Cultivating strong sibling bonds

One of the biggest concerns parents have about growing their family is how to ensure that their children get along. Having gone through this transition twice myself here’s what I think are they keys to cultivating a strong sibling bond:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀🔑When the new baby arrives, make a special point of introducing the new siblings to each […]

Nurturing is not the same as spoiling

“She has you wrapped around her little finger.” “He’s going to get used to you responding immediately.” “Teach them how to be independent.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Children are built to be reliant on their parents. They are not meant to be independent, self sufficient or self-knowing until much later in life. Parents are meant to support their children – […]

Teething and its impact on sleep

Teething Baby

As any parent of a baby knows well, teething can play a major role in sleep interruptions. Teething may be really tough for some babies, and not phase some others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Teething can lead to more difficulty falling asleep as well as difficulty staying asleep, since teething pain tends to worsen when a baby is lying […]

Can I help my baby sleep better without teaching them to ‘self soothe’?

Ways to help your baby sleep better

YES! I could write an entire series of posts specifically on why self soothing is a myth (scroll through my feed and you’ll find a few that explain it a bit!), but just because babies can’t self soothe doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to naturally help them sleep better. Here are some ways to […]

Exhaustion in the time of COVID

Exhaustion

The truest words I’ve ever heard expressed about parenthood said that nothing in the entire world will give you as much joy, as much sadness and as much exhaustion as being a parent. I think this is even more true in the context of the current world. Maybe I am biased, but I think covid […]

A holistic approach to sleep

Holistic Approach to Sleep

When working with a sleep specialist who takes a holistic approach, you can expect to address so much more than just sleep. Sleep is impacted by a host of other factors that many traditional sleep consultants are not trained to recognize or consider. When I begin working with new families, here are some of the […]

Is it really a bad habit?

Bad habits?

Let’s talk about habits for a moment. Just like the old addage, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, we each find comfort in different things. In some homes, rocking to sleep is a big no-no. In others, nursing to sleep is a treasured moment in time. What works for one family doesn’t necessarily work […]

Children are people too

Children are people too

It goes a bit against the grain, but what if we changed our thinking to “how would I feel if I were in my child’s shoes”, rather than expecting them to behave in a certain way? Toddlers do not have the capacity to always control their emotions and behaviour. You may ask them what seems […]

Time outs

Time Outs

This is probably not something you agreed with when you first read it, right? Let me explain: Time outs use separation to teach our children that only certain behaviour gives them the invitation to exist in our presence. So, why do they work (at least temporarily)? Because children innately need to be close to their […]

Is a crib just for sleep?

Ever been told that your baby’s crib or room is just for sleep? That’s yet another sleep myth that can lead to a child feeling scared and uncomfortable when being left for the night. Using your baby’s room or sleep space as a space for fun and play can be helpful in making it feel […]