After 9 months of hearing about how you are never going to sleep again, just the title of this post might be a little jarring. Isn't lack of sleep just par for the course when you have a baby? Well, no. It doesn't have to be. There's a secret that many Calgary parents have been keeping and it means they're sleeping through the night (or waking only to feed their baby and then going directly back to sleep), resting throughout the day, keeping their homes and family running efficiently, and even showering and eating a balanced diet. What is this secret mommy magic?Read More
I often wish I had known what I know about sleep now when I had my first baby. I would have felt a whole lot more peaceful about being a new mom.
Postpartum hormones seem to have this way of tricking us into believing we are invincible, and we don’t rest as much as our bodies need in those early weeks. We also tend to lack the support and care we need after having a baby, all resulting in exhaustion. New parents often reach out to me because their baby is a few weeks old and they have hit a brick wall of tired.Read More
Most kids are happier, easier to get along with and more receptive to learning new things when they go to sleep earlier. Obviously, this depends on what your daily schedule looks like, not every family needs to get going early in the morning and some children are able to sleep in until 9 or even 10 a.m. and do!Read More
Oh, hey spring.
Me: trying to put a positive spin on the time change this weekend and miserably failing. “Spring” is about the only good thing about “springing ahead” for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. (Spring is just two weeks away, but you sure wouldn’t know it here in Calgary, Alberta!)Read More
If you have a baby, then you have most likely heard about tummy time!
Tummy time is when your baby plays on their tummy while awake and supervised. It helps with upper body development and Alberta Health Services recommends you begin shortly after birth.
Because the skull bones in your baby’s head are soft for the first year, flat areas can develop if your baby spends most of their time lying down. These changes to your baby’s head or face shape, called plagiocephaly, will not affect their development, or physical and mental growth but are obviously undesirable and can be permanent if not treated soon enough.Read More
Us working moms do a whole lot of talking about just how hard it is to have it all!
So often we read about the drudgery of being a working mom: the early mornings, long days, late evenings, and short nights. The never 100% for your kids and never 100% for your work. There’s just not enough time for your family, your home, or your career but some how you’re expected to be the star of the show in each area of your life. Finding the balance can feel completely impossible at times but somehow, you’re doing it!Read More
If you’re struggling with sleepless nights, you are not alone. Not that you’re surprised to hear that. Announce that you’re having a baby, and someone is bound to say something SMRT about how you are never going to sleep again.
Even less surprising, is that while sleepless nights have become a parenting cliche, fewer and fewer parents are taking this so-called fact of life lying down. We’re getting results oriented and looking to the experts for solutions!
So, who are the experts when it comes to getting kids to sleep through the night?Read More
“Sleep when the baby sleeps.”
The not-so-helpful mantra that manages to make parents feel guilty for actually accomplishing something while their baby takes a nap! Like how (!?!) is it we can feel guilty for doing the dishes instead of lying in bed?
Sleep when the baby sleeps works fine for the first few days…
but eventually, they make you leave the hospital.Read More
Good riddance to 2018.
We achieved goals and survived turmoil and even managed to keep our little people alive! #goals
Don’t get me wrong: Amazing things happened this year, but the general consensus seems to be that 2018 was a year for facing adversity and coming out the other side stronger, albeit a little bruised and worse for the wear! But we did it, Mommas! We made it to 2019!Read More
If you’re not heading out on the town for New Year's Eve (and dishing out a small fortune for babysitting!), then you're probably planning to celebrate the beginning of 2019 with your kids!
Many parents love ringing in the new year with their little ones, but none of us want to battle it out with tired children on New Year's Day— especially not with a champagne headache!Read More
The holidays can put your usual sleep routine to the test. Family dinners, Christmas pageants, house guests, and travel can do a number on your child’s sleep habits. While it’s okay to make an exception every once in a while, you don’t want your child to turn into the Grinch because they aren’t getting the sleep they need.Read More
You’re tapped out. Your emotions are raw and anxiety high. You love snuggling with your little one but you are completely touched out. Your mind is cloudy and racing. You’re grateful for your partner and family but you feel like you’ve lost yourself.
You have an overwhelming urge to run away.Read More
There is no reason to feel guilty for wanting a good night’s sleep for both yourself and your baby. Sure, you might be okay with good enough sleep. And if you’re happy with the way things are, go with it.
But without sleep training some parents are exhausted.
Some parents are trying to figure out how many cups of coffee they need to be fully functional adults and so far, it’s not twelve.Read More
Parents around the world struggle to get their kids to sleep every night. They read piles of storybooks and give hours of snuggles, hundreds of kisses, and endless cups of water. Then they do it again the next night. And the next. This exhausting late-night routine may feel like the only option, but did you know there are things you can do with your kids during daylight hours (while you’re actually still awake!) that can impact your child’s ability to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer?Read More
It takes a village to raise a child – or at least, that's what they say.
I say, it takes a village to raise a mother.
A baby doesn't need a whole lot, at least in the beginning. Milk, diapers, a blanket or two, and the loving arms and songs of their parents. That's pretty much what they need to thrive and have a sweet little life.
But us moms? Without the right support system, we can spend those early parenting years feeling like we're hanging on for dear life, always avoiding any little crack in our shell or we could split open.Read More
If Dad's going to get involved and fix this problem swiftly and effectively, he will have to find his own rhythm with his baby. I know it's hard, Mom, to give up control and let your partner take the wheel when it comes to the moment of truth. Dad might be the magical solution to your baby's sleep issues, if you let him take over.
Most of my clients see dramatic improvements to their baby's sleep in just a couple nights, so you won't have to control yourself for long. Won't it be amazing to not only sleep through the night, but also get to enjoy spending evenings with just your special someone again? What a gift you are giving to your whole family!Read More
Guest blogger Tara Butterwick- Who is feeling that funk come over yourself? #wealldo That end of summer craziness is happening. Kids are almost back to school, the weather is changing #whytho and we can feel our self care slipping away…
A big part of self care is getting moving but when we are so busy helping everyone else, thinking about EVERYTHING that needs to happen in the weeks to come. It’s so easy for us as mama’s it to fall to the way side and revert into survival mode #truthRead More
There is no better way to get your little one to sleep well than to keep them active during the day. Toddlers crave adventure and activity just as much as they love routine and predictability.
Calgary is a beautiful city filled with parks and pathways. You can always head outside, visit the local playground, or just go for a walk and on nice days those are simple options for days when the weather doesn't want to cooperate (first, wait 5 minutes, as they say around these parts) or you need something a little more exciting, I have a few suggestions for fun activities you can do to tire your busy toddler out!Read More
Sleep training is so often vilified as this horrible insensitive way for parents to neglect their children and selfishly obtain more sleep for themselves. I’ve made helping families get more sleep my passion and life’s work, so when people in person or online start talking about sleep and spreading damaging misconceptions, I tend to get a little sensitive.Read More
We all have a natural sleep rhythm. When our sleep schedules get off track, people of all ages become super cranky. While at first, your overtired toddler may seem happy and suddenly re-energized, they can soon become a force to be reckoned with.Read More