Helping your child maintain their sleep over the holidays

Christmas is around the corner which for many of us means it’s time to visit with family and friends, while schedules are filled with good food, conversations and last minute to-do’s. It’s a wonderful time of the year!

I have recently helped many parents get their babies sleeping well and there could be a concern that all their hard work will be derailed over the holidays. 

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Extending Your Baby's Nap Time

This might sound all too familiar…

After waking up for the day, your little one has enjoyed a feed, a clean and fresh diaper, lots of snuggles and interaction, play, outside air and now, it’s time for a nap. 

You have finally gotten your baby to fall asleep, but about 30mins later, you realize it didn’t last long. There are some unhappy cries, despite all your efforts to get your sweet babe back to sleep. 

Trying to be self-encouraging, you think “it’s ok, this just means that my baby will be that much more tired and ready for the next nap,” but, as a cruel joke, the same thing happens again; a short nap has yet again caused your baby to wake way too quickly from what should have been a descent break for both baby and mom.

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Daylight Savings

It’s happening… this weekend you might be lucky enough to gain an extra hour of sleep or you might be dreading the end of daylight savings, anticipating early wake ups from your kiddos. 

Don’t fear, help is near!

There are a few things you can do; one is starting prior to the time change (as soon as 5 days), or starting after the change, or doing nothing. Let me explain:

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Why does baby wake at 3am?

The single most common question new parents ask, might be, “Why does my baby wakeup at 3am every night?”

Is it a developmental milestone? A regression? Are they getting too much sleep during the day, or not enough? Maybe they’re just hungry. Maybe they’re too hot, or too cold.

Well, the truth is that it could be any of those things, and it could be a combination of several of them.

What that means, and what you’re probably already aware of, is that baby’s sleep is tremendously complicated.

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Back to School Tips

Whether your child has already had their first day of school or are about to, I’m sure this will be helpful! Let me just start off by saying, honestly and sincerely, no judgment for what might have gone down in the last couple of months.

I know... I’m a child sleep consultant and you may think that I’m going to chastise you for the late bedtimes, unenforced rules, inconsistent schedules, or any of the many “inadvisables” that may have taken place over your summer vacation.

But I get it. I really do. I’m a mother myself and I know how precious these summer months are. You want to squeeze every minute of joy and togetherness you can from these glorious days. If it’s a choice between consistent bedtimes and staying up to watch the fireworks, I mean c’mon. That’s no choice at all.

So no matter what might have happened over the summer vacation, all is forgiven. The mission now is to get your child back on track so that they can get back to sleep at a reasonable hour.

So I hope you’ll keep reading without fear of any finger wagging or talk of what you should have done differently. I promise you, it’s not in here.

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Is Sleep Training Safe?

As the parent of a new baby, the number of questions you’re going to find yourself asking are, to put it mildly, astronomical.

The old saying about babies not coming with instructions has cemented itself in parental lore for a good reason. Even after spending nine months doing endless research on what to expect when baby arrives, as soon as we’re sent home from the hospital with our little ones, there’s an unavoidable feeling of unpreparedness.

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