Sleep, Eat, Live with Two Children

Sleep Eat Live With Two Children

A common question I receive is “How do I venture out of the house with two small children and their napping schedules? I feel house bound!” As a mother of two small children (3 year old and 6 months old), I understand!  Some days I feel the same.  Yet, being a sleep consultant, I also value good sleep for my children.  Here are four tips to help you break free from the house, all children in tow, keeping their precious sleep in mind. Prepare During Nap Time You want to have everything ready to go; bags packed, snacks in the … Read More

Three Months… A Schedule?

Three Months Old A Schedule

Do I believe a three month old can be on a consistent, predictable sleep schedule? No. Do I believe there may be some similarities from day to day, but nothing too forced? Yes. Sleep slowly starts to become organized in the brain, but it’s not until the four month “birthdate” in which sleep is more on a concrete schedule due to a large brain development.  The three to four month period is a great time to begin working on healthy sleep habits, but also knowing that a true schedule shouldn’t be in place. If you’re anything like me, examples help.  … Read More

Time Zone Travel: Adjusting Your Children

Time Zone Travel

  How does the saying go?  East is a beast; West is best.  Or is it the other way around?  I find it challenging to really understand which way to fly when you have children.  Time zone changes are inevitable.  Heck, it would be easier to stay home, but our adventurous selves would never allow that.  So my family of three (until April!) flew off to Seattle for our family “baby moon”. Living in the Midwest and headed to the West Coast, meant we were in for a two hour time difference.  What a treat with a two and half … Read More

The Calming Cure for Newborns!

Calming your newborn

Here is what I know; when we came home from the hospital with our daughter we were all in for a shock. Yes, our love was outpouring and we were over the moon happy, but man, our daughter really needed a lot of attention. I think those first few months of life can be shocking for many parents. Dr. Harvey Karp’s “The Happiest Baby on the Block” became clutch for us as we navigated E’s first few months of life. After becoming a sleep consultant and learning more about Dr. Karp, I HIGHLY recommend his tips to all new parents. … Read More

Sleep Wisdom Wednesdays!

Do you have children sleep questions?   Join me, I can help! Sleep is one of the most talked about topics among moms!  From the moment we become pregnant, our sleep seems to be effected due to our children.  The joys!  🙂  We know that sleep is the key to a healthy and happy family…and EVERYONE in the family needs to be sleeping well, so how do we get it?  Well, did you know that many sleep issues can be avoided by practicing good sleep hygiene, sleep shaping and by laying a consistent sleep foundation?  The perfect way to get … Read More

Bedtime Routines

Bedtime Routines

“Sleep problems are one of the most common concerns of parents of young children, occurring in approximately 20% to 30% of infants and toddlers, and one of the most common behavioral issues brought to the attention of pediatricians.” (Mindell et all) The Journal of Pediatric Sleep research found that “bedtime routines resulted in significant reductions in problematic sleep behaviors for infants and toddlers” (Mindell et all).  It’s also noteworthy that maternal mood improved concurrent with positive changes in the children’s sleep. One of the pillars of productive sleep for children is having a bedtime routine.  Below are some ideas to … Read More