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As a Pediatric Sleep Consultant, I offer overwhelmed and sleep-deprived parents sleep training methods for their babies and young children.
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"Ann helped my husband and me so much with getting our now 8 month old sleep trained. As new parents we did all the wrong things letting our baby sleep in bed with us, eat and sleep on demand, and pretty much dictate our lives. Ann patiently worked with us to achieve our goal of getting our baby sleeping in her own room and sleeping through the night. The special part about working with Ann was she never told us what to do but instead helped talk us through the process so we as parents could decide when we were ready to make changes necessary to achieve our goal. Today our baby sleeps anywhere between 10-11 hours uninterrupted in her own room and this has allowed us all to enjoy each other so much more as we are finally rested and refreshed." - Caroline and Ryan https://sleepnowbaby.com/testimonials
Covid-19 and Working from Home
Working from home due to the Corona virus? While this is an unsettling time, it can be an ideal time to make some sleep changes for your family.
A client recently wrote..."After 3 months of my son who was 9 months at the time, waking up 3-4 plus times a night we were desperate for some help with this sleeping habits. We were referred to Ann and I am so thankful that we were! Ann immediately jumped in and started offering me suggestions and help before we even officially hired her. She offered help and support during a time that we were really struggling. I felt like she truly cared about our success and she was so easy to talk to. She felt like a trusting and caring friend. Her guidance was so valuable and it only took a short time of implementing her ideas for things to start improving. We appreciate Ann so much and you will too!"
During this unsettling time, please be mindful if you have the tv on when your little ones are around. Depending on their age/developmental level, they don't understand what is going on with this virus. If they see masks on people on tv, that can be very scary to them. If they are not yet verbal, they can't express their fear. Children are naturally narcissistic and only care about what impacts/affects them. Keep things as normal as you can at home and keep the tv off, or out of their site, when they are awake. Also, limit your conversations about things being impacted by this crisis to when they aren't around. They feel the stress we are all feeling with this state of unknown, etc. Your little one may experience sleep disruptions as they feel the stress and worry we are likely exhibiting. Keep explanations appropriate for their age, if you feel the need to explain anything to them. Give extra snuggles, read a few more books, play a little longer with them, etc. Let them look back on this time with fond memories of "that time when everyone slowed down and took care of each other". When I was a child, I loved when we had a thunderstorm and the electricity went out. Everyone stopped what they were doing and we were just together; playing games by candlelight, etc. Let's help each other and take advantage of this "bonus time" many are getting.
How do I prepare my baby for the spring time change?
It's almost Valentine's Day and I'm feeling the love! If you go on my website and join my mailing list, you will be entered in to a drawing for a free 30 minute consultation to tackle a sleep issue your little one (s) may be currently having! I will do the drawing Saturday morning and notify the winner by email!
Happiness is a client reaching out to me yesterday to let me know she was bragging about my work with her family! A friend kept her baby for a few hours and didn’t believe her when she said just to put him in his crib when he started yawning and rubbing his eyes. She asked her “how did you teach him to do that; to put himself to sleep without a bottle or rocking him or even holding him...And her response, “Ann Williams, our Pediatric Sleep Consultant!” I love what I do!
I'm thinking about offering a free infant sleep class on Saturday, October 12th, at 9:00 a.m. Let me know if you would be interested in attending AND please tag any friends you know who could benefit from learning about infants and sleep, myths, facts, infant development and more!
Woke up this morning with a heavy heart, thinking of everyone in VA Beach and beyond affected by this tragedy. WAVY TV touched on how to talk about this with young children who may have seen the news or overheard adults who are talking about it. I want to offer these suggestions. First, the age and cognitive development of your child is most important when choosing how much to discuss and explain. The example I always give is when a 3 year old asks, "where do babies come from?", it is not time for a sex ed. lecture. Usually, "mommy's tummy" will suffice. Children are naturally narcissistic and although they are concerned when they can see or feel that others are upset, they ultimately just want to know how it will affect them. "People got hurt yesterday" or "there was an accident yesterday that hurt people" may very well be enough for children under 5. For older children, "someone who was sick in their head, not in their body, hurt people yesterday". I wouldn't say that people got hurt at work because children may grow fearful when mom and dad have to go to work. Obviously for middle school and high school aged children, the conversation should be much different. Overall, when children of any age ask questions, pause and think about how little you actually have to say about the horrific events, that might satisfy their curiosity.
Reprinted with permission from Dr. Angelique Millette:
May is Postpartum Mood Disorders Awareness Month and it seems fitting to write about postpartum depression and anxiety since they are so often linked to sleep deprivation in parents.
In fact, very often when parents do reach out to me to make sleep changes, not only may they be experiencing sleep deprivation, but they may also have symptoms of depression or anxiety or both. Depression and anxiety are so common postpartum that up to 15-20% of women will experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of their child, making mood disorders the most common postpartum disorder. In addition, research shows that up to 10-15% of fathers will experience a mood disorder such as anxiety or depression following the birth of their child.
There are several different forms of more serious postpartum mood disorders with varying symptoms.
Postpartum (or Pregnancy) Depression (PPD), may lead to feelings of anger, sadness, and guilt, lack of interest in baby, and changes in eating and sleeping, as well as thoughts of harming baby or oneself.
Postpartum (or Pregnancy) Anxiety (PPA), may lead to extreme fears, worries, panic attacks, dizziness, a feeling of losing control, and fears for the safety and health of baby.
Postpartum (or Pregnancy) Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (PPOCD), can lead to upsetting and unwanted mental images, and the need to do certain things over and over again to reduce anxiety.
Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PPTSD), can occur following a traumatic childbirth, and may include flashbacks of the trauma, anxiety, and needing to avoid things related to the traumatic event.
Postpartum Psychosis (PPP), can lead to hallucinations and hearing voices, may include periods of confusion, memory loss, and mania. While PPP is rare, it is the most serious of the pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders.
If mothers (or fathers) are experiencing any of the above symptoms, they are encouraged to seek professional help.
If you are concerned about your moods or you are concerned about someone close to you, your spouse, partner, or close friend, encourage them to answer the following questions...
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders Overview
Are you feeling sad or depressed?
Do you feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
Are you having difficulty bonding with your baby?
Do you feel anxious or panicky?
Are you having problems with eating or sleeping?
Are you having upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out of your mind?
Do you feel as if you are "out of control" or "going crazy"?
Do you feel like you never should have become a mother?
Are you worried that you might hurt your baby or yourself?
Recommendations from the Postpartum Support International (PSI) website: www.postpartum.net.
Parents are encouraged to seek professional treatment for postpartum (or pregnancy) mood disorders. Research shows that when mood disorders are left untreated, there is a negative impact on the relationship between mother and child. Mothers who may have experienced anxiety or depression, combined with insomnia during pregnancy, may have babies who have more difficulty sleeping in the first few months postpartum. Mothers are encouraged to speak to their care provider during pregnancy if they are experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety.
When babies aren’t sleeping, parents aren’t sleeping either, and the sleep loss can also lead to postpartum depression or anxiety. Very often, simply by making sleep changes and helping baby to sleep longer stretches at night, parents begin to sleep better too, and fill up their “sleep bank.” This can lead to an improvement in depression or anxiety symptoms.
Families are encouraged to start with sleep changes at night, since recovering night sleep loss can make a big difference in parents’ energy level(s) during the day. If your baby is having a difficult time sleeping at night, or going through a growth or developmental phase, try your best to take a nap. Even a short 30-minute nap can help to fill up your sleep bank. Or, try to go to bed when baby goes to bed, at 8pm, so you can get a stretch of sleep before your baby’s first feed of the night. You can also enlist your spouse or partner’s help at night and use a “divide and conquer” approach to split up the night feeds so each of you gets a 4 to 5 hour stretch of sleep, including two of the restorative REM sleep cycles.
There are many treatments for postpartum (or pregnancy) mood disorders and mothers (and fathers) are encouraged to speak to their care provider about the best course of treatment. PSI also has a HelpLine, 800.944.4773 (4PPD) where you can get basic information, support and resources, in English and Spanish. Confidential messages can be left, and a volunteer will call you back. There are excellent practitioners who provide support groups and individual counseling/therapy. Please click on this link to find additional resources including resources for fathers, military families, LGBT, and Spanish speaking families.
Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping families suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and distress.
Infant Sleep Class is for expecting and new parents! Taught by Ann Williams, M.Ed., Pediatric Sleep Consultant $50 per person or couple
Colic, Reflux, and High Needs Baby
TIPS Music/Sound : Traditional lullabies, classical music composed for infants, and heartbeat/womb sounds are very popular external remedies that relax many babies suffering from colic/reflux. Slumber Sounds, www.slumbersounds.com , has terrific options. Some parents have had great success by pl
Any of my clients who are using the Rock n Play, please read this!
"Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers," said a recall summary
Simple Guidelines for Introducing Solids
Try to have a predictable routine associated with the beginning and ending of meal times. Introduce changes in food texture slowly. Offer sippy cup of water often to aid in chewing and swallowing. Children are much better at starting new foods or new textures when eating finger foods as oppose
Get your little one (s) ready to "Spring Forward"!
With the Sunday, March 10th time change coming up this weekend, here is a quick reminder on prepping your child.
Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday March 5th, put your child down 10 minutes earlier for bed. This means you will need to begin the bedtime routine 10 minutes earlier than usual.
Repeat this every night through Saturday. When the time change occurs, your baby or toddler will have slowly adjusted to the new time.
For example, if your child's bedtime is 7:00 pm, with the bedtime routine beginning at 6:30 pm, the schedule will be:
• Tue: 6:20 pm begin bedtime routine, 6:50 pm bedtime
• Wed: 6:10 pm-begin bedtime routine, 6:40 pm bedtime
• Thu: 6:00 pm-begin bedtime routine, 6:30 pm bedtime
• Fri: 5:50 pm-begin bedtime routine, 6:20 pm bedtime
• Sat: 5:40 pm-begin bedtime routine, 6:10 pm bedtime
• Sun: 7 pm bedtime (new time, old time would have been 6 pm)
You can take this time to make schedule/routine adjustments. For example, if your child goes to be on the early side (6 pm) and is waking earlier in the morning (4/6 am) you can keep their bedtime the same without using the 10-minute adjustments suggested above. So, if your baby goes to bed at 6 pm and wakes at 5 am, don’t make any adjustments. With the time change, your child’s new bedtime will be 7 pm and the new wake up time will be 6 am.
It takes about a week for a baby/toddler to adjust to the new time. Your little one may be a bit cranky or seem more tired and may need more nap time during the day. Adjust to your child’s needs and put down for a nap 15 minutes earlier if your child seems over tired. Otherwise, stick to your routine and keep the daytime naps the same time.
Is your baby showing at least four of these signs? If so, they may be ready to sleep train. Putting their fingers and hands to their mouth Bringing hands to their midline like they were inside the womb Rubbing their face into you; your stomach, the crook of your armpit, your shoulder, tryin
Some people have inquired about my pricing. I will have a reduced rate for clients who live on the Eastern Shore since there will be no travel involved. If you email me, I am happy to discuss this with you.
Deciding to help your baby or older child learn to sleep through the night is a BIG commitment for you and your spouse or partner. I coach you the whole way through but you are the ones doing the hard work at home. We will set specific daily, weekly and monthly goals. It's an investment for your whole family and you have to be in agreement on the time and effort it will take to keep this commitment. If you are a single mom or your spouse or partner works shift work or any other atypical schedule, it will be helpful if you can enlist the help of a relative or friend once we decide the best time for the sleep training to begin.
If you would like to organize a group (minimum of 5, maximum of 8) women who are interested in having me do a 90 minute Infant Sleep Class, I am happy to do that. I can come in to your home or arrange a room where we can meet, and of course, your babies are welcome if you want/need to bring them.
OK, I did it! I'm diving in head first to do what I love, which I have been doing for almost 20 years but for free! I sure wish I would have known that "Pediatric Sleep Consulting" was a thing when Caroline was an infant and I made EVERY mistake I could have made! Luckily she turned out fine, despite my attempts to never let her cry as a baby! Couldn't have gotten here without the support and encouragement of family and many many friends! Please read more about my personal story and definitely check out my "Results", aka testimonials. If your baby and your family needs help writing your sleep story, let's chat!
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For almost twenty years, I have been helping overwhelmed and sleep deprived moms and dads sleep train their babies with methods that are adaptable and repeatable, enabling them to get on a schedule that works for their families.
Recently I have joined a team of just a handful of Master Pediatric Sleep Consultants in the country personally trained in The Millette Method by Dr. Angelique Millette. Upon completion of this formal training, I will be certified as a Pediatric Sleep Consultant trained in infant sleep.
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