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I was recently interviewed and featured in a survey of sleep consultants and experts. The questions related to one’s ability to fall asleep at night, more specifically: reasons for sleep deprivation, when one should stop drinking coffee during the day, when is the latest one should eat at night, what are the worst foods to eat before bed, the potential effect of a full moon, do ...

When you’re planning a family holiday with a baby or young child, an important thing to consider is how your travel plans are going to affect your child’s sleep routine.  You’ll have a much more enjoyable vacation if you organize your trip in a way that allows for as little disruption as possible to your little one’s sleep schedule.     This will help ensure she gets the res ...

Hands up if this sounds familiar… Your fussy baby finally falls asleep for her afternoon nap and you sit down for a much needed moment to yourself only to hear a car with a broken muffler roaring down the street.  Just like that, Sleeping Beauty is wide awake and mad… NOT a good combination. Or maybe you live in the country and you’re awoken at dawn by a wailing infant who ha ...

Halloween is here once again. Time for your little one to dress up in her favorite costume and show your neighbors her best manners for some yummy treats.  Halloween is an evening activity and although it is a lot of fun, it can make sleep that night a little more challenging.  Here are a couple of tips to make your Halloween go a little smoother this year. Halloween Bedtime T ...

Congratulations if you are expecting your next child to join your family!  If you have a young child or children that are about to become the older brothers or sisters, you have likely thought about the many upcoming changes and maybe have even begun preparing your child for the newest family member’s arrival.  One thing to consider while you are making these preparations is ho ...

Do you have a baby who has just learned the new found skill of standing up in her crib?  Most babies actually learn how to stand up on their own for one of the first times in the crib.  It is such an amazing and very important milestone that happens right around nine to twelve months for most babies.  It can also cause some interruption to her sleep because it’s fun to do and o ...

So it is time for you little to transition out of napping. What a sad day! However it is better to preserve her night time consolidated sleep and this means she is getting older and her body does not need the day time sleep any more.So, what is quiet time and what is its purpose?  Quiet time is when a child is alone, preferably in her bedroom, enjoying some down time.  She can ...

Daylight savings is coming to an end soon.   This year it’s on Sunday November 3, 2013.  It will be time to “fall back” the clocks.   It can be a dreaded time for parents of young children because with this, comes an adjustment that does not happen immediately.  This is because children tend to be more structured in their bedtime and wake up around the same time each morning an ...

A family contacted me a couple months ago with a sweet little two year old boy who was a pretty good sleeper until there were some terrifying tornadoes this Spring that came dangerously close to his family’s house.  After those very scary events, he struggled to go to bed at night and would often want to crawl into bed with Mommy and Daddy in the middle of the night.   He was a ...

Should a night light be used in a child’s room?  If so, how bright should it be?  What color is best?  Where should it be placed?  I am often asked about using a night light in a child’s bedroom, if you have a young child you have more than likely have had the night light discussion.  It is a tricky one because while night lights have a good purpose when used appropriately, the ...

Why didn’t we try this sooner?! As we speak he is sound asleep in his crib – and has been since 7:15 pm.

Karianne Wanggaard

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Working with Shannon, I went from 2-3 wake ups every night to 1 or 0. She aligned the plan with my preferred sleep cycle. She was always coaching, never judging. Shannon was great, I have referred MANY people to her! That's the best testament to her work that I can give.

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