Newborn Sleep Cues: How to Know When Your Baby is Tired

Let's talk about baby sleep cues! As sleep coaches, this is one of the most asked questions for the newborn stage. It’s important to set the foundations of healthy sleep habits in the early months of your baby’s life before they are developmentally ready to sleep train.

Your newborn is so aware and communicates their needs to you throughout the day. Here are some signs that your little one is ready for a nap or bedtime:

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6 Signs You Need More Sleep

Is your baby up all night? Or waking constantly? Is “napping” basically a cuddle session that ends the moment you put your baby down in the crib? Are you beginning to think that sleeping through the night is a myth? If so, you might be a sleep deprived parent!

Frankly, sleep deprivation sucks and it's something that we at Detroit Dreams Tonight are on a mission to end.

Here are six signs you need more sleep and should seriously consider hiring us!

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  1. You treat your sleeping baby like a bomb about to explode, being careful not to wake her when carefully putting her down in her crib.

  2. Your abs are getting rock solid from bouncing on that damn exercise ball for every nap and every night.

  3. The barista at your local coffee shop not only knows your name, but knows your exact order and the time you’ll come retrieve your caffeine fix each morning.

  4. Sprinting up the stairs to put the pacifier back in your baby’s mouth (again and again and again) is your daily cardio.

  5. You can’t remember the last time you slept even a few hours without interruption. Pre-pregnancy, maybe?!

  6. Your designer crib sits empty each night because your baby loses his mind if he sleeps more than 2 inches away from another warm body.

If you can relate, we can help. You no longer have to read ALL the sleep books or google sleep tips at 2am. Sleep deprivation doesn’t have to be a part of your parenting journey. Your baby is capable of sleeping independently each and every night. If you’re worried your baby will NEVER be a good sleeper, you can benefit from a professional sleep coach guiding you through the process. That’s where we come in! Contact Detroit Dreams Tonight today to schedule a complimentary sleep assessment and to book a live-in sleep package. Make sleepless nights a thing of the past and replace them with healthy, peaceful sleep for your whole family!

6 Reasons to Hire a Sleep Coach

Hiring someone to help your baby learn how to sleep is a reality of modern parenting and yet it continues to be a source of resistance for many parents. I know it can be tough to ask for help. Some parents have expressed feeling guilt over hiring someone to sleep train, others are worried they’ll be shamed for doing so and there are those out there that aren’t even aware that there are people they can pay to come help them! Wherever you’re at in this journey, I want you to know that it’s ok to ask for help. If sleep is a source of struggle in your house, I want to help you make restful sleep a priority, so today I’m sharing more about the benefits of hiring a sleep coach.

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What you need to know about sleep training your baby

As a new parent you will receive so much advice once your baby arrives. And while that advice is coming from a good place, advice from your well-meaning friends can create confusion or doubt. Your own parents may insist that THIS is the only way to do it creating pressure and even guilt. The reality is, every baby and every family is completely unique and there is no one-size-fits-all answer to parenting. If there was, we’d have one (and only one) parenting book that everyone would read and follow.

One of the most talked about topics for you as a new parent happens to be a topic that we specialize in: baby sleep. People are so dang curious about your baby’s sleep.

“Is your baby getting enough sleep?”

“Is your baby sleeping through the night yet?”

“How many naps does your baby take?”

“Is your baby a good sleeper?”

And of course, “Do you plan to sleep train?”

That last one is a doozy too because there are so many misconceptions about sleep training. What one parent considers “sleep training” may be completely different than what another person considers “sleep training” so we’re going to take some time to clear up those misconceptions.

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Sleep Training Babies in Michigan

After years of supporting families in Southern California, my husband and I made the move to Detroit where I am now setting up shop to provide in-home sleep training support. Upon my arrival I was curious to see if Michigan was any different then California in the way the culture and society deals with the postpartum period. Unfortunately, it seems to be quite similar and it’s clear that many families are struggling.

The months after a baby is born can be an intense period of adjustment full of physical & hormonal changes for the mother, relationship changes for the couple, and severe sleep deprivation. As a postpartum doula and sleep coach, I constantly see families battling this chronic sleep deprivation that often plagues new parents. I see babies with bags under their eyes and parents barely able to cope.

To put it bluntly, I hate that this has become the societal norm and I want so badly to fix it.

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