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

Winter Napping Blues

If I would take the time to conduct a little research I swear my findings would prove that my thought is correct:  well-rested children tend to skip more naps during the winter months than any other time of the year. This study would be based on children who are already great sleepers, sleeping consolidated nights of 10-12 hours and taking great naps during the day.  Yet come the cold, slower and indoor winter months, there are days where you lay your toddler down for a nap with zero issues and they decide to play, talk and move around for the … Read More

Calming Period

For many, the days are packed with work, classes, activities, outdoor time, meetings, sports and so much more. Running from activity to activity can leave one with high-energy by the end of the day. Returning home, it can be hard to switch gears and quickly prepare for bed; instead you need a calming period. This is true for children and adults alike. A calming period is not a bedtime routine; it is what you do before a bedtime routine. This thirty to sixty minute period prior to a bedtime routine is to help the body switch gears from go-go-go to … 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

Amazing Little Sleeper’s “Must Have” Parenting Items…Sleep and Not Sleep Related!

We all have child products that we absolutely love, ones we couldn’t imagine our life without. Here is Amazing Little Sleeper’s Top 5! 5.  Tinfoil Odd, right?! Nothing special here… until you realize what I do with tinfoil!  Tinfoil is the first thing I pack when traveling with my children. Wherever we stay, I want it to be pitch black! So black that you can’t see your hand-in-front-of-your-face dark. I find any light in a new sleeping area can cause havoc on a child’s sleep (hey, it’s a new place, what can you expect?!). I take foil and tape is … 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