Choosing a Sleep Consultant is a big deal! You're inviting them into your home (literally or virtually!) to change your family's sleep situation. While in many part of the world, having a Sleep Consultant is very normal...here in the United States it's still "Wait, that's a thing?" YES! We can help your child sleep! Who wouldn't want that?!
In this episode Becca shares 3 ways you can know if a certain Sleep Consultant is right for you, and 3 things that you need to do to see success with them!
Find Your Preference:Looking for someone to come into your home? Prefer to work virtually? CIO? No-Cry Sleep? Or somewhere in the middle? There are so many different ways you can engage in sleep training, so just spend some time getting to know what's out there!
Know Their Personality:You're about to get really intimate with this person! For a few weeks we'll be coaching you through the emotional rollercoaster that is sleep training, and you'll want to make sure you like the person coaching you! Before you begin any 1:1 coaching, hop on the phone with the Consultant and make sure you like their personality and they make you feel comfortable (never judging you!).
Are They Practical For Your Family:Does your little one have a medical condition they need to know about? Ask if they've ever worked with this before, and see if they are willing to lean + grow by working with you. What abut their cost? While a good night sleep is actually priceless, don't ever hire cheap help- and know what you're getting with your investment!
Want to know more about Becca? READ HERE!Or, listen to more Podcast episodes!
Finally, when you commit to working with a consultant, please be mindful of these 3 things:
Be committed.Don't go off sticking your nose in other strategies or consultants or blogs. Trust the person you've decided to work with!
Be honest.I always want my clients to share what they are thinking and feeling, otherwise I can't help them fully!! We're all a team, so keep your consultant in the loop on how you're doing emotionally during this process.
Be nice.The golden rule, right? Treat others as you would wish to be treated. It's easy to be rude when you're not seeing results. But being honest about your frustrations is the nice way- being rude about things won't get you far! Just be nice to the person who is working their butt off to help you!
Hey there! I’m Becca Campbell, your pediatric sleep consultant, and this is the Little Z’s Sleep Podcast Episode #31 - all about toddler clocks. This is very fresh in my memory because if you’ve been following me on instagram @littlezsleep you have seen the journey of my two girls and why we have recently implemented our clock.
On today’s podcast I’m actually going to treat this like you are my client, and I’m going to walk through why you might need a toddler clock, how you should set it up, which types and brands I prefer, and give you some realistic expectations for using them. I know it might sound as easy as throwing a clock in their room and off you go, but there’s actually a lot to it! We have to ease them in.
But before I go too far, I have to share this review from a recent toddler family that I just worked with where we used a toddler clock to help with many of the challenges.
“Becca helped us tremendously and I highly recommend her. We were having problems with our 3.5 year old fighting bed time (kicking and screaming for 2 hours per night), waking up in the night and only wanting to be consoled by daddy, and waking up before 6 a.m. We were hopeless and fearful that he would wake up our 16 month old, so catered to his demands. Becca helped us immediately and after 1 week, we consistently had 0 night wakings and bedtime wasn't a fight. To be completely honest, I was skeptical that she could help us, thinking I'd read books and articles on my own and nothing would help, he just didn't need sleep. But, that wasn't true and my husband and I are both happy with our decision to seek help, particularly with Becca. Her advice and custom plan helped us tackle bedtime routine in an aligned way. She also talked through scenarios when our 15 month old unexpectedly started having sleep issues. I can say that we wouldn't have the peaceful nights that we are having now without her. She has given us back our free time at night, which is truly invaluable.” -Virginia, Mom to 3.5 year old boy
Who should be using toddler clocks?
Alright, so I’m actually looking at about 2-years old as the best time to introduce a toddler clock, with the absolute youngest being 22-months. You want to make sure your child is old enough to associate an indicator light with a meaning, like morning time!
I would want you to begin using a toddler clock if your little one is struggling with maybe waking up and being really loud before it’s time to start the morning, or they’re struggling with getting up out of bed. However, I do want to point you to my podcast episode on how to get your child to stay in bed because I outline the expectation that your little ones should stay in a crib until 3-years old. (Episode 23)
What kind of clock do you recommend?
There are many different kinds of toddler clocks, but the most common either emphasize color or numbers. I prefer color clocks because they tend to be easiest for everyone to understand. Example: a green light means you can be awake, or a red light means you are supposed to sleep!
OK To Wake
Now, if you don’t feel like going all out and spending tons of money on a toddler clock, you can grab a digital clock and simply tape over the minutes. Assuming your toddler is doing great with numbers, tell them that morning begins when they see the number 7, or 6, or 8!
How should you introduce the clock?
Start by showing them the clock the DAY you plan to use it. Don’t confuse them by saying, “In 5 days you’re going to use a clock.” They won’t understand! Show them how the clock works by making the light turn green, or display the number. Practice laying down in bed (during the day) and making the clock green, cheer and get out of bed! Practicing that new expectation over and over again is a great way for them to connect new rules.
If your child has a problem with early morning wakes, I highly suggest starting the clock to be “Morning time!” earlier for a few days. Then start to slowly move forward. This will help your child feel successful, and gain that reward we are working on!! (Next section)
EXAMPLE: Your child has been waking at 5:30 AM most morning.
For the first 2 days, have the clock turn green at 5:45 AM
Then push it to 6 AM for 2 days
Next 6:15 AM
Finally land on 6:30 AM! or 7 AM, wherever that minimum of 11 hours of sleep might be!
How can you use rewards to keep your child motivated?
I guarantee every chid on the planet is motivated for SOME type of reward! Praise, stickers, pencils, toy cars, or even a picnic in the living room, ride bike outside…something perhaps out of the ordinary for morning time. The key is that your child HAS to get this reward instantly when they make it to the clock turning green! No way will they stay motivated to “Stay in bed until your clock says morning for 5 days, then we will get ______!!” Nope. They need instant rewards and if they decide they don’t like it anymore- it’s time to change up the reward.
Above all, know that it will take time, practice and reviewing your child’s expectations every single day. As soon as you think they understand- remind them again!!!
Here’s the later morning starts and sweet dreams for all!
Did you know that every baby has reflux? But only some babies have GERD! Join Becca as she sits down with Dr. Janet West of RVA Baby to talk about what reflux is, degrees of severity, tactics to manage reflux, when to seek diagnosis, how it effects baby as they grow...and how this impacts sleep! Or does it?!
Dr. Janet West is a prominent Pediatrician in the Richmond, Virginia area with 20 years of experience in Pediatrics. She now works 1:1 with newborn mothers and their 0-3 month olds coming straight to their home for all check-ups during the beginning of baby's life. See how Dr. West can come to you by visiting >> RVA BABY
**This episode is not here to diagnose your child, only to offer education and insight into reflux and GERD. Please discuss with your child's Pediatrician about starting treatments for GERD, and to further diagnose.**
Now that your GERD baby can sleep train, let's get started making sleep a thing! Join Becca through 1:1 work or courses.
Wondering when it's time to make the change from 3 to 2 naps? If your baby is 6-7 months old, it's time!!
Get ready to rejoice, because it's finally time for a predictable nap schedule from baby! When we switch from 3 to 2 naps, generally you'll find the same wake and nap times for baby each day. Which is a relief after a long 6 months of nap changes!
This episode is heavy on the numbers, so to help guide you visually use these downloads below to really solidify your child's schedule.
If you're listening to this podcast, you're probably in a phase where you feel surrounded by diapers, endlessly counting down to nap, and wondering if you'll ever see a full night of sleep?! I get it! My two girls are 18 months apart, and oh man...there are still times I see that "2 Under 2" as a blur in my life.
Today I'm sending you encouragement that you ARE doing a great job!! Listen to this episode for tips on how to care for you, how to manipulate naps (YES!), teach your toddler responsibility, and manage this season well.
You're doing a great job, Mama. I'm here for you!!
So you have a sleepless child, but your'e hesitating about making change. It's okay! I get it! Over the years I've talked with so many families who are READY...and many families who want to make change, but aren't ready to commit. I'm sharing 3 ways you know you're ready to GET STARTED and make lasting change.
SLEEP TRAINING BY AGES:
NEWBORN- no sleep training! It's time to lay the foundation for great sleep with my Newborn Course.
4 MONTHS- Time to teach baby to self-soothe, and narrow it down to 1 good night feed...eat eat eat during the day!! We also want to establish a great napping routine for baby.
5 MONTHS + - Let's sleep all night!! We need to teach baby that sleep IS a thing, and they are in control! At 6 months we are working towards a solid nap schedule.
TODDLER + - It's never too late to make great sleep! Yes it gets harder as the child ages, but that doesn't mean it's impossible! We're aiming for 10-12 hours of night sleep and (if under 3 years) a nice mid-day nap. The key? Sleep should be stress-free!!
If you've hung around my Instagram long enough, you've heard me shout Carly's name from the rooftops!! Carly Tulloch is the founder of WeeTalkers, an incredible Instagram account sharing speech and language tips for children of all ages!
In today's episode, I'm talking with Carly about her roots, passion of speech, and walking through developmental milestones for children as they grow.
Carly is a pediatric speech-language pathologist, founder of Wee Talkers, and the mother of two girls. Carly provides speech and language assessment and therapy for kids ages birth-five and teaches parents effective strategies to help support their child's language development, play, and early literacy skills. Her approach always prioritizes having fun while learning! Carly has over a decade of experience and has spoken at many events for parents and conferences for other professionals.
There's a big difference between napping at home and napping outside the home! Whether your child attends a daycare or sitter during the day- we all need to be informed and realistic about the sleep there!
Highlights from this episode:
1. YOU are your child's advocate!
2. Can we bring any comforts from home?
3. How to adjust bedtime with short daycare naps.
4. When daycare naps will change for the better!
5. Have an older child who still has to nap at daycare?