Infant Sleep Training: Enter the No Judgment Zone

infant sleep with mom

“No, I’m not plugging a national chain of gyms, I’m letting you know that when you come to me you’re in a safe space. Over my years of infant sleep training along Philadelphia’s Main Line I’ve seen just about everything, so not much surprises me these days. I also know that by the time parents seek my help, they’re exhausted and looking for a solution. This is why Gift of Sleep Consulting is a judgment-free zone.”

Infant sleep training: been there, seen it, own the t-shirt

Whether you’re co-sleeping or rocking your baby to sleep each night, I’m not here to judge. What I will say is that I’d rather you be room-sharing than co-sleeping for both you and your baby’s sake, but only because I want you both to get a good night’s rest! The reality is that you’re not the first and you won’t be the last to share that there are roadblocks preventing your infant from getting a good night’s sleep.

Many parents put their baby’s in their cribs after they’re already asleep and they fall into a cycle of holding or rocking baby until they’re asleep and putting them down again. Many parents don’t understand why their baby is having issues — until I ask them how they’d react to falling asleep in one place and waking in another. Scary thought, right? Many of the families who come to me just need an outsider to take a thorough look at what’s going on and offer suggestions. (more…)

Sleep Training Your Toddler with a Trusted Sleep Coach for Baby in Philadelphia: 18 to 24-Month Sleep Regression

two year old sleep regression

You’ve been blessed with a good sleeper from the start, but suddenly your little one is fighting daytime naps and waking in the night. What is going on? You’re likely experiencing the dreaded 18 to 24-month sleep regression. Don’t worry, you’re in good company. As your trusted sleep coach for baby in Philadelphia, I will help you get everyone back on track in no time. Let’s talk about sleep training your toddler during a sleep regression.


When Should You Hire a Sleep Coach for Your Baby?

baby sleeping

Ahh, the early days of parenting. Perhaps you’re in that period when your newborn is adjusting to day and night, or you have a hungry baby who wakes every hour or so. No matter the cause, you are desperate for sleep and looking for help. If you’re wondering when the right time is to hire a sleep coach for your baby, this is the blog for you.


How to Choose an Ideal Nanny for Your Child

Guest Post By Susan Jones

Most of today’s mothers are now working, and if they happen to have a child or small kids, they need a dependable and trustworthy nanny. Finding an ideal nanny can be hard. Below are some tips for parents who are currently looking for the right nanny for their child.

Helpful Tips

It doesn’t matter if you are hiring a babysitter or putting your little one in daycare service because what’s important is that you are able to make an informed decision. Full time nannies are the best especially for working couples or a single parent. Some nannies stay with the family, while others work part time. It is truly overwhelming to pick the right and the best nanny in your area.


Always keep in mind that the nanny will stay in your house, together with your child, the whole day. This means that the nanny must get along well with the entire family. The family and the nanny should be comfortable in each other’s presence. Follow these tips to find the ideal nanny today:

  • What are your requirements? You should first identify and assess your personal requirements in hiring the nanny. Should you hire a part time or full time nanny? Are you planning to give special duties to the nanny? Will the nanny run errands for you or your child? You must answer these questions first before starting your hunt.

  • Ask recommendations from friends and family/relatives. This is the best way to spread the word that you are looking for a nanny.

  • Consider looking into the best nanny agency in your area. Placement agencies are very popular today, and you can be sure that the nannies have undergone proper training programs. The selection process is handled by the agency and all you have to do is provide your requirements. The agency also takes care of background checks and will recommend the right nanny. The only disadvantage is that some agencies charge hefty fees.

  • Handle the screening process personally. It is important that you meet with the potential nannies before making the final decision. For instance, you can choose at least 8 to 10 candidates. You can start the screening process over the phone or through email until you narrow down the choices to at least three nannies. After this, you can schedule for a face to face interview.

Interviewing prospects is very important. Your child or children must be present during the interview. This is the best way to see if there is instant bonding or chemistry between your child and the nanny. You must be observant of how your child interacts with the nanny, and vice versa.


There are also questions to ask nannies during the selection process. You can ask questions pertaining to the nanny’s previous work experience, handling emergencies, how she disciplines her children, how she feeds or consoles a crying child, how activities are planned, and many others. You must pay attention to how the nanny answers the questions. Oftentimes, you can trust your instinct but don’t forget to consider the facts, as well.


Comfort and compatibility are very important factors. The childrearing philosophies of the nanny should also be the same as the parents. Otherwise, conflicts may arise. Take your time checking the references given by the nanny. Be sure to visit previous employers or families, or give them a ring.


Consider having a trial run. During this time, you must be observant. Once you’ve picked the right nanny, you must have an employment agreement which includes all your requirements. Discuss this with the nanny, and both parties must affix their signatures. Follow the tips above, and you can’t go wrong with your decision.


All You Want To Know About Baby Acne

Guest Post By Smith Amelia

What is baby acne:

Acne infant-um also known as Neonatal acne is a common occurrence and a harmless condition. The acne eruption that occurs in newborns or infants is usually harmless and goes away quickly without any major treatment. There are not many options to prevent harmless baby acne and it usually clears up after a few weeks.

Why do babies get acne:

The common notion about acne is that it occurs in teenage, so parents tend to worry when they see pimples on their newborns skin. In reality, there’s nothing to stress about baby acne as it is a common occurrence. Infants get pimples because of the maternal hormone that crosses the placenta and enters into the newborns body. These hormones are good they makes the baby’s lungs mature prior to birth. But at the same time, these hormones also cause baby acne. The pimples end to disappear by the age of 6 months. But if the condition still persists, it is advisable to consult a doctor.

Treatment for baby acne:

Without fail, wash the baby’s skin with a mild non-drying soap 2-3 times a day. It is also important to keep the baby’s skin clean and dry as infant acne can appear due to clogged oil glands. For treating acne, dip a cotton ball in warm water and wipe the baby’s face, instead of using soap. Lotions and creams can clog the pores and worsen the condition, so try to keep the baby’s skin clean and dry to prevent acne.

A moisturizing baby wash can be used until the acne clears. A simple way to cure or treat baby acne is to keep the baby’s face dry whenever he spits up during a feeding session as moisture can aggravate the condition. It is good to use baby powder across the problem areas to treat the pimples. Also, letting the baby scratch his face can infect the pimples and can aggravate the skin condition. Often breastfeeding mothers eat sweet or citrus fruits that can cause skin problems in newborns. In such cases, mothers can consider changing their diet.


Baby acne is very common and can be present at birth or it can show up after a couple of weeks. While waiting for the skin to heal, keep the area clean by washing it with warm water and a mild gel. Usually baby acne gets cured in a few weeks or months, but sometimes the condition persists for long. If the acne doesn’t clear up within 3 months, consult a doctor. The doctor may prescribe a mild medication if the acne is not getting cured.

To sum it all up:

Baby acne is harmless and extremely common among newborns. Infants are prone to pimples, which are caused by the maternal hormones that over-activate the oil-producing glands.

Author Bio: Smith Amelia

Being a shopping addict, avid reader, ardent writer, along with a love towards traveling and exploring the globe. Fashion Critic and Design Student that loves to study about health and medicine as well as learn more about acne treatment and mineral make up.

Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child: Proper Bedtime Clothes

 Can you give a guide of how to dress a baby for sleep by temperature? (I find it so hard to figure out what my babe should wear in this in between weather when the house temp is 72…but then drops to 68!).

This is a great question! It is often difficult to gauge how best to dress our little ones when the temperature can easily swing one way or the other over the course of a night. My advice is to take a good look at how you would dress yourself for bed and then dress your little one accordingly. As most babies and young toddlers are too small for a blanket, what I would suggest is a long sleeve t-shirt or onesie under a heavier weighted sleep sack (fleece or velboa) along with a pair of socks. The sleep sack would take the place of a blanket and sheet that we grownups would normally use.  Baby clothing store/brand Carters also makes a great option they call a sleep bag that is fleece and has long sleeves and a zipper in the front. All your baby would need underneath is a onesie and socks and they are all set.

Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child: Sound Sleep While the Temperate Plummets

Once the weather has finally grown cold and we have entered into winter, I would suggest that parents of babies and young toddlers dress their little ones in a footed sleeper with a heaver weight sleep sack over top.  Depending on how cold your house gets in the winter, you may even want to make the footed pajamas fleece as well or be sure to add a onesie under the attire.  Our house usually dips down to 66 degrees at night during the winter months so I make sure that I dress both of my daughters appropriately.  BUT…while my older daughter tends to catch a chill easier, my younger daughter is definitely the furnace of the family.  That little girl gives off some incredible heat!  And since, as I have discussed in previous blogs that an overheated child will find it harder to sleep, and may cause a SIDS risk, I take this into consideration when I dress her for bed.  Usually we dress her in thinner long sleeve pajamas under a fleece sleep sack with some nice warm socks.  Sometimes I’ll even leave her onesie on if I feel it’s especially cold.

But I will admit, to new parents, knowing what is right can definitely be confusing.  We all want to make sure that we send our babies off to dreamland prepared for the night ahead, but then I remember as a first time mom also being nervous that my daughter would be too hot or too cold.  Confidence in this comes with time and experience.  And also a bit of experimentation.Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child

Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child: How To Check If Your Baby Is Too Cold?

A good way to check if your baby is too cold is to touch their core (stomach). If it is nice and warm then you are great. If it feels a bit chilly, add an additional layer. This piece of advice goes for daytime as well as night time too.

I do hope this bit of information helps my readers that are new parents.  I love the transition from summer to fall and then fall to winter.  Winter makes some great sleeping weather!  I just wish mother nature would decide it’s Fall already!  I’m ready for the beautiful fall foliage.

Sweet Dreams!

Healthy Sleep Habits = Happy Child

Healthy Sleep Habits
Healthy Sleep Habits

Healthy sleep habits for your baby or child are extremely important for the overall health and well being. The path to developing healthy soothing skills can start very shortly after birth and the best way to begin reinforcing these very important skills is the environment in which your baby learns how to sleep independently (with the help of some Rock Star self soothing skills).

Here are some great tips and insights about creating the perfect sleeping environment for your baby.

Encouraging healthy sleep habits: The temperature of the room does matter!

Did you know that most little ones prefer to sleep in a room that is on the cool side rather than warm? Studies have shown that a too warm sleep environment can actually be very detrimental to infant sleep. Just like for most of us grownups, a too warm sleeping environment can make it very difficult for your child to go to sleep. It is also suggested that it may be one of the contributors to SIDS. I recommend to all of my clients whether their child is a newborn or well into their preschool years to make sure their little one’s room temperature falls somewhere between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the clothing your little one is dressed in for bed should be right along the same lines of what you would wear to bed. And a great addition to a baby or toddler’s bed is a baby sleep sack instead of a blanket (see last week’s post regarding my love for this wonderful invention). Remember cool and comfy and not warm and stuffy.

Encouraging healthy sleep habits: Although a bedding set is super cute, it can also be super dangerous.

I encourage all of my clients of infants to remove all items from their child’s crib that are non essential for safe and healthy sleep. This includes, crib quits, blankets, bumpers that are not breathable and see through as well as pillows and stuffed animals. Although a “Lovey” can be introduced around 7 months of age. All your baby needs in their crib for safe sleep is a mattress, sheet, secure swaddle (up until 3 months) or a sleep sack. That’s it!

Encouraging healthy sleep habit: The darker the better

A very dark room during all sleep periods (daytime naps included) actually helps your little one want to sleep. If the nursery or bedroom is too bright via natural sunlight streaming through an uncovered window or blinds, your little one will find it much harder to settle to sleep. As sunlight hits our skin and is absorbed, our body naturally releases chemicals to cue our bodies to be awake. The more we can do as parents to block light from getting in the room the better to stop this from happening. Also, darkness is a fantastic clue or indicator that one should be sleeping and with help and consistency, your baby can begin to pick up on this clue. A dark room = sweet dreams for little ones if you want to get your baby to sleep through the night

Encouraging healthy sleep habit: White noise, the soothing static lulling your little one to sleep.

Using some sort of white noise in your baby or toddler’s room can help them sleep longer and more soundly by blocking out environmental noise. You would be surprised at how the slightest outside noise can arouse a baby in a light sleep state. A favorite among many of my clients is a box fan or portable white noise machine. I’ve seen some pretty expensive models sold in baby stores but have to admit that if you can find one that is under $30.00 and can easily be taken with you on family vacations or overnight trips you’ll be all set. Oh and if it can also be battery operated…BONUS. You never know when you will lose power during a pretty noisy thunder storm.

In closing, if your little one is having trouble falling or staying asleep, please be sure you have evaluated their sleep space for the tips above and make adjustments where necessary. As always, I welcome your questions or comments concerning this week’s topic.