Sleep is not a static state. It morphs and changes as your baby grows.
And each stage of development represents a NEW period of learning for your little one.
Learning how to initiate sleep is not the same as guiding your little one through separation anxiety which is not the same as managing toddler bedtime resistance and exploration of autonomy.
Getting a glimpse into what’s going on beneath the surface can help you morph your approach to meet your baby where they are at.

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It may seem like newborns sleep endlessly, but sleep at this age is immature and occurs in short bouts of no more than approximately 2.5-4 hours. This is the time to build up those strong sleep cues and focus on feeding as your number one priority. Learn more →

At around 4 months, the sleep system matures and becomes more adult-like in structure. This is a good thing for your little one’s developing brain, but sleep can become hard to come by as your baby learns to adjust to this new way of functioning. Learn more →

This period can begin to show periods of more predictable consolidated sleep. It is also a stage for many nap transitions, dropping night feeds, plenty of teething, and many developmental milestones. Learn how to recognize these shifts and how to stay consistent in the mix. Learn more →

Toddlers can have nice, long consolidated bouts of sleep at night and one restorative nap during the day. It’s a schedule many parents find relieving after the first, often tumultuous, year. However, toddlers learn a few new skills – walking and talking, namely – that can give bedtime resistance a whole new beat. Here I discuss how to remain attentive, yet firm, when setting bedtime expectations and keep your little one rested. Learn more →

Preschoolers have mature sleep systems, defined expectations, and consolidated nighttime sleep. But a lot is going on in their world. Stresses/arousal that comes with starting school, potentially welcoming siblings, moving to a big bed, and gaining more and more independence, coupled with an ever expanding imagination, can elicit active and disruptive bedtime fears. Now is a time to engage and get creative to hold on to that positive association with sleep. Learn more →

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