Sleep Guides for the DIY Parent

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We provide sleep guides in two main categories: resolving specific sleep issues and preparing for new sleep stages.

The sleep issues we cover include getting rid of early morning wakes, chronic short naps, and toddler + preschooler bedtime struggles.

For parents who want to be extra prepared during new sleep stages, we offer a guide to proactively setting newborn sleep foundations, as well as a guide to making a smooth crib to big kid bed transition.

Although you will not find comprehensive sleep training plans here (head over to this page for that!), you will find resources to improve your children's sleep.

If DIY is your style, these guides may be a great fit for you!

Our Guides:

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10 Step Guide for Getting Rid of Early Morning Wakes

Are you tired of waking at 4:00 or 5:00am because your little one can’t get through the night? Have you tried everything - moving bedtime, changing nap schedules and wake windows, adding a noise machine - but nothing works? In this guide, we walk parents through all contributing factors to early morning wakes: daytime considerations, schedule adjustments, environmental factors, caregiver response, and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get rid of them. If early morning wakes are your child’s primary sleep issue, this guide is for you.

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A 12 Step Guide to Getting Rid of Crap Naps for Good

Have you tried to get your little one to nap longer than 20-40 minutes at a time for months, but nothing you do makes a difference? You’ve tried schedule adjustments, moving bedtime, saving the nap, environment changes, but nothing works! In this guide, we walk parents through all contributing factors to crap naps: daytime considerations, sleep environment, optimal nap schedules by age, responding to short naps, and provide step-by-step instructions to resolve the issue. If chronic short naps are your child’s primary sleep issue, this guide is for you. 

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Toddler & Preschool Age Sleep Guide: Bashing Bedtime Battles & Sleep Struggles (For kids 2-5 years)

Are you struggling with bedtime pushback, stalling and protest? Or maybe it's middle of the night wakes, early mornings, or anxiety around sleep. In this 23 page guide, we cover topics including the best sleep space for your child, daytime sleep considerations, optimal schedules by age, tips for winding down before bed, the ideal environment, smooth transitions, optimal routines, responding to night wakes, motivation and rewards, and more. The guide will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to end the struggles and ensure your little one gets the sleep their body needs.

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Foundations of Newborn Sleep Guide

Are you a proactive parent who prefers to avoid ever having to sleep train by setting a solid sleep foundation from the start? If so, this guide is for you. In the guide we cover newborn sleep in the first 12 weeks of life: what to expect, safe sleep, day and night confusion, sleep products, how to prevent sleep prop dependency, lengthening night sleep, room sharing, swaddles, the dreaded 4 month sleep regression, and sleep skill building. By putting into practice the information in this guide, you will sleep better earlier and set your child up with good sleep habits for life.

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Crib to Big Kid Bed Transition Guide

This thorough, 17 page guide walks parents through making a seamless crib to bed transition. We cover topics such as the 5 things to consider before making the move, how to know when your child is ready, ways to practice and prepare for the transition, optimal room setup and environment, and finally we walk you step-by-step through what it takes to transition successfully. If you're looking for guidance on making the crib to bed transition as smoothly and pain-free as possible, this guide is for you.

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-- Katie, mom of 6 month old