We all hear about the dreaded sleep regression. This is the term that is used to describe an interruption in the sleep habits of a child who is otherwise a happy sleeper. Sleep regressions typically happen at or around 4 months of age, between 9 and 11 months, and then again at 18 months. It doesn’t always happen with children who are strong sleepers, but even the best sleepers can struggle with sleep around these times. For this post, I’m going to talk specifically about the 18-month sleep regression.
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Often in my conversations on this subject, I come across the interchangeable use of the terms ‘common’ and ‘normal’. I want to make it clear that ear infections in children are fairly common these days. They are not normal.
For parents and children alike, the return to work at the end of a parental leave can be a difficult adjustment (read: hourly trips to the bathroom to cry). You may have spent the past year dreading the end of your leave. Or, you may be desperate for some time alone at the office with a hot coffee and tasks that do not involve wiping faces or bums. Both instincts are natural! Either way, if you’re getting ready to go back to work, you’ve got some planning to do.
Last week, I was on vacation with my family at a resort in Northern Ontario. A little before 7pm, I was starting to think about what to have for dinner, while my kids, still in their swimsuits, were playing barefoot soccer on the grass. A young man and woman, along with their one year old son, emerged from the cabin next door. The little guy was in his jammies, and the parents were allowing him a few more minutes outside before heading back indoors for bedtime. I looked at my watch and realized how late it had become, and we were not even close to bedtime!
We’ve all heard about sleep consultants, and it’s possible one has even been recommended to you by a friend, if you’ve complained about your own baby’s inconsistent sleep. You might have even read some of the articles written on our own blog, by one of our experts, Lisa Kvapil of WeeSleep. What about hearing from an actual client, though? We decided that our readers might benefit from a deeper understanding of the process of getting help from a sleep consultant.