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 …

Keep clam and get your sleep on

The Science of Stress and Sleep Training

  I have been wading through the research for over ten years now. Some of it is good science. Much of it, I just don’t know. I am the Bill Murray of Sleep Busters…Back off man, I am NOT a scientist. I am a science enthusiast. I love it. I can’t get enough of it. And I especially love when …

Elevating Child Care: A guide to respectful parenting NOW out in paperback!

Congratulations to Janet Lansbury and many thanks to her for being such an inspiration in the practice of parenting. I recommend her book to all parents! For all of us who are deepening this practice of respect in our relationships Janet is an inspiration in this regard. Janet’s blog  http://www.janetlansbury.com/ is a wonderful resource. There are many blogs out there …

Child Sleep and Parental Guilt: Part 1

Do you feel bad about how you are doing child sleep? Does it feel wrong to want more sleep than you are getting? At some point on every call I hear parents berating themselves for the way they are handling their child’s sleep. Sometimes it feels like I am sitting in the phone booth confessional. Can you tell I was …

Children Learning To Fall and Falling Asleep

Falling Asleep I invite parents to view the “falling” of falling asleep just like the falling that our children inevitably do when learning to crawl, walk, climb and ride bikes. Here is a list of sleep crutches we provide to fix that falling. nursing ~ rocking ~ walking ~ holding ~ wearing ~ patting  Imagine handing a toddler crutches to prevent …

Crying and Sleep

Here is an example of cycle crying… Cycle crying is the type of crying that infants and young toddlers do when they are struggling to learn a new skill.  Click Here: Youtube video of infant cycle crying  This is the sound of self soothing. This ability starts to happen at 3.5 – 4 months. This is not toxic stress. click …

Baby Sleep…please baby please!

Over the holidays I became a grandmother… of a new kitten. Being already gifted at anthropomorphizing, I soon felt like one of my clients. It felt so great and so right to have this kitten sleep on us for all of her sleep. She is so tiny, so soft and so vulnerable.  She had just left her litter, her mommy, …