Transition from Swaddle to Sleep Sack

Transitioning Your Baby from Swaddle to Sleep Sack: A Peaceful Night’s Sleep

As a new parent, you know that sleep is precious. But as your baby grows, it’s essential to adapt to their changing needs. One of the crucial transitions in your baby’s sleep routine is moving from a swaddle to sleep sack. Swaddling has long been a go-to method to help comfort and calm comfort newborns, mimicking the secure feeling of being in the womb. However, as babies grow, develop and become more active, they eventually outgrow the need to be swaddled and the transition to a sleep sack becomes necessary. But is there a right time to move on to a sleep sack? Is your baby signaling that they’re ready for the transition?  In this blog,  we will explore the signs indicating the right time for this transition, and the benefits of sleep sacks,  and we will guide you through the process of transitioning your baby from a swaddle to a sleep sack to ensure a safe and peaceful night’s sleep for both you and your little one. Swaddling has been a time-honored tradition for soothing newborns. Swaddling is the practice of wrapping your baby tightly in a blanket or cloth to restrict their movement. The snug wrapping of a swaddle …

Holiday Sleep Tips to Keep Your Child on the Nice List

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a child was sleeping, and mommy was TIRED! While the holidays are a magical time, finding a balance between attending festive events and keeping your child well-rested can be overwhelming. As your child’s sleep schedule may veer off track, you might find yourselves struggling to stay on Santa’s Nice List this season. But fear not! Making your child’s sleep a priority during the holiday season doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you’re seeking help to keep your little one well-rested during travel and this holiday season, check out these Holiday Sleep Tips and grab a copy of The Ultimate Holiday Travel and Sleep Guide. Here are some Holiday Sleep Tips to help keep your children merry and bright.

Hatch White Noise Machine

Best White Noise Machine That Grows with Your Child’s Needs

Recommended Product Alert: The Hatch Rest Sound Machine for White Noise A few of the questions I receive frequently as a sleep consultant are, “Won’t my baby become dependent on white noise?” Or, “If I don’t use white noise, they’ll just learn to sleep through anything, right?” Or – the one that gets the biggest eye-roll from me – “Won’t playing white noise damage their hearing?” I’m glad these parents are concerned. But, as with anything, if you’re using it in the right way, you don’t have anything to worry about! I ALWAYS come from the mindset that, yes, children are capable of sleeping without white noise. However, I want to provide the best quality sleep possible and make it easiest for your child to master healthy sleeping habits. And that includes utilizing white noise. Okay, let’s dive into the quick answers to these questions: Keep reading to learn about these recommendations, how to adapt them to your child’s bedroom setup, and all about one of my very favorite products that plays white noise AND grows with your child to help them sleep well into toddlerhood and beyond. Using White Noise & Why It’s Beneficial for Sleep Using white noise …

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Time Change SLEEP Tips for your Toddler, Preschooler, or Big Kid

Help your toddler, preschooler or big kid adjust to the end of Daylight Saving time change with these Sleep Tips. Child Sleep and the Fall Back Time Change The leaves are changing colors, the air is brisk and I have my pumpkin spiced chai tea in hand. What’s just around the corner? The Fall Back Time Change, marking the end of Daylight Savings. The idea of an extra hour of sleep sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? But for many parents, there’s a bit of worry in the mix. Are wondering how this time change disrupt your child’s sleep patterns? Are you bracing for early morning wake-up calls, grumpy little ones, and a less-than-happy household? Worry not! I’ve got some expert sleep tips to help make the end to Daylight Savings time change transition smoother for your child. Circle November 5th, 2023, on your calendar – that’s when the time change happens, at 2:00 am. How to adjust your child’s sleep for the Daylight Saving Time Change Fall 2023:  SLEEP Tips How to Prepare your Child for the Time Change To help your toddler, preschooler or child prepare for the time change, start early! You can shift their schedule by 15 minutes …

Tracking Your Baby’s Sleep: Using Data from a Sleep Log to Help Your Baby Sleep Better

Is tracking your baby’s sleep the missing piece to solving your child’s sleep struggles? When it comes to navigating your child’s exhausting sleep habits, I’m willing to bet (perhaps with a bit of help) you can figure out why your child isn’t getting enough sleep or if a sleep association is why they aren’t sleeping, and maybe even see patterns from day to day and night to night if you are tracking your baby’s sleep. That’s the easy part…identifying the problem, right?! The more difficult part, though, is knowing what to do about it and tracking your baby’s sleep may help! [To help, get your free sleep tracker here!] If you need a cliff-notes version of the WHY, here it is: Your child is waking at night because of science, and they’re not able to put themselves back to sleep without your help because of human behavior. So, the question is…HOW do fix it so we can see positive change and healthy, sustainable sleep habits form? Lucky for you, by nature and by profession, I am a researcher. I like data. I love solving puzzles and I like figuring out WHY something isn’t working and HOW to fix it. This …

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Best Halloween Books for Preschoolers

We love reading as a family! But it can be challenging to find the best Halloween books for preschoolers. Some might be too scary for the littlest ones, while others might not feel challenging or interesting enough for those busy imaginations. It is all treats and no tricks with this list of the 4 best Halloween books for preschoolers.   *This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on a link I earn commission if you decide to purchase a product. The 4 Best Halloween Books for Preschoolers Your toddler or preschooler will want to hop on the broom right along with the witch and her friends. Julia does a beautiful job explaining that sometimes things are not what they appear to be and friendship is an unbreakable bond. After reading the book, your child may enjoy the animated film. Whether you are looking to find his favorite character Seymore or a witch hidden in the sky, you will enjoy the challenge as much as your toddler or preschooler. As a mom of two girls, I cannot help but fall for books with strong, independent women. Two of my favorites in this category are The Little Old Lady Who …

The Importance of Naps: A Guide to Better Sleep for Your Child

Mateo’s parents reached out when he was almost 6 months old. They were concerned that his short naps would start affecting his growth and development. According to them, his night sleep was not an issue. We discovered that part of the reason he was not able to nap well was because he was not able to self-soothe, resulting in 30-45 minute naps throughout the day. When they put him down at night, he was already asleep. His parents were so concerned about him getting the “right” amount of sleep during the day and would sometimes try to help him soothe between cycles to ensure the right amount of sleep.  The problem with this? It wasn’t quality sleep. When we started working together, I could see that he actually wasn’t getting enough sleep, and the sleep was fragmented due to him waking between sleep cycles. We adjusted his schedule, moved away from following his sleepy cues to prevent overtiredness (since he was now six months old, he wasn’t showing cues that he was tired even though he was actually quite tired!), and helped him learn some self-soothing skills. Ultimately, we were able to get him to yield solid, consistent naps which …