Constant Night Wakings

Smooth Parenting Approach to Sleep:

Angelina ~ Constant Night Wakings

Is your child waking up constantly at night or during naps? Angelina used to wake up several times throughout the night before her mom seeked the help of Smooth Parenting. I’m proud to say that Angelina doesn’t wake up at night anymore! Learn more about their past and current situation from Angelina’s mom:

Angelina’s main sleep challenge was her constant night wakings. She would wake up 3 – 4 times during the night, every night.

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Angelina

She would have her first waking at 9:30pm, her second around 12:30am and her third around 3:30am and so on. I would go in, nurse her and she would fall asleep until she was about 9 months old. After 9 months, she would no longer fall asleep while nursing and she would stay away sometimes for over an hour.

At 11 months old, I contacted Diana for help! She prepared a detailed plan to help Angelina sleep better, without those dreaded night wakings; which included a schedule that was perfectly tailored to Angelina’s natural cycles.

That night I decided to implement the plan, I was prepared for a long night with tea, chocolate and a good movie to distract me. She woke up as usual at 9:30pm and to my surprise, she fell asleep after a few minutes of implementing the plan. I stayed up until her second waking – which never happened, so I was the one who was losing sleep for no reason! She had the usual third night waking and fell asleep after a couple of minutes. I was shocked!

The next night she only woke up once and fell asleep very quickly. Ever since she has been sleeping 11-12 hours straight and falls asleep more easily for her naps as well. I no longer need to stay in the room and creep out hoping that I do not step on a squeaky floorboard!

Smooth Parenting has definitely changed our lives! Thank You!”

Brooke B. Mom to Angelina, 11 months old

Boston, MA United States

 

The Colon Twins ~ Smooth Parenting Approach to Sleep

I first met the Colon Family at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital after my daughters were born. Their gorgeous daughters had been born over 2 months premature and needed some special attention.

We continued our relationship after all four girls came home from the hospital, and I saw them struggling with health issues as well as sleep issues. By the time the girls were 15 months old, both parents were exhausted and out of resources.

After some hesitation about having someone come to their home and help them with their daughters’ sleep; they decided to hire me to work with them. I was obviously thrilled for them! Their in-home sleep consultation was great success, but I’m going to let you read what Maria, the mom has to say about her experience and the transformation that Smooth Parenting brought to their family.

 

“My twin daughters were 15 months old, they had never slept in their cribs and never slept through the night. One of them slept in a co-sleeper and the other one in the bed with us, and they woke up many times during the night, every night. They both napped at different times, always with me in my bed. I was completely drained out and exhausted.

I read books, went online looking for tips and nothing worked for us until I spoke to Diana about it. When she told me “Maria, your little angels will nap and sleep through the night in no time” I was so hesitant. In my mind I was thinking “I’m the mom. If I can’t make them go to sleep, how is she going to do that?” But something about Diana and the way she coached me, with her smooth and relaxed tone, made me feel at ease and trusted her. She was so patient, really listened to me and, best of all completely understood my frustrations. Oh, it was MAGIC!

Sure enough, she came up with a schedule and a plan for my daughters and it worked! My husband and I were in heaven. After just two days of following Diana’s advise, we put an end to 15 months of struggle. My daughters were sleeping 12 hours through the night and napping another 2 hours. Now at 22 months, they’re still following the plan and continue sleeping wonderfully.”

Maria Colon, R.N.

Mom to Jazmine and Isabella

Wayne, NJ

Baby Lola, 3 Weeks Old

Lola was born in October 2009, healthy, full term baby, after only 5 hours of labor to first time parents Alice and George. George had been wanting to have  a baby for years, but Alice was not so sure about it. In fact, she was the first one to be surprised when she got pregnant at their first try.

From the moment she was born, Lola was described by her mother as a very difficult baby. Alice pointed these as the main problems of her daugher:

  • She had trouble latching on and wouldn’t want to breastfeed
  • She wouldn’t like to stay on her crib by herself
  • She fussed a lot, and she cried for hours on end
  • She didn’t sleep more than 30 minutes straight
  • She was impossible to read

Alice was a little desperate and didn’t know what to do with Lola. However, every time I would meet them, go visit them or babysit for them, I didn’t see many of the issues she complained about. Many times Alice would tell me how they have implemented this and that methodology, routine… to solve Lola’s issues, but the situation wouldn’t improve. I was so surprised to hear that, so I offered to analyze their case and give them my suggestions. They accepted!

I sat down with them, trying to understand what a normal day looked like for Lola. Lola was 3 weeks old at that time.

  • Lola woke up, crying, at a different time every day
  • Alice tried to breastfeed her. If it didn’t work, she would hand her over to her mom (Alice’s mom, Lola’s grandma, who was staying with them) for her to bottle feed her.
  • Alice would let her mom take care of Lola, or would strap her on  carrier/sling and take her around. Store, park, grocery, meeting friends….
  • Lola mostly slept in the sling for long periods of time
  • Lola woke up either super hungry or just uncomfortable and cry loudly and unconsolably
  • Alice fed her (bottle or breast) if possible, if not she would wait until she got home (30 to 90 minutes later)
  • Alice put her in the sling again and went on with her daily life
  • The same crying episode ocurred several times a day, and Alice would do the same.
  • Once they got home, Alice would try to put her down (swing, cot, crib…), but Lola wouldn’t take it. She just wanted to be held.
  • Lola spent all night walking up every 1-2 hours.
  • They would feed her by breast and bottle depending on their situation.
  • They would try to put her to sleep when she looked tired.
  • They went on with their life as was, going out, having people over…

My first impressions were:

  • Lola was getting too used to the sling
  • Lola would sleep when she didn’t need to (most of the day), not burn any energy, and would stay up throughout the night
  • Lola needed some structure and certain routine
  • Lola was overtired once she was put down for naps or night
  • Lola didn’t know what to expect throughout the day
  • Lola was getting unconsistent messages (different responses to the same situations)

So, I suggested them the following:

  • Schedule: define a schedule that worked for them and Lola, and stick to it! No wiggle room! Adjust their life to Lola a little bit.
  • Routine: define bedtime and nap time routines, play times…
  • Sleep & Awake times differentition: make sure that Lola knows what night is, when she has to sleep during the day. Make sure the sleep arrangements are the most appropriate to help Lola sleep (dark room, quiet, no distractions…). Put her down before she gets overtired.
  • Tracking: I shared with them the daily tracking that I designed when my daughters were born. The purpose of tracking is trifold: (1) Understand your baby, clues, behaviors…; (2) Keep track of important details about your baby; and (3) Work towards a schedule that works for both your baby and the rest of the family.
  • Basic Needs: Make sure Lola was getting the right amount of sleep and food.
  • Consistency: decide how they were going to react to certain situations, how to treat Lola, and stick it. Every time the situation arises, the response is the same.

I stayed with them for the first two days, starting on a Saturday morning. The first night, Lola slept 4.5 hours straight for the first time. She was calmer throughout the day, she didn’t cry as much when out of the sling, and she breastfed better. The second day, she did even better, she fell back to sleep for her day naps without fussing, and she slept another 4.5 hours at night.

Things were running smoothly, and I felt they really had it under control. Both Alice and George were starting to enjoy parenthood, and loving spending time with her daughter; and what’s more important, Lola was calmer, better rested and fed, and happier overall.

Much love, Diana-

Disclaimer: Names have been changed to preserve my clients and friends’ privacy.