Weaning Off the Swaddle

Weaning Off the Swaddle

Swaddling is often a great method of keeping a newborn baby comforted and settled when they’re sleeping, but it eventually outlives its usefulness. But quite often, babies develop an attachment to the swaddle and frequently wake up when they inevitably kick their way out of it in the night. Today, I’ve got a step-by-step strategy for you to gently wean your baby off the swaddle and learn to fall asleep, and stay asleep, without needing to be wrapped up. If… Continue Reading

My Fifteen Minutes of Fame

My Fifteen Minutes of Fame

So I know this is where you usually come for my weekly video tips, and I’ll be back with those next week, but I had some pretty big news that I wanted to share with everyone. A couple of months ago, a friend and business coach of mine saw that Ginger Zee, who you might know as the Chief Meteorologist from ABC News, was tweeting about her baby’s sleep issues. Ginger, who obviously has to be up very early and… Continue Reading

Baby Keeps Waking Up When I Put Her in the Crib

Baby Keeps Waking Up When I Put Her in the Crib

You know the scenario, I’m sure. Your little one is clearly exhausted, you shush and bounce and sing them off to sleep, place her ever-so-gently into the crib, then just as you’re walking out the door, their eyes pop open and you start the process all over again. There’s a surprisingly simple reason why this happens so often, and if you’re one of the many parents struggling it, I’ll explain why, and what you can do to prevent it, in… Continue Reading

When Should I Nighttime Potty Train?

When Should I Nighttime Potty Train?

Potty training your child when they’re awake during the day is a challenge in its own right, but getting them to use the bathroom when they wake up in the night is a different story altogether. It can be a bit confusing to know how to proceed in this stage. We don’t want to encourage our little ones to go in their diaper, but we don’t want to put any unreasonable expectations on them either. So today, I’ve got some… Continue Reading

Sleep Advice for Adults

Sleep Advice for Adults

With all of the emphasis we put on getting our babies to sleep, we tend to forget how essential it is to adults as well. I’ve worked with a lot of parents who, after getting their babies sleeping through the night, didn’t do anything to improve their own sleep habits, and still complained of feeling tired throughout the day. There’s just no denying it, sleep is a cornerstone of our health and well-being, and adults can have as much of… Continue Reading

The Importance of Consequences

The Importance of Consequences

There comes a point in every child’s development where they start to test their boundaries. Whether it’s around bedtime, food, playing well with others, or dozens of other scenarios where they’re expected to act a certain way, chances are they’re going to take a chance to see what happens if they don’t do what they’re told. The good news is that toddlers, whether they act like it or not, typically want to know what they are and aren’t allowed to… Continue Reading

Should Babies Really “Sleep Through the Night?”

Should Babies Really “Sleep Through the Night?”

It’s a term that we use all the time as the parents of young children. “Sleeping through the night” is viewed as the peak of the mountain when it comes to babies’ sleep, but its meaning is also widely misunderstood. In today’s video, I’ll explain exactly what I mean when I talk about “sleeping through the night” and hopefully clear up the concerns that some parents have about it. If your baby, infant or toddler is having trouble sleeping through… Continue Reading

What Does “Normal” Sleep Look Like?

What Does “Normal” Sleep Look Like?

Considering the fact that we all spend a third of our lives asleep, how we go about it is surprisingly different for every person. However, there are certain “norms” that you can look at to see if you, and more importantly your little one, are sleeping as much as you should be, and what you can do to get to sleep easier and stay asleep for longer. If your baby, infant or toddler is having trouble sleeping through the night,… Continue Reading

Parenting as a Team

Parenting as a Team

If you’re raising a child with a partner, you’re pretty likely to have some differences of opinion about the right way and wrong way to approach the many issues that come along with parenting. How to discipline, breastfeeding or formula, free-range or attachment parenting, and a million other decisions need to be made between the two of you. But it’s important to make those decisions together so that your little one gets a clear set of rules and expectations from… Continue Reading

Tips for Newborns

Tips for Newborns

Newborn babies are typically not going to sleep through the night. Their little tummies usually require at least one or two nighttime feeds up until they reach the 6 month mark. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t start teaching them some great sleep skills, starting tonight! In today’s video, I have some tips to help you set up a schedule, establish an effective bedtime routine, and start your baby off on the right foot to encourage some sensational sleep… Continue Reading

Getting Rid of the Pacifier

Getting Rid of the Pacifier

Pacifiers are a great source of comfort for babies, and an absolute blessing for any parent who has ever found themselves in need of a quick solution to their baby’s fussing. But they can’t stick around forever, and taking them away can be a hard milestone for your little one to accept. In today’s video, I have some tips to help you decide when the time is right to ditch the dummy, as well as some clever strategies for minimizing… Continue Reading

My Toddler Keeps Leaving Her Crib

My Toddler Keeps Leaving Her Crib

Toddlers are surprisingly adept when it comes to climbing, and once they’ve figured out how to climb out of their crib, they tend to get a pretty big kick out of it. It can be a fun game for them, but much less so for you, if they’re leaving their room several times a night when they’re supposed to be sleeping. I’m happy to tell you that there’s a fairly easy solution to this problem that doesn’t involve any crying,… Continue Reading

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