Are you an expecting or new parent on the hunt for a great baby monitor? READ THIS!

As someone who has been working with families for more than 20 years in a professional capacity, I am often approached by different companies and other specialists and professionals about products I recommend, or even simply to review child and/or sleep related products.   This morning I got an email from Kayla at reviews.com who […]

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Creating Healthy Sleep Habits with Twins and Multiples – Part Two

Part Two of a Two Part Series   Getting adequate sleep with a newborn in the house (and helping the baby sleep) is a challenge for any parent, but if you are the mother or father of more than one baby, this can be especially difficult to achieve. Additionally, I tip my hat to you! […]

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Sleep: Creating Healthy Sleep Habits with Twins and Multiples

Part One of a Two Part Series Getting adequate sleep with a newborn in the house (and helping the baby sleep) is a challenge for any parent, but if you are the mother or father of more than one baby, this can be especially difficult to achieve. Additionally, I tip my hat to you! I […]

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March 13th – Time to Spring Forward!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time ‘springs forward’ by one hour Sunday, March 13th. Like a good number of parents of young children (especially those with wee ones we’ve worked so hard to get into a routine and schedule), I would prefer to see annual time changes abolished, but since I can think […]

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Travel Tips for Babies and Toddlers

This is a very common time of year for people to take family holidays.   If you are planning a family trip or getaway with a baby or toddler, it really is important to consider how travel plans are going to affect your child’s sleep routine. This is even more important if you have recently […]

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Is Your Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

By Regan Forsyth of Eat Play Sleep Family Wellness   While mobile phones are a really convenient way to keep close touch with your pre-teens and teens, there is a lot more to be taken into consideration when deciding when is the right time to sign your son or daughter up. Cell phones are very […]

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SIDS & Safe Sleep Practices

After putting my youngest, still a baby, to bed last night, I read an article about a baby who died after going into heart failure. The baby (6 weeks old) was thought to have been sleeping in her parents’ bed and accidentally suffocated. Suffocation due to avoidable circumstances and factors, does not fall under the […]

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Products We Love – Sleep Solutions

Being in this line of work for almost ten years, there are certain sleep related products that have proven to be very helpful to families, time and time again. Here are a few of our favourites!   1. The Halo Bassinest   http://www.halobassinest.com/ Brought to you by the makers of swaddles and sleep sacks for best […]

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The Mysterious Short Nap

The most common question that I am asked as an Infant Sleep Coach, is about sleeping through the night. The second most common question is why babies cannot nap longer than 30 or 40 minutes. Some parents spend what feels like an eternity to get their baby to sleep, only to have them wake 20 […]

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Daylight Savings Time – Tips to Spring Forward With Babies & Toddlers

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time ‘springs forward’ by one hour on Sunday, March 8th. Like a good number of parents of young children (especially those with wee ones we’ve worked so hard to get into a routine and schedule), I would prefer to see annual time changes abolished, but since I can […]

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Maintaining Healthy Sleep Habits Through the Holidays

Every year, in January and February there seems to be an influx of parents trying not to pull their hair out because sleep routines and habits in their homes went out the window over the holidays. Here are a few ways to prevent yours from being one of those families! Make sure going into the […]

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Maternity Sleep Help Coming Soon!

I am SO excited to be embarking on some professional development specifically about maternity sleep, and to soon be able to offer prenatal support for Mamas, in addition to educating families about infant/child sleep, and beyond. While it is becoming more common for families to ready themselves for “sleep shaping” with infants, by seeking the […]

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Tips for Time Change – Fall Back 2014

Yes, it’s THAT time of year again. Oh joy! For children who are quite structured with going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning, the time change can cause a ‘sleep debt’ for a little while which is why it is most noticeable in babies […]

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There IS such a thing as too happy in the crib!

Most parents are ecstatic to learn that their infant enjoys being in their crib. The sounds of cooing and playing at bedtime or when they wake, are a sign of good things! Well…believe it or not, this can also be a not-so-good thing, for a couple of reasons. (In addition to the dangers of positional […]

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SLEEP: How Much is Just Right for My Child?

“How Much Sleep is Optimal?” For new (and repeat!) parents or clients, this is a very common question! There is no firm answer; the younger the child, the more likely the amount will vary a little. However, there are general guidelines that you can use to see if your little one falls near the mark […]

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A quick note about Swaddling

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Tuesday’s Tip! While there is no specific time that you have to stop swaddling your newborn or infant, we recommend that after around one month of age, babies should be swaddled ONLY for naps and night-time so as to increase mobility and allow babies to begin to learn about what is around them through movement […]

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Sleep & Your Preschooler: Dropping the Nap

Could it be so? Is it time? Sometime between 14 and 18 months, your toddler will start to only nap once a day. (Some, like mine, sooner even!) At around 3 years old your child will likely stop napping completely. This can vary greatly though, from child to child. Some are ready to stop napping […]

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Handling Daylight Savings Time with Young Children

Personally, I would prefer to see it abolished, but since I can think of better things to spend my time advocating for, I guess we will have to live with it…for now. Yes, it’s that time of year again. The clock ‘springs forward’ by one hour on Sunday, March 9th. Here are a couple different […]

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Parenthood: Where everyone is right. Except you.

I read this the other day: “Welcome to Parenthood, where everyone is always right. Except you.” I get a kick out of that statement, because it can often ring true! There is SO much information (and misinformation) floating around these days, that it can be hard to read between the lines, and weed through the […]

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What Exactly IS Sleep Training?

Well, THAT is a very good question indeed. The term ‘sleep training’ (as most families have become familiar with it, anyway) seems to mean to use a program or a plan where you follow steps with your child to get them sleeping through the night. Period. It also now carries a rather negative connotation, and […]

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Sleep: The Dreaded “Short Nap”

For many families with young (and older) babies, nap times can be a struggle. You spend a great deal of time preparing for the nap, watching for tired signs, getting them to sleep and then POOF! Within 20 to 40 minutes, your wee one is wide awake. First, it’s important to note that the average […]

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SLEEP: Age Appropriate Awake Times

One of the key factors in having a well rested baby, is being mindful of how long they have been awake and watching carefully for ‘tired signs’. Naturally, each and every baby is a wee bit different, but here is a rough estimate of the appropriate amount of awake time (the window between sleeps) for […]

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PLAY: Wondering about whether signing with your baby is beneficial?

I wanted to share this article with my readers: http://psychcentral.com/lib/teaching-your-baby-sign-language-can-benefit-both-of-you/0002423 I knew the potential benefits for using it with my own child, because I had researched it, worked with it and seen it benefit MANY other families. However, I had NO idea just how beneficial it would be. My two year old has been learning […]

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Early Rising Toddlers

Do you have visitors at 5am? When switching from the crib to a bed, bedtime can be pretty disruptive for awhile – if you can even get them to remain in bed, that is. THEN, you suddenly have a new visitor beside your bed at 5am. Fun! In our house, 5 am is no different […]

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How Does Teething Affect Sleep?

Not as much as you might think…. This is something I am asked about almost daily, since all babies have to live through it! Firstly, it is important to realize that teething usually only affects sleep when the teeth are actually cutting through the gums. Some children can have a couple of nights that are […]

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My Number One Newborn Sleep Tip?

Because I am expecting again in June, I find myself thinking a lot (again!) lately about newborn sleep habits and those first few months of life and so I thought I would share something for all you expectant and newborn Mommas. The NUMBER ONE most important thing you can do from that very first night […]

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