Proceed with caution if…

Keeping with this week’s theme, this post from @wholechildco sums it up perfectly: My practice is centred around informed choice. My intention is to educate, equip and instill confidence in parents so they can make decisions that feel best for their family. When it comes to sleep support, proceed with caution with:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One-size-fits-all approaches. We […]

Self settling is not the same as self soothing

How many times have you read about teaching your child to “self soothe”? It’s become such common sleep jargon that parents reach out to me genuinely concerned they’ve done 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 by their baby if they haven’t somehow “taught” them to self soothe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Truth is, self soothing is FAKE NEWS.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Babies and young children are incapable down […]

Repercussions of sleep training

One of the (many) repercussions I noticed with our baby when we were in the midst of the sleep training process was that she oscillated between extremely clingy, and incredibly distant throughout the day. Sleep training had taught her that she needed to hold on for dear life when she knew separation was headed her […]

Crib Hour

When my oldest was 6 months and we made the mistake of going down the sleep training rabbit hole, the sleep trainer we worked with told us that the only way we would ever get “good naps” was to do something called crib hour, which went something like this:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do nap routine, put baby in […]

Sleep associations

When I was a new mother, I fell into the trap of believing the many myths perpetuating the idea that sleep training is the be-all and end-all. I know how much stress this can cause – and so many of you have reached out to say that you’ve felt a huge sense of relief when […]

Supporting big feelings

I’ll be the one to say what we are all thinking – 𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐤. Sometimes our kids tantrum for things that are totally within reason, and other times, they seem totally illogical to us. And, more often than not, it just seems like a giant overreaction to an adult who has experience with futility, and […]

I don’t have to tell you that newborns cry. Sometimes a lot. But how do you know when the crying is more than ‘average’, and what do you do if you can’t soothe your baby? First, consider if your child is:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀❗hungry⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀❗overtired⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀❗overstimulated⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀If you’ve addressed these potential causes for crying, but your baby’s cries are continuous and […]

Contact naps

I so often have parents reach out to me wondering how to “break the habit” of having a baby who habitually contact naps. I want to start by saying that if you are struggling with these naps, and they are not working for you because you are finding them physically or emotionally taxing, we can […]

9 ways to validate your child

Saying “I love you” to your child has so much value and importance, but it often doesn’t carry as much weight and meaning to children as it does to adults. Children progress through 6 sequential stages of attachment, and it’s not until they reach the fifth stage, around age 5, that they are really able […]

Resolutions for positive parenting in 2021

It goes without saying that 2020 was a dumpster fire of a year. Parents, in particular, were pushed beyond their limits, as they continued their professional responsibilities, while taking on full time positions as homeschoolers, short order cooks, cleaners, entertainers and more. All this, while navigating new boundaries and relationships with extended family and friends […]