This year has flown by! I can’t believe that this week we ring in 2014. 2013 was amazing, and I’m so excited to see what 2014 brings! I am amazed at how much my readership has grown, and so incredibly thankful that you are here with me. New Year’s is a time of reflection, a time to start fresh, and the perfect time to start making positive changes in your life…maybe even a change that involves your children’s sleep.
For our version of a “year in review” we would like to share our 13 most popular posts from 2013:
I think that as new parents, we often just get into a groove around the 3-4 month mark, just to have the rug pulled out from underneath us. It stinks, but it’s completely normal, and definitely not permanent. 4 months is an exciting time for your new baby, and she’s learning all kinds of wonderful new things…and new distractions that have her fighting sleep. Find out how to deal with the VERY common 4 month sleep regression in this article.
I get so many questions from parents whose children are up at 5:00 a.m., or 4:00 a.m., or even 3:00 a.m. You’re tired. You’ve had enough of this early rising, but often, the obvious solutions don’t work. That’s why this article is perfect. I’ll walk you through tried and true tips to help stop your child’s early rising and help you regain your sleep…until at least 6:00 a.m.
Another article that tackles the dreaded sleep regressions! I know that with my daughter’s I wished that it was just a one and done situation…but, as you’ve probably figured out, our children go through a number of sleep regressions, which are indicators of growth and development. So it’s a good thing, wrapped in sleepless nights. Find out what to expect and how to handle your child’s sleep regressions in this article.
If your toddler has figured out that he doesn’t HAVE to stay in bed, then this article is for you. Find out how to set firm, yet gentle boundaries, while helping your little one feel secure in their own bed. It’s a big world out there, and sometimes a little guidance (and parental patience) is all that your toddler needs to model proper bedtime behavior.
Dropping from two naps to one is always a hot button issue. I think that sometimes we are in such a rush to get onto a “one nap” schedule that we rush our children through this transition. Find out the indicators that you can look for to determine if your child is ready for one nap, or if it’s just another sleep regression in this article.
Some babies love to be swaddled…so much so that they’ll fight sleep without it! If your baby is ready to wean off the swaddle, find out how to gentle and effectively teach her to sleep without it in this article.
Parents often ask me how much sleep their baby REALLY needs. That simple question inspired this article, which focuses not only on the sleep needs of your child based on age, but also provides a sample schedule, so that you can gain a realistic timeline of a typical age-appropriate day, complete with wake, nap, meal, and bed times. If you’ve been curious, then this article is a must. Find out how much sleep your 6 month old, 2 year old, or 6 year old needs (or any age in between)!
I think that many people automatically assume that you can’t sleep coach AND co-sleep…and you’d be wrong. It’s very possible to teach your baby healthy sleep habits and practice safe co-sleeping. Find out what I have to say on the subject in this article, which is the first of a series that I published this past year.
Many times I think that parents are stunned by this sleep regression. After all, your baby is older, and has been mobile, and is likely used to teething…so why the 18-month sleep regression? While not all children will experience this particular hiccough in sleep, a number of them do. Find out the signs to look for and how to deal with a toddler who fights sleep (even if it’s temporarily) in this article.
I think that the notion of sleep coaching sometimes is so closely tied to Ferber and cry-it-out that people automatically rule it out, especially attachment parents. I’m here to clear the record and let you know that you CAN have it all. You can attachment parent and sleep coach-in fact, sleep coaching can increase the bond you have with your little one if you do so gently. Find out why in this article.
Naps are one of the most common issues that I deal with, both here on the blog and on Facebook. Many parents don’t realize that your child’s nap needs change frequently, and unlike nighttime sleep, naps develop later. For some parents, naps tend to be a bigger source of frustration than nighttime sleep if you tally up all of the emails and comments that I receive. Find out (once and for all) how many hours of daytime sleep your baby needs, and figure out those pesky wakefulness windows in this article.
If you’d like to read more about naps, I have an entire series dedicated to this topic. You can find all of my nap articles HERE.
See what I mean? Naps are a HUGE topic when we’re talking about baby sleep! Naps are something that do not come naturally, even though it may seem like your newborn is a champion napper. As your baby grows, and figures out that day and night are different, that’s when naps become a challenge. And any naps less than 45 minutes often spell disaster. Find out how to gently encourage your baby to nap longer and deeper in this article.
Ah, swaddling. It made quite a splash this year! There was quite the controversy when swaddling was prohibited from use in daycares across the nation, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t practice safe swaddling at home. Like everything with your baby, it’s about knowing and understanding how to do a proper swaddle, safely. Find out more about the swaddling controversy here.
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