How Mater & McQueen Can Help Your Baby Nap in the Car

Temperament.  It matters. Yes, in a perfect Pixar world you'd put your baby in the car seat and he'd sleep all the way to Radiator Springs.  (If that's you, congratulations.  You can stop reading.) For the rest of us, though, napping on a road trip is hit or miss.  Today I'm going to share two main approaches to tackling this age-old problem. The first approach I'm calling "The Mater ... [Continue Reading]

The Do’s and Don’ts to Help Your Baby Sleep Away From Home

Some babies are great little travelers.  You could take them across three time zones and they'll just smile and snooze. Other babies...not so much. It's Dr. Jekyll and Hyde. Dr. Banner and the Hulk. To them, WE'RE the ones causing all the hubbub.  Taking them all over the planet, away from their happy places, forcing them to smile at all kinds of strange-faced "relatives" who want to ... [Continue Reading]

Magic Touch: A Baby Self Soothing Hack Every Parent Should Try

I know what you're thinking. I touch my baby all the time and it doesn't seem all "magical" when he's screaming his head off at 10pm at night.   Ahhh....but there are different types of touch. Are you sure you're using the right kind? If I had a mustache, I'd twirl it because I'm about to blow your mind with a magic trick. And not just any magic trick! It's a trick you can replicate at ... [Continue Reading]

Do You Need a Baby Sleep Consultant?

You know, the answer isn't an automatically a YES. Some parents really don't need to use a baby sleep consultant.  (Keep reading to find out if you're one of them!) I realize that since I do sleep consultant stuff as a profession, I may need to go the extra mile here to emphasize my honesty. *placing my hand on a Bible* Heather, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and ... [Continue Reading]

GIVEAWAY: 4 Reasons Keeping a Baby Journal is a Brilliant Idea

Do you know one of the first lessons Amy and I teach our sleep coaching clients? Keep a baby journal.  It is one of the biggest littlest things you can do to improve your baby's sleep, your sanity, and everything in between. Today we're partnering up with Duo Diary to give away two Mama & Baby Health Diaries. These diaries not only will help you track your baby's health and sleep, ... [Continue Reading]

The ABC’s of Moving Your Baby to One Nap (Without Losing Your Mind)

Sometime between 15 and 18 months, your child will go through a major napping adjustment. It's a weird time. Some days he's a happy bubbly little guy that just doesn't seem tired for his  morning nap - but MY GOODNESS what a monster he becomes around dinner time! Or there are days where it seems he'll fall asleep anywhere. It feels like you're gambling with your family's ... [Continue Reading]

How to Fix the “Baby Not Sleeping” Nightmare

By far the worst part of babyhood is the utter exhaustion. The nightly ritual of dragging yourself from sweet happy slumber into "mom and dad" mode. Walking, feeding, shushing, singing...all to comfort our helpless brood into snoozes. We cross our fingers and hope for a "good" night, where we lull them into sleep and they stay that way until morning. My purpose in writing this article ... [Continue Reading]

Remember the Old Woman in the Shoe? The Twin Scheduling Secrets She Would Have Killed For…

Have you heard the original version of The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe? It goes like this... Not sure why it's the kids'  fault that she had so many kids......but evidently they drove her so batty she starved and beat them. *Way to start off with a downer, Heather...* ACTUALLY, I think that little nursery rhyme should encourage you. No matter how overwhelmed you feel, it's ... [Continue Reading]

8 Simple Ways to Stop Swaddling

Swaddling feels like magic for many parents. It's an instant-soother for babies who depend on it to fall asleep. It's a security blanket (literally) for parents who are looking for ways to calm fussy babies. But somewhere around 4-5 months old, the sweet Smeagol is transformed into a deadly dangerous Gollum. That's because the 4-5 month age range is usually when most babies start ... [Continue Reading]

3 Hocus Pocus Tips to Overcome the “Witching Hour”

The following is a guest post provided by Holly Klaassen.  Thanks Holly for sharing your expertise on fussy babies with us here at Incredible Infant! If you’ve had a baby for...I don’t know...more than about 3 hours, you have very likely experienced the ‘witching hour’. If you’ve managed to escape this joy, here’s a brief description: It’s the period between about 5pm and midnight where ... [Continue Reading]