When it comes to babies, teething is the ultimate scapegoat. From diaper rashes to earaches, from fevers to nighttime wake-ups, the classic fall back position for parents has traditionally been, "It's probably because she's teething."
Which is why I hear a lot of parents thinking twice about whether it's the right time to start sleep training.
It's a valid concern, but one that I think gets overthought and over applied. After all, if you're not going to sleep train for the entire time that your little one might have a tooth coming in, you could be waiting for years.
In today's episode, I dispel some of the myths about teething, and give you some strategies for continuing your sleep training schedule while your little one is cutting teeth. (As well as a few ingenious tips I've learned from my clients for keeping baby's teeth clean without a fuss.)
I'm always inspired by the stories I hear on Facebook about parents who try the Sleep Sense Program and get results within a night or two, but the truth is, it's not always the way things go.
Some babies can take more time, or don't respond to the initial approach, and things take a little longer, which can leave parents discouraged and unsure how to proceed.
Today on The Sleep Sense Show, I'm talking about some of the reasons you might not be getting that "miracle morning" as early as you might have expected, and what you can do to change up your techniques to get and your baby the results you're after as soon as possible.
Ask any new parent what the single most valuable tool in their parenting kit is, and chances are you're going to hear, "iPad!" 2 times out of 3.
I'm not criticizing. Tablets and computers have changed the way our kids learn and play, and they can hold their attention in those periods of time when parents just need a chance to get dinner together, throw in a load of laundry, whatever.
But between their parents' attention and the ever-ready screens waiting to entertain them in the intervals, kids rarely have an opportunity anymore to just entertain themselves.
Playing with a toy, exploring the living room, or just playing with their toes don't get nearly as much air time these days, and I'm talking about why I think it's a concern on today's episode of The Sleep Sense Show.
Have you ever wondered why your baby can sleep so soundly in the car seat, or a swing, or a Rock N' Play, but the second you move her to her nice, soft, stationary crib, those eyes pop open and all thoughts of sleep go out the window?
Although it can seem like motion is the "magic bullet" when your baby won't settle down and go to sleep, it's usually not nearly as restful or restorative as your little one might be leading you to believe.
Today on The Sleep Sense Show, we'll be examining motion sleep (and why I'm not a big fan of it) as well as revealing the answer to the big question, "Why can baby nod off while sitting up in a moving car, but howls in protest once she's placed in her luxurious bed?"