Hey guys, today we are talking about white noise. This is actually the topic of one of my most popular blog posts and it’s surprisingly controversial, so I really wanted to dig deep and help you understand the science of white noise and how to use it as a truly positive force for your family’s sleep.
If you’ve listened to previous episodes, then you know that I am mom to two kiddos who were truly troubled sleepers. Once I understood baby sleep, I was able to help them. But I’ve also had the honor of helping thousands of families improve their baby’s sleep over the last several years and there is one thing I have seen make THE biggest difference in a baby's sleep that takes so very little effort on your part. And if you ask anyone who has worked with me, they’ll tell you exactly what that is - white noise!
Hey guys, welcome back! A member of the Mommy SOS Sisterhood prompted today’s episode when she was trying to figure out how she would know if her baby was ready for sleep coaching. I thought this was such a great topic to discuss because it’s a question I hear often. And for good reason, figuring out if your baby is ready for sleep coaching and determining when the best time to tackle it is a multi-step process.
So, let’s talk about all of the things you want to consider when trying to choose the best time for your baby:
So today I wanted to spend a little time talking about conflict resolution. It’s well known that marriage is full of ups and downs, but the intensity of the downs after a new baby arrives often comes as a surprise to new parents. I know it did for me! In the months leading up to my daughter’s birth, I’d say we had never been closer. We were on this journey together and it was exciting and unknown and we spent all of our time doing fun things - planning and decorating the nursery, taking a baby-moon to Miami, buying clothes and supplies and just plain dreaming. And then she came, and I was sleep deprived, having all sorts of complications from the delivery, alone at home all day - and just mad at everyone - especially my husband Kris. On his end, he was also sleep deprived, away from his new baby all day and feeling the pressures of being the sole bread winner for the family. The constant bickering ensued and began to wear us both down.
Episode 5 - Pro tips for maintaining healthy sleep habits with your baby throughout the holiday season
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.
Because sleep affects the entire family, and when you’re weighing the pros and cons of taking steps to improve your baby’s sleep, it’s super important that you have all of the information - all of the science backed research that can help alleviate your concerns and may give you the permission you may need to take that next step. Just like I did. These are my top 10 reasons why you should make improving your baby’s sleep a priority.
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. If you heard the previous episode, then you know all the ways sleep deprivation can negatively impact your family and you may even be ready to take steps toward sleep coaching. But even if you’re not ready yet, or just unsure which one method is right for your family (note: it’s likely a mixture of several methods and I can help you figure it out!), taking these 5 easy steps will help to set your whole family up for success and put you on the path to better sleep:
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Jennifer Howard, LPC, CLC, CHBE
A licensed therapist and pediatric sleep expert shares her infant and toddler sleep & maternal mental health expertise through weekly solo shows and interviews.