Climbing out of the Crib I recommend that parents wait as long as possible before moving their child to a bed. Two-and-a-half is the youngest I recommend for making this switch, but most children will do better when they are three. If your child is younger than than...read more
Short Naps My oldest child was a chronically short napper. And I remember how frustrating that was for me! I had plans to do other things than spend my whole day trying to help her go to sleep and stay asleep. If you have a short napper, you know what I'm talking...read more
Daylight Savings Time starts at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12th, 2016. To me, this means Spring and warm weather are near! To those of you who have an early riser, this may mean the chance that your child will start to sleep later. For that reason, many parents think...read more
It's almost that time of the year for daylight saving time! Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 6th. I remember when “falling back” just meant an extra hour of sleep! I’m sure it will mean that again one day but for those of us with small children, it...read more
I’ve been meaning to write about this for a long time as I get questions from parents about their child’s nighttime fears often. With Halloween coming up soon, I can’t think of a better time for this topic. Halloween can be scary for some kids and the fears are common...read more
As parents you’re going to get a lot of advice from well-meaning family and friends (and maybe totally strangers!) about your child’s sleep. Some of this information I see and hear given really frustrates me because to be honest, it is just wrong. I’m going to discuss...read more
I often get asked, “What do I do when my baby gets sick”? When your little one is sick, sometimes the routine goes right out the window and you have to do whatever works to make sure your child stays hydrated, gets sleep, and gets better. Being sick can mean your...read more
Thinking about moving your child out of your bed? There are lots of reasons parents become ready to make this change, but I would not recommend it if your child is going through any other changes, like potty training, giving up the pacifier, starting school, etc. If there aren’t any changes occurring right now and you are ready to have her sleep in her own room, follow these steps:read more
Every time I teach a class on sleep, I always start with discussing why sleep is important, or what lack of sleep can lead to. It’s almost as if I’m trying to talk people into making sure that their children are getting the proper amount of sleep. There are so many reasons why sleep is important at every age.read more
Even though there is snow on the ground where I live and in many parts of the U.S. today, spring is just around the corner! That also means it’s almost time to “spring forward” by adjusting our clocks forward an hour.read more
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 20 percent of 5-year-olds wet the bed. Dr. Elizabeth C. Jackson, M.D., director of the healthy bladder clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital says that most pediatricians don’t consider bedwetting a problem until a child is 6 years old. At that point, it’s time to take action. See the tips on what to do below.read more
Top 10 sleep tips for multiples:
1. With multiples it is important to get them on the same schedule right from the start. Wake your babies at the same time each morning to get them on the same routine.
Parents often ask me when they should expect their baby to sleep through the night. The truth is, you can’t really EXPECT anything in the early months because newborns vary in their sleep needs. I know that’s probably not the answer you were hoping for, but the saying “all babies are different” really applies here.read more
Last week my perfect sleeper was suddenly taking over an hour to fall asleep at night! This week…he started walking. And he’s back to going to sleep in a regular amount of time. This got me thinking about baby sleep regressions, which are basically just periods of time when a baby who normally sleeps through the night suddenly begins to have uncharacteristically frequent night wakings, may take a long time to fall asleep at night, wake earlier in the morning, and/or have napping issues.read more
When my first baby entered the world as a colicky, crazy little thing I knew there would be one solution: give her a pacifier. But several weeks later, I found myself re-plugging the pacifier in her mouth over and over again at night. She was just one of those babies who had a hard time keeping it in, and cried every time it fell out. I knew I had to stop giving it to her.
There are many different opinions from experts on when and why to get rid of the pacifier, but I think it is a parent’s decision so I’m going to tell you the pros and cons of pacifiers and let you decide if you should get rid of your child’s.
Daylight Savings Time will occur at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 9th, 2014. To me, this means Spring and warm weather are near! To those of you who have an early riser, this may mean the chance that your child will start to sleep later. For that reason, many parents think this is the good time change.read more
With a baby due any day now, I’m wondering if he will be a good sleeper or not. But, I have also been thinking a lot about how his older sisters will handle this transition. Both of my kids are awesome sleepers, but I understand this is one event that may cause some regression. Here are my tips for handling the possible sleep disruptions:read more
I hated it when people would tell me my first child “would sleep when she was tired”. No, she wouldn’t. Her naps were practically non-existent, even as a newborn. She was a very colicky, very high-needs baby and I was extremely frustrated. I pretty much felt like I spent my entire day trying to get her to go to sleep. I wish I would have known the things I know now!read more
Usually, the better your child sleeps at home, the better he or she will sleep while you are traveling. But getting some children to sleep well while you are away from home can be a struggle. I do not recommend traveling for at least a few weeks after sleep training or after your child is consistently sleeping through the night (excluding babies under 6 months).read more
I am not a morning person. I am so glad that early rising is not an issue for my children. However, early rising (waking before 6 am) is a very common sleep problem for young kids and babies, and possibly the topic I get asked about the most. Super early mornings lead to a tired, cranky kid which, of course, leads to tired, cranky parents.read more
Daylight Savings Time will end on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. I remember when “falling back” just meant an extra hour of sleep! When you become a parent it can mean schedules that are thrown off, your kids waking super early, and everyone feeling grumpy for several days or longer. Every child is different and the time change will affect some much more than others. It is important to know your child and what she can handle and to have a plan for how you want to deal with the time change.read more
When to make the switch from a crib to bed:
• Your child is at least 2 ½-3 years old. This is the average age a child has the cognitive ability to understand what it means to “stay in bed all night long”. They do not always understand the invisible boundaries of a bed. The crib boundaries are very obvious. So wait as long as you can!
First of all, why is it so important to sleep train your child? One reason is that long-term studies have shown that children who never learn how to fall asleep independently are at increased risk of continuing sleep problems as they grow up. And the older a child gets, the longer the process usually takes. So now is the time!read more
There is really a big difference between a nightmare and night terror. You want to respond to a night terror differently than you would a nightmare. It’s important to know the difference in symptoms between the two.read more
Most children are ready to give up their morning nap between 15 and 18 months, although some children are ready a little sooner or a little later. You should try to make the transition as smooth as possible, but most children take a couple of weeks to a couple of months to fully adjust.read more
When to wean the bedtime bottle:
You can start weaning your baby off his bedtime bottle between the ages of 6 and 9 months. But if your toddler is still taking a bedtime bottle at his first birthday, this would definitely be the time to get rid of it. Toddlers are more likely to get attached to things between 15 and 18 months.