As parents there is nothing we enjoy about seeing our babies cry. We don’t get pleasure when our kids are upset, frustrated or having a full-on meltdown. It’s during these moments, where we have to take step-back and look at the big picture. We need to look at the whole picture and not just the […]
often times i hear from parents and or/clients that their baby sleeps well some of the time, but other times he/she is waking often and not sleeping well. usually the root of this issue is that they are lacking solid, consistent sleep cues and sleep environments. babies do really well when there is a routine […]
it seems as though it’s just all of a sudden, with no warnings, that your little one starts to battle one of their naps and the transition from 2 naps to 1 is staring you in the face. lets face it. it’s the inevitable. your quiet mornings sipping coffee and reading the newspaper or catching up one emails are over in a blink of an eye. you know they still need to nap, but you also know they are developmentally and physically ready for a single afternoon nap. the idea of this transition sounds simple seems as though it would be a smooth and easy flow. that you would simply stop putting your little one down in the morning and just put them down after lunch for their long afternoon snooze. sadly, it doesn’t always go like this.
well, i’m back to give you the final synopses of diana and ryan’s sleep training. for all my followers, readers, and anyone else who happens to stop by i think you will be thrilled to know that once again mommy secrets’ sleep training has been a success. i’m happy to say that ryan is no longer feeding in the night, naps 2 solid naps each day in his crib, without motion. no more car naps, buggy naps and no more 3rd cat nap in the evening. i love when my clients see results and have a sleeping baby!
it’s been quite some time since i’ve blogged about a clients’ sleep training journey. i thought it was well overdue and one of my past clients had a situation that i’m felt many of you sleepless moms may be able to relate to. i hope by sharing diana’s story you will find comfort in knowing you aren’t alone and that you too, will find sleep. whether through information via this blog post or by taking the next of contacting mommy secrets directly today to request your own sleep consult
do you witness one or all of these things in your child? does it happen once in a day? all day? if you answered yes to ANY of these questions, than your child is over-tired! once you have an over-tired child and the ideal window for sleep has been missed, than i can probably say you have your work cut out for you! by paying close attention to your baby’s behaviour and schedule (feeds, sleep, stimulation time) you will more easily distinguish his/her tired signs. by figuring these signals out you will have half the battle in the bag!
hi everyone!! so sorry it has been so long since my last post! we were away on a family vacation…a really good excuse in my opinion! 🙂 that being said i am so happy to be back home and back blogging with you! during my time away i continued to work and sleep train many little ones! i wanted to give you the update for our little jack. sorry again for the delay in jack’s progress report! jack took to sleep training very well, as all babies do if you stick to the plan! carolyn and her husband were very consistent and committed to the process and they saw amazing results in the first few days. after the first week they had jack sleeping all night on his own. he had learned to self-soothe and when he did wake in the night he would fuss himself back to sleep. they no longer had to go to him to soothe and feed. as the days went on, the wakings decreased and the little boy who was going to bed around 9 pm, was hitting the sheets around 7 or 7:30 pm and sleeping until 7:30 am! there are no more night feedings, rocking or co-sleeping in jack’s house!
as a child gets older it is harder for parents to grasp the courage to sleep train. by this point they are very aware of the bad habits that have been formed and they know that they need to do something in order to change their current sleep schedule. the hard part is they know there will be tears involved. infant tears are just as heartbreaking, but when an older baby/toddler is crying they are often crying out for “mommy” or “daddy.” sometimes they stand up and scream for you to come to them. these acts, along with others, make it difficult for parents to stick to the process. where i am going with all of this is two-fold. one, is i completely understand how hard this can be. i have trained my own kids and it isn’t easy. second, i am fully aware of the pros you will gain if you can just swallow your tears and struggle through your babies’. these pros definitely outweigh the cons. as much as you are worrying about the crying before you begin training, try and remind yourself that you are actually doing them a favour. by training them to sleep properly you are giving them a life-long tool and the opportunity to be happy during their days and learn to their maximum potential!
i have just recently finished helping a couple sleep train their young daughter melanie. melanie is 13 months and is not an a schedule, doesn’t fall asleep unless she is rocked, naps a short period of around 45 minutes only on occasional days or if she is in the car, goes to bed around 9 pm and wakes throughout the night screaming. the only way for them to get her to stop screaming is to go to her, which ends up in rocking back to sleep or in the end co-sleeping until the morning. melanie’s mom, anne marie is so exhausted and has hit the “wall” that i often speak about. she didn’t want to hear melanie cry, but she knew she couldn’t go on living this way. she was beyond tired, not enjoying her daughter, her husband and her were in separate bedrooms so one could sleep while the other dealt with. they were both extremely overwhelmed and felt that they were never going to live a ‘normal’ life! overall, life was not what they expected it would be with a baby.
does your baby wake up from his/her nap after just 20 minutes or 40 minutes? do you feel that you are a victim to your baby’s cat naps? you don’t know what to do because they won’t take a proper nap? if you are answering yes to any or all of these questions than hopefully […]