Mom didn't want to make the same sleep mistakes with her second child:
Four month old, very quick progress:
Nine month old's schedule was not meeting his needs:
Ten month old up all night long:
4.5 month old second child who did not nap and could not self-soothe:
Family felt like they had tried it all:
Check out this video of Willa [17 mos] having a textbook sleep-cry at around 3am. She does a big cry, rolls around and sits up with her eyes closed the whole time, lays back down, and falls back asleep. The whole episode lasts for around 20 seconds.
Sleep-cries are VERY normal for babies and toddlers but can be worrisome or confusing if we don't know what they are or why they are happening! Parents might think their baby had a bad dream or is hurt - when really this is just a normal phenomenon that most babies and toddlers will experience [some more than others!]
A sleep-cry often sounds like a piercing cry and is the cry that you tend to want to rush in the quickest for - but is the type of cry you want to stay out for the most! During a sleep-cry, baby isn't actually awake. Sleep-cries can last up to 10 minutes in duration and can occur every 3 hours or even every 45 minutes for a baby that is very overtired. Sleep-cries that occur within the first 4 hours of bedtime are especially indicative of overtiredness. Sleep-cries later in the night are often just baby transitioning sleep cycles and aren't cause for concern.
If your baby is overtired AND they haven't had a lot of practice self-soothing, sleep-cries can turn into full-blown nightwakings quite easily.
Sleep-cries are not the same as night terrors, which typically occur in children between 5-7 years of age and more often within the first 90 minutes of bedtime [or first third of the night]. Night terrors are quite rare, only affecting about 1-6% of children.
So what do we do during a sleep-cry? Nothing! This is why establishing a wait time [whatever you are comfortable with!] before intervening at night is so important! Your baby isn't actually awake at this time and will have no recollection of this in the morning, and going in and patting/talking/picking them up will only wake them. So hang back, watch [if you can], and listen. You might be surprised at what happens!
[Canadian] Thanksgiving Sale!!!!! 🦃 🇨🇦
I am doing my first-ever sale on my sleep guides this weekend! From now until 11:59pm on Monday, all 3 of my guides will be 25% off [using the promo code 'GOBBLE25']
💤 Comprehensive Nap Transition Guide: 26-page guide that will take you step-by-step, day-by-day through all 4 nap transitions, detailing if and how we hold off each transition, when to start the transition, and what the end of each transition should look like [including sample schedules at each age!] This guide also includes a comprehensive sleep needs and waketime chart. Everything you need to navigate one of the trickiest times in your child’s life!
💤Comprehensive Newborn Sleep Guide: 27-page guide covers sleep from 0-16 weeks of age. It covers baby’s sleep environment, expectations at each month, how to lay the foundation for healthy sleep, sample sleep schedules, how to achieve ‘drowsy but awake’, and homework for each month! Everything I wish I had known as a first-time or even second-time parent!
💤Comprehensive Short Nap Guide: 36-page guide covers the most common causes of short naps, the ideal schedule for each age, how to adjust your child’s schedule to encourage longer naps, daycare naps, naps on the go, 20+ sample schedules for short nap and long nap days, a sample daytime sleep log, and more!
Link in bio to find all the available guides! Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of my Canadian families! 🧡❤️🧡❤️
[promo code may be used for families worldwide!] 🌎
What is ‘Crib Hour’?
If you have been following along on my Stories as we #sleeptrain my 4 month old nephew Odin 👶🏼 [check out my story highlight 'Sleepover' for all of the adventures!] you'll see that 'Crib Hour' is a strategy we implemented to help lengthen his short naps. I had a TON of questions about what 'Crib Hour' is, so here's the skinny!
Crib Hour is a strategy that we put in place to give baby an opportunity to self-settle after a short nap. I would only be using Crib Hour for a baby who is falling asleep independently, as the chances of a non-independent sleeper being able to consistently transition sleep cycles is much lower. Crib Hour is tough [ask my SIL!], but it works!
When baby wakes from a short nap, we’re going to wait it out. As soon as you enter the room, baby is going to be expecting to get up, and will thus have a low sleep pressure, which will make it hard to go back to sleep. I would be trying to wait at least 𝟏𝟎 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐬 before going back into the room [if this feels too long of course you can start shorter!] After those 10 mins have expired, you may choose to return to the room and resume your sleep training method [check, sit with baby, etc.] or you may choose to stay out longer. Ideally, we want to give baby 𝟏 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐫 from the time he fell asleep to work on falling back asleep. This means, for example, if your baby slept for 45 mins, you’d want to give him 15 more mins to work on falling back asleep. If he slept for 35 mins, you’d give him 25 mins. It’s okay if your baby doesn’t go back to sleep – he probably won’t at first! Waiting will increase your baby’s ability during future naps to recognize his sleepiness and go back to sleep, it will set the expectation of what an ‘appropriate’ nap length is, and it will give your baby a full hour break from stimulation which is important to keep overtiredness at bay even if he is catnapping all day.
We want to utilize Crib Hour for the first 3 naps of the day on a 4 nap schedule and the first 2 naps of the day on a 2-3 nap schedule.
If your child is down to 1 nap/day, we want to follow a 90 min Crib Hour instead.
Sleep training baby Odin - the Pick-Up🔼Put Down Method🔽
If you're following along on my Stories, you'll see that my SIL was gracious enough to let me take the reigns in sleep training her little man Odin [4 months old] TOMORROW! I think I might be the only one that gets this excited about #sleeptraining but I digress...
I wanted to talk a little about the method we plan on using - the Pick-Up/Put Down Method!
This method 'as written' is geared more toward #newbornbabies [and is actually something I really like to do right from day 1 with babies to help begin to encourage independent sleep - I talk about this in my Comprehensive Newborn Sleep Guide!]
I modify this method for infants as I do feel that it can be quite stimulating as-is [staying in the room, picking up and putting down every time baby cries, repeating until baby is asleep].
So how does my version of PUPD look?
✏️After our bedtime routine [feed first, bath, massage, diaper, jammies, book, song] we lay baby down wide awake but calm [not drowsy!] in the crib and leave
✏️Our first check is going to be after 1 minute [you can use whatever intervals you are comfortable with, this is just where we are starting]
✏️If at any point the crying stops or downgrades to just fussing/whining, you stop your timer. If the crying starts again, we start the timer again [not re-setting, just re-starting]. After 1 minute of crying, we return to the room
✏️We pick baby up over the shoulder [not in a rocking position] and hold until he's calm + 1-2 minutes to relax him, lay him back down awake, and leave
✏️Our second check is after 3 minutes - repeat above
✏️Our third check is after 5 minutes - repeat above, and every 5 minutes thereafter until baby is asleep!
💤This is just one method that I find very effective with all ages! I've used it successfully at 4 months of age and 2+ years of age! #sleepcoach #sleepconsultant #sleepconsulting #weebeedreaming #pickupputdown #babysleep #babyexpert #motherhoodalive #motherhoodjourney #momtalk #momtribe #mominspiration #mombreak #momsunite #momshelpingmoms #motherhoodmatters
Today marks the 6th anniversary of Wee Bee Dreaming! I cannot believe it's been 6 years since I took the leap of faith to turn my crazy obsession/weird hobby of helping people with sleep into a real business. It has been an AMAZING 6 years:
👨👩👦👦 3660 families helped
🌍 47 countries
👯 381 sets of multiples
👶🏼👶🏼👶🏼 6 sets of triplets
It has been an AMAZING 6 years. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank every single one of you that has followed me on social media, liked a post, shared my website with your friends, hired me to help your family, or supported this dream of mine in ANY way - I am beyond thankful that I've been able to do what I LOVE and am so passionate about, and I can't wait to see what the next 6 years brings [why am I tearing up writing this?!!? 😭]
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! 🖤💛🖤💛
Anytime my kids have are sick 🤒, I search the internet trying to find a consistent answer as to what is considered a fever, and there is so much conflicting information [ahhh parenting...]!
So I consulted with a friend and Nurse Practitioner to put together this fever chart to share with you all! I hope you find it helpful! Stay healthy everyone!
#sickkids #healthykids #fluseason #fever #sleeptraining #weebeedreaming #health #healthcare #colds #parenting #parenthood #mommyblogs #momlife #mom #tiredmomsclub #sleepymom #mombreak #momhacks
I've teamed up with @littlesleepyhead to give you guys the chance to win my FAVORITE toddler pillow!!
The winner will receive one Organic Toddler Pillow [measures 13" by 18"] and a Toddler Pillowcase as well [in my favorite 🐝 pattern - see second photo!]
We introduced a pillow to Willa at 12 months to hopefully help her learn to stay in one position at night [making the move to a bed down the road a bit easier!] and not only has it helped to do that, but she is now beyond obsessed with her pillow [or her 'lick' as we call it, I bet you can guess why 👅!]
Not only are these pillows the perfect size for a toddler, but they are fully machine washable and don't lose their shape [and somehow the pillow case gets softer after each wash!]
All you need to do to enter is:
☝️Like @littlesleepyhead and @weebeedreaming on Instagram
✌️Tag a friend in the comments - one tag = 1 entry, separate comments please
👌Bonus entry: share this on your stories and tag @weebeedreaming
That's it! Good luck everyone! 💛🖤
*This giveaway is in no way endorsed by Instagram.
#giveawaycontest #toddlerpillow #weebeedreaming #littlesleepyhead #sleeptraining #sleepcoach
Bedtimes for School-Aged Kids! 🛌
I remember seeing a chart like this floating around a while ago and while it received a lot of flack, I thought it was super helpful, so I wanted to make my own!
Bedtimes for older kids are often overlooked as we get into the years of busy evenings, homework, etc. This chart is just meant as a GUIDELINE. Yes we know some nights you aren't home until 8:00pm from activities [we are in the same camp!] but I think it can still be useful to know what a good goal to shoot for is. Sometimes you hit the goal, sometimes you don't - and that's okay!
Not every child has the exact same sleep needs either, of course [please don't show this chart to my kids because my daughter still goes to bed at 7:00pm at 9 years of age with a 7:00am wake-up time 😂 ] Your child might be on the higher end or lower end [most falling within a 1 hour range either way as the timing on this chart].
This chart also assumes that your child does not nap [for a child that does, bedtime would likely be later [i.e. a child at age 3 that still takes a 1 hour nap would have a bedtime that is 1 hour later] and the times on the chart are lights out time [so not factoring in the time it takes your child to fall asleep].
I hope you find this useful! Remember - GUIDELINE 🤗
#sleeptraining #backtoschool #bedtime #bigkids #school #schoollife #weebeedreaming #sleepissues #sleephelp #sleepspecialist #sleeptips #healthysleep #sleepcoach #sleepconsultant #toddlersleep #toddlersleeptips #toddlerlife #toddleractivities #toddlermomlife #preteen