Tips for Dealing with Daylight Savings Time

Tips for Dealing with Daylight Savings Time

Fall Back

Daylight savings time is coming up this weekend. Most parents don’t mind it so much in the fall when they gain an extra hour, but it sends fear through people’s bones when they hear they are going to have to lose an hour of sleep! Every year I get a TON of questions asking for the best way to handle daylight savings time and children’s sleep. So here it is: [Read more…]

The Number 1 Bedtime Mistake

This month I want to talk a bit about the bedtime routine, and the number one mistake parents make when they are creating a bedtime routine.

Now, if you go to any baby site on the Web, search “my baby won’t sleep,” or

whatever you’re looking for in regards to sleep, almost every single site will tell you about the importance of a bedtime routine. So will I.

I think a bedtime routine is a crucial first step in creating predictability to your baby and teaching your baby that it’s time to make that transition from day into night. [Read more…]

Do You Have An Early Morning Riser?

Do You Have An Early Morning Riser?

This is a question that I get extremely often, but not one that can’t be fixed. First of all, I think it’s important to celebrate the fact that your baby is sleeping through the night! This might be the first time in their little life that they have slept from for more than 3-4 hour stretches at a time. So the fact that they slept from 7pm – 5am is amazing! Let’s take a moment to do our happy dance before we go any further.

But let’s face it – who wants to get up at 5am? Certainly not me! So after we celebrate the fact that our baby is finally consolidating night time sleep into 10-11 hour stretches, let’s look at how we can get them to sleep in a little later and make everyone happier! [Read more…]

3 Sleep Goals for your Newborn Baby

3 Sleep Goals for your Newborn Baby

The newborn phase, oh what fun!  Those first three to four months of your beautiful baby’s life can be especially difficult as you and your baby are learning so many new things!

For your baby, they’re learning things like how to eat and breath and simply stay alive.  For you as new parents, you’re learning how to feed your baby, burp your baby, and put your baby to sleep so that you can get some much needed shut-eye as well! [Read more…]

How Do You Know When Your Child Is Tired?

How Do You Know When Your Child Is Tired?

It is not always obvious when a child is getting tired…  Knowing your own child’s “sleep signs” can help you get your child to bed BEFORE they become overtired!

When someone refers to sleep signs, the first ones that come to mind are usually yawning or eye rubbing.  But there are other signs you might not be aware of, like ear pulling, nose scrunching, or arching the back.  It can sometimes be easy to miss some signs of fatigue, but if your child is doing any type of rubbing or pulling, there’s a good change that they are tired.  It’s not always smart to wait for a solid yawn! [Read more…]

Try these 7 Tips to Get Your Baby Sleeping Better!

Try These 7 Tips Tonight To Improve Your Child’s Sleep!

As a professional sleep consultant, I’ve gotten used to people asking me what the “secret” is to getting a baby to sleep through the night.

Of course, there is no ONE secret. Teaching a child healthy sleep habits is a combination of lots of different things.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some shortcuts, either!

With that in mind, today I’d like to share with you 7 different shortcuts you can start trying over the next few nights to get your child sleeping better.

Let’s get right to it: [Read more…]

Sleep Tip of the Day!

Sleep Tip of the Day

The Oh-So Evil “Sleep Prop.”  As humans, we all make a journey from awake to sleep, and how we make this journey can sometimes be difficult, especially for babies and toddlers.  If we help our babies make this journey using sleep props, then when they naturally wake in the middle of the night, they can’t go back to sleep without this prop!  What exactly is a sleep prop?  It’s anything you are using to get your babies to sleep: nursing, rocking, bouncing, pacifier, rubbing the back, patting, the list goes on and on…  But wait, these are all good things!  I am not telling you to stop nursing, rocking or bouncing your baby.  But I am telling you that your baby must learn to fall asleep on their own if we want them to stay asleep all night!  Then when they wake in the middle of the night, they have the internal skills to put themselves back to sleep without needing your help!  How do we get rid of these evil sleep props that are keeping our babies from getting the quality sleep they desperately need?  Message me for details and I’ll help you every step of the way!

Sleep Tip of the Day!

Sleep Tip of the Day!

The Bedtime Routine: Such an important step that is all too often overlooked! Creating a bedtime routine for our babies and children in the 30 minutes before bed is such an important step in queueing our bodies and mind that it’s time to transition from day to night. Your routine should have the same steps every night and occur at the same time every night. This might sound boring, but predictability and structure are what our little ones thrive upon! Here’s what a bedtime routine might look like:

6:30pm – Bath
6:40pm – Put on pajamas
6:43pm – Nursing/bottle
6:55pm – Story or songs
7:00pm – Into crib or bed


Of course this might be different depending on the age of the child, but you get the general idea. So if you don’t have a bedtime routine and your littles are having trouble sleeping, try starting one tonight!  If your family already does have a bedtime routine (good for you!), I’d love to hear what yours is!  Post it below in the comments!