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One of the hardest parts of being a parent is figuring out what we can expect from our children.  What is “normal”?  I often get asked “When can my baby sleep through the night? “ The first thing to define is the term “sleeping through the night”.  Depending on your…

I liked to think of myself as a bit of a granola only with better shoes.  As a Doctor of Chiropractic, natural parenting was aligned with my beliefs.  I planned on hypnobirthing.  I had a midwife and a doula.  Dr. Sears was no stranger to my bedside table and I…

As I write this I wonder…. at what stage does the risk of sleep regression not exist?  Ah yes!  The teenage years when it can be hard to get them out of bed! All kidding aside, there is a very prominent and REAL sleep regression for toddlers at 2 years…

You’ve been on the internet doing some research, maybe you’ve read my blog about the 4 Month Sleep Regression and realize why your baby is waking up so much at night or isn’t a good napper. You have identified your baby’s “sleep crutch”, that thing that she needs to help her…

4 month sleep regression

If I had a dime for every time that I heard a parent utter the phrase…..”Things were going so well!” During the newborn phase, 0-3 months, your baby just might “sleep like a baby”.  Meaning she eats, poops and sleeps ALOT.  At night-time, your newborn may even sneak in a…

Should I wake my baby to preserve a schedule?

When a client asks me if they should wake their baby up either from a nap or in the morning, my responses are: 1.  Do you have proof that letting them sleep will be detrimental to your schedule and 2.  Do you have a fixed schedule? There is a theory…

Sometime around 14-18 months your toddler will be ready to drop down to one daily nap. Assuming your child is getting 11-12 hours of overnight sleep, the signs of nap drop readiness include: 1. Not sleeping for the morning nap and either fighting the nap or just playing in the…

18 month sleep regression

I had been back to work for about 6 months, managing home and the work front and proud of my “good sleeper”.   I had life by the balls!  And then the 18 month sleep regression hit… and humbled me. Why the 18 month sleep regression is the WORST! By 18…

swaddling

Babies are born with the Moro Reflex which is an involuntary reflex of the arms in response to stimulation.   It is sometimes described as the “startle response”. You may have noticed it when baby seemed peaceful then all of a sudden her arms jump up and startled her.  This can…

The 3 – 2 nap transition: 7 – 10 months of age.

There are 3 nap transitions that occur before the age of 2. In chronological order they are: 1.  The 4 – 3 nap transition that occurs around 5 months 2. The 3 – 2 nap transition that occurs between 7 and 10 months 3.  The 2 – 1 nap transition…

12 month sleep regression, baby waking up too early

You thought you had it made!  After working so hard on sleep during your baby’s first year of life, you had finally reached a point where your baby was sleeping 11 – 12 hours a night of uninterrupted sleep.  Feeling rested yourself, the prospect of going back to work seemed…

How to Extend a Nap

How to Extend a Nap: Lots of questions about babies napping for 20 min or 30 min and still tired. Key reasons babies wake early from naps: 1. They don’t know how to put themselves to sleep. One daytime sleep cycle is 45 min. So they “surface” after 45 min…

When the walls of the crib come down, so do some of your loved one’s boundaries.  This new found freedom can sometimes be overwhelming for a toddler.  With nothing to hold them back, your child can become a “jack in the box”, in and out of bed. Your little one…

At first, those naps she took on me, were the best part of my day.  So much attachment, so peaceful, so content.  There was nothing better than a little HGTV and sleeping cuddles. *Sigh* But now she will only sleep ON me or my husband, and it is really hard…

The first signs of teething arrive around 4 months when your baby will start drooling like Niagara Falls and be constantly shoving her hands in her mouth. When I saw these signs, I was excited and proud that a tooth was imminent! And then I waited and waited and waited….…

Helping Babies Sleep - The 2 Reasons Why Your Baby Won't Sleep Through The Night

There are 3 reasons your baby won’t sleep through the night, and 2 of them you can influence. First let’s define what sleeping through the night means.  In my world, it means 11-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep. You can read more about sleeping through the night definitions and how many…

Helping Babies Sleep - The Toddler One to None Nap Transition

There comes a time in a mother’s life when a few tears are expected, common and totally understandable.  This is the time when your child is ready to drop naps all together. There is nothing more sad for you 🙁 Are you wondering when your child is ready to lose…

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