap rolls around. Except that afternoon, you have the exact same scenario play out again and your little one is a ball of crankiness for the rest of the day. What in the world is going on?

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