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Pros & Cons of Baby Nests

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020
 

Watch Little Winks owner and Certified Sleep Specialist talk about the pros and cons of using baby sleep nests.

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Live Q&A - Anxiety & Children

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020
 

On February 12th, 2019, we hosted a LIVE Q & A with Counselor and Child Therapist Shannon Thiessen. It was amazing to talk with Shannon, hear her perspective and see how she was able to help so many of our families through this session.

After many requests we are publishing this recording in hopes that this will too help your family as we seek to serve the families in our community and around the globe.

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Bedtime Mistakes: Part 3 of 3

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020
 

Creating a sleep friendly environment for your child can help your child fall asleep independently.

Anna McMillan, certified sleep coach from Little Winks Sleep, passes on some great tips on how to create a serene, safe, sleep enticing nursery for your little one.

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Bedtime Mistakes: Part 2 of 3

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020
 

Little Winks Sleep certified sleep coach Anna McMillan shares some important information in this series about exposing your child to blue light and/or screen time before bed. She talks about how it affects the bodies natural release of melatonin and cortisone and effects a child’s natural ability to fall asleep.

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Bedtime Mistakes: Part 1 of 3

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020
 

Anna McMillan from Little Winks Sleep shares some of the biggest bedtime mistakes parents make while trying to get their little ones to sleep at night. I

n the first part of a 3 part series she talks about setting a bedtime routine that ensures your baby is not falling asleep too early or getting overtired.

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Surviving Covid Quarantine with your Little Ones

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020

What can I say? These past few months have been...

I mean, wow. Right?

Just wow.

If you’re in the same boat as most parents in the world, you’ve had to accommodate the fact that your kids were suddenly and unexpectedly given an extra four months of summer vacation. And to top it all off, they’re unable to leave the house.

Now listen, I love my kids to death. Every parent I know loves their kids more than anything in the world, but that doesn’t mean that having them at home all day, every day, for weeks and months at a time, is easy.

So I think we can all agree that these are extraordinary times, and as such, they require some extraordinary measures to keep everyone sane and halfway functional. For some of us, that probably means some big adjustments to the usual routine.

This whole situation is, obviously, beyond crazy and we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do here, I get that, but I just wanted to drop in here and give you some tips to keep your...

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The Benefits of Teaching Your Baby to Sleep Independently

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020
Sometimes I take potential client calls while working in the same room as my husband. I try to avoid it, as I like to keep work calls separate from my family life. A few times in the past I know he’s wondered why I don’t push the benefits of teaching your baby to sleep in order to try to “land a client.”

First, I want clients to hire me because they trust me and our methods at Little Winks Sleep, And because they feel ready to teach their baby or toddler to sleep. I don’t want to have to “convince” them. I also avoid talking about the benefits of sleep coaching because the list is so exhaustive that it could easily make a parent feel awful for not choosing to teach their little ones to sleep independently sooner.

What Is An Independent Sleeper?

I believe very strongly that as parents, and especially as mothers, we are doing the best we possibly can. I never want to be the person who makes...

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My Experience as a Little Winks Client

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020

Today I help families get full nights of sleep! I love what I do and I love helping babies, toddlers and kiddos sleep through the night. I am so thankful to have a job that I love that allows me to work from home and see my boys every morning when they wake up. This time last year looked so very different though.

This time last year I was working 50-60 hours across town as a CPA. Clark was 2 and Merrick was only a few months old and neither were sleeping through the night. We were exhausted! Andrew was (and is still!) a stay at home dad that felt like a single parent, and we were both running on fumes. Last July I ran across Little Winks on Instagram and was taken back by the title “Certified Sleep Coach.” I had no idea that was a thing!! I immediately DMd “Can you get my 10 month old to sleep through the night without bottles?” She said yes and we hopped on a free 15 minute call. I was SO SKEPTICAL. There was no way my kids could sleep through the night, I...

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Keys to a Successful Camping Trip

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020

Before we had our baby I went out and bought this BIG honking tent from Costco, thinking... yup I'll go camping straight away no problem!! My baby will love the outdoors and camping.

Reality Check! Ummm... no!

I avoided it for a long time because I was petrified to bring my baby girl into the woods without preparing myself and my family first. The first time we attempted to meet the great outdoors again, I decided to ease myself into it, and I borrowed a tent trailer from a very loving and patient friend.

 
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When I finally got up the courage to go camping, with my baby girl, in a tent – I made note of the biggest "takeaways" from my experience.

- Practice your naps/bedtimes in a new place before you go. Maybe at a family member’s house if they are willing to help.

- Arrive at least 2 hours before bedtime. Babies love to explore and take in their new surroundings. Give them the time they need to work out the energy from the car...

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3 Keys to GREAT Grandparenting

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2020
 

Anna McMillan from Little Winks shares 3 steps on how to be a GREAT grandparent (and supportive parent) to babies and new moms. This little bit of advice from Anna (a mom herself) can be very helpful with helping new moms and babies adjust to social situations and family gatherings.

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