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Stay Rested Over The Holidays

How to Keep Your Family Well Rested Over the Holidays

Traveling this holiday season? Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling to see family and friends, the holidays typically bring late nights, missed naps and general disruption of regular routines. Keeping everyone well rested (including adults!) is one of the best ways to ensure that your family will enjoy the best that the holidays have to offer.

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Make the Fall Time Change Easier on Your Family’s Sleep Schedule

Sonny Rosenman in crib as a 2 month old

On Sunday, November 4th, clocks go back one hour when Daylight Savings Time ends, and as a result, we gain a bit of extra sleep. Obviously getting more sleep sounds blissful, but it’s not quite so simple if you have young kids. Parents often worry about how it will affect their family’s sleep and wonder when their child will adjust to the new time schedule. The good news is, that when it comes to both the spring and fall time changes, our body clocks will naturally adjust on their own. However, you may need to give your kids a bit of help, which will also make the shift that much easier.

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILD’S SLEEP ON TRACK THIS FALL

It really does take organization and planning to get everyone prepped and ready for back to school. So, why not build on that work so that your family stays happy, healthy and well rested for the entire fall season? Keep reading to learn a few tips that will help your child maintain healthy sleep habits as we move through fall and into the winter months. 

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Your Child and Sleep During Summer Vacation

Long sunny days, trips to the cottage, entertaining, and busy summer schedules can wreak havoc on your baby’s sleep routine. If you’re worried about protecting your little ones’ sleep schedule while trying to enjoy your own summer getaway, don’t be – you can still get the rest and relaxation you deserve and not throw off your baby and toddler’s sleep schedule by following these tips.

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Why You Shouldn’t Just “Wing It” At Bedtime

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Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is Representative and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC) and serves on the faculty of The Family Sleep Institute. She and her husband, Mike, live in Toronto, Canada with their 3 children (1+twins!) You can follow her expert advice in national publications like Macleans, Prevention Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Huffington Post. Alanna strives in helping families (baby to adults) overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and how to work with a Good Night Sleep Consultant at goodnightsleepsite.com and follow Alanna and all her sleep tips on Instagram and Facebook.

You probably have a bedtime routine of your own and don’t even realize it. Maybe you wash your face, brush your teeth, and read a book. Or you take a shower and drink tea. I have one friend who loves to wind down by brushing her dog.

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How Do I Fix My Baby’s Early Morning Wakings?

Portrait of a bored baby standing in a drib.
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Certified Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is Representative and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC) and serves on the faculty of The Family Sleep Institute. She and her husband, Mike, live in Toronto, Canada with their 3 children (1+twins!) You can follow her expert advice in national publications like Macleans, Prevention Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Huffington Post. Alanna strives in helping families (baby to adults) overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. You can find out more about Alanna McGinn and how to work with a Good Night Sleep Consultant at goodnightsleepsite.com and follow Alanna and all her sleep tips on Instagram and Facebook.One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “How can I get my baby to sleep later in the morning.”  

You may have found you’ve finally gotten into a consistent routine but then your little one starts waking earlier and earlier, until suddenly you realize it’s a regular occurrence. And no parent really wants a 5:00 a.m. wakeup call.

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Help! My Baby Won’t Nap!

Sleeping beautiful and yawning baby toddler on the bed. Portrait by Alanna McGinn

It’s mid-afternoon and you’ve been eagerly anticipating your baby’s nap so you can get a few moments of quiet time, catch up on chores, or even take a short nap yourself. Only your baby didn’t get the memo and naptime at your house is almost non-existent.

Not napping is a common problem that happens when your very portable newborn gets a bit older. The good news is it can be fixed with a few adjustments.

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