How to dress baby for sleep (and what to wear under a sleep bag!)
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by Erin Junker
2M ago
With changing seasons, parents are wondering how best to keep baby warm for sleep, while not overheating! The best way to check if your little one is the correct temperature is to put your hand on their chest. Does their chest feel comfortable and warm? It should not be hot or cool to your touch. Touching your baby’s hands and feet is not a good way to determine if they are warm enough – it’s all about the core! Never dress baby in a hat for sleep, as this can cause overheating.  If baby is showing signs of sweat on their forehead or their chest feels warm, take a layer off. Never dress ..read more
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What’s with the False Start? When baby wakes up after they’ve just gone down…
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by Erin Junker
4M ago
This is the scene: You’ve finally convinced your baby to fall asleep in your arms after much rocking, feeding, shushing, and pacifier-replacing. You gently transfer them to the crib, and tiptoe out of the room like a ninja. Forty-five minutes goes by, and… your baby is awake again. Gotcha, Mom and Dad!! Many parents refer to these wakings early in your child’s evening, shortly after you’ve put them down for the night, as “false starts.” Here’s why they happen: Too much awake time before bed: If a baby is overtired when going down for the night, they will very often have trouble getting in, an ..read more
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Adjusted age: How your preemie’s corrected age affects sleep
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by Erin Junker
1y ago
If your baby was not premature, you may have never heard the terms “Adjusted Age” or “Corrected Age.” But, if your baby was born early (earlier than 37 weeks), calculating baby’s adjusted age can be very helpful for sleep!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Adjusted age is your baby’s age based on her due date, rather than birth date. We take your baby’s chronological age (how old she is from the day she was born) and subtract how many weeks before her estimated due date she arrived.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ E.g. if a baby is 12 weeks old, but was born 8 weeks early, her Adjusted Age is actually 4 weeks ..read more
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Crib hour: What it is and why I’m not a fan
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by Erin Junker
1y ago
Related to naps, the concept of “crib hour” is this: if baby wakes up at any point under an hour from when they were put down, you leave them be. This is a popular option among some for lengthening a baby’s short naps… But, here’s why I don’t subscribe to crib hour.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Certainly, if a baby is consistently having short naps (e.g. 30 minutes, every single time! Who can relate?! So frustrating!), giving baby a bit of time at the end of the nap might be a great way to at least give him a chance to go back to sleep on his own. But, if it’s been more than 10-15 minutes, we’ve got a ..read more
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When to increase your baby’s awake time
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by Erin Junker
1y ago
It’s not always crystal clear when your baby is ready to make certain sleep transitions, and determining when to increase awake times can be one of those uncertain periods. Let’s start by looking at average awake times by age (remember, every baby is different, and some may be ready for more awake time a bit earlier or a bit later than others!): 0-3 Months: 45-60 minutes 4-5 months: 1.5-2 hours 6-7 months: 2-2.5 hours 8-10 months: 2.5-3 hours 11+ months: 3-4 hours Once we know these average awake times, we can watch for signs around these ages that baby is ready for more awake time ..read more
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Sound machines, white noise, and your baby’s sleep
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by Erin Junker
1y ago
Sound machines have become a popular sleep tool for parents with young children. There is a lot of mixed information, though, about the right way to use a sound machine, and whether to use one at all! Here’s what to keep in mind when considering a sound machine for baby: Do keep in mind, you don’t HAVE to use a sound machine for your child to learn to sleep well. Many children sleep fine without white noise. But, in most situations, I am a big proponent of a sound machine. Here are some great examples of when a sound machine and white noise can be so helpful to your baby’s sleep ..read more
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Three signs your child is ready to drop a nap
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by Erin Junker
1y ago
Sometimes things aren’t always determined by age! For some parents, it can be tricky to know whether and when your baby is ready to drop a nap and make a nap transition. This goes for 3 naps to 2 naps, 2 naps to 1 nap or even 1 nap to NONE. First, let’s take a look at when babies are generally ready for each nap transition: Four naps to three: 4-5 months Three naps to two: 7-8 months Two naps to one: 16/18 months One nap to none: 3-4 years of age Again, sometimes it’s tricky to know exactly when baby is ready for these transitions, but there are always certain signs we can watch for ..read more
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What’s a Dream Feed?
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by Erin Junker
1y ago
There are loads of different recommendations about the effectiveness of a dream feed. First, let’s define it: A dream feed is something some parents offer during the night, and involves going to your infant while they are still asleep and offering a feed while they remain sleeping. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s why I don’t generally recommend a dream feed:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ONE – You never know when to stop doing it! A true “dream feed” means baby is not actually waking for it, so how do you know when to stop offering it? It makes it very difficult to know when baby is ready to sleep through the night wi ..read more
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Can you room-share while sleep coaching?
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by Erin Junker
1y ago
Health Canada recommends parents sleep in the same room as baby until at least 6 months of age. But that doesn’t mean you can’t work on sleep coaching before you’re ready for baby to sleep in their own nursery! It’s entirely possible to help baby learn independent sleep habits while sleeping in their own crib in the same room as a parent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do keep in mind that room sharing and bed sharing are different. Room sharing refers to sleeping in the same bedroom as baby, in a separate sleep space (i.e. parent in their bed, and baby in a crib). Meanwhile, bed sharing refers to baby and parent ..read more
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Three sleep coaching techniques, explained
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by Erin Junker
1y ago
If you’ve been looking into sleep coaching methods, you might already be overwhelmed. We’ll explain some common sleep coaching lingo below. But, first, let’s explain mean when we say “sleep coaching”: This pretty broad term refers, in general, to teaching a child who’s previously only slept with assistance (being rocked to sleep, fed to sleep, bounced to sleep, etc.) to now go into her crib awake and fall asleep independently. Why would a family choose to sleep coach? Because why they are doing simply isn’t working for them anymore. That’s the short version, but it really is the case in most ..read more
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