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

World Sleep Day 2018

  March 16, 2018 www.worldsleepday.org What a wonderful day; World Sleep Day!  According to www.worldsleepday.org, “World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.”   This years slogan, “Preserve your rhythms to enjoy life” is aiming to raise awareness of the importance of circadian rhythms … Read More

Bedtime & Books; The perfect ending to a great day

Recently I was asked about my thoughts regarding reading to a child before bedtime. The concern was that reading would stimulate the mind too much and lead to poor or delayed sleep. The concern came about through an article on the internet. This isn’t that surprising considering all the contradicting information out there; about sleep training, breastfeeding, immunizations, how to feed your child and the list goes on and on.  You name it, you can find arguments for any side.  It’s confusing. It’s exhausting. I’m here to share my philosophy about reading at bedtime: read, READ, ReAd!  Bedtime and books … 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

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