Have you made your new year's resolutions yet? Every year, we vow that we're going to lose a few pounds, run a half marathon, and start taking better care of ourselves in a meaningful, noticeable way, which is great! I'm all for self-improvement.
So today, I've got a great idea for a realistic, attainable resolution that's guaranteed to make you look and feel better, and genuinely improve your overall health and well-being.
I suggest you make this the year you finally improve your sleep, and I've got some suggestions on how you can do it almost effortlessly! It'll give you more energy, help you lose weight, help you look your best, and improve your mood and overall health! I'll tell you how in this week's episode!
The season's upon us, and with it comes travel, get-togethers, out-of-town visitors, and a dozen other sleep saboteurs that can throw your little one's schedule out of sync. In today's episode, I've got some tips to help you keep things on track through the holiday festivities and make sure everyone in the house gets a good night's sleep.
We're taking a break from sleep-related topics today to discuss the other source of endless frustration for parents and kids.
What do you do when your child refuses to eat?
Do you withhold dessert, wait at the table until they finish, or try to persuade them with rewards and treats?
These are particularly tricky waters to navigate, because you're helping to establish the relationship that your children are going to have with food through the rest of their lives.
Today, I've got a few strategies you can try that can get your child eating well, stop the stress and conflict over mealtimes, and help them develop a positive, healthy association with food.
For more info on The Food Sense Program, check out kidsfoodcenter.com.
The "time-out" is easily the most common disciplinary tool we use as parents, and for good reason. They're gentle, easy to administer in almost any situation, and they're simple for your little one to understand.
At least that was my experience with them.
But I talk to a lot of parents who say their kids don't respond to time-outs. Either they don't deter their child's bad behavior, or they're concerned about the message they're sending by sentencing their child to a period of silence and stillness for a minute or two.
In today's episode, we're looking at the various approaches to time-outs, which ones I find to be most effective, and why.
Being an attentive mother and a successful entrepreneur is a challenge that many of us aspire to achieve, but realistically, either goal on its own is an incredible undertaking, and a full-time commitment. But my guest on today's episode has done just that, with spectacular results! We're discussing how she managed to overcome her own challenges with her little ones' sleep, while still building OnBoardly, her thriving PR firm for companies on a mission to change the world. See what advice she has for ambitious new moms who want to have it all!
"With all of the advice available online, why would anyone hire an expert to help them with their little one's sleep issues?"
It's a valid question, and one that I get asked fairly regularly. So today, I'm speaking with three of my Certified Sleep Sense™ Consultants to ask what makes them so successful in addressing infant and toddler sleep challenges. They'll also be sharing their favorite sleep tips with you, and discussing the reasons why personal consultations can prove so much more effective than books or online research.
Interested in becoming a Certified Sleep Sense Consultant? Looking for a exciting new career that allows you to help others AND make a great income while still staying home with your little ones? Click here to find out how!
As anyone who has followed my program, watched my videos, or listened to my podcast probably already knows, I'm not a fan of sleep props. I find that babies and toddlers sleep best when they learn to do it without any outside assistance. Having said that, there are three tools that I find incomparably helpful when it comes to getting your little ones a happy, restorative night's sleep. I'll tell you what they are and why I'm such a fan of them in this week's episode.
If you have a toddler, you know all too well that they can go off on a tantrum at a moment's notice, often about the most insignificant things imaginable, and unfortunately, there's no magic solution. Toddlers are going to have the occasional meltdown, but today, I've got some tips to help you deal with them quickly and effectively, maintain your composure, and even recognize and prevent them. (Most of the time!)
Nicole Feliciano had “the dream job” as a fashion executive at Ralph Lauren.
And while she loved her work, she also knew that she wanted a family.
When she got pregnant, she quickly realized that the 70-hour work weeks at Ralph Lauren weren’t going to give her much time with her new baby.
So she took the ultimate “leap of faith.”
And did it EVER pay off!
What started out as the occasional freelance writing gig has now become one of THE hottest websites for trendy moms. You can hear the whole story on this week’s episode of “The Sleep Sense Show”
After 13 years as a sleep training expert, I've come across my fair share of people who feel that allowing their child to cry, for any length of time, is either cruel, harmful to their health, irresponsible, or unnecessary.
I know that no functioning parent enjoys hearing their baby cry, but I think it's time we spoke seriously and honestly about what a crying baby is actually trying to communicate, and why we're making far too big a deal out of a few tears these days.
This week, I'm chatting with sociologist and PhD Dina Rose; author of It's Not About the Broccoli - Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating and if you've got a picky eater in the house, or just want to encourage your kids to have a healthy relationship with food, you've got to check it out.
Viewing the behaviors surrounding kids and food from a sociological point, Dina has some simple, logical, and very effective suggestions on how to use proportion, variety, and moderation in ways that will teach your kids to eat well, and most importantly, to enjoy eating well.
North Americans have developed a strange attitude towards sleep over the years, adopting slogans like, "Sleep is for the weak!" and "I'll sleep when I'm dead!" which are somehow supposed to demonstrate ambition and determination, and not a blatant disregard for their health.
The truth is, sleep is not some luxury that we can indulge in only when we've got the time. This pessimistic view towards an essential element of our health regimen is leaving a lot of people running on a perpetually empty tank, ready to drop as soon as their caffeine supply is interrupted.
So how much sleep do we really need, and how can we make it a priority while still maintaining our hectic schedules? That's what I'm talking about today, and I've got some very practical, effective answers for you!
This week, I'm chatting with Dawn Dais, author of The Shit No One Tells You series of parenting books. Dawn is hilariously unflinching in her description of parenting life, and manages to find humor in all of the crazy aspects that we all go through, and none of us ever talk about.
You can find Dawn's first book, The Shit No One Tells You:A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year and her new one, The Shit No One Tells You About Baby #2: A Guide To Surviving Your Growing Family in paperback, or on Kindle and Audible, You can also find the awesome coupon books she talks about in the show here.
Thanks, and enjoy the show!
Getting your child sleeping through the night requires time, patience, and a diligent effort... or does it?
I'll always be a firm believer in consistency and routine, but I've worked with a lot of parents whose babies are only missing a key ingredient or two to get on track and start sleeping straight through the night. Sometimes, a little tweak can make a world of difference!
This week, I've got seven "short-cuts" you can try, starting tonight, which will definitely help with, and potentially solve, your child's sleep issues!
Click here for a free evaluation for your little one, and for more information on Dana and The Sleep Sense Program.
Just because your baby still wakes up at night demanding to be fed, doesn't necessarily mean that they're hungry. They may be doing it entirely because that's the only routine they know that gets them back to sleep. On today's show, I'm talking about when you can reasonably expect your baby to start sleeping straight through the night, and how to break the feed/sleep association when they're ready.
Looking for more great advice on getting your baby sleeping through the night? Find everything you need right here!
So you finally got your kids on a sleep schedule, they're sleeping straight through the night, you've got your life back, and everything is wonderful again.
But then, suddenly, you've got to take a ten-hour flight into a different time zone to visit your in-laws! You'll be sharing a room with your kids, their grandparents are going to fill them with sugar, and the whole schedule is going to be thrown into total disarray!
Don't worry. I've got some tips and solutions for you that will help you keep your kids on a somewhat normal schedule, and prevent them from losing all those sleep skills you worked so hard to establish.
Your in-laws are your problem.
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Babies and toddlers need a lot of sleep, and obviously we all want our babies to sleep soundly through the night so they can get the rest they need. (And hey, if it means we get to sleep through the night too, who's going to argue, right?) But what happens when we, the parents, become an essential part of their ability to fall asleep? Today, Dana explains how many parents are making their babies dependent on them to make the journey from 'awake' to 'asleep' and actually sabotaging their child's sleep by doing so.
For the first few years of their lives, babies are in a constant state of change. Their little bodies and brains are growing so rapidly, it can be difficult to maintain any sort of consistency, especially with their sleep patterns.
Today, Dana discusses these developmental milestones, as well as what approaches to take to ensure that they have as little impact as possible on your baby's restful, sleep-filled nights.
Waking up in the night isn't exclusive to babies. We all do it, but as adults, we've learned to fall asleep again on our own. Today, Dana discusses the reliance babies have on "sleep props" to settle them when they wake in the night, and how to break that association so that your baby (and you!) can finally start sleeping straight through the night.
Have you got an early riser in the house? After finally getting their little ones sleeping through the night, a lot of parents find that they just can't quite get that extra couple of hours in the morning. It's a very common issue, and it's usually not too tough to resolve. I've got some tips for stretching out that morning snooze in today's episode.
For parents, raising our kids to be decent, respectable people is probably the most important, meaningful job we'll ever have. That responsibility has driven a lot of parents to be more vigilant, demanding and involved in their children's lives than ever before, but is the helicopter parenting model actually resulting in better kids?
It can be tricky to spot the signs of sleep deprivation in your little one. Quite often, they'll act in ways that you wouldn't expect from someone who's overtired, getting overly excited and hyperactive. Today, Dana discusses some foolproof ways of detecting when your child hasn't been sleeping well, and how to get them back into a restful, healthy sleep schedule.
We all know the scenario... your baby is obviously tired, you've fed her, rocked her, and now she's ready for a daytime snooze. Only 45 minutes after you put her down, she's up, she's cranky, and she won't go back to sleep.
What causes babies to wake up before they're rested, and how can you encourage longer, more restorative naps? Dana's got the answers in today's episode!
This week, I've got ten great tips for encouraging a great night's sleep for your preschooler. After learning how to teach sleep skills to your infant, getting a toddler to sleep through the night can be a whole new ballgame. Today, I've got everything you need to know to minimize the headaches. I'll be discussing bedtime routines, sleep props, effective consequences, and a whole lot more!
There's no shortage of information out there for new moms, but how do you separate the facts from the hype? I had the sincere pleasure of chatting with The Science of Mom author and Ph.D. Alice Callahan, and she had some fascinating things to say about babies, sleep, and the role that melatonin and cortisol play in establishing their sleep patterns.
For those of you who are already familiar with Alice, you're obviously going to love this episode, and for those of you who don't know her yet, you're about to be pleasantly surprised. You can check out her blog or buy her book for more research-based information about your baby's first year.