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SNOO: Is It Really Worth It? And, Alternatives.

SNOO Is It Really Worth It and AlternativesThe SNOO is a bassinet with a built-in swaddle that keeps baby safe and automatically starts moving in order to keep your baby asleep for longer periods of time. But, is the SNOO worth it? We will explore the pros and cons of the SNOO and help you decide if it’s right for you.

What is a SNOO?

The SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet is a bassinet for newborns to babies up through 5 to 6 months old. The bassinet has key features that set it apart from other bassinets such as the Arms Reach Bassinet:

  • Built-In Swaddle – This bassinet has a built-in swaddle that is very secure. Your baby will not be able to break out. What’s more important is that it will keep your baby sleeping in his or her back, which is considered safest to reduce the risk of SIDS. Furthermore, your baby won’t be able to roll over while swaddled, which might be when to stop swaddling.
  • Detects Crying – The SNOO has multiple microphones to pick up sounds your baby is making including fussing and crying. It “responds” to your baby depending on what it’s detecting.
  • White Noise – The SNOO also has built-in white noise which automatically turns on if/when your baby starts fussing or crying. There are three different sounds and it chooses different sounds for sleep versus crying.
  • Movement – When this bassinet detects fussing or crying, it can move automatically. It has a slow swing for sleep but faster jiggle for upsets.

As you can see, the SNOO bassinet is indeed “smart” and one can see how it would add more sleep for new parents. This is especially helpful when some babies won’t sleep in a bedside bassinet at all. But, is it safe and is the SNOO really worth it?

Is SNOO safe for newborns?

While there is always risk to using any “device” for your baby, the SNOO has appeared to have undergone rigorous testing. Dr. Harvey Karp is not new to keeping babies safe and I am confident safety was the #1 goal for the invention. After all, the idea is to reduce the risk of SIDS by keeping baby on their back in the first place. And, Dr. Karp has been helping babies sleep with his Happiest Baby Series for many years.

In addition, the movement of the SNOO will not work unless the swaddle sack is clipped to the device. It is also vented to prevent overheating and allow baby to breathe freely. And, they added a metal plate to block WiFi exposure or you can simply turn off WiFi. It appears they’ve thought of everything.

But, what about night feedings?

Will the SNOO work “too well” and lead to a baby to miss nighttime feedings? This was my first concern when I learned about this product.

It appears they’ve thought about, too.

The SNOO isn’t supposed to replace parenting altogether. It’s just another tool in your toolbox. The SNOO will stop movement if there is continuous crying for a couple of minutes. The SNOO is only meant to soothe your baby back to sleep when she does NOT need something. Do keep in mind, too, that your doctor will instruct you to feed the baby at regular intervals for the first several weeks of life. You will need to set an alarm for that, so you can feel confident your baby shouldn’t skip feedings just because you are using a SNOO.

Should you keep the SNOO on all night?

The SNOO is meant to keep the guesswork out of this. It automatically detects when to go on or increase the movement and stops if your baby is crying continuously.

When should you start using the SNOO?

Parents can start using the SNOO with their newborn, so from birth.

How long can you use the SNOO? When should you stop using the SNOO?

The maximum weight limit of the SNOO is 25 pounds. You can use a SNOO until your baby is approximately 6 months old.

Keep in mind, however, the SNOO may operate more frequently at night after 3 months old.

Once your baby starts his 4 month sleep regression (which can start anytime between 12 weeks old and 5 months old), your baby will cycle through more sleep cycles. That means your SNOO may have more “work” to do.

If you are concerned your baby is outgrowing the SNOO or no longer likes it, you may want to experiment with the settings using the app. He or she may simply need faster or more rigorous movement.

We have worked with families to help them transition from SNOO to crib around 3 to 5 months old, on average.

SNOO Price and Is It Worth It?

The SNOO Smart Sleeper Bassinet sounds like a dream, right? Unfortunately, some dreams aren’t cheap.

This fancy bassinet is over $1,200!

However, you can now rent one for dollars a day.

Can you really put a price on better sleep?

If this can truly give your family hours more sleep per night for the first 6 months of life, in my opinion, it really is worth it. And, if you compare the cost of a night nurse for $200-300 a night, it’s a no-brainer!

There are a few things to consider, however.

First, not all babies enjoy being rocked or jiggled to sleep! While many babies do enjoy movement and it soothes them to sleep, it can irritate some babies. And, if your baby isn’t soothed by movement, then the SNOO is a very expensive bassinet, swaddle and white noise machine!

Second, some babies simply need that human touch. We worked with one client who had to rock their baby to sleep and THEN put the baby in the SNOO! If you have to put the baby back to sleep yourself each time he wakes, there is simply no point to spending this much on a bassinet.

Third, although sleeping on their back is safest, not all babies like to sleep flat on their back. From a young age, my son enjoyed moving to his side to sleep.

Finally, some babies are naturally good sleepers. Obviously, my baby was NOT one of them, hence this website. However, I’ve talked to many parents whose baby started sleeping through the night as young as 6 to 8 weeks old. Not all babies will need anything this “fancy.”

Unfortunately, until your baby is born, it’s impossible to know if they will be a naturally great sleeper nor their taste in sleep space, swaddle, pacifier, or any other product. However, based on the reviews of the product, it appears most babies and parents like the SNOO. So, if you have the budget, there’s a good chance it will help get everyone more sleep.

SNOO Alternatives

Of course, there are so many amazing baby sleep products to buy, so not everyone will be able to splurge this much on just one item!

There isn’t a perfect alternative to the SNOO. It’s innovative and likely took years of research and development. We have found one product that looks pretty close and another product that might help.

The Graco Sense2Snooze Bassinet is meant to be a true SNOO alternative. It even has “cry detection technology” to soothe the baby when they start crying. It has 3 different motion speeds to fit your baby’s preference. In addition, it has 2-speed vibrations for babies who prefer to be jiggled or bounced. Lastly, it has 10 different songs or soothing sounds (white noise, music or nature sounds) for additional soothing. You can find the right settings for your baby and it has a memory function so you don’t have to find it over and over again. This bassinet is at the fraction of the price at just under $300 and with great reviews! The main thing this doesn’t have is the built-in swaddle but you can easily swaddle your baby first and then place them in this bassinet.

The Green Frog Bassinet has a rocking feature that’s great for newborns. It isn’t “smart” of course, so you’ll need to soothe the baby yourself. However, it’s easier on your back especially when you are recovering from labor. In addition, you guard against your baby sleeping on your chest or in your arms which can become a problem later on.

Conclusion

I hope this post has helped you decide whether the SNOO is the right choice for your family. Always remember that all these tools in our toolbox help us be better parents, but there is never a replacement for parenting. There is no shame in adding more tools in your toolbox!

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How to ease new baby cabin fever: 6 simple tips

As a new parent, all your attention and energy goes into taking care of your baby, especially in the first few months. Throw social distancing into the mix and before you know it, you realize you haven’t been out of your house—or even out of your PJs—for way too long.

While you and baby are happy and healthy, you might find yourself coming down with a case of cabin fever.

Follow these 5 simple tips below to relax, refresh, and reset. 

1. Set small goals

Even if you aren’t ready to (or can’t) get out of the house just yet, you’ll be surprised what a shower and clean clothes can do to your mood—even if you’re staying in.  

  • Find time to shower while your baby is asleep—10 minutes is all you need!
  • Put on a face mask, some makeup, or do your hair—looking your best will help you feel your best.
  • Change into something that makes you feel good—whether that means a pretty sun dress or just a clean pair of sweats!

2. Create some structure

If you’ve got your baby on a nap schedule, use it to your advantage and give yourself some structure, too! Setting aside time for yourself while your baby sleeps can alleviate that “baby brain” and give you a chance to focus on other things:

  • Clean the house: tidying up can make you feel more organized and in control
  • Call a friend: talk to someone besides your baby
  • Catch up: binge a good show or read the book you’ve been dying to finish
  • Take a nap, too: many parents lose sleep in the first few months with a newborn – so when baby naps, try to get some shut-eye yourself

Think about what you’d like to accomplish and set a simple schedule for yourself. Every Monday, tidy up. Every Tuesday, phone a friend. Every Wednesday, do a workout. You get the idea.

You can maximize naptimes by putting baby in their Zen Sleepwear™ to help them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. If you need help getting baby on that nap schedule first, we got you.

3. Prioritize alone time

Do this at least once a week and take turns with your partner. One of you spends time by yourself, the other is on baby-duty. Make a grocery run sans-kids. Take a walk for some fresh air. Or don’t even leave the house—just close the door to your bedroom for an hour. And don’t feel guilty about it.

4. Find a hobby

Bonus points if it’s non-mom related. When you become a parent, especially for the first time, it has a way of taking over your identity. And while you love being a mother, you’ve probably got other passions, too.

Pick something that helps you relax or try something you’ve always wanted to. Cooking, painting, fantasy football, running, movie-watching—whatever floats your boat.

5. Mix it up

It’s good to be on a schedule—but don’t let it get monotonous. Feeling like you need a refresh? Switch up your routines. Do something spontaneous, with or without baby in tow. Try learning a new skill.

Introducing something new to your day or week can help you get out of a rut.

6. Get prepared

Going out with a newborn can seem daunting. A good way to alleviate some of that stress is by preparing ahead. Have all the essentials ready-to-go, already in the car. Don’t forget to:

  • Assemble the car seat or stroller: knowing you won’t have to fiddle with those tricky straps will take away from the hassle of leaving the house.
  • Pack all the essentials in a baby bag:
    • Diapers
    • Bottles
    • Pacifiers
    • Change of clothes
    • Wipes 
  • Remember your Zen PJs: for cry-free car rides and easy on-the-go napping.

If you’re already packed, when you get the itch to go for a drive or have to run a last-minute errand, you just jump in the car and go! Just remember to re-stock your baby go-bag when you get home.

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5 Tips To Get Your Infant To Fall Asleep Quickly


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The sooner your little one settles into bed, the sooner you can get some well-deserved shut-eye yourself. Though, getting your baby to fall asleep can be much easier said than done. When the usual lullaby or pre-bedtime snuggle session doesn’t work, here are a few other reliable tips for moms and dads when they want to quickly lull their child to sleep. 

1.) Enforce An Early Bedtime

Experts have agreed that an early bedtime is an effective way to ensure your baby is sleepy when it’s time for them to be put down for bed. Around eight weeks, babies experience an increase in melatonin, a hormone that signals your body when it’s time to go to bed. Melatonin levels tend to increase soon after the sun sets, and if your baby is kept awake too long, they’ll become overstimulated and difficult to put to sleep. 

Having a regular, early bedtime around 6.30 p.m. or 7 p.m. helps maintain their sleeping patterns and keeps their sleep-wake cycle more consistent. Research has shown that 18-month-old babies with late bedtimes are more likely to develop issues relating to motor function, social skills and language. Irregular or late bedtimes can also have a negative impact on their behavioral issues as they get older, and even their ability to focus in school. 

2.) Create A Comfortable Environment

Your baby’s bedroom environment should make them feel comfortable, relaxed, and most importantly — sleepy. Night lights are popular among young children, but be smart about placement and how bright the light is. Light has an influence on melatonin levels in the body and can prevent/delay the hormone from releasing at the time it should. 

They certainly don’t need a bed that’s as nice as yours, but your child’s mattress should still be comfortable enough to put them to sleep. Especially if you want them to fall asleep quickly. Infants and children exert very little pressure onto a bed because they weigh so little, so they’ll need something really soft that cradles and supports their little body. 

3.) Put Them Down When They’re Drowsy (Not Asleep)

If you’re waiting until your baby is asleep to tuck them into their crib, you’re putting them down a little too late. For starters, when your baby eventually wakes up in the middle of the night, they might become confused or agitated after not recognizing their surroundings — considering they fell asleep on your shoulder in the living room. Then they’ll need to rely on you to go back to sleep, and that’s what you want to be weaning them off of.

Eventually, around 5-6 months, babies are able to ease themselves to sleep without you. It’s up to the parent, however, to help them reach the point where they’re comfortable to do so. Accordingly, you should take your child to bed when you notice they’re feeling drowsy so they can drift off to sleep without having you by their side. Signs of drowsiness include calmness, blank staring, closed fists, yawning, or jerky leg and arm movements. 

4.) Don’t Always Rush To Their Cribside

If you’re a first-time parent especially, it can be hard to resist the urge to rush to their bed when they’re crying in the middle of the night. It’s important, though, to hold off a few moments before you tend to them if you know they’re taken care of (fed, diaper changed, etc). The goal is to encourage your child to calm themselves down without you. If that doesn’t work, professionals suggest you try the “soothing ladder” technique. 

Start off by patting and rubbing, but don’t pick them up yet. You don’t want to be too intrusive right off the bat, or you risk waking them up even more. Then, you can work your way up to rocking, and feeding them should be the last resort if you still can’t get them to fall back asleep. This will inevitably occur more often with babies who are under 3-4 months old, and you’ll just need to keep practicing the soothing ladder method until your baby learns to self-soothe on their own. 

5.) Practice A Relaxing Nighttime Routine

If your baby’s brain is stimulated too close to bedtime, it will be close to impossible getting them to fall asleep as quickly as you want them to. By the time your baby is about 6-8 weeks old, you should both be implementing relaxing activities into your nightly schedule. Incorporating a consistent routine helps indicate to your baby that it’s time to go to sleep, as their body will begin to recognize that it’s bedtime once your routine becomes a regular practice. 

About 20 minutes before bed, reduce noise and light pollution in your home to help wind them down. Then, try to incorporate relaxing activities that your child enjoys like a warm bath or a soft read-aloud. Research has actually shown that your child is never too young for story-time, and you can even start reading to them as soon as they leave the hospital with you. 

Importance Of Sleep For Infants

Sleep plays an essential role in anyone’s mental and physical health, but this sentiment is particularly true for babies as it is crucial for both their cognitive and physical development.  Sleep deprivation in these crucial early stages of life can lead to problems down the road like hyperactivity, negative or aggressive behavior, mood swings, and or anxiety.

There are two stages of sleep; REM and non-REM. Babies spend half their time in each stage, but at about six months, they spend about 30% of the time in REM. For infants, REM sleep helps prepare their brains for retaining new information, which is critical for effective learning. During non-REM sleep, on the other hand, their body builds muscle tissue and releases a hormone pertinent to their growth and development. 

Here is a helpful table to help you determine whether or not your baby is getting enough sleep.

Newborns: 16 hours (with naps)
1 month: 15.5 hours (with naps)
3 months: 15 hours (with naps)
6 months: 14 hours (with naps)
9 months: 14 hours (with naps)
1 year: 14 hours (with naps)
1.5 years: 13.5 hours (with naps)
2 years: 13 hours (with naps)

Bio: Gwen Thompson is a Certified Sleep Science Coach that writes for The Slumber Yard. Besides helping people improve the quality of their sleep, she also likes playing the piano, making homemade jewelry, and taking her dog for walks.

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This Is the Best Age to Transition from Co-Sleeping


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If you’re stumbling upon this blog from an internet search, you’re likely a co-sleeping parent. And odds are that you’ve encountered an obstacle with co-sleeping. If this is the case, then I’ll tell you now that there is no “best age” to transition from co-sleeping. Instead, the timing is more about when it’s no longer working for your family.

Every family is different

As a certified pediatric sleep consultant, my job is to help those families who reach out to me. So, if co-sleeping works for you, you more than likely don’t need my services. However, if it’s not working, I can help.

Because every baby is different, there’s really no best age to transition from co-sleeping — it’s really more situational. While I am not an advocate for bed-sharing, I trust parents to make the decision that’s right for their family. However, the basics of the Sleep Sense program require that I follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations regarding safe sleep practices. The AAP advises against sharing the same sleeping surface with babies and advocate for room-sharing as a safer alternative.

Sleep training while co-sleeping

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no way to sleep train your baby while co-sleeping. The purpose of sleep training is to help babies sleep independently, which directly contradicts the nature of co-sleeping. Sleep training, while co-sleeping, creates confusion for babies because it sends mixed messages. And because one of the basics of the Sleep Sense program is consistency, there’s no possible way to sleep train and co-sleep simultaneously.

The longer you wait, the harder it is to transition

While there is no “best age” to transition from co-sleeping, research points to transitioning sooner rather than later. Prolonged co-sleeping is often associated with an increase in maternal stress levels, as well as affecting aspects of children’s social and emotional growth.

When it comes to babies and toddlers, the longer you co-sleep, the harder it is for them to transition. This is because they’ve always had a parent next to them to coax them to sleep, making independent sleep a foreign concept and a new skill they must master.

Personalized transitions

If you’re ready to transition your child from your bed, I’m here to help. I study your baby’s existing sleep habits, personality, and temperament to create a personalized plan that works for your family.

I’ve been working with Philadelphia-area parents for more than seven years to help their babies sleep healthily. I offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation to see if sleep training is right for your family.

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Our Featured Families Who Sleep Trained Successfully: Meet Caitlin!

Welcome, readers, to another installment in our Family Features stories! From time to time, we like to spotlight clients of ours who have had great success working with our expert team of sleep consultants. These families are, in many ways, just like yours: these parents are sleep-deprived and exhausted, their babies and toddlers are cranky and overtired, and everyone could use more peaceful nighttime and nap time sleep!

This week, we are introducing you to Caitlin. Caitlin’s little guy Portland is SUCH a cutie, but he wasn’t exactly the cutest little sleeper! Portland would nap only in his mama or dad’s arms (talk about exhausting for Caitlin and her husband!). That was okay for awhile, but when night sleep started to fall apart as well, Caitlin knew she couldn’t take it anymore. She was heading back to work and just knew she couldn’t continue to cope with the crushing sleep deprivation. That’s when she contacted us for help! Keep reading to learn more about Caitlin’s story.

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Caitlin’s Baby Wasn’t Sleeping At Night And Would Nap Only In Her Arms….And Her Maternity Leave Was Ending.

The original version of this sleep coaching story appears on Just A Bowl Of Cherries, Caitlin’s personal blog.

The Baby Sleep Site®: Caitlin, could you start by sharing with us a little more about what sleep was like for you early-on, before you contacted us for help?

Caitlin: In the beginning of Portland’s life, he would soundly sleep on my or my husband’s chest. We could have the TV on, our dog Hercules barking and us having a full on conversation, and Portland would snooze right on through all the madness. So yes, great, he sleeps through sound, but up until he was four and half months old, guess where my 16 pound baby still took his four daily naps? In his Mama’s or his Daddy’s loving arms.

The Baby Sleep Site: Oh, no – that sounds exhausting! (And heavy!!) So naps were the issue for you guys, huh?

Caitlin: Yes! The inability of our son to nap anywhere but our arms was our fault. We both loved to cuddle with him in those early days and when I was out on maternity leave. I wanted to hold him all the time, and I was lucky to be able to spend my whole day doing just that! When I started back at work when he was two months old, I quickly realized that I wasn’t able to put my little boy down to take his naps. I never taught him how to take his naps anywhere but in my arms, so of course he had no idea what to do when I laid him down in his crib or bassinet. He would just cry until I finally relented and scooped him up, and then he would pass out within seconds of being in my arms. This was not going to work!

The Baby Sleep Site: Yep, that sounds rough! Very normal, of course – lots of parents struggle with this – but rough. So is that when you finally decided you had to take action?

IMG_2530Caitlin: It was. We reached our breaking point with his naps right around the three month mark. We both were becoming frustrated with how much work it took us to get him to sleep and keep him asleep (constant movement, butt patting, and we had to hold him for the whole nap). We also never got a break! We wanted to be able to have time for us, time to work from home, clean, eat and just relax!

This is also the time when his nighttime sleeping began to change as well. He had been sleeping great at night, but around 3 months, he was no longer able to sleep through all the noises my husband and I were making while we slept. I so badly wanted him to sleep next to us for another month or two but it just wasn’t going to work. He began waking every 1.5-2 hours and the only way to get him back to sleep was to nurse him and pat his butt until he drifted off to sleep. Even though we wanted Portland to sleep in our room as long as possible, we decided that it wasn’t feasible any longer.

The Baby Sleep Site: I don’t blame you; sounds like you were facing some tough issues! So what did you do at that point?

Caitlin: I had already done a ton of reading online about baby sleep coaching. One of the internet sites I stumbled upon that got me really excited was The Baby Sleep Site®. After trying and failing to sleep train our son on our own, I knew I needed something that would give me a detailed sleep training method specifically for Portland and our family’s needs. So we did it – we bought a sleep consultation package. I wanted the ability to call and write our sleep consultant with questions after we got started because I knew we would have them, so we went with the Basic Telephone Consultation Package. Even just by purchasing a sleep consultation package, I felt like we were on the right path and I was so excited to get started.

Once we picked out the package we wanted, I filled out a very long questionnaire (while Portland was napping in my arms) so that our sleep consult had a better understanding of Portland’s sleep and eating schedule, his habits, our family life, and what we wanted to accomplish sleep wise.

I then set up my sixty minute initial phone consult and excitedly waited for our appointment!

The Baby Sleep Site: Awesome! And what did you go over in that initial phone call?

IMG_2557Caitlin: In this meeting we went over the questionnaire I filled out and any red flags our consultant saw right away. A few red flags she saw right away included the amount of sleep our son was getting during the day. I was having him nap in our arms for about 2 hours for each nap so he was getting about 8 hours of total sleep during the day. At his age (four months) that was way too much daytime sleep and why he was waking so freaking early in the morning (4 and 5 am is not a good wake up time for this mama).

We also went over the type of sleep training approach we wanted to take and her recommendations based on his personality and age at the time. This phone call was all sorts of amazing! It felt so good to talk to an expert about the issues we were having. I was able to ask a lot of my questions, she provided us with some simple changes we could begin right away and reassurance that not only could we as parents do this but so could Portland and that we would all be better for it.

The Baby Sleep Site: Wow – a very detailed call! Sounds like you made some great progress just in that initial phone call. What about your Personalized Sleep Plan? When did you get that, and what did you think?

Caitlin: After our phone consultation, I was emailed a very detailed sleep plan. We decided to take a gentle method approach, which means as little crying as possible. He was only four months old at the time we started sleep training so this was an appropriate approach given his age and cognitive abilities. Our little guy is also a hysterical crier. Unlike some babies who use crying to soothe themselves, once our guy starts, he can’t stop and gets himself to the point where he is hyperventilating so we knew a cry-it-out approach wouldn’t work for him.

After we worked on getting Portland comfortable in his crib, we started with sleep training nighttime only. Our sleep consultant also recommended to work on nights first then on naps. She really does not recommend working on both at the same time because it can be brutal for both the parents and baby.

Night times were fairly easy for Portland. He was sleeping in his crib through the night by the fourth night of sleep training. He has always slept in his own space at night so the big adjustment was the new environment and Mama not being right there. After about two weeks in the crib at night, he started giving me 5-6 hour stretches and on a consistent basis and was no longer being woken up by Daddy getting ready for work at 3 AM, success! This over tired Mama was happy!

The Baby Sleep Site: Awesome! What about naps? I’m guessing you switched to nap training once you’d mastered nights; how did nap training go?

Caitlin: We dedicated an entire weekend (Friday through Sunday) to nap train upon the recommendation of our sleep consultation. We literally didn’t do anything or go anywhere that entire weekend.

Since he had been napping in our arms from day one, you can imagine how upset Portland was when we tried to get him to nap in his crib. He didn’t understand what was going on or what he was supposed to do even though he was sleeping in his crib at night. The first day was long and he didn’t nap in his crib at all. The second day was long but not as bad because he napped in his crib for the second nap. By the third day, he napped in his crib for both his morning naps. And then our nanny was super awesome and helped us continue our training on Monday where he napped in his crib for his first three naps. We continued to let him take his fourth nap anywhere he wanted (carrier, stroller, car, etc.) because he was showing signs that he would be dropping that nap soon.

We had to help him a lot those first few days showing him how to get himself to sleep. We also had to calm him down a lot because he did cry and because we wanted a sleep plan that kept the crying to a minimum, we never let him get hysterical. After about a week of sleep training naps, we were able to scale back our help. Now, we can put him down in his crib drowsy, walk out of his room and he gets himself to sleep for naps and bedtime. This was our ultimate goal!

It took us about a total of four weeks to complete our sleep training but I can finally say that my baby is napping in his crib for all of his naps and through the whole night! I had my doubts that this would ever be possible and was so stressed that sleep training would be a nightmare but it turned out to be so much better and successful than I could have ever imagined.

The Baby Sleep Site: Woohoo! Your progress is so inspirational, Caitlin! So now that you’re wrapping up your sleep training journey, what parting thoughts do you have to share?

Caitlin: All in all, Portland is sleeping so much better! He is getting more restful naps and sleeping longer stretches at night, he is sleeping in his crib for naps and bedtime, and is able to get himself to sleep and back to sleep. We have been able to accomplish all of our goals so far!

I highly recommend The Baby Sleep Site®, even if it is just to access their free resources. If you were like me and didn’t get baby into their own sleeping space or are struggling with getting baby to sleep, I also highly recommend their sleep consulting service. There is a package and price point for every single family. Plus, it is really an investment since you can use your sleep plan for any additional children down the road and if you need your sleep plan tweaked for your child or any additional child, they have that option too.

Working with The Baby Sleep Site® has been a truly amazing experience and probably one of the best things we could have done for our son!

Amazing story, right? Caitlin’s problems seemed so difficult, yet with the help of her sleep consultant (and with much diligent hard work on her part), her little guy is now napping like a pro and sleeping great at night! And parents, you can enjoy this same success in your own home. Your sleepless little ones can be sleeping soundly very soon, with some help from an expert Baby Sleep Site® sleep consultant. Our trained, compassionate consultants are standing by, ready and willing to help your family get the sleep you need and deserve.

Don’t waste another sleep-deprived minute: connect with a sleep consultant now, and get started on your journey to better, longer sleep!

 

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Working Remotely With Kids

Owlet’s Chief Marketing Officer shares tips on being successful at home “Managing kids while working at home is really hard,” Kady Srinivasan says on a conference call while watching her 7-year-old son demonstrate yoga exercises for his online PE class. “I’m a full-time mom, a full-time professional, a full-time teacher, a full-time cook and a…

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Ways to get through the days while quarantined with kids

We’re all navigating new territory these days, so if you find yourself running out of ways to cope with the extra time at home you’re not alone! Dayna Childress (@helloquadruplets) is mom to five, including a set of adorable infant quadruplets. Here’s how she’s tackling the day-to-day of social isolation with five kiddos at home:…

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Secrets of Sleep Training a Toddler: Get Them Moving!

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As an adult, you’re probably familiar with the interrelationship between physical activity, lower stress levels, and better sleep. In fact, you may have even begun an exercise regimen for those reasons, as many doctors now advise. So, it stands to reason that when sleep training a toddler, they wouldn’t be much different, right?

Physical changes

Sleep training a toddler is different from infant sleep training because you’re working with little ones at very different levels of development. While newborns are developing towards a sleep routine, moving from sporadic to consistent sleep, their quickly developing minds and bodies often wreak havoc on consistency.

However, as babies move from infanthood to toddler age, they’ve had the time to master sleep routines, and their bodies are better at consolidating sleep. As a result, feeding and sleep routines are typically more consistent, and nights are mostly unbroken. But what if your toddler is struggling to fall asleep at the end of their bedtime routine?

Roll with it

If physical activity isn’t a part of your daily routine, you’re not alone. Only one in three adults in the U.S. get the recommended amount of physical activity each week. And only one in three children are physically active every day — it absolutely affects their sleep!

Toddlers, however, are by nature, more physical as they begin to explore the world around them with their bodies, using all of their senses. In fact, toddlers often get a bad rap because of their boundless energy and physicality, but as parents, we need to learn to let them roll with it. If time, space, and weather allow, you can go out in the yard and let your little one run circles around you, or go on nature walks and explore together.

Tire out naturally

I’ll get to the point: let your toddler unleash their energy throughout the day with physical activity, and they’ll typically be tired in the evening. In fact, you may find your toddler beginning to tap out before you’ve completed their bedtime routine!

And if you’re not the one in three adults who get the recommended amount of exercise each week, start by chasing your toddler around and actively engaging in physical activity together. You may find that you’re not sleep training a toddler, they’re helping you sleep by getting adequate physical activity throughout the day!

If you’re in the Philadelphia-area and you find that not even vigorous exercise is helping sleep train toddler, give me a call. I create custom plans for each family I work with, teaching you how to sleep train your baby.

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Ways to Stay Engaged (and Sane!) While at Home

Jill Spivack and Jennifer Waldburger, co-founders of Sleepy Planet Parenting and our resident Dream Lab sleep training experts, share advice on spending extra time at home.  Hi parents, We have no doubt that you are making some pretty big life adjustments at the moment – working remotely, kids out of school and social distancing. We’re…

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