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

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

The Need for Naps; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep

My baby doesn’t nap well…Maybe they don’t need much sleep? All babies are built to sleep – day and night! You’ve tried every trick in the book to help your child nap: rocking to sleep, holding them, a car ride, wearing them while bouncing on a yoga ball, but nothing seems to work. Like clock work, they either don’t sleep or they wake up at the 20 minute, 30 minute or if you’re lucky 40 minute mark. Wide awake and ready to roll. Sigh…you’re not ready to roll! The good news is, there is hope! In my 3 part series … Read More

New Sleep Guidelines

You may think I’m crazy regarding how obsessed I am about sleep, but it’s not just me! ☺️ The American Academy of Pediatrics recently reached out to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and many other sleep medical experts to help establish the recommended amount of sleep each infant, child and teen should receive.  CBS released the article today, June 13, 2016.  The article discusses not only about getting enough sleep in a 24-hour period, it also covers  the health benefits and risk to us and our children. You can read the full article here, and I highly recommend you do! For a … 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

Newborn Baby Sleep: Myth vs Fact

You have spent countless hours adoring your baby belly, preparing the nursery and learning about the joys (and horrors) of birth.  Before you know it, you’re holding your precious bundle of joy.  Many emotions run over you; your a sappy mess (thank hormones!).  Then you have a frightful realization; you forgot to learn about some important topics regarding your babe after they arrived – eat, poop and sleep!  You take a deep breathe and realize those aren’t rocket science topics, you can do this…and YOU CAN DO THIS!  But if there is one topic that will get you in a tizzy, it’s sleep. … Read More