November 8, 2018

Is Sleep Training Necessary?

For as long as I could remember, I have known my love of working with children and families and have always taken pride in a particular phrase I often heard- “you were born to be a mother”. I always knew that I wanted to be a mother someday; and I often thought about the type of parent I would be, about my parenting philosophies, about how I would apply all of the experience I had working with families and other people’s children, and about how I was actually going to raise my child. Well, let me just say that things did not go as expected...
October 25, 2018

Getting Through Daylight Saving Time- Fall Back

Ask a person what time it is, and the first thing you will probably see is them reaching for their phones.  Many don’t know when the time change actually occurs and are confused by whether the hour should be added or removed. More importantly, they don’t know what to do with their child’s sleep schedule.  In fact, the time change not only effects children’s sleep patterns but adults, too. Additionally, statistically, there is an 8% increase in traffic accidents the Monday after daylight savings time kicks in.
October 11, 2018

It Takes a Village…

So often, we hear that it takes a village to care for a baby. For many of us, this is absolutely true as there are so many different components to parenting. We look for help in so many places during the first years of a child’s life; from hiring a lactation consultant to reaching out to grandparents So will diffusing Lavender help your baby sleep through the night?...
October 3, 2018

Why Does My Baby Wake in the Middle of the Night?

Why Does My Baby Wake in the Middle of the Night? Look on any Facebook mommy group and you will find that this is the single most common question new parents ask. Is it a developmental milestone? Teething? A regression? Am I doing something wrong? Should I use a white noise machine? Am I letting baby nap too long in the day, or not following the correct sleep schedule? Maybe my baby is hungry, hot or cold? Well, the truth is that it could be any of those things, and it could be a combination of several of them. It seems like there is an essential oil for everything from a natural way to clean homes to stress-relief. People are looking for a way to minimize the amount of chemicals in their lives, thus turning to essential oils instead of using products with chemicals to solve common problems. So will diffusing Lavender help your baby sleep through the night?...
September 26, 2018

Five Common Sleep Myths

I will never forget the very moment I gave birth to my daughter. I was absolutely buried in feelings of love and gratitude. And very soon after, I was equally buried in advice, suggestions and information. As most mothers would agree, the first thing that people did when they found out that a baby was on the way was to give advice. Well, maybe it was the third thing- right after they congratulated you and asked about the sex of your baby. I am certain that all of this was thrown at me with the best intentions, but it was overwhelming nonetheless. I was ready to change my middle name to “You should,” “You’ll want to,” or “You’ve got to.”...
September 21, 2018

What’s All the Fuss about Essential Oils and Can It Help My Baby Sleep?

If you haven’t heard about essential oils, are you even living on the planet Earth? Just kidding. Many people, like myself, had no idea what all the fuss was about essential oils. In fact, I didn’t even know where to begin to inform myself about this recent buzz. Turns out, essential oils are plant extracts which are being used as substitutes for many synthetic products, and have been used for thousands of years! Millions of people are crediting their well-being to essential oils. It seems like there is an essential oil for everything from a natural way to clean homes to stress-relief. People are looking for a way to minimize the amount of chemicals in their lives, thus turning to essential oils instead of using products with chemicals to solve common problems. So will diffusing Lavender help your baby sleep through the night?...
August 1, 2018

The Dreaded Four Month Sleep Regression

As a professional Sleep Consultant, I hear the term “regression” used in regards to just about every imaginable circumstance. Essentially, if baby doesn’t sleep well for a couple of nights, parents start dropping the ‘R’ word...