Reflux: Is it an excuse for poor sleep?

If your baby has been diagnosed with reflux, it does not mean they can not sleep well. Over the last 8 years, I have worked with many babies who had reflux and many babies whose parents thought they had reflux. And were just using it as an excuse for poor sleep. In this video I chat about the symptoms of reflux, what to do if you think your baby has reflux and how it all ties in with sleep. The good news is…Babies with reflux can learn to be great sleepers too!

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Summer is here….Is it messing with your child’s sleep?

Today is the first official day of summer. Hurray! I can hardly wait for the long, warm evenings outside and the lazy days basking in the sun. With the sun rising early and setting so late, it can affect our sleep. We typically sleep less in the summer and more in the winter due to exposure to sunlight. But what does this mean for your little one? We can’t have bedtime at 11pm and morning starting at 4am.

I have three products I recommend that are very useful this time of year to encourage earlier bedtimes and later mornings.

1. The sleep sack is great tool to signal that bedtime is coming and help your baby sleep through the night. I recommend using it starting at three months old when you make the transition from the swaddle to sleep sack. It keeps baby a constant temperature throughout the night and prevents getting tangled up in a blanket or the blanket coming off. During the summer months you can even just put a onesie on your baby with the sleep sack.  Different sleep sacks are available for summer and winter. Use a lightweight one for summer.  If you introduce a sleep sack when your baby is little, they learn to love the sleep sack. And then down the road when your child decides they may want to climb out of the crib, it helps prevent children from doing that.

 

2.  The gro-clock can be introduced around the age of two. This is when most children are able to understand the visual cue it provides. It is brilliant as it provides that concrete visual cue that it is still nighttime or that it is morning and it is okay to get out of bed.  You can set the clock to a pre-determined time to show the sun coming up in the morning. Being consistent and attaching a reward and consequence to staying in bed until the sun comes up in the morning is very effective for toddlers.

 

3. And the third one is the gro-blind. This can be really great to use when you are sleeping away from home. It is a portable black-out blind that uses velcro and suction cups to stick on the window at the cabin, a trailer or even grandma’s house. Exposure to light is what sets our body clock and we all sleep better in a room that is very dark. At this time of year with the sun setting so late and coming up so early, having a very dark room is critical for children to sleep well. I always get an influx of calls this time of year with children who are having very early morning wakings. It’s usually related to just a little bit of light coming in the room.

Click here to see me chatting about these products on CTV Calgary News.

 

Why is my baby waking up so many times during the night?

Having a baby that wakes many times during the night can be really tiring for both mom and baby. And not good for the overall health and development of the baby.

A baby who is well rested is more stable emotionally and better equipped to form bonds and relationships. And truth be told, so is mom.

So why is your baby up so much during the night? You may be surprised to hear that it likely has to do with what is happening at bedtime.

Here is what you can do to get the night wakings to STOP and teach your baby to sleep through the night.

I get it!  Waking up many times a night to feed a baby can be tough.  Especially if your baby is waking more often as they get older, not less, like you were hoping for. 

Have you been reading everything on-line, listening to advice from your mommy friends and even asking your own mom?  And you are still confused if your baby is actually ready and capable of sleeping through the night.  Heck, you are not even sure what sleeping through the night really means.

In this video, I chat about what sleeping through the night really means and how to determine when your baby may be ready to do that. 

No more second guessing if your baby is actually hungry during the night or just waking for another reason! 

Top 3 Reasons Why Mom Needs Sleep

We are always focusing on getting your baby the sleep he or she needs to be happy and healthy.   But what about you?  I know mom’s needs are often put on the back burner.  But they shouldn’t be!

In this video, I will teach you the top 3 reasons why you need to be sleeping well during the night.  I don’t mean to scare you but…..

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

If you want to learn more about sleep, I highly recommend this book called Why We Sleep?