As many residents in Manhattan, my husband and I were renting a one-bedroom apartment when we had our first baby girl. Noise exposure was thus inevitable and did disturb our baby’s sleep. To avoid damaging her sleep as much as possible, we were tiptoeing around our sleeping little one and moving around like ninjas. Our master…
There is nothing in life as rewarding as raising children. From the first moment you lay eyes on your little one, your heart is filled with a love you have never experienced before. But with this overwhelming love comes another emotion, almost equally as strong, overwhelming responsibility. It can be easy to feel both ill-prepared and buried in the responsibility of trying to do everything “right”. Maybe the greatest struggle, with children from infancy throughout childhood, is sleep.
It’s a time that many parents know is coming, but they dread nonetheless. Sooner or later, your toddler will state: “No, I really don’t want to nap now.” If it’s getting harder and harder to put your toddler down in the morning, and she is fighting you, it may be time to transition to one nap.
As a Certified Sleep Coach and a former bleary-eyed parent, I feel that it is my duty to share the basics about baby sleep habits. I want to give you the opportunity to be better prepared (than myself) as a new parent.
I know, as a parent, just the thought of having to wake your sleeping baby is already heartbreaking. When you see her peacefully resting, you wonder if there is anything cuter in life than that little angel’s face. So, which crazy reasons could bring you to wake your sleeping baby?
I can’t recall the number of times I have heard parents blaming teething for their baby’s sleep disruptions; there have been so many cases. Yes, teething can be painful and cause nighttime wakenings. However, teething is rarely a routine buster. Teething can definitively interfere with your baby’s sleep, but far less than what you probably anticipate or believe.
Pacifiers, binkies, dummies, corks or soothers. Whatever we call them, we all have been wondering if they should be introduced to our baby. Sucking is one of an infant’s natural reflexes. They already suck on their fingers while they are in the womb.
Just like anything in life, there are pros and cons with the use of the pacifier. My goal is not to share my personal point of view. It is rather to inform you about the researches carried out in relation to the pacifier. Read on to learn the pros and cons of pacifiers and how to determine what’s right for your baby.
Good quality sleep is necessary for everyone, from children to adults. Sleeping helps us function well, physically and mentally. No parent loves to wake up early and listen to the sound of their little one crying. In such a case, you may be likely to think nostalgically about the lazy mornings you enjoyed before your child was born. I know you really want to find a way to delay the wake up time. The good news is that solutions exist but you must be patient and consistent!
While we are already looking back to the most joyous times we have experienced these last days with our family, the return to normality can be quite stressful and tiresome. This is especially true with young children whose sleep routines were not always consistent while being away from home.