My son was three months old when I first noticed that he preferred his thumb to the pacifier. He was really comfortable with spitting out the pacifier at night and using his cute little thumb instead and I wasn’t about to be getting up every time that happened to remove his thumb and return the ... Read More about How We Helped Our Little One Break The Habit Of Thumb Sucking
We are Pam and Elisa, the founders of Restful Parenting. We are holistic infant and child sleep consultants, parent coaches, Early Childhood Educators, postnatal doulas and we work with families anywhere from prenatal right through to school age in all things sleep, parenting, development and ... Read More about Introducing Our New Sleep & Parenting Programs!
Although Restful Parenting has spent the last few years focusing on babies and toddlers and their sleep, we have always worked with big kids too! We’re moms of big kids so really, it’s only fitting that we share some extra tips for big kids' bedtime for those who have older children who may not be ... Read More about Bedtime With Big Kids
Does your child play independently? What is independent play and why is important? As well, we've got some strategies to get started. Before we jump in though, is having your little one play on their own something that you are encouraging or something that makes you feel guilty? There are ... Read More about Encouraging Independent Play
We are home with our own children for the next few weeks, self isolating like you are hopefully doing as well! Parenting is tough at the best of times, so with the current pandemic issues, keeping the children occupied and stress levels down can be even tougher! We thought we could compile a list ... Read More about Self Isolation: What to do with the kids?
WWWWHHHHIIIINNNNNNEEEEE....Ugh! That sound....it grates on our nerves! A whining child can really turn our efforts at calm parenting on it's head. It's been a long day, perhaps a sleepless night and you're tired....and your child is asking for something with the most annoying of whiny voices that ... Read More about How to Stop Whining!
WHAT DO YOU DO if your baby is around 10 months old or so and you start to see that the afternoon nap is getting SHORTER, or they are taking a lot longer to settle in the afternoon? Once you start to see the afternoon nap suffer, this is when you will want to start to cut back the morning nap to ... Read More about Is Your 10 Month Old’s Afternoon Nap Getting Shorter?
As sleep consultants, we get a lot of questions about bedtime routines for babies and children. We know that a pre-sleep routine is SO important to signal to our children that it is time for sleep. One of our most common questions is...does a bath have to be a part of my child’s bedtime ... Read More about Does a bath have to be part of a bedtime routine?
Congratulations on baby #2! As you may have already noticed, having a second baby is not the same as having your first. Things are a little different this time around. There is less time to sit back and soak in the new baby. There is less opportunity for naps and quiet time during the day now. There ... Read More about Tips for coping with your newborn and older child- at the same time!
Whether it's a lovey-a favorite stuffy or a cherished blanket, as Sleep Consultants and as moms we encourage a little sleep friend for nap and bedtime with our own children, as well as for the families that we work with. Some children will naturally introduce a lovey to their sleep routine on their ... Read More about How to Introduce a Lovey for Bedtime Comfort