So you finally got your baby into a somewhat predictable sleep schedule and then BAM! She’s back to waking up multiple times a night and you’re back to needing six cups of coffee to function. It just doesn’t seem fair, does it? But before you resign yourself to the life of a walking zombie, get … Continue reading What Is a Sleep Regression and How Do I Deal?
Let’s face it – a toddler in the house can test even the most patient parents. After all, they are in constant chatter; they run, jump, bounce boundlessly; and they make demands…lots of them! With all of their energy, it’s not surprising that their batteries need recharging, and so do yours!. Most toddlers require 12-14 … Continue reading How to get your jack-in-the-box toddler to stay in bed and sleep through the night
Just because your child is fighting a nap, does not mean he is ready to give up naps. In fact, most preschool-age children, ages 3 and 4, still need to rest midday not only to recharge but to help them consolidate and remember what they learn. If you are wondering whether your child is really … Continue reading How do you know when your child is ready for NO naps? Sleep expert shares six tips for a painless transition
Transitions can challenge both kids and their parents! Shifting from a morning and afternoon nap to just one nap a day can stump parents and lead to a deterioration of both day and night sleep. No need to feel intimidated though. These tips will help you and your child sail through the transition with ease! … Continue reading How do you know if your child is ready for one nap? Sleep expert give tips to ease the 2 to 1 nap transition
So you have given up caramel mochaccinos, and promised you will use your gym membership, and maybe even jumped on the “be kind” bandwagon. But have you thought about adding your family’s sleep to your new year’s resolutions? I’m going to convince you that it should be on your list, if not at the top … Continue reading Sleep expert gives 10 reasons you should make your family’s sleep a priority
Once you decide sleep is a priority in your house, your next step is to instill great sleep habits for your whole family! It may seem daunting, but what it really takes is commitment, consistency, and confidence that you are on the right path. These eight steps can help you achieve great sleep for your … Continue reading Help your kids sleep better in two weeks…or less
It’s not even dawn yet, and your baby is wide awake! Hearing your baby’s coos become cries wouldn’t be so upsetting if it weren’t 4:45 a.m.! In fact, any waking before 6:00 a.m. is considered a night waking — so, too early to start the day. What it means is that if your baby consistently wakes before … Continue reading Is your child an early riser? Cure it with these tips!
It’s that time of year again! Remember those days pre kids when daylight savings meant an extra hour of blissful sleep? Though “sleeping in” is a thing of the past in our house, I do have some tips to make the adjustment a bit easier for you and for the kids. Here are the options: … Continue reading How to “Fall Back” without fuss: Daylight Savings Tips
Traveling with kids can be tiring for the whole family. One major culprit is crossing time zones; it can wreak havoc not only on sleep routines, but general behavior as well.
When my first son was born, eight years ago, it seemed like he never slept. Sleep deprivation makes the details fuzzy, and may even exaggerate my tale a bit, but what I know for sure is my beautiful blue-eyed wonder never offered me the “blissful nights” many sleep books promised me if I followed their … Continue reading The Birth of a Profession: How I Became an Infant and Toddler Sleep Coach
When a friend told me she packs a suitcase full of her daughter’s favorite stuffed animals when they travel, I wasn’t surprised. My family resembles a traveling caravan at airports as we transport all our gear. Although trips with kids aren’t quite as blissful and relaxing as those pre-kid vacations, advance planning helps.
Once you decide sleep is a priority in your house, your next step is to instill great sleep habits for your whole family! It may seem daunting, but what it really takes is commitment, consistency, and confidence that you are on the right path. These eight steps can help you achieve great sleep for your … Continue reading 8 Steps to Great Sleep
First some good news: Since 1994, when the NIH launched the Safe to Sleep Public Health Campaign, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rates have declined by 50%. However, SIDS remains the leading cause of death among U.S. infants aged 1 month to one year. But in recent years, the decline in SIDS seems stalled – … Continue reading Safe Sleep for Babies
It is so tempting to feed your baby to sleep – breast milk or a warm bottle is the most natural sleep inducing agent on earth – but don’t do it! The number ONE cause of night wakings in babies is a feed-sleep association. How would you feel if you fell asleep on your pillow … Continue reading 8 Tips to Help your Baby Sleep Through the Night
How do you magically turn your early riser into a normal-hour riser? By turning your clocks ahead one hour! Daylight Savings time returns on Sunday, March 13th at 2:00 am (except for my clients in the great states of Arizona or Hawaii!). Mark your calendars and start celebrating! Never mind that we technically lose an … Continue reading Are you ready for the time change? March 13, 2016
I would estimate in 99% of families that I work with dads really want to be involved in the process of helping put their child to sleep, but just don’t know how! I’m excited to share my tips on just how to do that…published by one of my favorite parenting blogs, Mommybites. http://mommybites.com/col1/baby/let-dads-dads/ Dr. Rebecca … Continue reading Let Dads Be Dads
Enough of my clients of young babies – under 12 months – tell me they have a nightlight in their nursery because they “worry their baby is scared of the dark” that I feel the need to discuss nightlights, parents’ projections, and the reality of fear of the dark. I’ll get to the point: Babies … Continue reading The BEST Nightlights…if you really need one
With teen temperatures in Chicago, it’s hard to believe spring is around the corner. But Sunday, March 8th is Day Light Savings when we move our clocks one hour forward. For parents of early risers, the good news is that little their 6am risers becomes 7am risers– and that means some extra sleep. Yes, I … Continue reading SPRING Ahead! Tips for Tackling the Time Change This Weekend
Happy Fall! Fall is my favorite time of year. I love acting like a little kid and am so happy I have three of them to act like! Our weekends are filled with fun Fall activities like jumping in leaf piles, running through pumpkin patches, picking apples, and of course eating lots of treats…after all … Continue reading Falling Back Without Fuss
It’s that time of year again when those of us focused on pediatric sleep make a concerted effort to spread the word about safe sleep tips for infants. It is always so tempting to cuddle up with your baby and drift into lala land, but oh so important to keep in mind that this can … Continue reading SIDS Awareness Month Safe Sleep Tips
I commonly work with clients who are also using Lactation Consultants, and often get the question can breastfeeding and sleep training coexist? And the answer is a resounding yes! As a pediatric sleep consultant and physician, I am trained in the biology of sleep; proper sleep hygiene; how to establish healthy sleep routines and how … Continue reading Are sleep training and breastfeeding mutually exclusive?
FREE TROUBLESOME TODDLER SLEEP SEMINAR SPONSORED BY NPN Do you have a toddler who carries on with endless curtain calls well past bedtime? Does your toddler wake at night or wake way too early in the morning? Is your toddler ready to transition to a big kid bed? Should your toddler still be napping? Join … Continue reading FREE Troublesome Toddler Sleep Seminar July 31st
Join me for one hour of free Q&A on my facebook page. All you have to do is like my facebook page to ask a question about your child’s sleep! I will get to as many as I can within the hour. Dr. Rebecca Kempton, M.D. is a certified infant and toddler sleep consultant, physician, … Continue reading Sleep Talk Sunday is July 13, 2014
Thank you NPN Parents for publishing my article in your latest newsletter! If you didn’t get a copy, I’ve uploaded a pdf below – just click below on “Toddler Sleep Questions Answered”. Please send me your questions about your child’s sleep and I will compile and answer as many as I can! Toddler Sleep Questions … Continue reading Your Toddler Sleep Questions Answered
Published on Mommybites on July 9, 2014 As a mom of three, I have experienced the miracles of white noise firsthand. One particular 3:00 a.m. crying episode from my first baby ended abruptly once I revved up my hair dryer. As a pediatric sleep specialist, I recommend white noise for all sleep periods for four … Continue reading White Noise: Helpful or Hazardous?
Let’s be honest: recent research on the detrimental effects of screen time on sleep in kids isn’t going to make any parent rip flat screens off the wall or ditch app-laden mobile devices. Similar to studies about chocolate, red wine, and caffeine, moderation always triumphs! An educational TV show, an Ipad app, a computer program … Continue reading Three Screen Tips to Promote Sleep in Children
Thank you MommyBites for posting my New Year’s blog about WHY sleep should be on your list of resolutions for 2014. Check it out! http://mommybites.com/col2/nanny/make-sleep-priority/ Stay tuned for my list of proven techniques for HOW to help your family get more and better sleep…Coming Soon!
Looking back, I now feel like some of the “sleep tricks” I tried with my first child, now 5, were part of a mad parenting science experiment. Poor little thing… Before I took the reins on his sleep and got educated on how to do things the “right” way (by the way, there is no … Continue reading 8 Common Sleep Myths
Controlling your daily schedule can be a challenge – shifting deadlines, an unpredictable boss, birthday parties, inconvenient interruptions, shopping, cleaning, feeding…fitting it all in and maintaining sanity, order, and a schedule can seem elusive for parents these days. But a study by the University College London (UCL) analyzing bedtime and its relation to daytime behavior … Continue reading Erratic Bedtimes for Preschoolers Linked to Behavioral Problems, study says
If you were outside my first son’s room the first few months of his life, you might have thought I was running an all night beauty salon. A hair dryer was frequently humming, the only soothing sound that seemed to calm his periodic wails. Those nights of pacing, rocking, shushing, swaying, bouncing—and hair drying– seemed … Continue reading 5 Easy Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
I love toddlers – they are vigorous, loving, fearless, negotiating balls of energy, and boy can they be troublesome! I can no longer count the number of clients who have come to me saying incredulously, “What happened to my perfect sleeper?” My reply is always the same: “He became a toddler!” As far as sleep … Continue reading 5 Sleep Tips for Those Troublesome Tots!
I am really excited to be the resident pediatric sleep expert for Seventh Generation. Here is the first in a series of blogs I will write for them on a variety of infant and toddler sleep issues. http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/blog/baby-safety-month-safe-sleep-tips Baby Safety Month – Safe Sleep Tips It’sSeptember – the days are getting shorter, the breezes a … Continue reading Baby Sleep Pro blog for Seventh Generation – Safe Sleep Tips
1. Letting my baby cry for hours i.e. using the “cry it out” (CIO) method is the only way to teach him to sleep through the night. Good news! Teaching your child to sleep better doesn’t mean you have to leave them to their own devices in their room alone. Other more gradual methods that … Continue reading Top 5 Infant Sleep Training Myths
The idea usually hits you during the hundredth night waking when your sleep deprived brain manages miraculously to have a coherent thought – what if I just read a book or two and get this kid on the sleep train? Unfortunately, it’s not so easy. If you do read one or two of the hundreds … Continue reading To sleep train your baby, what method works best?
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