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

Four Tips to Surviving Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings is days away, but no big issue, right?! You’ve been focusing on establishing or maintaining excellent sleep up to this point to ensure this transition is easy and smooth. If not…no worries, there is still time (click here for help). To continue on this journey of easy sleep through the daylight savings time change, follow my tips below: 1.  Tune In With Your Attitude and Feelings Did you know that parents or guardian’s feelings and emotions about sleep can highly dictate how well (or poorly) a child sleeps? Your child is super intuitive, so if you’re feeling stressed … Read More

Breeze into Daylight Savings

I love the fall! Cool, crisp mornings, changing colors, a consistent routine with school and work – there’s just something in the air that is different. You tend to slow down a bit and enjoy. Life is peaceful. With this season change and transition into the winter months, we experience Daylight Savings.  I’ll be honest, like many parents, daylight savings is something I typically despise. The transition of losing an hour of sleep and adjusting your circadian rhythms is exhausting and disruptive. Yet this year, this year I’m actually looking forward to it. I know! Call me crazy, but I’m … Read More

Bedtime & Books; The perfect ending to a great day

Recently I was asked about my thoughts regarding reading to a child before bedtime. The concern was that reading would stimulate the mind too much and lead to poor or delayed sleep. The concern came about through an article on the internet. This isn’t that surprising considering all the contradicting information out there; about sleep training, breastfeeding, immunizations, how to feed your child and the list goes on and on.  You name it, you can find arguments for any side.  It’s confusing. It’s exhausting. I’m here to share my philosophy about reading at bedtime: read, READ, ReAd!  Bedtime and books … 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