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 …

Lullaby Your Baby

Lull your baby bye bye with your voice.  I encourage parents to turn off the music playing turtles and lullaby cd’s and use YOUR own voice to sing to your babies and children at night. No matter what you think of your own singing voice, your child thinks that your voice, coming out of your face, is the most beautiful …

baby and mommy animal sleep

Baby and Mommy Animal Sleep

Newborn Sleep Looks Like This It is the up close sweetness of  those early months. So very yummy! The limbic brained mommy animal (animals who nurse their young) are regulating a lot of systems in their newborn babies. In the following two videos you can see the kitten go into a bit of sleep disruption and the mommy does her …

Baby Sleep and Sound Machines

New Research on Sound Machines in the Nursery Infants are experiencing all of their senses at once. This is why their environment can easily become overstimulating and too much sensory input can make it harder to drift off to sleep. There is some evidence that baby sleep and sound machines can be a good combination. When parents ask about white …