Transitioning to No Naps

Naps dictate much of the first three to four years of our children’s lives.  Good nap days, off nap days, short naps, long naps, no naps, wishing to nap – the word “nap” is likely in our daily vocabulary for many years.  Depending on the day, we know those naps affect – positively and negatively – everything! In my previous blog series, The Need for Naps; A 3 Blog Series on Daytime sleep I discuss why naps are important, short nappers vs long nappers and the 2-1 nap transition.  Continuing to stand by all that is stated, I want to … Read More

How dark is dark?

Darkness is one of the most common conversations I have with inquiring families and in my workshops.   There are a lot of misconceptions around how dark it should to be for sleep.  It’s believed that some think too dark during the day will continue the day and night confusion, causing worse sleep.  I can reassure you, if your child is older than 6 weeks of age, this is no longer a concern.  When your child isn’t sleeping well during the day and/or night, it isn’t because it’s too dark – instead they likely their room is too light and … Read More

Sleep, Parenting & The Holidays

The parenting journey seems very unique in this day of age. There’s been no other time in life where information is readily available at your fingertips. What a blessing and a curse. Along with our own journey navigating our gut feelings with social media, internet researches, and more – you always have family and friends sharing meaningful advice. The “put Jonny to bed earlier.” “She doesn’t look tired.” “But I never get to see Susie.” There can be days where advice seems piled high and your drowning through all the recommendations, requests and guilt. Then you add holidays on top … Read More

2 to 1 Nap Transition; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep

The majority of children make the shift from two naps to one nap between 15-21 months.  This transition, however, can be one of the most difficult.  You may encounter a few rough months where one nap is not enough yet two naps are impossible. Mental Preparation I find this transition for parents is the most difficult because they get caught up in the change of times for sleep: adjusting naps typically means earlier bedtime.  Life will change during this transition, but remember it is a phase.  Focus on the end goal of maintaining healthy sleep for your child, and family, … 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