While newborns should dictate their own schedule, there are definitely ways in which you can begin to see your baby’s sleep mature during those early months, and you can start to take steps during that “fourth trimester” that will put your baby on a path to good sleep for the ensuing months.
There is a prevailing feeling that some children are just natural early risers. There is some truth to that. Some children do generally wake earlier than others, but there’s early and then there’s early. It might surprise you to know that as a sleep consultant and as a parent, I feel that any waking before […]
I have a toddler at the moment. He’s two. He likes to test. He likes to look right at me as he’s doing something he knows he shouldn’t. Sometimes he even gives me a little smirk. Normal toddler behavior, yes. But it can be really trying. We all know about the Terrible Twos, and now […]
The word “colic” gets tossed around a lot when it comes to babies. And yet, it remains one of the great mysteries of the babysphere. As a Happiest Baby Educator and family sleep consultant, I have read my fair share about colic and know from working with families who have been affected by it how […]
In the baby sleep world, the word “regression” gets thrown around quite a bit. I’m generally not a fan of it. I think it’s easy to chalk behavior up to a regression when, in fact, there are often certain things that can be done to help adjust wonky sleep behavior. But two-year-olds? They are no […]
In my family sleep consulting practice, I often get calls from new parents asking about how to help their newborn sleep better. If I had the magical answer to that, I’d be a very rich person indeed! While newborns should dictate their own schedule, there are definitely ways in which you can begin to see […]
It’s 2 AM. Do you know where your three-year-old is? That’s easy. She’s standing next to your bed. Sound familiar? Also a wee bit terrifying. I recently did a post on why keeping your little one in a crib for as long as possible is the way to go, for many reasons. But the fact […]
As a family sleep consultant, one of the most common issues I see is a child who has been transitioned to a big-kid bed too early, and is now having a lot of trouble getting to sleep and/or staying asleep. Creepy middle-of-the-night visits begin to occur at the parents’ bedside, or bedtime itself becomes a […]