Is your toddler or preschooler waking you multiple times a night and you just can’t figure out why? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself to help you reflect on these wakings:

1. Is there a Pain or Need?
2. Is their Day Sleep Normal?
3 Is there a Habit?
4. Is your child Confident in their bedtime routine?
5. Is there anything you could add to their Sleep Environment safely to make it cozier?

The REAL reasons your toddler or preschooler is waking up are that they are going down overtired OR they do not feel confident in their bedtime routine OR they do not feel confident in calming themselves back to sleep and call out for their soother OR they have a habit of eating in the night OR they have learned they can get up and be rewarded by sleeping with parents OR all of the above.

The good news is that children are quick learners and with Sleep Happy support you can ELIMINATE night wakings and bedtime struggles in 3 days!
Think about this! Toddlers and preschoolers learn about their world by interpreting patterns in their day. They crave structure and repetition because it helps them process their world and begin to predict what is coming next. This makes children feel safe. (And can really get old for parents, anyone out there reading the same book every night and ready to pull their hair out???) When children feel safe, they test the boundaries less. They are confident and feel in control of their routines! In other words, bedtime runs smoothly and children sleep well!

If you are struggling with bedtime or multiple wakings a night, I encourage you to reflect on your current routines. Use the questions above to think through your daily routines and ask yourself if there are any inconsistencies that could be confusing to your child.

At Sleep Happy, we start with the child development behind bedtime struggles and we give parents the skills and the practicable tools to EMPOWER their children to be confident happy sleepers for life!

Still get confused by Daylight Savings? Spring Forward means setting your clock forward 1 hour this Spring (= lose 1 hour). So, a typical 7pm bedtime becomes 6pm with your child waking up an hour earlier.
How do you plan to help your child adjust to “losing an hour” this Saturday, March 10th?

Option A:  Do nothing.  “My little ones adjust easily and/or we have an early bedtime right now so Springing Forward will actually help our schedule.”

Option B:  Shift your schedule forward starting tomorrow morning and use light to help your little one’s body shift their body clock one hour earlier.  “My children are more sensitive and take longer to adjust to the time change.”
Here are some tips to help you with Option B:

Use Light as a Signal
Dim the lights one hour before bedMove outdoor playtime to the morning to leave time for an earlier bedtimeMove any screen time to the morningBegin using quieter voices when lights are dimmed
Wake 15 Minutes Earlier Each Morning Starting on Wednesday

Wake 15 Minutes Earlier Each Morning Starting on Wednesday
By waking your little one 15 minutes earlier than normal, they will be tired for nap earlier, wake from nap earlier and be ready for bed earlier.  Repeat this method for each of the four days so that when you reach the day the time shifts, your child’s new schedule will match their pre-DST schedule.

FOR INFANTS who nap well you can apply this principle to their last nap instead of morning wake up.

Are you a new mom?  Have you started reading the books and information about sleep but don’t know where to start?

Join us for workshop focus on newborn sleep.  Where you will have all your questions answered!

Small Pockets Boutique in Dallas has invited Sleep Happy back to host TWO classes in October because you wanted more info on SLEEP!

Tuesday, October 16th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Click here to register:  Bit.ly/PMNewbornSleepWorkshop
Wednesday, October 17th from 10am to 12noon
Click here to register:  Bit.ly/AMNewbornSleepWorkshop
Cost:  $75
We heard you and we have improved our Newborn Workshop to include an evening and a morning class AND a longer class for more time for Q&A!

Class Description:  Become equipped with practicable tools to use with your newborn.  This class teaches you how to take all the overwhelming messages parents are bombarded with today and use them to tailor the right approach for your unique baby and parenting style.

Come build your confidence in a positive and encouraging environment!

Registration is filling up, buy your tickets today!

Tuesday, October 16th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Click here to register:  Bit.ly/PMNewbornSleepWorkshop
Wednesday, October 17th from 10am to 12noon
Click here to register:  Bit.ly/AMNewbornSleepWorkshop
Class will be hosted in the Tea Room at Small Pockets Boutique at 12300 Inwood Road Dallas 75244.
For more information, feel free to call Jessica at 214-435-2169 or send an email to jessica@sleephappyconsulting.com.

 

It’s easy to start a Sleep Happy Donut Party tradition in your community. It’s a great event that makes Moms, Dads, and little ones (and teens for that matter) happy about waking up.

It would be a great event to plan for your small group at church, an social event for your moms club, an Early Childhood PTA group, an event for your school’s Kindergarten Round Up schedule, or your neighborhood.

I start by creating a flyer, Facebook event, and/or email invitation.  Encourage guests to RSVP so you know how many donuts to order.  I ordered 92 donuts plus some donut holes, and I had 75 guests.  We ran out after 1.5 hours.  Next year, I will order 120.

Start your event early.  We started at 7:30am.  In the past, I have started at 7am.  No one come that early…lol.  With a come and go event like this, and being the first time for some to get up that early… you will have arrivals during the first hour of your event.

Hosting the event in your own driveway makes it easy set up and clean up! If you are hosting at your school playground or park, enlist some high school volunteers to help with set up and clean up so that you can enjoy the party.

What you will need?

  • Order your donuts at least two days in advance from your favorite donut shop or grocery store. (order ALL glazed so the options are all the same).
  • Grab some OJ or juice boxes
  • Cups or Ice
  • Napkins
  • Trash bag or can
  • Table
  •  Outdoor chairs

To make it super simple, I always make the invite BYOC. (Bring Your Own Coffee ~diet coke, DP, or water)

We have hosted probably 5 or more Wake Up Parties since my oldest started Kindergarten. What I have found is how thankful and excited parents are when they arrive. THEY love that you created an fun event to help them get out of bed. Moms and Dads enjoy meeting neighbors, seeing friends, and watching the kids play outside. Often it turns into a whole morning event of fellowship and playtime. You will LOVE hosting this event and your friends will talk about it for years.

Will you be planning a #SleepHappyDonutParty in your neighborhood?

Be sure to share and tag us on social media with #SleepHappyDonutParty!