Apr 21, 2021
Sleep, or the lack of it, is probably the most discussed topic among parents of newborns. And while sleepless nights are widely accepted as just part of the bargain of bringing a new life into the world, we are not always prepared for the sleepless nights to drag into years. Night wakings, bedtime routines that seem to go on and on, skipped naps, sleep regressions, musical beds, and crib to bed transitions — it is truly exhausting!
In today’s episode, host Jessica Rolph is joined by Lauren Lappen, a certified sleep consultant and co-founder of Wee Sleep Solutions, who offers practical advice on toddler sleep.
[1:38] How do you get a toddler to bed and keep them there?
[2:45] The benefits of using routine cards during bedtime.
[4:04] Lauren’s tips on how to avoid a battle of wills with your toddler.
[5:10] How to respond when your toddler wakes in the middle of the night, asking for you.
[6:35] Why “musical beds” aren’t ideal for anyone; toddlers like to wake up in the same bed where they fell asleep.
[9:18] What if the wakings are a function of your child being unwell?
[10:26] Lauren talks about the signs a baby is ready to move to a toddler bed, and gives suggestions for types of beds to use.
[13:55] Considering easy access to the potty.
[17:22] Suggestions for specific situations, like if you’ve got a new baby coming and you need to make room, or if your child is a climber and might exit the crib.
[20:16] How critical are night feedings to toddlers?
[22:38] How to wean a toddler from that night feeding.
[24:23] What to do about pacifiers. Do they stay or do they go?
[27:06] Jessica gives some highlights of her conversation with Lauren.
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