Happy National Nap Day!

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It’s one of my favorite days of the year!!! Happy national nap day! Whether it’s for myself or my clients, I LOVE a good nap. I always tell parents to hold onto those nap times as long as you can.

Here’s a quick rule of thumb tip for naps:

Most babies drop from 3-2 naps between 7-9 months

Drop from 2-1 naps between 15-18 months

Drop all naps between 3.5-5 years.

I hope everyone can make time for a nap today, whether it be a quick 20-minute cat nap or a leisurely 2-hour siesta. Happy napping, everyone!

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What Does A Sleep Consultant Do??

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Are you curious about what a #sleep consultant actually does? Listen in tomorrow, 3/8 at 2:48 p.m. to find out how we can #help your #family get some sleep! Click on:  https://empireradionow.com/studios-live/ OR http://tunein.com/radio/Empire-Radio-USA-s281334/

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Could You Use Some Support??

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Everyone needs someone to have their back and we’ve got yours. Feeling like you could use some support? Lean on us. It truly takes a #village and it’s no different when it comes to #sleep.

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Are You Tired & Frustrated?

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Are you feeling tired & frustrated?? Let us help. 

Children of all ages, including infants, can sense when a parent is tired and frustrated. Sleep deprivation is no joke and can definitely take a toll on your mood, among other things. That in turn can make it harder for your child to adapt to what should be a soothing nighttime #routine which can in turn make it harder for them to fall and stay asleep.

I know it’s hard to think much less read a book about sleep when you are exhausted. Let us do the thinking for you and help you and your little ones sleep tight, every night.

Quick Tip: Did you know that scheduling is half the battle? If you are missing your child’s sleep window at night, you are setting yourself up for disaster. Biologically, there are certain times of day when natural melatonin releases occur and part of our sleep plan/consultation is based on creating schedules based on those time windows. Proper scheduling (which can vary slightly from child to child)  makes it SO much easier for your child to fall asleep and not wake during the night or wake up early in the morning.
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Are you ready to bring the SPARKLE back to your life??

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Bring the Sparkle back to your life!

When it comes to the pillars of health, nothing outranks sleep. Every study and list centered around health always includes sleep. It is the one thing that can help rebalance, rejuvenate and heal your mind and body. If you are looking for a way to bring back the #sparkle to your life, start with giving yourself the gift of sleep. Looking for a get started guide? Check out this week’s free tip Tuesday for some tips to creating a soothing bedtime routine for you AND your kids.

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Are You A Multi-Tasking Mama??

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Have y0u become a multi-tasking Mama? Has juggling activities, meals and work become your new normal? Would you love to ask yourself the question “what do I feel like doing tonight” because everything on your to do list is done? That’s what happens when your child is sleeping 12-hours a night and taking great #naps! Not only do they benefit physically and cognitively from all that great brain food (sleep) but you also get time for your own self-care.

“It is nothing short of amazing how much positive impact it has had just having those few hours back at night. I used my bathtub for the first time since before I was pregnant the other day.  I was literally crying with the simple joy of being able to have a few minutes of solitude. ”

Taking care of yourself and remembering the joys of parenting are one of the many reasons I love this job. Do you want to feel like “yourself” again and watch as your whole family benefits? Reach out, we are here when you are ready.

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How To Tame Your Sassy Toddler At Bedtime

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Has bedtime become a battle of the wills? This week’s Free Tip Tuesday has all of your need-to-know tips about how to tame your sassy toddler at bedtime.

The first step in toddler taming is setting up a family meeting, this will help everyone get on the same page and will manage expectations at night. This will make it so much easier when setting boundaries and then following through with them, which is the key to becoming the boss of the apple sauce.

Prior to the family meeting, discuss the boundaries with any other caregivers in the house, decide the structure of the bedtime routine and what possible sleep training methods you want to use. It’s important that everyone is in agreement and can implement the routine the same way each night. Consistency is absolutely the key to helping your child sleep well.

During The Family Meeting…

  • Use visuals, pick stickers, colors, pictures and stick figures or family pictures that resonate with your child.
  • Walk through the bedtime routine step-by-step. Keep it simple, teeth brushing, pjs, reading a book etc., and then show a visual of your toddler being put into bed
  • Then, show them that they need to stay in bed all night. A tot clock is helpful for this piece if you have one. If not, explain that they need to keep their body in bed until you come to get them in the morning.
  • If your child does get out of bed, either right away or in the middle of the night or the early morning, you need to have a behavioral response or sleep training method ready. For example, if you choose a gradual method like the silent return, you will go over that with your child.
  • For the silent return, explain to them that if they leave, they will be walked back silently to the room and placed into bed. No talking, no tuck ins, no play time, a totally silent, zombie like return. The goal is to not reinforce their behavior.
  • Be consistent. Stick with it or it won’t work! With this age, it truly is a battle of the wills, you have to outlast their behavior so they stop testing yours.

The more gradual approaches like the silent return can take up to 2 weeks and there are a variety of other methods that work more quickly and you can expect to see results in as few as 3-5 nights. For more information on other methods or if you have a toddler who is in a crib, contact us for a sleep plan!

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Ready To Sleep In This Weekend??

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Are you ready to sleep in this weekend?? 

Welcome to the weekend! Wishing everyone great naps, lots of cuddles and hopefully (fingers crossed) a little sleeping in!

The key to great weekend sleep is flexibility and balancing the schedule. Like most things, it requires a little give and take. If your child is still napping but misses a nap due to an outing, shift the rest of the day’s schedule an hour earlier. This will help account for the lack of day sleep and will prevent a sleep debt.

Need help finding that prefect balance? Let us take the guess work out of it for you. Contact us today for your complimentary get acquainted call.

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Myth Of The Day: Bright Is Best For Day Sleep

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Myth Of The Day: Bright Is Best For Day Sleep 

This myth is a common misconception among parents who are eager for their #child to #sleep but also want them to be able to sleep everywhere. When working with a sleep #sensitivechild, we want to give them every advantage that we can. Keeping the room dark is no different than say, using a blanket or air conditioning. You likely wouldn’t sleep as well without either of those things but still could and will experience a much higher quality of sleep when using both.

Using things like black out curtains helps to keep the room dark but also serves a more important purpose- the facilitation of melatonin releases, which is what we are really after. This is very helpful during the day so we can help #yourchild reset their circadian rhythms which can be out of whack when they have a #sleepdebt and are struggling with sleep #issues. So remember, #Mom and #Dad, if your child is struggling with sleep during the day, keep it dark!

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Want To Improve Your Health? Make Sleep A Priority.

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Want To Improve Your Health? Make Sleep A Priority.

Sleep is a crucial piece to the health puzzle. Lack of sleep can impact every area of your life and it seems that lately, parenting has become synonymous with exhaustion. That doesn’t have to be the case, even for parents of infants. If you’re exhausted, we can help. Reach out tired Moms and Dads, we are here for you.

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