Where is the place you absolutely need to babywear? Doing chores, yoga class, or while cruising the aisles alone at Target? And if you aren’t already babywearing, why should you start now? I’m going to introduce today not only the AMAZING new Boppy ComfyFit Baby Carrier, which was inspired by yoga apparel, but also talk about how wearing your baby can promote great sleep and strengthen the bond between parent and baby.Read More
Welcome to Toddler Sleep Training 101! These are my foolproof and gentle techniques that I have used for years to help my clients teach their young children to sleep all night, and I can’t wait to share them with you all now!Read More
8 Hours by 8 Weeks didn’t come easily or without consistency. The first was implementing a consistent Eat-Play-Sleep schedule. The second was encouraging one nap per day in the crib. The third was keeping my baby up for full feedings, and not allowing him to exceed his napping minimums. Read more!Read More
How will you enjoy your vacation with your little ones without needing another one when you get home? In this blog post we will cover it all: What to Bring, impromptu vacation schedules, sleeping arrangements, and and exactly how to recover lost sleep from your vacation when you come back home! So let’s dive into: How to Sleep While on Vacation with Baby or Toddler: Must Pack Items, Regressions, and Flying.Read More
As a special Thank You to all of my dedicated readers, I'm sharing my super easy (& super secret) Spring Forward Daylight Savings sleep tips today in this post so you can enjoy your summer alongside me! Wake up- this is parenthood- don't all good things come to an end?! Guess what- this one doesn't have to. Read more to find out how you can use this time change to your parenting advantage!Read More
If you decide to go for it, here are some great tips I can give to make this process go smoothly for those parents out there dreading the idea (or those lucky enough to be expecting twins!) and still want their babies, toddlers, twins, or older kids to sleep through the night!Read More
Hi there! I’m Lauren Olson, the founder of Sleep and the City, and now the appointed *SLEEP CONSULTANT FOR DISNEY*!! Today we will be diving into some of the mysteries surrounding toddler sleep, how you can avoid potential sleep hurdles at home or while traveling with children, and sharing our secret tips to help your child embrace sleep!Read More
How many naps does my baby and/or toddler need? How long should they be? (Bookmark or PIN this page, trust me you’re going to want to come back!) Let’s make your life just a little easier- grab a glass of Pinot or a cup of tea and digest this nap breakdown from birth to 3 years old.Read More
After countless hours and relentless emails to brands begging to find out what sales they’ll be offering early, here are my top gifts that you can score MAJOR discounts on this Black Friday & Cyber Monday, almost all with free shipping!!Read More
Our family tradition is to not only wear these for the entire month during movie nights, but when they go to bed on Christmas Eve, and of course the following morning when they open presents on Christmas for all those candid photos! Here is my list of the cutest holiday pajamas that I’ve been stalking for months!Read More
Here we will talk about all the mysteries surrounding sleep in the summertime, how you can avoid potential sleep hurdles at home or while traveling with children, and sharing our secret tips to help your child embrace sleep while enjoying some sunshine!Read More
Some of our children are blessed with great sleeping habits from Day 1, and some need a little coaching. This week, we are tackling the Top 10 questions we receive, and providing answers to some of today's hot Infant sleep topics. From night weaning to night wakings, we've got you covered!Read More
Baby has finally arrived, and it’s the first night home from the hospital- but what should your baby wear to sleep at night? And what about your older toddler? Hi, I’m Lauren, certified Sleep Specialist with Sleep and the City, and I’m talking today about how to dress your child comfortably at night during any season (and at any age!) and provide the optimal environment for quality sleep. Throughout my post today I’ll also include some of my favorite examples of clothing and bedding from TealBee.com, so let’s dive in!Read More
"How do you feel about the Dock-A-Tot?" and "Do you think I should order the Dock-A-Tot for my child?" These are two questions I receive almost weekly in my Inbox, as this Baby "Must Have" is on the top of most Mama's list of "Wants". After some extensive research, a little contemplation and my toddler expressing interest about moving into a toddler bed, I finally decided to try the Dock for myself.Read More
Some can use the toilet (win!). Some can climb into their own highchairs (nice!). Most can misbehave (enter palm-in-face emoji here). All have sleep issues, at least once (cue the groan from parents across the world). Yes, even the BEST toddler nappers and night sleepers can experience temporary sleep problems from time to time. Toddler sleep regressions, nightmares, bedtime battles (not to mention, when should they go to bed anyways??), moving to a toddler bed, or introducing a new sibling to the family can all cause night disturbances. I'll keep it quick, I know your child-free time is precious ;)
1. Keep that nap! So many parents are quick to think, "My child is having more trouble going down for naps, I bet if I drop the nap completely this will work out better in the end." Perhaps you're right. Or perhaps you will have a young toddler on a warpath by dinnertime. Toddlers nap begin to gradually disappear around age 3, over a period of weeks (not a couple days), where naps can become shorter or the child plays the entire time. Always encourage a quiet time until school age. Even us adults need some down time after a busy morning.
2. Beware of Bargaining. I once read that bargaining is a toddler's currency. They have nothing else to offer, but to ask for just one more book, one more hug, one more bathroom break. Occasionally, this is fine, but it's important to stay consistent, and go back to the basics should it spiral out of control.
3. Nightmares. As a working-at-home Mom of two, no one understands putting on a quick cartoon more than me while you hustle through a 2-minute shower. I get it. Make sure you're monitoring what your children are watching when you're not watching closely, or what the younger sibling is watching WITH the older child. Imagination in play peaks at age 3, which also means children have the ability to now dream "in sequence", making dreams much more vivid (or terrifying).
4. Toddler Rooms: Keep the room around 70 degrees, with white noise playing continuously and limited access to toys to encourage play. This is a room to sleep, not play until midnight.
5. Nighttime Wakings: Occasionally your toddler will experience one, for a multitude of reasons. It's best to reassure, stay in your toddler's room, and encourage him or her back to sleep, using as little intervention as possible.
6. Pull ups at night are OK! Many parents will ask me, "What should I do if my toddler wets the bed" or "What should I say if he leaves the room at night to use the bathroom?" It's perfectly acceptable to allow a pull-up until age 5, when a child's bladder completely matures. Due to our body's biology, your child should not experience a BM diaper late at night, unless they are experiencing some tummy troubles from dinner of course.
7. Moving to a toddler bed is exciting, yet tricky. This is a VERY exciting time for a young child, so expect some slight regressions at bedtime or in the middle of the night. Lots of praise for those kiddos that stay (and sleep) in their big kid bed at night! Purchasing a DockaTot could ease the transition as well, especially for those children that move a lot at night, roll out of the toddler bed, or whom enjoy feeling more safe & secure.
8. Yes, the "Ok to Wake" color clocks work. BUY ONE. (Here's our favorite.)
9. Rewards are ok and don't have to be grand. I have my clients take their children to Starbucks for a hot chocolate, or pick a small prize from the Target dollar aisle. It doesn't have to be a big reward, but if it's worth rewarding (sleeping all night in their room, etc.) then go for it!
10. Keep realistic expectations. These are children, not robots, and not everything will go perfectly or smoothly the first time. Even as adults we wake up at night, and can't seem to shut our brains off, so give your toddler some slack. Always reassure, encourage, and take their feelings into consideration.
11. Keep plenty of wine handy. (OK, this wasn't a REAL step, but hey, I'm a realistic Mom! ;)