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No matter what your parenting style or philosophy may be, Hello Sleepyhead can help you make the positive changes necessary to work towards a better night for everyone. No two children are alike and that is why I create personalized plans to fit your family.

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how to handle potty training regression when it comes to potty training, as with so many aspects of parenting, you never...
01/27/2021

how to handle potty training regression

when it comes to potty training, as with so many aspects of parenting, you never really know when you’ve crossed the goal line.

regressions are very common in potty 🚽 training, and it can make parents second guess whether or not their child was ready for it in the first place.

you might find that you have a month or two that’s really smooth sailing and he’s doing really great, she’s doing awesome, and then you have a backslide, and that’s just, you know what? That’s gonna show up in just about every single area of your parenting experience.

now, what do you do if it shows up?

well, don’t panic is the first bit of advice, and, also, don’t back down. Don’t start second guessing, oh, maybe it’s because he’s got a new baby brother, or maybe it’s because he started at preschool, or maybe it’s because it’s winter time now.

you’ve made a decision to potty train, he’s been doing wonderfully, just because you have a few days of regression, does not mean we go back to diapers. Don't back down.

now, you could, one way to kind of try to spin in positively again is reinstall the reward. You most likely started the potty training experience giving your child a little reward or treat for every time they went to the bathroom, and maybe they just need a little kickstart again, get that reward back on track.

rewards will eventually wear off and you will go back to several months of smooth sailing, and it may show up again, it’s not that uncommon, especially in that first year of potty training, to have two or three regressions within that first year.

just hang tight!

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how to handle potty training regression

when it comes to potty training, as with so many aspects of parenting, you never really know when you’ve crossed the goal line.

regressions are very common in potty 🚽 training, and it can make parents second guess whether or not their child was ready for it in the first place.

you might find that you have a month or two that’s really smooth sailing and he’s doing really great, she’s doing awesome, and then you have a backslide, and that’s just, you know what? That’s gonna show up in just about every single area of your parenting experience.

now, what do you do if it shows up?

well, don’t panic is the first bit of advice, and, also, don’t back down. Don’t start second guessing, oh, maybe it’s because he’s got a new baby brother, or maybe it’s because he started at preschool, or maybe it’s because it’s winter time now.

you’ve made a decision to potty train, he’s been doing wonderfully, just because you have a few days of regression, does not mean we go back to diapers. Don't back down.

now, you could, one way to kind of try to spin in positively again is reinstall the reward. You most likely started the potty training experience giving your child a little reward or treat for every time they went to the bathroom, and maybe they just need a little kickstart again, get that reward back on track.

rewards will eventually wear off and you will go back to several months of smooth sailing, and it may show up again, it’s not that uncommon, especially in that first year of potty training, to have two or three regressions within that first year.

just hang tight!

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#hellosleepyheadchicago
#pottytrainingtips
#toddlerlife
#chicagosleepexepert
#childsleeptips

when can you get baby on a sleep schedule?when your baby is about 2 months old, his internal clock will be a lot more pr...
01/19/2021

when can you get baby on a sleep schedule?

when your baby is about 2 months old, his internal clock will be a lot more predictable - and you may be able to start implementing a basic newborn sleep schedule.

between 3-6 months, your baby's bedtime, naptime and wake up times will increasing fall at around the same time each day.

you'll learn to anticipate your baby's natural sleepy times and work toward putting him down drowsy but still awake, teaching him valuable life skill of how to fall asleep on his own 👊🏻 .

keep in mind that baby sleep training in any form should wait until 4 to 6 month old range, if you decide to do it all.

there is no one-size-fits- all baby sleep schedule. little ones vary in when and how much they sleep every night and naptime.

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here is a sample of a rough 9 month old baby sleep schedule to get you started:

by nine months, babies typically snooze for around 14 hours each day, though anywhere from 12 to 16 hours is normal.

7 am wake up
9:30 am nap #1 (2 hours of sleep)
2 pm nap #2 (1.5 hours of sleep)
7 pm bedtime routine
7:30 pm bed

you can read all the books on the shelf, but sometimes you just need a set of extra hands and someone who's been through it and came out on the other side. That's what I'm here for !

need help? click my profile and set up a call to chat so we can both learn if my services are a good fit for your family/situation 🤗

when can you get baby on a sleep schedule?

when your baby is about 2 months old, his internal clock will be a lot more predictable - and you may be able to start implementing a basic newborn sleep schedule.

between 3-6 months, your baby's bedtime, naptime and wake up times will increasing fall at around the same time each day.

you'll learn to anticipate your baby's natural sleepy times and work toward putting him down drowsy but still awake, teaching him valuable life skill of how to fall asleep on his own 👊🏻 .

keep in mind that baby sleep training in any form should wait until 4 to 6 month old range, if you decide to do it all.

there is no one-size-fits- all baby sleep schedule. little ones vary in when and how much they sleep every night and naptime.

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here is a sample of a rough 9 month old baby sleep schedule to get you started:

by nine months, babies typically snooze for around 14 hours each day, though anywhere from 12 to 16 hours is normal.

7 am wake up
9:30 am nap #1 (2 hours of sleep)
2 pm nap #2 (1.5 hours of sleep)
7 pm bedtime routine
7:30 pm bed

you can read all the books on the shelf, but sometimes you just need a set of extra hands and someone who's been through it and came out on the other side. That's what I'm here for !

need help? click my profile and set up a call to chat so we can both learn if my services are a good fit for your family/situation 🤗

HELP! Bedtime is a nightmare 😬every step of the routine is a fight and I end up frustrated with my child. How can I hold...
01/19/2021

HELP! Bedtime is a nightmare 😬

every step of the routine is a fight and I end up frustrated with my child. How can I hold boundaries without resorting to threats or punishment?

bedtime boundary pushing is one of the most common challenges we see with toddlers and older children.

i love to use choice theory at bedtime because it gives children the opportunity to have autonomy over their routine, while still making the boundary clear.

choice theory outlines two options and the key is that neither or the options is a punishment AND that the adult setting the boundary is okay with both choices. That way you are not frustrated if your kid does not choose the one you want 🙌🏻 .

in order for your child to really have a clear understanding of the expectations, it's helpful to outline the timeline to your child. I love visual aids and timers and i use timers to communicate a timeline, not as a threat. I use timers with my older children ALL. DAY. LONG. because it helps them to know what to expect if they have a tangible sense of the time.

once you've set that boundary, you have gotta HOLD IT ❗️ boundaries help us all feel safe and consistency is KEY. Your child may be angry about it. That is okay. They can have hard feelings. You can be a safe space for them to express AND still hold the boundary.

have bedtime been hard for your or your children?

HELP! Bedtime is a nightmare 😬

every step of the routine is a fight and I end up frustrated with my child. How can I hold boundaries without resorting to threats or punishment?

bedtime boundary pushing is one of the most common challenges we see with toddlers and older children.

i love to use choice theory at bedtime because it gives children the opportunity to have autonomy over their routine, while still making the boundary clear.

choice theory outlines two options and the key is that neither or the options is a punishment AND that the adult setting the boundary is okay with both choices. That way you are not frustrated if your kid does not choose the one you want 🙌🏻 .

in order for your child to really have a clear understanding of the expectations, it's helpful to outline the timeline to your child. I love visual aids and timers and i use timers to communicate a timeline, not as a threat. I use timers with my older children ALL. DAY. LONG. because it helps them to know what to expect if they have a tangible sense of the time.

once you've set that boundary, you have gotta HOLD IT ❗️ boundaries help us all feel safe and consistency is KEY. Your child may be angry about it. That is okay. They can have hard feelings. You can be a safe space for them to express AND still hold the boundary.

have bedtime been hard for your or your children?

Merry Christmas 🎄 & Happy Holidays from us to you ❤️ so appreciative for all of you and hope you’re either squeezing som...
12/26/2020

Merry Christmas 🎄 & Happy Holidays from us to you ❤️ so appreciative for all of you and hope you’re either squeezing someone tight or sending love via FaceTime xx

How do I get rid of the bottle?Any parent who has witnessed the love affair between baby and bottle knows security is a ...
12/18/2020

How do I get rid of the bottle?

Any parent who has witnessed the love affair between baby and bottle knows security is a bottle's main appeal. But most pediatricians recommend that parents start weaning their child off the bottle at around 12 months, for a host of reasons.

Best way is to do it cold turkey by replacing it with a sippy/straw cup. You can fill it with water or milk or whatever you prefer.

If you sometimes give them milk in a bottle and other times offer it in a straw/sippy cup, you will only confuse your baby and have them holding out for their preferred way (ie the bottle).

Getting your child off the bottle usually involves some trial and error -- and sometimes tears. But here's the good news: Once you decide on a plan and stick with it, you will get results.

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giving back to those whohave GIVEN US FREEDOM .Honoring Veterans Today - and Every Day 🇺🇸 #happyveteransday #chicagosold...
11/11/2020

giving back to those who
have GIVEN US FREEDOM .

Honoring Veterans Today -
and Every Day 🇺🇸

#happyveteransday #chicagosoldiers #nonprofitorganization #husbandandwifeteam

The noblest art is that of making others happy 🤗exhausted and need sleep momma’s? let’s chat. i provide extensive suppor...
11/03/2020

The noblest art is that of making others happy 🤗

exhausted and need sleep momma’s?

let’s chat.

i provide extensive support and guidance to help parents accomplish their family’s sleep goals all while using a holistic approach.

let’s work together during the sleep-training process so you can establish peace and confidence at bedtime and throughout the night so your child can be the most well rested on the block (and you too)!

book a call, no obligation, no pressure just a convo to troubleshoot to see how i can help you.

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#baseballchampions#harlowlovesbaseball#teamworkHow do you know your little one needs one ☝🏻 nap?Needing to drop down to ...
10/29/2020

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#harlowlovesbaseball
#teamwork

How do you know your little one needs one ☝🏻 nap?

Needing to drop down to one nap typically happens between 12-16 months.

Signs your child is ready would be if nap #2 is getting shorter and your child is fighting it.

Another sign would be if bedtime is becoming a struggle 😩 and your child is taking longer to sleep.

If you are having problems getting your little one to sleep let’s chat so we can troubleshoot together to come up with a plan that works best for your family 🙌🏻.
Book a call using my calendar, No pressure No obligation, I promise !

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Hey 👋🏻 Hello Sleepyhead Family I am so grateful for all your referrals and new families you have sent my way.  Ya’ll are...
10/02/2020

Hey 👋🏻 Hello Sleepyhead Family

I am so grateful for all your referrals and new families you have sent my way. Ya’ll are keeping me sooo busy. My sincerest THANK YOU.

It is so rewarding to take these families from their darkest points and give them peace of mind that their little one(s) CAN be well rested and the family too 🤗.

That’s what happens when night awakenings, early morning awakenings and short naps are eliminated ❤️

I will continue to put my Hello Sleepyhead families as my first priority so please understand if I am not as active on FB. Know that I am hustling on the sides lines to teach parents how to get their children to sleep during the night and take restful naps so everyone can catch some sleep 💤 using the most gentle approach possible.

If you are having trouble with your little one going to sleep, I’d love to help. I offer many different levels of support 🙌🏻.
Book a call so we can troubleshoot together.
Life is great ❤️
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Hey hey friends! I have been extremely busy over here helping mommas get their baby on a pathway to healthy sleep habits...
08/18/2020
Golf benefit raises $20,000 for injured Orland Park Marine

Hey hey friends!

I have been extremely busy over here helping mommas get their baby on a pathway to healthy sleep habits so I apologize for missing in action.

Not to mention this amazing cause soaked up a bunch of my free time over the past few weeks but it was so worth it. I am so proud of my hubby who started this fundraiser.

AND we actually ended up raising $30,000! All of which goes to the honor veteran, Yuriy and the other past veterans of Chicago Soldiers.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-sta-orland-park-injured-marine-st-0818-20200817-mqlamvlcmbdezfy43ulsb7p4hq-story.html

A Blue Island golf outing Saturday raised $20,000 for injured Marine Yuiry Zmysly of Orland Park while honoring Dennis Drew, the founder of the Chicago Soldiers Golf Open.

kk. Not sure why I am posting a winter pic right in the middle of summer but oh heck, life never makes sense 😘⁠⁠I REGRET...
07/21/2020

kk. Not sure why I am posting a winter pic right in the middle of summer but oh heck, life never makes sense 😘⁠

I REGRET EVERY NAP I NEVER TOOK.⁠

I constantly go between wanting to take naps when my baby would nap and staying up to catch up on work. Most times, staying up wins and then I spend the rest of the day regretting the naps I didn't take 💤⁠

Moms, can you relate?

Now, bedtime is a special time of the day isn’t it, people? We all secretly are looking forward to that little bit of sp...
07/10/2020

Now, bedtime is a special time of the day isn’t it, people? We all secretly are looking forward to that little bit of space in the evening where our kids are in bed and it’s now ME time. So I’m going to give you some tips here today that’s going to really streamline this process, make it a little bit easier for you to tuck those kids in at an appropriate hour and get yourself some you time.

So the biggest mistake I see parents make is that somewhere in the bedtime process, their child falls asleep. No most people have picked up tidbits along the way thus far where they know they need a bedtime routine. So routines are really key in triggering your body and your brain that it’s time to transition into night. So they’re very, very important. In fact, if you think about it you also have a bedtime routine that you do every single night usually in the same order that helps cue your body that it’s time to transition.

So most people start their routines out with a bath and then move into jammies and maybe you do a little massage or you have a story together. If you’ve got a young baby, most people are including a feed in their bedtime routine. And I encourage that, absolutely. I wanna make sure that tummies are nice and full so that babies can make it as long as they possibly can through the night without needing more. But the mistake people make is often that they feed their baby to sleep. Either on the breast or on the bottle, they’re both basically the same prop association.

So if you don’t yet what a prop is, it’s basically anything your child thinks she needs in order for sleep to come. So she gets on the bottle or on the breast and that’s her cue that it’s both time to eat and start falling asleep. The only problem with this though is that somewhere in the night she’s going to have a wake up and think to herself okay I’m awake, I need you to come back in and do all the things you did when I fell asleep at bedtime. Which usually means feed me again.

Now I’m not saying that there aren’t babies who legitimately need nighttime feeds, so don’t get all up in arms about that. But if you’ve got a child who is roughly the six month age range and up and good weight and healthy and no concerns, then there’s a pretty good chance that they don’t really need the calories. But they think they need it because it’s the prop. So I would encourage you– that’s always step one if you’re about to start any changes to your child’s sleep habits, is to look at bedtime. If you see any prop dependency there with feeding to sleep that’s where you’re going to need to start the process. Keeping baby awake through the feed and then into the crib awake. So that is hands down the biggest bedtime mistake anyone is making.

A couple other little ones that can contribute to a rocky start to the night. Would be too much screen time right before bed or too much light source. So we know that light plays a significant role in cuing our melatonin levels. So melatonin is that sleepy hormone that gets us nice and relaxed and ready for bed. And if there’s too much light, it’s going to impact that melatonin and sometimes suppress it so much so that falling asleep becomes very challenging. So my advice is at least an hour before your child’s bedtime, you’re going to want to turn off screens you’re going to want to turn off any unnecessary lighting in the house, you’re going to want to make sure that your child has got some nice heavy blackout blinds on their windows so that it’s nice and dark and we can get that melatonin cooking through.

One other little mistake that people make is that they often put too many gadgets in the crib. My advice is, and this is the same advice I would give any adult who is having sleep challenges, is that you really cue your brain and your body that when you go to this specific place it’s for sleep and sleep only. So you don’t work in bed, you don’t watch TV in bed, you just train your body that sleep happens there. And so the same is true for kids. I really want them to understand that that crib means sleepy time. It’s not playtime. It’s not play with all these toys that are attached to the side of the crib. It’s not stare up intently at a mobile as it rolls around and plays music. And even if it looks like your child is kind of enjoying that and relaxing a little bit, it’s very stimulating to the brain. All that color and movement and activity is actually winding your child up when you want to be winding them down.

So have a look at those top three mistakes and see which ones you need to tinker with a little bit to get your child sleeping well. Thanks for watching, sleep well!

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“You look like you could use a good night’s sleep!”

I am my clients. Thirteen years ago I started each night in despair as I walked my baby to the bedroom and into what I knew would be a sleepless night. An amazing husband, four babes and one fur baby later is how this began the journey of creating Hello Sleepyhead. I am a certified pediatric sleep consultant who worked with hundreds of families nationwide. My mission is for your entire family to be well rested! I will guide you on how to get your child sleeping and staying asleep through their newly gained independent sleep skills.

So I began my studies...

I am a mommy who knows the struggle. I get you – I know what you’re going through and I understand how sensitive the topic of sleep is.

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