Calming Period

For many, the days are packed with work, classes, activities, outdoor time, meetings, sports and so much more. Running from activity to activity can leave one with high-energy by the end of the day. Returning home, it can be hard to switch gears and quickly prepare for bed; instead you need a calming period. This is true for children and adults alike. A calming period is not a bedtime routine; it is what you do before a bedtime routine. This thirty to sixty minute period prior to a bedtime routine is to help the body switch gears from go-go-go to … Read More

Potty Training

I’m not sure there is anything in parenting that I dreaded more than potty training.   All other aspects of parenting, no problem, but the whole learning to pee and poop thing I was avoiding.   Of course it didn’t begin this way.  Three years ago when we embarked on this developmental milestone with our daughter I was swept up in the “3 Day Phenomenon”.  I thought, how amazing is this – naked for a few days and boom, your child pees and poops in the toilet.  Reading a bit online, I felt we could tackle potty training in three days … Read More

Amazing Little Sleeper’s “Must Have” Parenting Items…Sleep and Not Sleep Related!

We all have child products that we absolutely love, ones we couldn’t imagine our life without. Here is Amazing Little Sleeper’s Top 5! 5.  Tinfoil Odd, right?! Nothing special here… until you realize what I do with tinfoil!  Tinfoil is the first thing I pack when traveling with my children. Wherever we stay, I want it to be pitch black! So black that you can’t see your hand-in-front-of-your-face dark. I find any light in a new sleeping area can cause havoc on a child’s sleep (hey, it’s a new place, what can you expect?!). I take foil and tape is … Read More

Short Nappers vs Long Nappers; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep

All children are different, so it’s not a surprise that their nap durations are different.  In my house of two children, I have two very different nappers.  One is a short, specific napper and the other a long, easy-going napper.  Same family, same environments, two very different outcomes. Before we discuss the details of a short and long napper, I must clarify “short” napper.  As I stated in The Need for Naps; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep, no nap is complete unless it is over 60 minutes in duration.  Biologically, children are meant to nap at least 1 hour … Read More

The Need for Naps; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep

My baby doesn’t nap well…Maybe they don’t need much sleep? All babies are built to sleep – day and night! You’ve tried every trick in the book to help your child nap: rocking to sleep, holding them, a car ride, wearing them while bouncing on a yoga ball, but nothing seems to work. Like clock work, they either don’t sleep or they wake up at the 20 minute, 30 minute or if you’re lucky 40 minute mark. Wide awake and ready to roll. Sigh…you’re not ready to roll! The good news is, there is hope! In my 3 part series … Read More

You want to work with me? Here’s what you can expect…

  Starting something new can be scary.  It’s the unknown.  The questions.  The, “how the heck will this ever work?” And hiring a sleep consultant, beginning on a new journey to help your child sleep better, is right up there with the best of them.  Frightening.  Skeptical.  Nerve-racking.  I get it! I also know that my process works.  As I approach my 3rd year as a child sleep consultant I am aware of the 100+ families I have helped achieve great sleep!  Those families that stood right in your shoes are now basking in their zzzz’s as their children are sleeping 11-12 … Read More