Blog 2019-05-09T14:18:48-04:00

Nanny Nap Training

April 27th, 2020|Nap Training|0 Comments

Nanny Nap Training This is a post written just for you if you have a nanny working inside your home to help care for your baby. Why? Because nap training and night training are intrinsically [...]

Is the DockATot Safe for Sleeping?

February 18th, 2020|sleep safety|0 Comments

Is the DockATot Safe for Sleeping? Although many parents use the Dockatot for sleep, it’s not safe for babies to sleep in.   According to The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the only products that [...]

It’s Not Important to be Consistent When You’re Sleep Training

January 29th, 2020|Sleep Training|0 Comments

It’s Not Important to Be Consistent When You're Sleep Training Did you just read that twice? Did you question if you read that correctly? Did she really just write “it’s not important to be consistent [...]

How To Stay Calm When Your Baby Is Crying

January 13th, 2020|Sleep Training|0 Comments

How To Stay Calm When Your Baby Is Crying   Hearing your baby cry has got to be one of the most stressful sounds in the world. It’s unfortunate because if you want to teach [...]

When Your Mother in Law Disapproves of Sleep Training

January 6th, 2020|Sleep Training Philosophy|0 Comments

When your Mother in Law Disapproves of Sleep Training Sleep training takes a lot of emotional energy. The rewards are beyond belief, but the work you have to put in is not for the faint [...]

The 12 Month Nap Strike

December 24th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

The 12 Month Nap Strike The 12 month nap regression often takes parents by surprise. By this point, a good portion of babies are sleeping through the night and many are napping well. But at [...]

Is It Teething Or an Ear Infection?

December 17th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

Is it Teething Or An Ear Infection? More than 80 percent of children will be diagnosed with an ear infection before their third birthday. 100 percent of children will teethe before their third birthday. Sometimes, [...]

Why Some Babies Sleep Better Than Others

December 10th, 2019|Sleep Training Philosophy|0 Comments

Why Some Babies Sleep Better Than Others Don’t tell me this question hasn't crossed your mind. Borne of frustration and exhaustion, every new mom wonders this at some point or another. Why, why why do [...]

Baby Jet Lag

December 4th, 2019|travel|0 Comments

Traveling Across Time Zones   This is about Baby Jet Lag, Mama. Here’s something interesting: Do you know why it’s called jet lag? Traveling through different time zones only became an issue when air travel [...]

What is Sleep Hygiene?

November 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is Sleep Hygiene? Sleep hygiene simply means good sleep habits. It means doing the same set of things every day to make sure that whatever sleep you get is restful, restorative and refreshing. This [...]

What We Know About SIDS

November 5th, 2019|newborn sleep, sleep safety|0 Comments

What We Know About SIDS   SIDS is a parent’s worst nightmare. Every year, 2,500 babies in the United States silently die, with no clear cause. What makes SIDS so scary is the mystery surrounding [...]

Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance

October 29th, 2019|feedings|0 Comments

Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance Let's start off by stating the obvious: I’m no doctor. Bring up all your feeding concerns with your pediatrician and follow his guidance. Having said that, this post should shed some [...]

Ear Infections and Sleep

October 7th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

Ear Infections and Sleep   Ear infections are  sneaky little things. They can disrupt sleep for days, even weeks, if undetected and left untreated. If your baby is usually a good sleeper, and things suddenly [...]

Why Wake Windows Matter

October 2nd, 2019|Nap Training|0 Comments

  Why Wake Windows Matter Your baby is probably not sleeping enough during the day. How do I know this? Every parent knows that 11 or 12 hours of nighttime sleep is a dream/wish/goal to [...]

The 4 Month Sleep Regression

September 17th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

The 4 Month Sleep Regression The 4-month sleep regression can be awfully painful. Newborns can be pretty good sleepers on their own in the beginning. Then, they get a little older and the 4 month [...]

Sleep Training When Your Baby is Sick

September 11th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

Sleep Training When Your Baby is Sick Just like adults, babies have a hard time sleeping when they’re sick. A sick baby sleeps more than he does when he's well,  but the sleep is broken [...]

The 40 Minute Sleep Intruder

September 4th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

The 40 Minute Sleep Intruder Ever been through this with your baby? You put her down for a nap, or maybe it’s bedtime. She goes down to sleep pretty nicely, without much fuss. You sit [...]

When it’s Time to Drop to 1 Nap

August 28th, 2019|Nap Training|0 Comments

When it's Time to Drop To 1 Nap   ❌ MYTH: Babies should drop down to one nap at 12 months old. ✅ FACT: Most babies are not ready for one nap until 15-18 months, and some [...]

The Kind of Crying You’ll Hear During Sleep Training

August 19th, 2019|Sleep Training|0 Comments

The Kind of Crying You'll Hear During Sleep Training   Crying. It’s the first word that jumps to mind after hearing the words “Sleep Training.” Will I have to let my baby cry? How long is [...]

Why Crying Babies are Just So Hard to Ignore

August 14th, 2019|Sleep Training Philosophy|0 Comments

  Why Crying Babies are Just So Hard to Ignore   Crying babies are impossible to ignore. Whether you want to, or can’t possibly imagine ever trying to, it’s physically and biologically impossible to disregard [...]

JOMO: The Joy Of Missing Out

August 7th, 2019|Sleep Training Philosophy|0 Comments

JOMO: The Joy Of Missing Out We live in a culture personified by #FOMO. The fear of missing out on something better, more exciting, or fulfilling causes us to fracture our attention and lose focus [...]

(VIDEO) 3 Swaddling Mistakes New Moms Make

August 1st, 2019|newborn sleep, sleep safety|0 Comments

3 Steps to Safe Swaddling Swaddling can be hugely helpful in soothing a fussy baby and helping him go for longer stretches of deeper sleep. However, if done incorrectly, swaddling can be downright dangerous! I [...]

Sleep Regressions… What Are They?

July 26th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

Sleep Regressions: What Are They?   You may have heard the term bandied around – it’s pretty popular. He slept well for a few months but now he’s going through a regression. She’s regressing and it’s [...]

8-10 Month Sleep Regression

July 18th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|2 Comments

 8-10 Month Sleep Regression Your 8, 9, or 10 month old used to be a great sleeper. Now she’s waking up at night and screaming hysterically, between 1 and 6 times each night. Naps are [...]

How To Drop From 3 Naps to 2

July 10th, 2019|Nap Training|0 Comments

How to Drop From 3 Naps to 2   Knowing how much sleep your baby needs at night is only HALF the picture when it comes to meeting her sleep needs. Sufficient daytime sleep is [...]

Is Colic Even A Thing?

June 26th, 2019|feedings, newborn sleep|0 Comments

Is Colic Even A Thing? Fussy newborn? Colic. Screaming 6 month old? Colic. Gassy? Colic. Stomach pain? Colic Unsettled after feeds? Colic Doesn’t sleep well at night? Colic. Won’t nap? Colic. NO! Mamas! Listen!! There’s [...]

What’s the Right Age to Sleep Train?

June 20th, 2019|Sleep Training|0 Comments

The Right Age to Sleep Train When my twins were newborns, the burning question that was on my mind every moment of the day was “when will I get some sleep?!” When the girls were [...]

How to Wean Your Baby Off of the Swaddle

June 13th, 2019|newborn sleep|0 Comments

How to Wean Your Baby off of the Swaddle   Swaddling is amazingly helpful for newborn sleep. I always recommend it as a first step to parents of newborns who are struggling with sleep. However, [...]

What’s The Big Deal About Swaddling?

June 4th, 2019|newborn sleep|0 Comments

What's the Big Deal About Swaddling? Swaddling is an ancient practice that dates back to biblical times and is woven into the fabric of communal customs in multiple religions (wimple, anyone?). When I was a [...]

Baby Hates the Swaddle? Try This

May 29th, 2019|newborn sleep|0 Comments

Baby Hates the Swaddle? Try This If you’re wondering what the big deal is about swaddling, check out my post on it here - learn why you should be using a swaddle to help you [...]

Why French Babies Sleep Better

May 21st, 2019|Sleep Training|0 Comments

  Why French Babies Sleep Better   Did you know that many French babies are sleeping through the night by 2 or 3 months old? If a French baby is still waking up a lot [...]

Night Terrors

May 15th, 2019|preschool sleep troubles|0 Comments

Night Terrors   “Moommmmmy! No! No! NOOOOO! Heeeeeeeelp me!!! HELP ME!!!"  Heart racing, sweaty and shaking, I dashed into my toddler’s room after hearing blood-curdling screams. It was 11:30pm. He was sitting bolt up right [...]

6 Things You Can Do if Your Baby Suffers from Acid Reflux

May 9th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

6 Things You Can Do if Your Baby Suffers from Acid Reflux   Does your baby have reflux?   Welcome to the club. All babies have reflux: it’s called spitting up. There’s a muscle at [...]

Will Solids Help My Baby Sleep?

April 30th, 2019|feedings|0 Comments

Will Solids Help My Baby Sleep?   Will starting solids help your baby sleep for a longer stretch at night? You might have heard parents swear  “as soon as we started solids she started sleeping [...]

Are Baby Hammocks Safe?

April 17th, 2019|Sleep Environment|0 Comments

Are Baby Hammocks Safe?   Many parents rave about their baby hammocks and swear by them to help with fussiness, reflux or uptight babies. And in truth, hammocks seem to be a lot more comfortable [...]

Sleep Training When Siblings Share a Room

April 11th, 2019|Sleep Environment|0 Comments

Sleep Training When Siblings Share a Room    It can be scary to think about sleep training with two kids in the same room! When your kids share a room, there are a few things [...]

Helping Big Kids Sleep with Tapping

April 5th, 2019|preschool sleep troubles|0 Comments

Helping Big Kids Sleep with Tapping  Sleep issues with older children are almost always based on some element of anxiety, or a child's inability to relax. Your 5 year old may be popping out of [...]

White Noise: My Pet Peeve

April 3rd, 2019|Sleep Environment, Sleep Training|0 Comments

White Noise: My Pet Peeve   Everyone's allowed to have a pet peeve, right? Mine is white noise. Well not white noise itself. I love white noise. My pet peeve is when a mom with [...]

A Guide To White Noise

April 3rd, 2019|Sleep Environment|0 Comments

A Guide To White Noise   If you’re wondering why white noise is so crucial to your baby’s sleep (and what my biggest white noise pet peeve is) this will give you some background. Assuming [...]

Nap Training and Day Care: Is It Doable?

April 3rd, 2019|Sleep Training|0 Comments

Sleep Training in Daycare: Is it Doable? If your baby goes to daycare, can he learn to nap independently? Interestingly, there's no clear cut answer to this question. If you're structured stay-at-home mom with a [...]

Secrets to a Successful Toddler Bedtime

April 2nd, 2019|Sleep Training, toddler sleep troubles|0 Comments

    "Moooooommy... I need a drink..." "... I have to go to the bathroom..." "...I need one more book because you promised!"   Bedtime is supposed to be a relaxing end of the day. [...]

Why Your Baby Won’t Sleep When You Travel

March 26th, 2019|Sleep Environment|0 Comments

It's not your fault! If you've ever traveled with your baby, you've probably experienced the difficulties of having your baby sleep in an unfamiliar environment.  It's not just babies who don't sleep well in a [...]

Can You Sleep Train with Baby In Your Room?

March 14th, 2019|Sleep Environment, Sleep Training|0 Comments

Can I Sleep Train my Baby in My Bedroom?   Often, by necessity or by choice, baby shares a room with Mom and Dad for the first few months of life. The American Academy of [...]

How To Get Through the Spring Clock Change

March 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Get Through the Spring Time Change   Twice a year, I receive a flurry of panicked emails that all sound something like this: The clocks changed and my baby is totally thrown off [...]

An Open Letter to the Impossible Baby

February 27th, 2019|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

  To my precious Baby,   I love you with every beat of my heart, every breath in my body, with everything I have. I will live for you, die for you and cherish you [...]

My Maternal Instinct Won’t Let Me Sleep Train

February 21st, 2019|Sleep Training|0 Comments

My Maternal Instinct Won't Let Me Sleep Train   Does sleep training cause you to ignore your motherly instincts? It depends. First of all, I am the very first person to say that sleep training [...]

Can Your Baby’s Personality Affect Sleep Training?

February 14th, 2019|Sleep Training|0 Comments

Can Your Baby's Personality Affect Sleep Training? Can your baby’s personality affect your sleep training process? Yes! Sleep training is effectively behavioral training. Not everyone likes to admit that because it doesn’t sound sciencey or [...]

If Your 4-6 Month Old Won’t Nap, Read This

February 6th, 2019|Nap Training|0 Comments

If Your 4-6 Month Old Won't Nap, Read This Naps can be tough before 6 months of age. If you’re struggling to put your baby on a set nap schedule, don't be hard on yourself [...]

Sleep Pressure

January 31st, 2019|Nap Training|0 Comments

Sleep Pressure   What is Sleep Pressure? It’s the key to good naps! Seriously, once you know this, your baby's naps are guaranteed to improve. Sleep Pressure is a biological process that makes our bodies [...]

How to Night Wean Your Baby

January 17th, 2019|feedings|0 Comments

  If your babe still wakes to eat multiple times a night, you don’t have to sleep train at the same time as you night wean. You can try gently weaning first, and maybe (just [...]

What Kind of Schedule Should My Baby Be On?

January 16th, 2019|Sleep Training|0 Comments

What Kind of Schedule Should My Baby Be On?   In my life as a Sleep Consultant and as a mother, I see most mothers fall into two categories: The Schedulers and The Non-Schedulers. The [...]

Can I Sleep Train My Baby and Still Feed Her Overnight?

January 9th, 2019|feedings|0 Comments

Can I Sleep Train My Baby and Still Feed Her Overnight?   If your baby is younger than 6 months, you may still want to feed her once overnight. This is a personal decision that [...]

For The Toddler Who Won’t Stay in Bed

January 2nd, 2019|preschool sleep troubles, toddler sleep troubles|0 Comments

For The Toddler Who Won't Stay in Bed   If you don’t have a toddler yet, I will tell you now, and consider yourself warned: keep your baby in her crib as long as humanly [...]

Can’t Get Baby To Sleep?

December 27th, 2018|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

Can't Get Baby To Sleep?   I can’t get my baby to sleep. She needs me to hold her for an hour to fall asleep! He just won’t sleep, no matter what I do...I've tried [...]

Hear This Mom’s Take on Sleep Training Her Babies

December 19th, 2018|Sleep Training|0 Comments

Penina, 4 months Meet Ellie and her babies, Benny and Penina Ellie and I worked together last January to teach her son Benny how to sleep. Benny was 18 months old and had [...]

The Secret Language of Newborns

December 12th, 2018|newborn sleep|0 Comments

The Secret Language of Newborns Did you know that newborns have a secret language that they use to communicate with their mothers? If you’re wondering whether you were absent the day they taught the language [...]

Does Your Baby Feed to Sleep?

December 6th, 2018|Sleep Troubles, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Does Your Baby Feed to Sleep?   Does your baby only fall asleep while nursing? Does he wake up multiple times throughout the night for a bottle, only falling back asleep if you feed him? [...]

Keeping Your Escape Artist in His Crib

December 1st, 2018|toddler sleep troubles|0 Comments

Keeping Your Escape Artist in His Crib People don’t understand what they’ve never seen, the saying goes. And no application of this quote could be truer than the horror of hearing a thump on your [...]

The Shush-Pat for Newborns

November 20th, 2018|newborn sleep|0 Comments

The Shush-Pat for Newborns   Newborns can be fussy. Even more easygoing, mellow babies often have a stretch of the day where things get difficult for them. For many babies, this occurs around 6 pm [...]

How to Know If You Need a Sleep Coach

November 14th, 2018|Sleep Training|0 Comments

How to Know If You Need a Sleep Coach   You’re exhausted, clearly, or at least not as rested as you’d like to be. That’s probably why you’re reading this. Maybe you’ve tried sleep training [...]

Tips to Get Your Kids Sleeping Past 5am

November 6th, 2018|Sleep Troubles, Uncategorized|0 Comments

  Tips to Get your Baby Sleeping Past 5 am Earlier this year, I was featured in TheEveryMom, a website created for millennial moms. The article, titled "Tips to Get Your Kids Sleeping Past 5 [...]

10 Tips to Babyproof your Nursery

October 31st, 2018|Sleep Environment|0 Comments

10 Tips to Babyproof your Nursery   Having a safe nursery for your baby is one of the most important things you can do for your child. Each year, more than 3.4 million children experience [...]

How to Survive the End of Daylight Saving

October 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Survive the end of Daylight Saving   “If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour." - Victoria Erickson “Yeah, except if you’re a mom in daylight [...]

Is Sleep Training Really Torture?

October 10th, 2018|Sleep Training|0 Comments

  Is Sleep Training Really Torture?   Oh, what a sensitive and hotly debated topic. Technically, everything about child raising is sensitive, but this one seems to get lots of special attention. Pro-sleep-training advocates claim [...]

The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Newborn

September 27th, 2018|newborn sleep|0 Comments

The Best Thing You can do for your Newborn The newborn stage is really hard. As a mom, I found this stage excruciatingly difficult on many levels. Recovering from birth, adjusting to the idea of [...]

MYTHBUSTERS: Sleep Training Edition

September 20th, 2018|Sleep Training|0 Comments

Sleep Training Myths Undone   What's stopping you from teaching your baby how to sleep, Mama? Many times we have hidden false beliefs in our minds that prevent us from reaching the outcomes we so [...]

Traveling with Babies and Toddlers

September 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Traveling with Babies and Toddlers Traveling with babies has got to be one of the tougher aspects of parenting. Aside from counting and packing diapers, wipes, clothing, pajamas, onesies, and endless baby accessories (think: hats, [...]

How Old is Too Old to Sleep Train?

September 2nd, 2018|Sleep Training|0 Comments

How Old is Too Old to Sleep Train? One of the most often-asked questions I hear as a Sleep Consultant is  "Is my baby too old to sleep train? She’s already __ months old.” 100 percent [...]

Who Sleep Training Won’t Work For

August 28th, 2018|Sleep Training|0 Comments

Who Sleep Training Won't Work For As a Sleep Coach, the number one question I am asked is “Will sleep training work for my baby?” I am a firm believer that sleep training works on [...]

The Reason You Can’t get Your Baby to Nap

June 28th, 2018|Nap Training|0 Comments

The Reason You Can't Get Your Baby to Nap Trying to put your baby down for a nap can be extremely frustrating. You put them down, say goodnight and tiptoe out of the room with [...]

Why Sleep Training with a Pacifier isn’t Sleep Training

June 27th, 2018|Sleep Training|70 Comments

Why Sleep Training with a Pacifier isn’t Sleep Training   Pacifiers can be a godsend.   Especially in those early newborn weeks, when a baby can cry incessantly for no apparent reason. When a [...]

Handling the Sleep Training Guilt

June 26th, 2018|Sleep Training|0 Comments

Handling the Sleep Training Guilt The reason many parents would rather stay up all night for months on end with a crying baby rather than teach them how to sleep is because of the guilt [...]

You’ve Been Getting the Wrong Advice about Nap Training

June 25th, 2018|Nap Training|0 Comments

Nights and Naps Are Connected More Than You Think Would you believe me if I told you that it was important – no, critical – to teach your baby how to nap at the same [...]

Cry It Out: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

June 25th, 2018|Sleep Training Methods|0 Comments

Cry It Out: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly   Let's talk about the elephant in the room. Cry It Out is the most controversial and widely discussed method of sleep training. Today, I’ll [...]

The Real Reason Your Baby Won’t Sleep

June 19th, 2018|Sleep Troubles|0 Comments

Sleep Dependencies Baby sleep troubles can be confusing. Every baby seems to have a different sleep issue, which is part of the reason that talking to friends doesn’t result in sleep solutions that work.  Individual [...]

Top 5 Sleep Training Mistakes

June 19th, 2018|Sleep Training|0 Comments

Don’t Do These Things When Sleep Training Your Baby Sometimes I’ll meet a mom who will tell me “I tried sleep training my baby and it didn’t work. I guess I just have an [...]

Creating a Perfect Sleep Environment

June 18th, 2018|Sleep Training|0 Comments

Setting the Stage for a Great Night’s Sleep If you’re not sure how much your sleep environment affects you, try sleeping with the lights on. Without a blanket. On the floor. Creating an ideal sleep [...]