New Sleep Guidelines

You may think I’m crazy regarding how obsessed I am about sleep, but it’s not just me! ☺️ The American Academy of Pediatrics recently reached out to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and many other sleep medical experts to help establish the recommended amount of sleep each infant, child and teen should receive.  CBS released the article today, June 13, 2016.  The article discusses not only about getting enough sleep in a 24-hour period, it also covers  the health benefits and risk to us and our children. You can read the full article here, and I highly recommend you do! For a … Read More

To Cry, or Not to Cry (-it out); That Is The Question!

The controversial “cry it out” is in the forefront of the news, again. This isn’t good or bad, but I feel it is my responsibility to share it with you. Three (of many, I’m sure) articles about the latest findings in a cry-it-out study.  See below for the articles. Honestly, I don’t love the term “cry it out”. It’s so misleading and very contradicting. I find it automatically puts parents on the defense and bit judgmental. And in this world of parenting wars, we don’t need that. Here is my stance on the whole deal: Understanding WHY your child cries. Unfortunately, when … Read More

The Truth about Teething

It’s a common concern. My child isn’t sleeping because they are teething.   While I can’t imagine the pain our little ones endure when a new tooth is about to pop through, we can’t blame consistent bad sleep on teeth. The truth is, from the day your child is born until they sprout their two year molars – they are always teething.  And if you ask me, two years of poor sleep (because of those darn teeth?!) is a long time to suffer. When parents ask me if I believe their child’s poor sleep is due to teething, I return … Read More

Drowsy, but Awake

Drowsy, but awake. I find many parents are confused with this statement. Does this mean eyes are open?  Closed? Do I make my child drowsy? How does that happen?       Drowsy.  Drowsy is nothing you “do” to your child. You know that they are ready for sleep…they may even give you sleepy cues. Drowsy is based on your child’s age and how long they’ve been awake and with this knowledge you know their body needs rest. This is drowsy. Awake.  The key to a successful and easy sleeper is laying them in their crib with eyes open. You … Read More

It’s That Time of Year – Cold Season

Here are few tried-to-be-true pointers to help you avoid that nasty cold (and any other sickness).   House Temperature It’s bone chilling cold outside. This makes me want to snuggle next to the fire with a steaming cup of hot-chocolate, what about you? But what’s sitting? I have two small children running my life, ha! Instead it’s common to want to crank the heat indoors to maintain comfortability. But don’t hike it up too high! Despite the temperature outside, children sleep best in 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature much above 72 degrees can actually make them sleep worse. Keep a … Read More

Transitioning: From Crib to Bed

What’s worse than a poor crib sleeper? One who can get out of bed! There are many aspects to consider when deciding to transition from the crib to a bed… Who’s decision is it? Believe it or not, it’s your child’s decision.  You should never transition because you, the parent, wants to.  You should never transition because your toddler climbed out of their crib.  Read here as to why.  You should never transition because a new baby is on the way.  Your child should transition to a bed when they are able to ask for it.  Yep, they should be able … Read More