Tag Archives : sleep training

short naps

The dreaded short nap.


  Are you stuck in a cycle of short naps with your baby and can’t see to work out how to get out of it?  Short naps are the worst because they can leave your baby tired and needing a nap way sooner than normal.  And because your baby is getting overtired it becomes a vicious cycle you can’t seem…

Drowsy but Awake vs. Awake and Aware.


  In my Facebook sleep group I’m often providing advice on how to help your child learn self-soothing skills and these two particular terms are bounced around a lot.  But what does drowsy but awake mean and how do you achieve it?  And when should you chose awake and aware over drowsy but awake? Drowsy but Awake This is a…

teaching self-soothing skills

Teaching self-soothing skills.


  Self-soothing skills is one of the key components of healthy sleep.  Newborn babies make it look like falling asleep is innate, but in actual fact, as babies get older, they actually find it harder to just fall asleep. This is because learning to sleep and self-soothe, are actually learnt skills. What are self-soothing skills? Self-soothing skills means the ability to…

sleep associations

Sleep Associations: What are they and what to do about them.


  What are sleep associations? One of the main reasons that I parents come to me for help with their child or baby’s sleep is because their is a sleep association present. Sleep associations are any action that helps your baby to fall asleep whether that be negative or positive. Adults and children have sleep associations. As adults we might…

You are not alone in your sleep struggles!


  Sleep can be so challenging.  As new moms or even second or third time moms we can struggle with our little one’s sleep.  Sometimes we feel like we are alone in our sleep struggles, especially if all our friends tell us what dream sleepers their child is. If we are second or third time moms we feel like we…

adjusted age

Why do we talk about adjusted age when discussing sleep?


I thought it was important to talk about why your baby’s adjusted age is so important when it comes to sleep, and by extension sleep training.  Sleep has a lot to do with brain development.  When a premature baby is born, they have to continue to develop, as they would have, inside their mother’s womb. In general a premature baby…

How to teach your baby or child to love napping in their crib.

How to teach your child to LOVE napping in their crib.


Many parents struggle with babies or children who just won’t nap in their cribs, but sleep well overnight.  They may protest when put in their crib, don’t sleep very long or need to be rocked, soothed or pushed in the stroller to get to sleep.  It can be frustrating to not know why they can sleep reasonably well overnight in…

More sleep goals for February.


It is never too late to have sleep goals for improving your little one’s sleep.   Some parents believe that a child will eventually grow out of any sleep problems they are having, however studies have shown that children who have had trouble falling asleep at night, continue having difficulties into adulthood.  To add to that, if your little one…

Lets make February the month of GREAT sleep!


Let’s make some sleep goals for the month of February to improve our little one’s sleep!  It is never too late to decide it is time for a change.  Ensuring that our children get enough uninterrupted sleep is important for them as it not only promotes growth and learning, it helps fight illness.  With all the yucky bugs going round…