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Is your baby too stimulated to sleep?

Sometimes — not often, but sometimes — the reason a baby isn’t sleeping through the night is because she’s just too stimulated at bedtime!

In some cases, it’s because she’s been watching too much TV or tablet before bed…
but most of the time… it’s because of this!

I’ve always said that our “sleep environments” should be dark, calm, and peaceful. And one of the big mistakes I see parents making is turning their children’s cribs and bedrooms into something that looks like an amusement park!


I’ve put together a short video for you on why I think this is a bad idea, as well as my top tips for creating a sleep sanctuary for your little one: 

Oh, and if you have any questions for me about YOUR child’s sleep, feel free to ask it in the ‘Comments’ section on this page. (I’m recording some new videos this week, and I’m always looking for new topics!)


In other news, I’m getting ready to welcome a brand-new group of entrepreneurial women into the Certified Sleep Sense Training Program! They arrive early next week for 3 days of in-person training with me, and I can’t wait to meet them.

(Interested in hearing more about how you can earn a full-time income working part-time hours from your home as a sleep consultantI recently hosted an online presentation called Playdates, Passion & Profits: How Some Moms Get To Have It All! You’ll need about 35 minutes to watch the whole thing, which you can do by clicking here!)


Finally, some advice from Certified Sleep Sense Consultant Meaghan Lussier about how often your little one should be napping: 

“Did you know that daytime sleep is just as important as nighttime sleep?  Did you also know that making your child’s naps a priority will help them to sleep better at night?  The two are correlated.  

The average number of naps per day depends on your child, but this is a great guideline.  

  • 0-3 months – 4-5 naps
  • 3-6 months – 3 naps
  • 6-14 months – 2 naps
  • 15-36 months – 1 nap

Watch your little one for signs of tiredness, and act quickly to get them tucked in before they get overtired.  When overtired, it will be harder for them to settle into sleep.  Move through a 5-10 minute nap routine to help them wind down (diaper change, story/song) and then tuck them in for a rest! They will wake up refreshed and ready to learn from their environment.” 

Meaghan Lussier
Time For Bed Sleep Solutions
Winnipeg, Manitoba


That’s it for today. Have a great week, and sleep well!

P.S. Hard to believe, but it’s already August, which means that summer is drawing to a close. This means that lots of us will be heading back to work / school / real life soon!

It also means that it’s time to start thinking about getting your child’s sleep habits on track for things like daycare, playschool, kindergarten, etc.

Believe me, a child who sleeps well at night (and naps well during the day) does MUCH better when starting in a new environment — so now is a great time to get your child’s sleeping straight through the night!

To help you do that, you can get The Sleep Sense Program at a BIG discount using the link below:

The Sleep Sense Program Summer Discount Offer  

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