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

Daylight Savings in Europe 2018

Being international is incredible!  It reminds you how small the world truly is. Europe will experience the start of Daylight Savings on Sunday, March 25th at 1:00am where you will turn the clocks forward by one hour.  No matter when you experience daylight savings, if you’re a parent, you know its something to prepare for.  The beauty of springing ahead is it’s the “easier” of the two time adjustments for children.  Here are a few tips to make this adjustment go smoothly: Nap Time: Instead of immediately making the switch to new naptimes, split the difference. Adjust naps by 30 … Read More

Four Tips to Surviving Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings is days away, but no big issue, right?! You’ve been focusing on establishing or maintaining excellent sleep up to this point to ensure this transition is easy and smooth. If not…no worries, there is still time (click here for help). To continue on this journey of easy sleep through the daylight savings time change, follow my tips below: 1.  Tune In With Your Attitude and Feelings Did you know that parents or guardian’s feelings and emotions about sleep can highly dictate how well (or poorly) a child sleeps? Your child is super intuitive, so if you’re feeling stressed … Read More

Breeze into Daylight Savings

I love the fall! Cool, crisp mornings, changing colors, a consistent routine with school and work – there’s just something in the air that is different. You tend to slow down a bit and enjoy. Life is peaceful. With this season change and transition into the winter months, we experience Daylight Savings.  I’ll be honest, like many parents, daylight savings is something I typically despise. The transition of losing an hour of sleep and adjusting your circadian rhythms is exhausting and disruptive. Yet this year, this year I’m actually looking forward to it. I know! Call me crazy, but I’m … 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

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