I feel that even speaking of co- sleeping as a Sleep Consultant is almost taboo. I’m not here to judge or to try and change your parenting styles. A lot of Moms do co-sleep and I’m finding it particularly common in the newborn phase. Unfortunately, studies show that co-sleeping with a baby younger than 4 months increases the risk of SIDS.
The reality is- I’m so not ready for this baby. I’m not ready to be done being pregnant for the last time, for feeling Baby give me a remindful poke when I’m wandering the grocery aisle that he/she (likely a she) is with me, I enjoy being pregnant- I enjoy feeling baby move, and it makes me sad to think this will be my last time being pregnant and experiencing this.
In my pre-sleep consultant days, I used to get annoyed when people would give me a hard time about catering to my child’s sleep needs. I’ve anxiously been waiting to write this blog post because I’ve got some ammo that I’m going to share with you all! Feel free to nicely inform your great aunt/neighbour/co-worker/random lady at the grocery store … Read More
There are strategies, we, as parents can do that will help set our children up for the most restorative and healthy sleep they can achieve. Respecting our children’s sleep needs, keeping our child on an age-appropriate sleep schedule, and creating an ideal sleep environment are my top 3. Today I am going to explain what an ideal sleep environment should look like. Enjoy!
The same sleep principles apply to multiples as they do singletons. The key is getting multiples onto the same feeding and sleeping schedule. I will be referring to twins throughout this post but the exact same rules apply to triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, sextuplets, septuplets, John and Kate plus 8….wait I mean Kate plus 8. Anyways, you know what I mean….
All too often I see parents switch their two year old child to a Big Kid’s Bed in order to free the crib up for the arrival of a new baby. Getting up throughout the night to care for your newborn is exhausting enough and the last thing a new mom needs is to be having to get up, even more frequently to walk her toddler back to bed!
Springtime, my most favourite time of the year! Grass starts growing, windows get opened, birds are chirping, the sun stays out longer, calves are born, our gravel roads turn into mud pits, and car washes make millions! It’s a beautiful sign that we are done with the long cold winters we experience in Northern Alberta, and warm weather is imminent.
We hear it all the time. The 4 month sleep regression. Parents are often baffled at the fact that their child slept wonderfully from birth until 4 months and then it seems that it has turned into a train wreck. Baby will begin waking from naps after 30-50 minutes, staying awake for longer periods during the day and is likely to experience more night wakings. There is a biological reason for all of this.
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