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Daylight Savings Time: Help Your Child Easily “Spring Forward”

Spring Forward - Daylight Saving Time Made Simple

 

I love this time of year.  

It’s when the snow begins to melt, the flowers begin the bloom and the sun stays up a bit longer.  

We can finally put on our favorite Spring outfits (yes, I love my Easter dresses), eat yummy barbecue and FINALLY have some fun outdoors.  

However with all the fun March brings, when we “spring forward” I gets tons of calls from my clients wanting my tips to keep their child’s sleep schedule intact.  

Let’s be honest.  No one enjoys losing an hour of sleep.  It takes our bodies awhile to adjust and I don’t know about you but I can be a little grumpy during the change.  

The good news is the beginning of daylight savings time doesn’t have to be a struggle.  You can transition your child easily to our new time and keep them sleeping through the night.  With the 3 simple steps below, you’ll have your little one sleeping like a champ in no time. More

How To Help Your Newborn Take Longer Naps

Newborn Catnaps

Today’s question is from tired mama Yvonne and she writes:

“My newborn takes crappy naps. She will wake up (like clockwork) right about 30 minutes needing us to soothe her back to sleep with rocking or a paci. I have tried countless times to try to put her to bed drowsy (but awake), but it never works.  We spend on average 1 – 1.5 hrs trying to get our newborn to sleep only to have her wake up 30 minutes later (almost 60-70% of the time) and start the whole marathon of trying to get her back to sleep again. Could it be that 6 weeks is just too soon for her to figure out how to go to sleep without our help?”

So if your baby will only take 30 minute catnaps (maybe 45 on a good day), stay tuned because today’s blog post is for you.  I’ll share 3 easy tips that will have you newborn taking longer naps in no time.

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Help Your Child Adjust to the End of Daylight Savings Time Easily

Help Your Child Easily Adjust To The End of Daylight Savings Time

Getting your child to sleep through the night is no easy feat. You’ve researched websites or maybe even worked with me and you’ve FINALLY got your little one sleeping through the night.  Whoo hoo!

But just as your celebration begins, daylight savings comes to end.  The fun days of summer have flown by and the reality of fall begins to set in.  You can’t imagine going back to the way things were. 

You begin to sweat dreading the impeding changes to your restful night’s sleep.  You remember your pre-kid days when you would celebrate that extra hour of sleep.  Now it just seems like Mother Nature is taunting you.  More

The easiest way to get your toddler sleeping in their bed all night

The easiest way to get your toddler sleeping in their bed all night
 
 
Picture it.
 
It’s 3 am.
Your toddler crawls in bed with you.
Which is ok but….
 
You feel like you’re sleeping with a sumo wrestler.
You get kicked in the ribs.
Slapped in face.
 
And at some point during the night your little one managed to sprawl herself over the entire bed and now you’re clutching the edge of the mattress for dear life.
 
Well if that’s your reality,  I created today’s video just for you.

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10 Reasons Why Your Toddler Won’t Go To Sleep

10 Reasons Why Your Toddler Wont Go To Sleep

 

What happens after 7 pm when you put your toddler down for the night?

Well she would love to know.

In her mind, there’s some Vegas like party happening in your house while she sleeps and she’s missing out on all the fun.

Which is why she’ll do whatever it takes to stall bedtime.

All of sudden your pint size princess turns into a master negotiator laying out all the reasons why she should be able to stay up for 5 more minutes.

And can you blame her? More

Your Baby + Toddler Sleep Training Questions Answered

Baby and Toddler Sleep Training Questions Answered

It’s been waaaay to long since I posted a video on my blog.  I’ve been dealing with some major video resistance over here (thinkin’ that it has to be super profesh before I share it, all the editing involved, scripts, lighting, blah, blah, blah) but since I’ve hopped on Periscope things have become so much easier.

Over on Facebook, I asked my tribe what questions they had about getting their babies and toddlers sleeping through the night.  The response was overwhelming and I picked 3 of their questions to answer for you in today’s video. More

Screw You Summer (aka Summer Baby Sleep Tips)

Screw You Summer aka Summer Baby Sleep Tips

 

Look, I love me some summer.  Nothing makes me happier than jumping in the pool on a hot summer day, listening to the jams and enjoying some BBQ with friends.  BUT…

When you’ve got a little one who already doesn’t sleep through the night, it can feel like Summer is playing an evil trick on you.  

The sun comes up at the butt crack of O dark 30 and then has the nerve to stay up past 8 pm.  What gives?

And let’s not even talk about if you’re traveling to another time zone.  Forget it!  Your baby’s schedule will be all screwed up.  

Oh and don’t even get me started on fireworks!  I’m all for celebrating my Independence but at 2 in the morning, it’s time for everyone to go night, night. SERIOUSLY!

But the good news is, there’s hope. More

This is so humbling…

Do What You Love

 

Today’s blog post is a BIG one for me.

This has been in the works for several months and I’m so thrilled that I can FINALLY share the good news with you.

I’ve been featured on Care.com sharing my sleep tips with their fabulous audience of millions of parents in search of a good night’s sleep.   More

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What To Do When Co-Sleeping No Longer Works

What To Do When Co Sleeping No Longer Works

 

This tired mama’s question is probably one you can relate to and goes a lil’ something like this:

“My daughter is almost 7 weeks old and she is currently co-sleeping. While I enjoy the cuddles it’s starting to not work for us. I would like to get my daughter sleeping in her crib. How do I go about transitioning within the next few weeks?”

So if co-sleeping really = you sleeping with 1/2 your body draped off the side of the mattress (as you wonder how the hell such a small baby can take up so much space), keeping reading today’s blog post.  I’ll share some juicy tidbits that’ll help both you and your sweet baby sleep comfortably…all night long. More

Congrats…You Won!

Hey there!

On Wednesday I got the best email of my week and it totally caught me by surprise.

Earlier this year I rented a car for a trip to Houston.  Once my trip was done, I returned the car and was emailed over a survey.

I never do surveys (I mean, who has the time?) but for some reason I felt compelled to complete this one.  So I sent in my response and went on about about my day. More

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