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How much should I let my baby sleep when they are sick?

Uncategorized Nov 21, 2022

It hits you when you least expect it.

Life is cruising along fairly well. I mean, sure, “fairly well” these days means exhausted, overwhelmed, and celebrating the little things, but welcome to parenthood. 

Then the dreaded thing happens: Baby gets sick.  

Cancel all the plans. We’re in true survival mode now. 

It can be rough for both baby and parents when our little one is sick. Let’s talk about tips for navigating sleep during sickness:

Let baby sleep. Baby will sleep a lot. Sleep is when the brain develops the immune system (during the deep sleep phase of the sleep cycle). The immune system plays an important role in keeping our bodies healthy and thriving! It is regenerated during sleep. Oftentimes when baby starts sleeping more than normal, it can be the first sign that your baby is fighting off sickness.

Make sleep easier. Add in contact naps, and extend naps when possible. When baby gets a skin-to-skin nap, they feel comforted...

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How to do Daylight Savings with a baby: Fall Back Edition

Uncategorized Oct 26, 2022

Disclaimer: It will be helpful to read this post with a glass of wine in-hand. 

Additional disclaimer: The steps to navigating Daylight Savings are different when we Spring Forward, so only follow these steps when we Fall Back. 

Anyone else need to take a brief pause here to ward off the impending panic attack coming on at the words “Daylight Savings”? 

We used to sigh when it was time to “fall back” with Daylight Savings, knowing that it would mean gaining a whole hour of our typical 10-hour sleep. Now we have kids. Enough said. 

To be fair, DS does take a lot out of a parent. 

We have to do the mental math to figure out the new sleep schedule, which is essentially:

2 tired parents + X kids on X schedules - 1 hour of time (divided by) 3 parts over 6 days + 18 cups of coffee = ? (see answer below)

It does not take into consideration the fact that we are in the middle of dropping a nap, cluster feeding, going through a developmental...

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Why I love the BBhugme Nursing Pillow💕

Uncategorized Oct 17, 2022

Hey everyone! 

When I find a parent hack or product that is a game-changer in the mamahood, I have to share the love. 

You know all those jokes and unsolicited advice people say when you’re pregnant? You know, the “Better sleep now. When the baby comes you’ll never sleep again!” And you look at them and wonder if they realize you’re growing a human inside of you that causes morning sickness, heartburn, takes up space, and makes sleep pretty darn difficult.

I really struggled to get sleep, let alone great sleep, when I was pregnant with my girls. Even if I slept, I was constantly woken from discomfort, the need to pee, or my partner jostling the bed. This meant my sleep wasn’t consolidated, which meant my brain couldn’t do its best work clearing my neural pathways of unwanted chemicals, building my immune system, and more. I craved that restorative sleep.

When I found out I was pregnant with my third, I knew something had to change....

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Why I Love The Sleepout Shade

Uncategorized Sep 14, 2022

When I find a parent hack or product that is a game-changer in the mamahood, I have to share the love. 

We are a family of adventurers. And with two kids under 4 (and one on the way), we are constantly trying to figure out how to black out a room for naps, early mornings, and overnights away from home. 

I’ve tried all sorts of solutions in the past. Having my handy roll of masking tape and black garbage bags at the ready, tacking up blankets over the window, and trying an assortment of products from popular brands. The problem is, none of these were adequate solutions. They either looked terrible, fell down often, only darkened the room instead of blacking it out, or let light in around the edges, making the room too bright. 

Before we jump into this game-changing product, let’s look at why it’s helpful to have black-out shades for sleep:

Black-out curtains help baby get to sleep when Melatonin isn’t being produced.

Melatonin, the body’s...

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How do I know if my toddler is ready for a big kid bed?

Uncategorized Aug 10, 2022

You know what they say, the days are long but the years are short. One moment you’re trying to figure out why baby cries whenever you lay them in the crib, and the next moment you’re wondering if your “big kid” is ready to transition into a big kid bed.

It’s a big deal! I remember feeling pretty stressed when my littles were ready to make the move:

Sleep is going so good right now … is this going to screw it up? 

What if they figure out how to get out of the room and wander the house at night?

We’re never going to be able to have a date night again.

I hope they don’t fall out of their new bed. 

My advice as a sleep coach? Don’t make the switch until you have to. While transitioning to a big bed is nothing to fear (hypocrite, I know), it does remove the physical boundaries around sleep, and that can be a big deal for a little person who doesn’t have an understanding of boundaries or especially an understanding of...

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How to love traveling with babies and toddlers

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2022

Hey there!

We are smack in the middle of summer holidays and I hope you all are enjoying them as much as I am! I'm reposting a blog from a while ago because I KNOW it will help when you're traveling with your little ones! I've included tips and sample schedules to help sleep stay on track as much as possible so you all can love your holiday together!

Picture this: You saunter down to the beach, hand-in-hand with your partner and small children, a cute sunset tote bag hanging off of your shoulder. A warm breeze gently plays with your hair. You’re in your hottest bikini, toes painted, sunscreen ready. You lay back onto your towel, take a deep breath and: 

“MOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM! Parker HIT me!”

“WAAAAAAAAAAA!!!”

“Honey, they woke the baby again!”

“I’m HUNGRY. And I have to pee! I’M PEEING RIGHT NOW!!”

Suddenly your hot bikini is obscured by baby’s face chugging away while you try to use your body as a shield...

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How do I go out with a baby?

Uncategorized Jul 06, 2022

Ahhh, summer. It’s the season of late night barbeques, weddings, and days spent at the beach - it’s the season I live for. Single me loved those days. When I became a mom, however, I had a complicated relationship with special events for a while. It made me ask questions I didn’t see coming.

Thoughts like: 

How do I breastfeed on the beach when the wind is blowing my cover off every 5 seconds?

How in the world am I going to stay awake this late when I know I’m going to be up half the night?

Where am I going to put baby down to sleep?

I guess I have to pump and dump if I don't want to avoid the champagne.

Hmm … do I prefer the option where my little one gets to bed on time, but freaks out being put to bed by a babysitter, or loses it from a late night with me? Tough choice, tough choice.

That powerful cocktail of overstimulation and overtiredness leaves our little one a not-so-hot mess and it leaves us reeling.

However, while having late nights or...

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Is My Baby Too Hot at Night?

Uncategorized Jun 20, 2022

There have been times in my life when one of my most important relationships was with my baby monitor. Is my baby sleeping yet? Can I see their chest rising and falling? Are they starting to wake up? Is it too hot or cold in the room?

That baby monitor and I spent a lot of sleepless nights together - me waking up with worry, and it needing to stay perpetually charged from over-usage. 

Turns out, there was a lot I didn’t know about sleep, temperature, and my baby that would have helped me to sleep more soundly at night. So allow me to give you the 411 on navigating sleep through warm weather:

When it comes to temperature, heat is the one we need to be especially aware of. Coolness actually helps to induce melatonin, which helps sleep. Whereas when your little one is too hot they can struggle more in sleep, become lethargic and waking more. In toddlers, overheating can cause nightmares or disorientation.

Dress baby for sleep according to the temperature of the room. We...

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How do I rescue a day of short naps?

Uncategorized Jun 01, 2022

Has anyone else been living the #shortnaplife? It’s not my favourite place to be.  

Short naps are naps that last 20-30 minutes. They are especially rough on the mental health of everyone involved … for a few reasons.

As parents, we often feel a sense of relief after we lay baby down for their nap - especially once we see them drift off to sleep on the monitor. Whew. Time for a break. We go over our mental list of goals: shower, cup of tea, favourite page-turner. We turn the water on in anticipation, and set the kettle to boil. But just as we’re stepping out of the shower, we hear that telltale waaaaaaaaaaa! So much for the tea.  

But it’s more than not being able to get in a full “break”.

It also means that baby isn’t getting consecutive sleep. This broken sleep leaves them less rested. Since a full sleep cycle takes about 40-50 minutes, a 20-30 minute nap means that baby has only completed part of the cycle (so they...

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How do I get through developmental leaps that affect sleep?

Uncategorized May 11, 2022

Has anyone else been here before?

Sleep has been better for a while. Baby has slowly started to wake less and less. You begin to feel more like yourself. You can carry on a coherent conversation without losing your train of thought. You’re feeling hopeful that you’ve passed through the valley of exhaustion from multiple night wakings. The brain fog is clearing and life is gooooooood.

And then sleep changes.

It starts with the odd short nap. Then baby wakes less than an hour after you’ve laid them down for bedtime. They start calling for you in the middle of the night. And you think, Why is this happening? I can’t go back to this. I just can’t.

I’ve been there before. It’s a disheartening place to be. But I have good news: Developmental regressions affect sleep, but they are generally short-term. A sudden disruption in sleep is often a sign of a developmental leap. 

Here are other signs of a developmental leap:

Baby goes in and out of...

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