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?

Read More
Healthy Sleep During the Holidays

With the holidays approaching, many parents whose little ones are on a good schedule may worry that sleep will regress over the holidays. This is a totally valid concern. Between the travel, the constant attention, the excitement, and the plethora of activities, the holidays can be disastrous to everyone’s sleep schedule, especially infants and young children who have greater sleep needs than adults. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be this way! With some strategic planning and determination, you can maintain a healthy sleep schedule no matter what your holiday plans entail.

Read More
EAT – PLAY – SLEEP & The Importance of Full Feedings for Healthy Sleep

I talk a lot about establishing healthy sleep habits from birth. This will go a long way towards helping you fully enjoy the newborn stage while also setting your little one up for sleep success as they grow and develop. If you want to avoid any kind of formal “sleep training” when your baby is seven months, twelve months, twenty months, and beyond, then starting to employ healthy sleep habits in the newborn stage is imperative.

Read More