Sleep Associations: What I Learned from “The Juggler”

The story I’m about to tell you, about The Juggler, is really a story about sleep associations:   The Problem The Juggler was 2 years old when I met him. His mother called me for a consult because the boy just would not sleep through the night. Mom had been back to work for over … Continue reading Sleep Associations: What I Learned from “The Juggler”

Are South Koreans Happy? Well, Do They Sleep?

Is there any relationship between sleep and happiness? It is known that depressed people often sleep too much. Other depressed people have a hard time sleeping. We also know that, on the whole, happy sleep better. Or maybe it is that people who sleep better are happier. We’ll return to this question later. For now, we … Continue reading Are South Koreans Happy? Well, Do They Sleep?

How to Do Bedtime Fading: Best Sleep Training Method?

The so-called “cry it out” techniques for sleep training are getting a lot of attention. Meanwhile, there is another method that gets very little press, but which is highly effective. It’s called “bedtime fading”. What is Bedtime Fading? Bedtime fading is a method for teaching a child to fall asleep that is based on a simple principle: … Continue reading How to Do Bedtime Fading: Best Sleep Training Method?

Baby Won’t Sleep: Here’s Why

HELP! MY BABY WON’T SLEEP!!! You’re not alone. I know someone else who said that a few years back… ME. Our first little one arrived 2 weeks early. But he fed well. He gained terrific weight. He hit all his milestones. There’s just one thing he didn’t do. LO did. not. sleep. We tried everything (or … Continue reading Baby Won’t Sleep: Here’s Why

How to Get Your Toddler to Sleep in Her Own Bed

Half the battle is over: You moved the baby from a crib to her own bed. Well… let’s say that one-quarter of the battle is over. Now you have to figure out a way to get her to sleep in her own bed. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few whose sweet little angel sleeps all night … Continue reading How to Get Your Toddler to Sleep in Her Own Bed

Attachment and Sleep: Dr. Sears is Wrong

Sears, W, et. al. “The Baby Sleep Book”. New York: Little, Brown, & Company, 2005, or “Attachment Theory Takes a Holiday” Attachment Theory: It’s about the Baby, not the Mother Lots of people talk about “Attachment Parenting” (AP), but not a lot of people know what it is. I’m not sure the Sears family knows either. … Continue reading Attachment and Sleep: Dr. Sears is Wrong

Getting Baby to Sleep: A Case Study

The following is the story of a couple that sought my advice to help get their baby to sleep. I’ve changed all information that might identify them in order to preserve their privacy. Baby Name: Darcy, age 4 months, is the healthy baby girl, product of an uncomplicated pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Darcy has been … Continue reading Getting Baby to Sleep: A Case Study

Is There Such a Thing as an Illness Sleep Regression?

This one almost qualifies as a sleep regression… but at the end of the day, it’s not. Neither the illness sleep regression nor any of the so-called regressions I’ve discussed at this blog are true “regressions” in the sense that they represent a developmental step backward for your child. Rather, the illness sleep regression is … Continue reading Is There Such a Thing as an Illness Sleep Regression?

Is There a 9-Month Sleep Regression?

A common question I get comes from a mom and dad worried that the reigning champion sleeper is suffering from the dreaded 9 month sleep regression: Is there such a thing as a 9 month sleep regression? The short answer is ‘no’. As I’ve been saying in this series, there is really no such thing as “regressions” … Continue reading Is There a 9-Month Sleep Regression?

Sleep Regression at Four Months: Myth or Reality?

Today we discuss the myth of the 4-Month Sleep Regression. A mom I consulted with recently told me a story that might sound familiar to you: She came to me because her healthy 5-month old boy had slept great until about 3 1/2 months of age. Then he’d become incredibly cranky around 11 PM. He’d … Continue reading Sleep Regression at Four Months: Myth or Reality?