Tag: Baby Sleeping Tips

What Do You Do If Your Baby Just Won’t Sleep?!

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It’s one of the most painful parts of parenting, when your baby won’t sleep. Sometimes the issue is straightforward, such as if they’re teething, in which case, we can prepare ourselves for a rough night on occasion. But what happens when your baby just won’t sleep, and you think you’ve tried everything?

Have they been unwell recently?

It’s easy to say that once they’ve got over a cold that they are fine, but as you well know, it can take a long time to get over something. They may be fine in themselves but by the time bedtime rolls around, they need a little bit of extra comfort, and it’s definitely worth checking their temperature just before bedtime. If that’s the case where you can get some paracetamol for kids to lower their temperature. We can be unwell for quite a while, and when you think about your children being surrounded by other kids with other bugs, feeling under the weather can be par for the course for a while.

Are they going through a change?

Stress isn’t something that’s for parents; when toddlers and babies undergo various milestones, they can regress. Look at your child; has something happened recently that has caused major upheaval in their world? It doesn’t have to be a major thing, but when you think about those big changes, such as going to school, or a new sibling, you have to expect that they will regress in some way because it is their way of coping with the problem. If this is the case, and they need a little bit of extra care and attention, give it to them. Because otherwise, if you don’t feel supported, they will express themselves in ways that aren’t particularly nice, such as an aggressive manner.

Have they ever been to sleep by themselves?

It’s a comfort thing, especially at the very outset, and you want your child to go to sleep, you naturally cuddle them until they do drop off, but if they wake up in the night and you aren’t there, they’ll get upset, and so the cycle begins all over again. If you can find a way to help your child fall asleep by themselves, they will become self-soothing. We have to teach them how to fall asleep by themselves, and it can take a long time to get right. You can begin by sitting a little bit further away from the bed, and gradually, over time, move a  little bit further towards the bedroom door. As well as this, think about other ways to help them drift off, such as certain cues like giving them a bath before bed, reading a story, and building night-time routines that can help them go to sleep self sufficiently.

There are so many reasons why they won’t go to sleep by themselves, and a lot of parents feel that they just need to let their children cry it out, but this, as has been shown numerous times, isn’t a very good approach. As much as we need to give them comfort, if they don’t sleep, it’s definitely worth thinking about if they have been unwell recently, or are anxious for whatever reason.

 

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The Mama Coach: Making Motherhood Easier

Motherhood is no walk in the park and any new mom past or present can agree to that. There is so much to learn and do that sometimes you feel that your village may not even be enough.

Well, we have just discovered an amazing place that offers that support that many new moms may need and that is The Mama Coach in Toronto.

The Mama Coach is a team of Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners who are committed to making motherhood easier. Their programs are based on science, empathy, and support. It is that extra village that every new mom should have by her side.

We got to interview Yvonne who leads the Mama Coach in Toronto to get more info on this prestigious organization.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

My name is Yvonne Chan and I am the owner of The Mama Coach in Toronto. I am a prenatal educator, sleep consultant, lactation counselor, HSF certified CPR instructor, a Registered Nurse and a mom of two happy little ones!

I love staying active by playing in various sports, traveling the world with my family, and raising my kids to be kind and happy people.

Tell me a little about the Mama Coach. Why did you start it?

I love teaching, helping others, and have always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Becoming a Mama Coach gives me a unique opportunity that allows me to do something I am really passionate about: helping new moms be the best they can be while leveraging my nursing degree and experience as a mom. Additionally, being a business owner allows me the flexibility to optimize my work and family life.

There are so many reasons I wanted to bring The Mama Coach to Toronto. The thing that excites me the most about being a Mama Coach is being part of a group that is the best of the best in the field. I found my values and way of thinking aligned very accurately with the philosophy of the Founder of The Mama Coach, Carrie Bruno. The Mama Coach is a nationwide group of Registered Nurses who work independently with families to provide support through education. Our mission is to make motherhood easier!

Could you provide a quick breakdown of some of the services you offer?

We offer sleep consultation packages, lactation support packages, prenatal classes, and CPR workshops and certification classes. All services are done in the privacy of your home! We come to you!

More than sleep packages include:

  • 1.5 hours of in-home visit by a Registered Nurse with a complete head to toe assessment on baby to make sure there is no underlying medical issue that is affecting sleep or feeds. All visits also include feeding assessment (breast feeding, bottle feeling, or solid foods feeding).
  • Customized sleep plan.
  • Unlimited support from a Registered Nurse for two weeks from the day the sleep plan is implemented. You will have an RN available daily to answer any questions and to provide guidance via email and 4 scheduled phone calls throughout the two weeks.
  • The Mama Coach eBook for sleep.
  • Add on services: Bedtime support (3 hours in person support at bedtime), a half-night support (in person support from bedtime to midnight), full night support (bedtime to 7 am).

Lactation and feeding support packages include:

  • 1 in home visit and 1 week of unlimited email support.
  • The Mama Coach eBook on feeding

Infant and Child CPR and Choking workshops include:

  • 60 to 80 minutes in-home CPR and Choking workshop.
  • The Mama Coach eBook on Infant and Child CPR and safety.

Prenatal classes include:

  • 3 hours in-home session.
  • Email support until birth.
  • The Mama Coach prenatal guide.
  • Add-on: Total Support Package (1 postpartum in-home visit and 1 in-home visit at 5 weeks, 8 phone calls and 8 weeks of email support after birth).

Everyone says that some babies are just bad sleepers. Is that a myth? How can a parent really know that there might be a sleeping problem?

I believe that is a myth because sleep is a learned skill. We can’t just lay our babies down and expect them to know what to do. Parents can “teach” babies how to sleep with our gentle programs and guide them in learning a healthy life skill.

We believe that a baby’s sleep patterns are not a problem unless it’s a problem for you. We have a no judgement zone at The Mama Coach.

We love how your services are tailored to each specific child as we all know each child is different. Are there any general tips you can offer to parents who are struggling to get their child to sleep through the night?

The Mama Coach 5 Sleep Tips eBook has some general tips to parents who are struggling to get their child to sleep.

  • Sleep environment: Melatonin plays a key role in keeping our babies asleep and a dark sleep environment leads to more production of this amazing hormone.
  • Awake times:
    1. Birth to 10 weeks (45 – 60 mins)
    2. 11 weeks to 3.5 months (2 – 2.5 hrs) – 4 to 5 naps
    3. 5 to 5 months (2 – 2.5 hrs) – 4 naps
    4. 5 to 7 months (2.5 – 3 hrs) – 3 naps
    5. 8 to 13 months (3 – 4 hrs) – 2 naps
    6. 14 months to 3 years (4 – 5 hrs) – 1 nap
  • The golden ticket always lies with bedtime. Night sleep and day sleep are governed by different parts of your babies’ brain. Create a consistent bedtime routine.
  • Eliminating sleep props for night wake-ups: infants and children rouse on average four to six times per night, with brief awakenings at the end of each sleep cycle. Teaching babies to fall back to sleep on their own without a sleep prop they will be able to fall right into their next stage of sleep.
  • Milestones and regressions: Developmental milestones can interfere with sleep. We recommend lots of skill practice during non-sleep times.

Send me an email at yvonne@themamamcoach.ca to get your FREE copy of The Mama Coach 5 sleep tips eBook!

Since you have started The Mama Coach what has been your most memorable success story?

I find everyone of my client’s success story to be unique and memorable. The story that stands out the most to me is with a second time mom who contacted me for help with her five-month old baby. This mom has a three-year-old and a five-month old. Mom used one of the many sleep plans that were available on the internet with her first baby and that baby slept and fed beautifully. She tried to implement the same strategies with her second baby to get this baby to feed and sleep but this baby just wasn’t having it. Baby had reflux (feeds would take 40+ minutes plus 20 minutes keeping baby upright). Baby was waking up frequently at night for feeds, and was hard to settle during the day. Mom was feeling anxious and a bit deflated that her strategy for the 1st wasn’t working for the 2nd.

I built a customized plan for this family, gave the baby a head to toe nursing assessment, assessed a feed, showed and educated mom on improving the latch and positioning of the baby during feeds to improve reflux during my in-home visit. Once we improved feeds, we worked on sleep and by the 3rd night of starting the plan, baby was feeding and sleeping well. We made some tweaks along the way but by the end of our two weeks together, this baby was taking three solid naps, dropped the night feeds on her own and everybody got the sleep they so well deserved. By the end of our time together – mom felt confident, rested, and happy!

This success story demonstrates that every baby is different. We look at the whole picture to come up with an individualized plan that works for you and your baby! The start and finish line (goal) are set but the journey will be different for everyone. I know where we are starting, I know where we are going to finish but I don’t know what is going to happen in-between. We don’t use a cookie cutter method. We are nurses and use our assessment skills throughout the process.

What we tell parents is not a secret. Anyone can read books, find plans on the internet, etc. What I give parents is support all the way through and I give Moms in-person feeding support which they won’t be able to get from a book.

I am so thankful for all the opportunities to be part of so many families success story.

Where would you like to see The Mama Coach in the next five years?

I would like to see The Mama Coach be the go-to-choice for making motherhood easier and baby sleep throughout Toronto and the GTA!

If someone is interested in utilizing your services, how can they go about accessing them?

They can book their initial free phone call online.

Additionally, all our services are available virtually on a video HIPAA-compliant Telehealth platform.

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with some great insight on The Mama Coach. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you, Momma Braga, for this opportunity to share information about The Mama Coach. Finding sleep for our babies can be so challenging. I believe in finding a solution that works for the entire family. If you are ready to make change for better sleep, let’s set up a time to chat! Please go to this link to book a time that works for you. The sooner we get started, the sooner we can get your sweet baby sleeping and feeding great!

Thinking back to five years ago when I had my daughter, Nikki, I could have truly benefited from these services. Unfortunately, I did not know about them and this is why it is important that I share these amazing resources with my wonderful readers.

When I had the opportunity to interview The Mama Coach, I knew I had to jump on it! A place that offers sleep tips is a superb place to me as a happy baby is definitely a happy mommy!

We hope we will feature more on The Mama Coach and if you have any questions, feel free to comment below or send us an email at mommabraga@gmail.com as we would love to hear from you. You can stay anonymous too! 😊

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

 

Giving Parents and Babies a Better Night Sleep with Fade Away Sleep Sounds

This month’s “Dad of the Month” is a husband and father of two awesome boys. His “day job” is a TV and Film Editor. Some of his past projects have been “The Grey”, starring Liam Neeson, NBC’s “The Blacklist” Pilot, and NBC’s “State of Affairs.” And when he isn’t doing any television productions, he is spending all his free time on Fade Away Sleep Sounds.

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I had the opportunity to connect with Kevin to get to know more about this great dad and his business, Fade Away Sleep Sounds.

  1. What does your company do?

“Fade Away Sleep Sounds is a white noise sleep aid company. The womb is a very noisy place, and for some babies, making that transition to sleeping in the quiet environment outside of the womb can be a challenging one. That’s why white noise has been so successful with the little ones. The sounds we provide are sounds that tend to replicate actual white noise in the respect that they are at a constant pitch, tone and level. They both re-create that womb-like sounds and they also act as a masking sound, blocking out other unwanted sounds. Also, most of our Baby Sleep Sounds were developed to take the place of items parents were already using to help get their children to sleep (i.e. hair dryer, washing machine, shower sounds, the sound of a car ride, etc.).”

“Originally our sounds catered to babies and their needs, but we have since expanded our library to include sleep and relaxation sounds for adults too. What makes Fade Away Sleep Sounds different is the slow, gradual fade to silence at the end of every track. It’s so slow you can’t even hear it happening, and before you know it, your baby (and you) are sleeping un-aided.”

  1. When did you start your business?

“My first experience with white noise was with my oldest child back in 2003, but Fade Away Sleep Sounds didn’t start until 2008.”

  1. How did you come up with the idea?

“As I mentioned, my first time using white noise was with my first child. He was a fussy sleeper, and my wife and I had heard a little about the benefits of white noise, so we decided to try it out on a particularly challenging evening. The sound that ended up working was running bath water. It was amazing how this nearly inconsolable little person quickly relaxed and calmed when he heard that sound. With our second child, it was very much the same, except the sound he responded to was the hair dryer. And with him the response was almost instant…it was almost like flipping a switch. When the hair dryer turned on, he turned off. It was amazing! It got to the point where we just kept the hair dryer under his crib. A few years later we were sharing our experiences with our friends, telling them how well white noise has worked for us. Since I worked in the broadcast industry, I had a lot of the equipment needed to professionally record and produce video and audio, so I decided to record a sound for them and put it on a CD. They loved it and soon after Fade Away Sleep Sounds was born!”

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  1. How did you come up with the business name?

“We decided on Fade Away Sleep Sounds to highlight what was special and unique about us. If you’ve ever researched white noise companies, you’ll soon come to see that there are quite a few. However, none of them offered the slow fade to silence that we do, hence, “Fade Away” Sleep Sounds.”

  1. What do you hope your business accomplishes?

“I hope that if anything Fade Away Sleep Sounds can bring a little relief to babies and adults struggling with sleep. Sleep deprivation is a tough thing. If we can help in combating it, I think we will have accomplished just what we set out to do.”

  1. Where would you like to see your business in 5 years?

“Right now we’re the little business that could. There have been times when Fade Away Sleep Sounds took a back seat to my editing career, which really hurt its growth. Now I’m trying to take a more balanced approach with my career and Fade Away Sleep Sounds. I’d like to see our library of sounds grow and have us to be more top of mind with parents and other businesses. In five years, I can see Fade Away Sleep Sounds as a leader in the white noise industry and a partner with other sleep related and parenting companies.”

  1. As a busy working dad, how do you find the time to balance it all?

“Balance is the key. Yes, work and career is important, but it’s nothing compared to being part of your child’s life. My wife and I created routines in our household, and we make a concerted effort to stick to them. This means consistent meal times where we sit down as a family and consistent routines, such as bed time. I’m very connected to my calendar, so I schedule everything. I know when my kids have a concert or a soccer game and whenever possible I schedule everything around those family type events.”

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  1. If someone is interested in purchasing from your company where can they go?

“I try to encourage everyone to go to our website at http://www.fadeawaysleepsounds.com/. That’s where you can find every sound we have, and where all our new sounds are released first. We even have free sounds available to people who register on our website. I’ve also tried very hard to make Fade Away Sleep Sounds available on most every digital platform as well. After our sounds have been released on our website, I then will start making the sounds available on all the other platforms out there, such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, etc. We are on most of the popular streaming and download sites.”

  1. Lastly, is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?

“I, and thousands of other parents, have had great success with white noise and have truly seen it benefit our kids. However, it’s not for everyone. I suggest testing white noise with your baby before buying a track from Fade Away Sleep Sounds or any other white noise company. Also, our Baby Sleep Sounds weren’t necessarily made to introduce to your baby, but to supplement the sounds you have already discovered work for your kids. So, if you know the hair dryer works for your baby, then go ahead and download our hair dryer tracks so you don’t wear out your own dryer. I also like to stress to parents not to play the sounds too loud. It is recommended that sounds for babies shouldn’t be any louder than 50 db. And the source of the sound shouldn’t be too close to the baby either. I suggest picking a sound level that is a close level to the actual sound…..so if someone is use to sleeping with a fan in their room, set the volume level to one that matches the actual fan.”

“We do have sounds that are more geared to adults too as I have mentioned earlier. While I think it’s great that the sound of a vacuum works well for a lot of babies, that’s the last thing I want to hear when I’m sleeping. That’s why we have other sounds like Rain Sounds, Thunder Storm Sounds, Ocean Roar, etc. I use those types of sounds all the time and love them!”

“Lastly, thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my company! I’m very proud of what it is and excited to see what it will become.”

Momma Braga is extremely proud to feature Kevin of Fade Away Sleep Sounds as this month’s “Dad of the Month” as he is such a humble, kind and is helping many babies (and parents) sleep better with the sounds he creates. What parent does not want better sleep?! I think we all do! This alone makes Kevin an awesome dad and our Dad of the Month.

Kevin is so awesome that he is giving us some free tracks to give away to our awesome readers. Make sure to follow Momma Braga on Facebook for contest details.

To follow Fade Away Sleep Sounds to see what they are up to, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as I have a feeling there is more to come from them!

Thank you Kevin for your time and wishing you many years of success!

Until next time……Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga
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