night terrors in children

How to determine if your child is having a night terror.

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Some children are prone to night terrors, whereas other children wake up in the night crying for other reasons entirely.  Night terrors in children can be scary, but they don’t tend to adversely affect them and there are definitely things you can do to help your child sleep through the night uninterrupted again. Recently we’ve determined that my youngest suffers from night terrors. Picture this: my husband and I are relaxing in the living room Read more…

Learn the steps to choosing a child sleep consultant who is knowedgeabe on sleep and who will be your biggest cheerleader on the road to sleep success.

7 things to consider when choosing a Child Sleep Consultant.

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When you decide you want to hire a Child Sleep Consultant to help you with your sleep challenges it can be a bit overwhelming to work out who the best person is to hire. There are so many sleep consultants out there and with the industry not being regulated, and no single board granting certification, it is important to do your homework so you can feel confident you are choosing the right Child Sleep Consultant Read more…

fixing day and night confusion

Day and night confusion: the 7 best tips for handling this period.

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One of the hardest parts of being a mom to a newborn baby is being up all times of the day and night, not knowing how long they’ll sleep for and when their longest stretch of sleep will be. While this is completely normal because of day and night confusion, there are things we can do to help. What is day and night confusion? Day and night confusion is when a newborn baby sleeps around Read more…

Nighttime fears are common in toddlers and young kids. There are things you can do to address the fears, so that sleep times don't become an ongoing battle.

Nighttime fears: why they happen and how to handle them.

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When your child starts to talk about fears at night time which leads to delays in bedtime or overnight wakings it can be hard to know what do to. Nighttime fears can be scary stuff for kids, but they can also lead to ongoing problems at sleep times, which can be a sticky situation to get out of. We want our kids to know that we are there for them, but not to the point Read more…

I have found that there are so many school-age children having sleep problems. Find out if your child is one of them and how you can improve the situation.

Is your school aged child having sleep problems?

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I have found through conversations with school kids, teachers and parents of elementary school-aged kids that there are so many school-age children having sleep problems. This can lead to problems in concentration at school, learning and retaining the information; behavior concerns both at home and at school and physical health. Given this, it is important to prioritize kids’ sleep so they can grow, learn and thrive. Why they might not get the sleep they need. Read more…

Are you sick of having major bedtime battles? There are many different things you can do to fix bedtime battles and have peaceful bedtimes again.

Change the way you approach your toddler’s bedtime.

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Are you sick of having major bedtime battles or way too many callbacks after they are in bed? If this feels like your life then there are so many different things you can do to help get bedtime back on track and fix bedtime battles, curtain calls and have peaceful bedtimes again. Have clear rules about sleep. Kids do incredibly well with rules and boundaries in general and sleep is no exception. Sit down with Read more…

Rewards and sticker charts are popular parenting tools, but the truth is, they just don't work for encouraging lasting changes in a child's behavior.

Why rewards and sticker charts just don’t work.

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Oftentimes when you ask for child behavior advice you will see suggestions on things like rewards or sticker charts to help incentivize the behavior you wish to encourage. As an example, people using MMs to reward toddlers during potty training or a sticker chart to show when a toddler follows their sleep rules. But I’m here to tell you that rewards and sticker charts just don’t work. They will not end with the results we Read more…

Swaddling is so important to help newborns sleep. Find out why you should be swaddling, things to consider and my 4 favourite swaddles.

The importance of the swaddle for newborn sleep.

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When I was pregnant with my oldest son I remember learning at the hospital, during a weekend newborn baby course, how to swaddle a baby (along with other things like diaper changes and what labor might look like) but no one told me why I should swaddle my newborn for sleep.  So I really had no idea, just that I should know how to do it ready for when I have my baby.  Luckily though, Read more…

sleep sack recommendations

How sleep sacks help sleep.

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With all the safe sleep recommendations, sleep sacks are a great common suggestion to get around such recommendations as no blankets or quilts.  Even blankets that are suggested as breathable, just aren’t considered safe for sleep.  But there are lots of other great ways sleep sack help sleep as well. Let’s discuss why you should use a sleep sack, things to think about when choosing sleep sacks and my recommended sleep sacks. Why use a Read more…

Find out all you need to know about helping a teething baby during their sleep and awake times.

How to help a teething baby sleep.

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Teething takes up a huge portion of a child’s life and many people worry about their teething baby’s sleep. Some babies start teething as early as 4-6 months old up and can continue up until they are over 3 years of age. Of course, every baby is different when it comes to exactly when they get their first teeth. My oldest got his first teeth at 7 months old and my youngest son at 11 Read more…