Is there anything worse than your baby waking early in the morning? Day after day can lead to some dreadful feelings of sleep deprivation and overwhelm - especially if you've also been awake throughout the night!
It's an hour before your alarm is to go off, but you and your baby have been battling going back to sleep for what feels like eternity. No matter what you try, they just won't settle back down into sleep. And you're so exhausted you find yourself dozing while rocking or feeding. Does this sound familiar?
If so, know that you are not alone. In fact, early waking is something I hear about SO often. And it can also be one of the most challenging baby sleep struggles to actually fix. That’s because there are many many things that go into an early waking - and they truly all need to be tackled at once in order to truly change your baby’s patterns. Let's take a closer look:
A very common question I receive from parents is, "How do I know when my baby is ready for sleep coaching?" There are so many factors that go into a successful attempt at improving your baby or toddler's sleep, so I want to help you explore them in detail a bit.
After working with thousands of families, I've found that the more comfortable families are with their decision and plan forward, the better the results. Each and every time!
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The winter holiday season is nearly upon us! It’s my most favorite time of year - the traditions, parties, family gatherings….the food! Seriously, it’s just the best. But, even for the merriest and most festive of us, it can also be an exhausting and overwhelming time of year.
Perhaps no one feels this more than our babies (no matter their age). The traveling, visitors and all around joy can actually wreak quite a bit of havoc on their routines and sleep. If you’re like me then you definitely don’t want to miss all of the fun. But if you also don’t want to end up with the Grinch at your holiday gathering, then you’ll want to check out these 5 Pro Tips below!
Parenting as an introvert can feel a bit like a torture chamber. Introverts typically re-charge their batteries with quiet, peaceful alone time and can be easily overwhelmed or exhausted by crowded or loud environments (ie any kid-friendly activity!)
As an introvert myself, I was unprepared for the challenges my innate personality would lend to parenting. Being with my babies all day was exhausting. I came home from play-dates wanting to pull my hair out from frustration and overwhelm. I waited - not so patiently - for naptime so that I could be ALONE. And then I realized why... It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy being with my children, it was that their constant presence literally wore me out.
Even though I’ve realized my limitations and try harder now to put better boundaries in place for myself, I am still learning how to keep up with the energetic (and constantly noisy!) household my kids create each day. But here are a few strategies I’ve learned along the way:
No Cry? Controlled Crying? CIO?
There are SO many popular sleep-coaching methods to choose from. And, if you seek advice on your Facebook moms group, from your local friends or from sleep coaching books and blogs, you are likely to get very different – and very strongly held – points of view about which one is best. But, when you’re sleep deprived and foggy brained, it can all feel way too overwhelming…making it hard to choose an option or to even get started.
But, there is hope! Depending on your baby’s temperament and adaptability, you may not even need to sleep coach in order to improve their sleep habits. Before you decide to sleep coach your baby or consider which one method is right for your family (note: it’s likely a mixture of several methods!), taking these 5 easy steps will help to set your whole family up for success and put you on the path to better sleep:
An effort to conserve energy during World War I is what led the US to adopt Daylight Savings. Now, 100 years later, we continue to (unnecessarily, in my opinion!) wreak havoc on our circadian rhythms twice a year. Although there have been movements and occasional uproars asking to eliminate this ritual, Daylight Savings remains a biannual obstacle for everyone - at least for now.
As adults, it creates a feeling of jet-lag. The loss of sleep resulting from the time change has been proven to be bad for our health (both physically and mentally) and has been linked to more frequent car accidents in the week following. But typically, we’re all exhausted and thrown off for a few days and adapt shortly after.
For a baby, the loss of that one hour can have a much more dramatic – and long lasting effect. If they’re already struggling with sleeping well, it can make the nights that much worse. If they wake early, it can make them wake even earlier (though, thankfully “springing forward” can actually help alleviate this one, if done correctly). When babies become overtired, they are much more prone to waking frequently at night, having trouble settling to sleep, napping well and waking earlier in the morning. In essence, what creates temporary grogginess in adults can completely throw a baby’s sleep into a downward spiral. Clearly, whoever was in charge of the creation of this ritual was not a parent!
So, what do you do?