Newborn Sleep

 Sleep can and will be yours! For the newborn this happens over time – with your help. It is hard to know what is normal sleep for a newborn and what is simply asking too much. If you compare your sleep situation to other new parents you might start to wonder if you gave birth to a bad sleeper. You …

Falling Peacefully to Sleep – A Learned Skill

It’s 7:00 pm. Bedtime. You and your child go through a nightly ritual in properly preparing for sleep. It has been a long day and both of you are looking forward to getting some soothing and much deserved rest. You place your child in the crib, kiss her goodnight, turn off the lights, and your baby peacefully falls asleep. You …

The newborn sleep book review

The Newborn Sleep Book and Getting NEWBORNS To Sleep Through the Night?

Complete night weaning at birth? This doesn’t sound good. I know humans (even human infants) are very adaptable and no doubt we can “reset the hunger cues” in an infant. But just because we can, does it mean we should?   The Newborn Sleep Book Pediatricians Lewis and Jonathan Jassey, authors of “The Newborn Sleep Book” say sleep success for your …

babies and the need for touch

Babies and the Need For Touch

“How did you sleep?” “Oh, I slept like a baby. Every two hours I woke up screaming.” New parents may fail to appreciate the humor inherent in the above exchange. Even non-parents are vaguely aware that this sort of thing goes on (for three to twelve months!), but not being parents, their attitude is, “Well, good luck with all that!” …

Is This Baby Awake or Sleeping? Newborn REM Sleep

If we consider how fast our infants are developing and remember that development is the very cause of interruption to sleep in the first few years of life, it would make sense that anything that happens in the crib/bed is normal. Many of the much talked about “sleep regressions” are actually developmental advancements that interrupt sleep. As the brain grows …

Are We Martyrs to Our Children's Crying?

At a Mom’s group once, I overheard a mother say that she “wouldn’t even talk to another mother who let her child ‘cry it out.’ ” Her bluntness stuck me, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by it. Everyday you can meet people in various stages of parenting. Some seem to be cruising through it—balancing two kids on the …

Your Child's Sleep and the School Start

Schedule shifting in the summer time leads to a sleep deficit. I know that, I teach that, and yet this summer we fell into some late nights and late mornings. Although my children are older now (11 and 12), they still require a good amount of sleep to function in school (9-10 hours). Learn a few key points to re-pattern …

Sleep Interruptions That Also Facilitate Sleep

I encourage parents to give their infants plenty of “floor time” during the day. All movement learned will be practiced both during the waking hours and in the crib. This can cause sleep interruptions and yet the more practice time we give our infants during the day the better they can incorporate these movements into their sleep repertoire. Once our …

What Every Parent Needs To Know About TV

  Watch This Video What Every Parent Needs to Know About TV This TED Talk is an important 16 minutes for any parent. I tell my clients to view the following as  health and safety issues.  Sleep – Healthy sleep habits are a HUGE part of good health and development. Diet – Good nutrition can affect our children well into …