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The Cheater’s Guide to Baby Sleep Training

I am anti-cheater 99.9% of the time, but when it comes to baby sleep training, that little .1% cheater takes over.

That’s when I throw out the shoulda woulda couldas and wrap myself in a 35-foot roll of cheats like this guy.

I mean, we’re talking sleep here.  Without sleep, we humans quickly degenerate into drooling zombies. So I guess, in this case, my anti-zombie policy is a little stronger than my anti-cheating policy.

My goal here is to help you train your baby to sleep well for you, consistently, and as soon as possible.

It’s a worthy cause.  Does the ends (sleeping peacefully) justify the means (using sample schedules)?

HECK YEAH.

How to Rock Out a Newborn Schedule

A sample schedule and some basic suggestions on how to get started on the right foot.

No, it’s not going to get your newborn sleeping through the night.  (It’s just too early yet.) But it will lay a good foundation towards getting her sleeping through the night a whole lot faster.

How to Get Your 2-3 Month Old On a Schedule

Those weeks between 5-11 weeks are famous for being toughies.

You see, those are usually the weeks your baby stops losing his magic ability to sleep anywhere.  (If not, count yourself lucky!)

The word of the day is habituate. 

Learn what it means, and how it may (without your intervention) destroy your sleeping rhythms.

 

Should You Use a Baby Sleep Consultant? 

It may surprise you that the answer isn’t always YES. For some parents, all you really need are a few suggestions and a plan to implement.

In this article, I’ll go through how to know if you should consider hiring a professional, and how to make sure your investment in said professional isn’t wasted.

 

62 Tricks to Get a Sleeping Baby

Surely, with 62 different things to try, something is going to work.

Yes, I believe one of these things is going to hit gold.

(and don’t call me Shirley…)

But just in case you strike out, it’s best to make sure you’re not accidentally shooting yourself in the foot with…

 

The 7 Worst Baby Sleep Training Mistakes a Parent Can Make

Yes, it is entirely possible that you’re ruining your own best efforts.

Take the nursery, for example.

Cute, yes.  BUT IS IT SLEEP-ABLE?

See the most common baby sleep training mistakes parents make when it comes to trying to get their children to sleep (and how to fix them.)

Why  Your Baby Hates His Crib (& What to Do About It)

Some babies seem to HATE the crib.  I mean H.A.T.E. it.

They will sleep everywhere else, but lay that back down on a flat surface surrounded by wooden slats and their spidee-sense kicks into overdrive, setting of the scream siren.

Your baby has his reasons for this.  Your job is to figure out what they are, and then trick him into thinking he’s not inside the crib.

Fortunately for you, I’m pretty devious and have a few suggestions.

*rubbing hands together in evil glee*

Why You Need to Make Sure Your Baby Sleep Coach is Certified

There are lots of people who sell sleep coaching services for young children.  Like, lots.

But just like you wouldn’t take your baby to a doctor without seeing those special initials at the end of her name, there are few “credentials” you want to see after your sleep coaches name.  Credentials that give you reassurance that you’re in good hands.

Not having a solid education in sleep coaching can cost you a lot more than wasted money, though. It can cost you time, a LOT of tears, and, unless they’re properly trained, they could even miss important medical clues that can help to explain your struggle.  Clues that can’t be fixed without a doctor’s intervention.

Sleeping Beauty’s Top 10 Best Bedtime Books for Babies

Creating a good bedtime routine is one of the easiest baby sleep training tricks you can use. It’s vital in helping your baby understand the difference between “excited happy playtime” and “slower quieter bedtime”.

Science shows that after your baby’s brain starts producing melatonin (the sleepy hormone), at around 4-5 months, having a steady routine is a great way to stimulate the brain in its production.

We surveyed our Facebook friends and asked what their favorite baby bedtime books were. This article is the result of their recommendations. Oh, and all these books are boardbooks, so they are chew-and-tear resistant!

How Mater & McQueen Can Help Your Baby Nap in the Car

After your baby reaches 2-3 months old and his magical habituation sleeping skill disappears, you may find it’s harder for him to fall asleep in his car seat. This is NOT good news when you know it’s a 5-hour trip to Grandma’s house.

This article will go through all the things you can do before and during your road trip, to encourage those little eyelids to finally droop off into Slumberland. Of course, if your little one is still struggling to nap at home, let me recommend this extremely inexpensive course on Nap Training.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts to Help Your Baby Sleep Away From Home

Of course, once you’ve finished your road trip and arrived at your destination, you have a whole new sleeping challenge to overcome: sleeping in a new place.

Some babies won’t even notice. Others, though, who are very sensitive to routines, are going to struggle with the change in scenery. You can vastly improve everyone’s chance of a good night’s rest by avoiding a few “don’ts” and checking off a few “do’s”.

What Your Crying Baby is Trying to Tell You

One of the hardest things for a new parents is understanding why in the %#$!@* the baby is crying. It’s amazing how calm you can be, when you know what in the hellinski is going on.

This article gives you 47 different crying reasons to sift through. After all, if you know WHY she’s crying, you can figure out how to make her calm down.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until your third baby to get the hang of the whole “Soothing” thing. I can teach you some sweet ninja soothing moves!

Like Sleeping? How Crib Bumpers Can Boost Your Snooze

Prepare to be shocked.

I like crib bumpers.  In fact, I recommend them.

Not all bumpers are created equal, though.  In this article I explain how crib bumpers can help your baby sleep better, and the types of bumpers you want to buy, and the ones you’ll want to burn.

New Parent? This Strong 6-Month-Old Baby Schedule Can Really Help

Every month I offer a segment called “Ask Heather”, where I specifically answer a question a reader has sent me.

This article offers a suggested schedule (read SUGGESTED twice, since babies have a mind of their own sometimes and some just don’t like being suggested to) for a 6-9 month old baby.

It can provide a picture of what a daily rhythm could look like for your baby.  (With a downloadable free printable!)

4 Ways to Overcome the Sleep Regression Ruining Your Life {Freebie!}

Sleep regressions are the WORST.  Whether your child is going through a growth spurt, or you’ve just got back from a trip, or he’s getting over a cold, or even Daylight Savings, these tiny adjustments can make your previously-awesome sleep disappear.

Don’t panic. You can fix this. This article shows you how.

Just Keep Baby Sleep Training…

One of my favorite parts in Finding Nemo is when Dory keeps singing that “Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming” song.

I find it philosophically refreshing.  (Yes.  I’m getting emotional encouragement from DORY.)

As long as you “just keep baby sleep training”, eventually you’ll get to the Jet Stream of Dreams.

What if he keeps seeming to miss the dream boat?

Well, let us sit down with you for an hour, learn about your specific baby and parenting style, and then make a few recommendations.  Together, we can go through several sleep strategies and choose the one you feel most comfortable with.  It will get you walking down the right path!

 

 

44 thoughts on “The Cheater’s Guide to Baby Sleep Training

  1. Thank you for such an awesome website! My 8th month old baby girl is sorta sleeping through the night. She dropped night feeds herself at 5 months, but continued to wake a few times between 3 to 5am. For 2 months or so now, she’ll wake 4/5am and fuss and cry in crib until I make it her wakeup time 6:15/6:30am. She naps total 3.5hrs, usually less, in 3 naps (8am, 12pm, 3:30/4pm). Naps range from 45min to 1.5hr. She’s ready for bedtime at 7pm. She has no sleep associations, no medical issues, is put down drowsy but awake, falling asleep 5/10min of being put down. I find her yawning even after a 1.5hr nap, and often is yawning in the morning after feed at 6:30/6:45am (I’m assuming it’s because she’s been up since 4/5am!). I’ve tried to help transition her to two naps but that just made her extra cranky and didn’t change wakeup time any. Is there anything I can do to help her get more restorative sleep at night? I’ve mentioned to her pediatrician but she tells me some babies just wake early and don’t need as much sleep. I’m not convinced. My baby gets at most 9 hrs night sleep before waking 4/5am. Please help me help her!

    1. Ella,

      I agree, I think you are doing a great job reading her “I’m too sleepy” signs.
      To help her with that transition, here’s what I recommend: Try a “dream feed”. Get her up with no extra noise or light 20-30 minutes before she usually wakes up (3:40ish) and give her a feeding. It doesn’t have to be a full feeding, just enough to fill her little tummy so she won’t wake up at 4-5:00. If you can give her the feed while she is sleeping or almost asleep then after a couple days of this you can try dropping it all together. The idea is to help her transition from the 4 wake time by filling her tummy enough to get past it. When she breaks the habit (it usually only takes a couple of days) then she should be able to sleep through. Hope this will do the trick for you!

  2. Hi, I love this site and have found it really helpful with my new daughter! If you have time, could you help me with this question though … my daughter is 8 weeks old and currently falls asleep by herself, with a bit of grizzling, almost every nap. She follows your very helpful pattern, sleeping really well in the morning (often 3 hours or more), but napping poorly after 3 pm. I’m finding she is improving as time goes by; however, by bedtime she is usually beside herself, struggles to feed and needs help getting to sleep. Often she will get herself to sleep but wake anything from 3 to 15 minutes later which is exhausting because I will just fall asleep and she will wake me again. This goes on between 10 and 12 pm when I am desperate for sleep (and I have to get up to sort other children out in the morning so no hope of catching up for me).

    My question is, should I try putting her down earlier? Or should I scrap all routine and let her nap as she wants after 3 pm? (which would probably be three forty minute naps). Or should we just hang in there and wait for her to mature a bit? I want to establish a bedtime routine by 3 months but it’s just not possible at the moment because she is so tired by bedtime.

    1. Hannah,

      If I am understanding what you have written, I agree, she does sound like she needs to go down sooner, like she is getting over tired. However, she is still so young that I would do whatever gives her the most opportunity to sleep. Another way to say it is that you want to avoid the “too tired to sleep” downward spiral. I’m sure you know this since you have other children.
      I guess, to be clear, I would try not to worry too much about a sleep routine yet, only enough so that she gets the sleep she needs, not thinking that you will be stuck with whatever you try to set right now. When she gets through the 4 month milestones then she will have the skills to self soothe and you will be able to work along with that to help her get into a more solid routine (until teething starts, right?!)

  3. We have two big hurdles to conquer in the next few months… Sleep training and moving baby out of the cradle in our room and into the crib in her room. Which should we tackle first? We still have her in our room for convenience as she is up once or twice a night to be fed/changed but I worry that if we sleep train her and then move her to her crib we will have to train her all over again. What do you think?

    1. Danielle,

      She is almost 5 months, but she was born 10 weeks early, so her corrected age is 11 weeks.  I know it’s too early to be expecting her to sleep through the night or to start sleep training.  I’m just trying to get it all figured out for when the time is right so I can have a loose game plan. 🙂

    2. Lisa,

      Absolutely! I think it’s smart to think ahead! 🙂
      Right now we encourage sleep shaping more than sleep training (she’s a little too young to self-soothe at this point). This article is a good one in helping you know what she can handle right now. Once she reaches her 4 month milestones then she will be better able to self soothe. When you think she is ready you can try the Sleep Shuffle. Lot’s of fun! 🙂
      So, back to your original question: try the crib transition first.

  4. Dear Heather, you’ve been a life saver with your sleeping tips in the past, and I hope you will have some ideas to help get my 1 year old incredible infant back to her sleep routine. Baby was ill for more than two weeks… And had to spend the night in our hands and sleeping in our bed, as she was unwell and with fever for a very long time. She is getting much better now but getting her to enjoy her cot all night long seems imposinle anymore. She will fall asleep ok with her bottle by herself in the crib at about 7:30-8 and then she starts waking up after midnight and will cry until you strat cuddling her and transfer her to our bed. I will always give her another bottle first (which she takes) to make sure she is not hungry, but she is in tears once she is done with her milk. I tried to stand by her and put my hand over her until she falls asleep in her cot around 1 am last night( it took 45 minutes). Then she woke up screaming at 5 am, took a bottle, cryed on and off for 45 mins… And
    I had to give up and take her into our bed. HELP! How to get her back to being a crib loving baby, all night.

    1. Nadia,

      Leave it to sickness to mess up our wonderful sleep routines!

      I recommend the Sleep Shuffle to help your little girl get back to better nighttime sleep. You can find Heather’s article about the Shuffle here. Hope this does the trick and you are back to your better nighttime sleep soon!

  5. What a wonderful collection! I do agree with bumpers, what a difference they make with a wild sleeper! I recently wrote a post about getting my little one to sleep and on her own schedule. Check it out at http://www.mathmomwithablog.com/?p=44 I will continue to check in on your site, awesome!!

  6. Hi Heather. Your site is amazing- I don’t know how I missed it with my first son.

    My DD is -15 weeks now and I don’t know what happened in the last 2-3 weeks- she is a completely different baby. She slept from 9 to 4 since she was a couple of weeks old, and she changed into this baby waking up every 1-2 hours after 12:30. Her daytime sleeping got much better. After reading some of the articles I reaLize I was doing some things wrong. During the day she had her naps in a swing or our bed. I think that one of the biggest mistake was that I breastfed her every time she went to sleep at night (sometimes during the day too 🙁 ), until she was sound asleep the moved her in the crib. Since the crib is in our bedroom and my husband needs to sleep to go to work, I never let her cry at night. Since she woke up so frecquently I would nurse her in bed next to me, and I would fall asleep too. I was able to put her back in the crib at the beginning, but lately she would cry at the mere attempt to put her in th crib, and I ended up with her in our bed for almost the entire night. I apologize for the long message, but I have a big dilemma.

    I’m going back to work next week and on Monday when I discovered your site I started an attempt to sleep train her. The room is dark at night, got an app for white noise, made some adjustments to the crib, since I noticed she likes sleeping in our bed, I feed her and try to put her down sleepy. I manage to put her to sleep in the crib in about 20 -30 minutes, but she wakes up and she screams at every attempt to calm her down. I pick her up, rock her give her a pacifier with no success. She would scream for 30 min continuously until I give her a bottle or nurse her. She would eat for a good 10 min every time. I go with her in the closet not to wake up my 2 1/2 year boy. I don’t know what to do. I’ll have to go to work at 5:15 in the morning and I’m desperately looking for a way to help my DD sleep better and have comfort. Would you please help?

    1. My first instinct, Laura, is that she’s going through a growth spurt. As for “doing things wrong” – that’s really hard to say. At 15 weeks, I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong with her at this point. Breastfeeding on demand and letting her sleep in the swing is okay. Remember, the name of the game at this age is SURVIVAL. If you can do without the swing, awesome, but if she needs it at this point, that’s okay because sleep is most important. Nothing you do now can’t be retaught later, when she’s capable of learning.

      Continue with what you are doing – don’t let her cry at night, feel free to nurse her whenever she needs it. Cosleeping is fine, as long as you make sure you’re being safe about it. Dr. James McKenna is an expert on how to cosleep safely. It’s amazing the things we can forget about (like long hair). Visit his website for tips on how to do it safely.

      I actually would recommend you don’t sleep train her at this age. Firstly, she’s very young, and so you’re more likely to get more crying, longer, at higher intensity, which totally sucks for everyone. Secondly, going back to work is a major life change. It’s very common for babies to have sleeping struggles when mom goes back to work simply because she misses you and craves your physical touch.

      That said, we can do some things to help shape her sleeping habits. Firstly, I wouldn’t let her cry too much. Feed her without feeling guilty about it. If you’re concerned about surviving when you go back to work, I would suggest joining me on a sleep workshop (I’m finalizing the January dates in the next 2-3 days) and we can talk back and forth to create a NOW plan for the immediate and a LATER plan for when she’s a little older and ready for sleep coaching (around 20 weeks). I will be including the January workshop dates in the email going out this weekend about December’s baby recall alerts. If you’re not already a subscriber, you may find getting on that list helpful.

      Laura, these are some of the hardest days of parenting. That said, I think you’re doing fine. Don’t let these suggestions contradict with your own good mothering instincts. She’s very young, so don’t feel guilty about feeding her on demand when you feel she needs it. Every day there’s progress, since every day she gets a little bit older. Just hang in there. xo

  7. Great site! Although I wish I had found this a year ago. I am guilty of doing no sleep training whatsoever for my now 14 month old daughter. Am I doomed to suffer the consequences forever, or do you have some advice for older children?

    1. Jessica,

      You are absolutely NOT doomed to suffer. 🙂 Nothing done can’t be re-done. It just takes a little more persistence. 🙂 Start with using the Sleep Shuffle to put her to bed, and sit in that same position every time she wakes until she falls asleep. Remember: consistency is key. If you are inconsistent she will get confused and you will get MORE crying. So try hard to stay consistent the first week. Usually it gets much better and easier after you’ve been consistent for a while. Then she knows what to expect, and so feels secure to sleep straight through. 🙂

  8. This is great sleep training advice! This is the first article I’ve seen with gradually moving out of the babies room once they have fallen asleep. We’ve dealt with a bad sleeper since day one and it’s been a struggle almost every night. Going to give this a try tonight!

    1. I hope it can help Sarah! The key with sleep coaching is consistency. Pick a plan, and then stick with it consistently for 7-10 days. Make sure you read through the Sleep Shuffle, if you haven’t already. It goes day-by-day.

  9. Wow Heather thanks for the prompt and detailed response!! We’ve made the room as dark as possible and have the white noise on all the time. I like your advice about the dream feed. I was trying to get him back to sleep which was waking him up even more. Also my hubby and I have to get really good at detecting his sleepy cues I think we keep missing them so by the time we try to put him to bed, cortisol is already doing its number on him poor guy. Will try this for a while and let you know how we go. Thanks for your encouragement. Btw I would love to attend your webinar but I’m in Australia so the times are not good. When he gets a little older I’ll set aside a time to attend. Thanks once again 🙂

    1. Jenny, yes please let me know how it goes! This post on sleepy times may also be helpful to you! If you’d like to attend the Napping Know-How Webinar, let me know what time you think would be most convenient for Aussie parents! I’ve got it recorded, so I could set it up at anytime, even if I’m snoring logs (ahem, “gently sleep breathing”) here in Wisconsin! 🙂

  10. Hi Heather. Thanks for the great post. I’m writing this while my 14 week old son is crying in his cot next to our bed. I started the drowsy but not asleep but he cries and cries. Last night he cried for 40 mins before I couldn’t handle it and picked him up and rocked him then eventually nursed him. From the beginning he hasn’t been a good sleeper often only getting 10-20 min naps during the day and waking after 3-3.5 hrs then 2 hrs then 1 hr during the night. I’m really desperate for any advice. He also feeds every 1.5-2 hrs. I think my brain is a bit addled at the moment from lack of sleep but I’m a bit confused cos the sleep lady advises against sleep training too early but then how do I go about gently guiding him? Please help!! Much appreciated

    1. Jenny – what a great question! Thanks for asking it! As for the feeding, I think I had a “mom moment” when I responded to your email about the 1.5-2 hr feeding schedule. Now that I’m a little more clear minded, that does seem pretty frequent to me. However, I’m not qualified to give advice on that specifically. I would share that with your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant (if you have one!) and see what they think about that frequency and if/how to extend those feedings.

      As for your question, you’re right that 14 weeks is still a bit on the “too young” side for sleep coaching. Somethings you can start working on now, though include…

      1. From your email, it seems like he’s a pretty easily stimulated baby. Start transforming the sleeping area into Boredom Central. Make it as dark as possible in that room (think “nighttime”) and add a noisemaker like this one to cancel out any possibly “interesting” sounds coming from the rest of the house/neighborhood.

      2. Since he’s such an active child, I would make sure you have a little bit longer naptime/bedtime routine to help him start to slow that brain down and get ready to sleep. No tickles before bed! Quiet music (no TV), rocking and reading little books, singing songs, etc. He needs to notice a slowing-down of the usual active pace of the day, so his brain starts secreting the “Sleepytime hormones”.

      3. Speaking of hormones, watch very closely for signs that he’s beginning to get tired. For babies 0-5 months that can be anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours after he woke up from a nap. Unfortunately, if you miss his sleeping window, you’ve missed it – either by 2 minutes or by 20. His brain starts secreting cortisol (the stress hormone) which gets him hyped up on a “2nd wind” and makes it much more difficult to get him sleeping.

      I hope this can help Jenny! It’s exhausting, but you really are doing a great job. You can’t screw anything up, don’t worry. There’s nothing we can’t fix later on. So sit back, follow some of these “sleep shaping” ideas, and then do whatever you need to do to get rest! 🙂

  11. Hi Heather,

    Thanks very much for this very informative website. I’ve taken to reading the newborn and 2-3 month sleeping schedule recently and I have a question. When I put my now 16 week old LO to bed, he seems to think it’s a ‘nap’ and wakes up 1 hour later. Any tips on how to prolong this sleep? I’m thinking that what I have to do is go into his room and sooth him back to sleep -is this correct? Will he eventually learn that this it needs to be a longer sleep?

    1. Thanks very much for your response, Heather! Do you think we should wait to use the shuffle with him until his 4-month sleep regression and 4th wonder week is over? Can these affect LO’s ability to positively respond to the shuffle?

    2. I encourage the sleep shuffle for babies over 16 weeks. I also recommend parents run the plan by your doctor first, just to make sure your baby is physically ready to make adjustments for the nighttime sleeper. Some babies, especially those with reflux and other GI issues, need to have their health issues taken care of first.

  12. Hi Heather,

    I would like to thank you for the information I got from your website. I am a first time Mom with an 11 month old baby who is still not sleeping through the nights. I have always nursed him to sleep and he would sleep in bed with me for most of the night as that was the easiest thing for me to do. My son became so attached to me that I couldn’t put him down even after he fell asleep. I tried every website looking for anything that would help me get some rest. I became so exhausted, I cried many days and
    nights. My husband and I even tried the cry it out method for a few nights which was stressful for all of us, during this time my son got the cold and so we quit. My son started walking early, so when we lay him down in his crib he would just stand there crying. I came across your website and read about putting the baby in the crib while sitting next to the crib whispering hush. I have been doing that for a few night now and my son would play and play before he start getting fussy at which time I would pick him up rock him and nurse him them lay him back down. My son would then lay down and make his sleepy sound while I sit by and rub his head from time to time but would stop once he’s falling out. He is still not sleeping through the nights but he will sleep for hours now before waking for feeding. This is a Hugh step from him waking every hour. Thank you so much.

    1. Christine, don’t be too upset about his not sleeping through the night, he’s still really little. So glad it’s helpful! Sounds like you are doing a great job, Christine, in taking all the information out there and then applying it in the best way towards YOUR baby, including ditching everything when he got a cold. Don’t feel guilty about nursing to sleep and co-sleeping. We do what we have to do, making tiny steps. Keep it up! 🙂

  13. Love the tone and fact filled nature of your blog! Very different from a lot of the mommy blogs out there. If you have a moment, I’d love to get your opinion on a sleep question I have. After 4 years of fertility treatments, I finally had a baby 4 months ago, so I have been happily rocking him to sleep in my arms every night (and truly enjoying it). However, my pediatrician decided to spoil my fun and said he had to learn to fall asleep on his own. He sleeps great through the night, about 10 hours (I know, we hit the jackpot on that one) – trouble is, he falls asleep at 6pm and wakes up around 4am. We would love to move his bedtime just 1 hour later, but all attempts to do so have failed miserably. I’d like to start the sleep training, but that means I’ll have to put him to bed at around 5:30pm to make sure he’s not already sleeping when I put him down, which doesn’t seem like a great plan to me. Do we just go with the schedule he has, or is there some way of moving up the bed time that you can suggest? Thanks so much!

    1. Don’t you just HATE IT when they start growing? (Sigh) We’ll I’m happy to report I still rock my children every day. Even the one who’s getting too big for rocking. I told her when the rocking chair breaks she can stop cuddling with me. 🙂

      My suggestion is to try something called a “Dreamfeed”. Sneak into his room about 3:45am (yawn!) and feed him. Don’t talk, don’t change a diaper, don’t turn on any lights…be as quiet and sneaky as you can possibly be. You want him to sleep through this feeding! Then put him straight down to sleep. Do this for 2-3 days, and then stop and see if that helps him push that wakeup a little later. This worked wonderfully for my kids, although I had a friend it sadly didn’t. Still, give it a try and see what happens. Another suggestion is to not go in there right away, seeing if he can play or coo or sing for a while. Good luck Kerry!

    2. Sleep training is on hold as teething went into overdrive during the last week, and yesterday his first tooth made an appearance! Poor kid is still suffering, so sleep training will have to wait. He’s only 4 1/2 months old, so hopefully the rest of the teeth will take their time…

  14. This is the best-written baby sleep advice I’ve seen. Thanks for not coming off as a know-it-all, and for including words like “gentle” and “encourage.” I have 3 good sleepers now (youngest is 6 weeks and sleeping a 9-hour chunk with a dream feed, somewhat consistently), and you’ve written about bunch of my philosophies of sleep. 🙂

    1. Jenn, I’m so glad you can through in your virtual “HEAR HEAR!!” It is always encouraging to those that are in the trenches that these things really can help. Thanks Jenn!

  15. hey,
    just an fyi the angel care baby monitor was recalled. we didn’t have a problem with it but some did. they sell a small sensor you can put on the baby now similar to the pulse ox (machine to tell percentage of oxygen on your blood, nicu parents know what i’m talking about). its under 200 bucks. thanks for the articles very helpful! 🙂

    1. Thanks Lauren! Just saw that released last week and sent it out to my subscribers in the monthly Safety Spotlight. The monthly reports details how to determine whether your exact product was recalled (in this case, all were) and then the steps to take to get it fixed or refunded. If you’re interested, you can see the details on these free baby recall reports here. All NEW Angel Care monitors will have the necessary extra tools to keep the wires secured.

      Thanks for including this Lauren! Always good to highlight!

  16. Love – esp the visuals next to tips. For me with my four kids it’s always good to keep average (in terms of sleep and really most anything parenting related) in perspective. I see so many parents beating themselves up because they think either they or their baby isn’t doing it “right”. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded, even as you are searching for advice/tips/norms, that average can be highly over-rated and not always what our baby needs. Thanks for the tips. Really like the way you have them grouped.

    1. I totally agree Suzanne! Every baby is unique – it’s always a mistake to assume your baby will do everything exactly the same as everyone else. Thanks for the comment!

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