2017 Top Health Blog – Compassionate Sleep Solutions

Sleep Is An Increasing Health Issue/Borderline Health Crisis Last week I lost a lot of sleep. I am in a new transition as a parent. The transition not all of us have to make. The one where we must show up to parent our aged parent. It is exhausting because development at this point, for my mother, is going backwards. …

Night Lights

Most often I recommend complete darkness. However, sometimes the the developing child needs to see where they are moving in the night. Gross motor development can be very disruptive to sleep. Everything this toddler is doing in the day, he is also doing in his crib at night. The crib is a busy place. The brain is revisiting all they …

#Father – The New Masculine

A New Masculine Paradigm I’ve noticed something over the last five years. Every week I am talking to more and more dads. More fathers are reaching out for sleep help and today I would say that for initial phone conversations 90% of the time dad is on the call with mom. Some Stats on American Dads More dads are staying …

Affection and Physical Touch

There have been a number of recent studies that highlight the relationship between parental affection and children’s happiness and success. READ MORE ON STUDY How we touch, hold and gaze into the eyes of our infants, from the moment they are born, is imperative in building healthy attachment. As our children grow and develop every interaction we have will shape …

Empathy and Compassion

Empathy and Compassion: Our children will learn it from us. They will learn it from how we feel it, show it, and do it.  And doing compassion is sitting with the inability to really DO anything at all. We don’t just do something – we sit there. We listen, we remain present, we empathize. We teach it from the beginning …

Fantasy and Reality Parenting

What happens when the fantasy of how we hoped we would be as a parent, meets the reality of our child? I was sharing with a friend this morning that I really imagined I would never yell at my child(ren). He knows me so of course he chuckled and said, “You are kidding right?” Last week was a great week …

Fall Back Into Solution

Every summer we get off of our routine with sleep and with life in general. We all fall out of habit at some point(s) in our lives. We don’t do it because we are wrong, bad or weak. We do it because we are human. The main reason why parents don’t reach out to me for support is because of …

Infant Sleep and Parental Self-soothing

A typical day in the life of my Inbox Email Subject: Help with crying From: Aaron and his ten-month-old daughter: She was a good sleeper for about six-months. Suddenly everything we were doing has stopped working. My wife nurses her to sleep every night. And now as soon as we start to lower her into the crib her eyes pop …

Baby Sleep: On Their Own – With Our Help

A typical day in the life of my Inbox.  Email subject: HELP!!!! From: Alex and her eight-month-old baby. I don’t know what happened. Things were going so well. I would nurse her to sleep and she slept for four or five hour stretches. All of a sudden she is up every hour or two crying. It feels like I have …

Mom with newborn sleeping in her arms

SIDS Data – Is YOUR baby at risk?

Most likely the answer is – no.  I have added some charts that I found interesting and informative along with the links that provide more information. Take a look at the following and draw your own conclusions on whether or not you feel like these statistics apply to you and your family. This study published on NPR is worth a read …