What if my Toddler is Afraid to Poop?

What if my Toddler is Afraid to Poop?

It sounds like a funny phobia to grownups, but the truth is, using the potty can be a harrowing experience for toddlers. In today’s video, I’ll explain why the experience can be distressing for some young kids, and give you some tips to help them overcome their fear. Why wait? Try out my No-Sweat Potty Training Program and get started today! The sooner you get the process started, the sooner you can bid farewell to diapers and baby wipes, and… Continue Reading

The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Heard

The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Heard

Today, I want to share a very succinct, very simple, and very important bit of parenting advice I got from an unlikely source when my first child was a toddler. Are you tired of butting heads with your little ones? Looking for a better way of resolving conflict with them? I’ve got just the thing! Kids:The Manual is filled with simple, step-by-step solutions to the problems that parents face with their children’s behavior. End the frustration for both you and… Continue Reading

How to Prevent Early Morning Wake Ups

How to Prevent Early Morning Wake Ups

There’s a common line I hear from parents who have completed the Sleep Sense Program when I follow up with them a few weeks after their little one starts sleeping through the night. It goes something like this… “We’re so relieved to finally be getting some sleep again! We still have an issue with him waking up at 5:00 in the morning, but compared to what we were dealing with, we’re not complaining!” And while it’s great that your baby… Continue Reading

The Bedtime Potty Excuse

The Bedtime Potty Excuse

Potty training is an exciting time for parents and their toddlers. Your youngster takes one of their first exciting steps towards their “big kid” status, and parents get to say goodbye to all of the diaper related unpleasantness they’ve dealt with since baby first arrived. But right around the time your child learns to use the potty, chances are they’ll also learn a very effective method of leaving their bedroom when they’re supposed to be sleeping. “I have to go… Continue Reading

Can I be Flexible With Bedtime?

Can I be Flexible With Bedtime?

After parents and baby put in the work to develop the skills to sleep through the night, there can be a real sense of accomplishment, which is absolutely deserved! It’s no walk in the park and getting baby sleeping through the night is an amazing feat, for sure. But there can be a tendency to drift back into old habits once baby’s sleeping well, and the one I see most often focuses on bedtime. So when is it OK to… Continue Reading

Can Baby be Taught to Sleep in a Different Bed?

Can Baby be Taught to Sleep in a Different Bed?

We all get our best nights’ sleep in our own bed, and babies are no exception. But if you’re spending the night away from home, the option’s not always available. So is there a way to help your child get a good sleep when they’re away from the bed they’re familiar with? I’ll give you my opinion and suggestions in this week’s video. If your baby, infant or toddler is having trouble sleeping through the night, help is just a… Continue Reading

Sleep Myths

Sleep Myths

One of the great things about parenting is that, due to the fact that so many people have raised kids of their own, there is an endless amount of information available about it. Which is also one of the worst thing about it. Whether you ask for it or not, people are always happy to share their extensive knowledge about parenting, and that advice can be a great help, but it can also be terribly misleading and, sometimes, just plain… Continue Reading

Switching to a Big Kid Bed

Switching to a Big Kid Bed

Sooner or later, the time is going to come to move your toddler out of the crib and into a “big kid” bed. It can be an exciting time for your little one, but it can also cause some regression and disturbance in their sleep. In today’s video, I have some tips to help you determine whether now is a good time to make the switch, and if it is, how to do it smoothly and minimize the impact on… Continue Reading

Staying on Track When Baby Gets Sick

Staying on Track When Baby Gets Sick

There’s no avoiding the fact that your kids are going to get sick from time to time, and when they do, it can derail the progress you’ve made with their sleep pretty quickly. In today’s video, I’ll list a few of the common mistakes parents make when their little one gets a bug, and how to provide the extra comfort and attention they need without backtracking on their hard-earned sleep skills. If your baby, infant or toddler is having trouble… Continue Reading

Alternatives to Crying it Out

Alternatives to Crying it Out

The traditional “Cry-it-out” approach to getting your little one to sleep may be effective, but for many parents, it’s just not something they’re comfortable with. On the other hand, constantly rocking, shushing, or nursing your baby to sleep every time they wake up can create associations that make it harder for baby to fall asleep independently and can result in frequent nighttime wake-ups. Luckily, there are several options in between these two far ends of the sleep training spectrum. I’ll… Continue Reading

Sleep Training When Siblings Share a Room

Sleep Training When Siblings Share a Room

One of the more common questions I get asked is from parents who have an older child and a new baby sharing a space. The question, as you can probably guess, is “How do I sleep train my baby without disturbing my toddler in the process?” It’s definitely a tricky situation but I have some tips today to help you minimize the impact on your older child while you teach your baby the skills they need to get the whole… Continue Reading

Are There Any “Good” Sleep Props?

Are There Any “Good” Sleep Props?

If you have watched my videos before, you’re probably familiar with the term, “Sleep props.” I use it to describe anything a baby relies on in order to get to sleep, such as rocking, feeding, sucking on a pacifier, car rides, and so on. You also probably know that I suggest eliminating sleep props from your little one’s bedtime routine so they can learn to fall asleep independently. But does that mean that there is no such thing as a… Continue Reading

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