Alanna McGinn founded Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice, after her own family’s struggle of sleep deprivation. In addition to being a Certified Sleep Consultant, Alanna is also a Representative and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC). Through her research, education, and natural sleep instincts, Alanna has helped adults, children, and major corporations worldwide erase their sleep debt and achieve sleep success.
When this mama of three (1 + twins!) is not on route to the bus stop or tripping over fire trucks and tea sets, she and her global team are helping families overcome their sleep challenges. You can find her expert advice in national publications like Today’s Parent, Yummy Mummy Club, PBS Kids, and Canadian Living. You can also check out Social Common Creative for Alanna’s videos, which offer quick, informative tips!
If you missed our live show this week, we sat down with Alanna to talk about one of the biggest challenges parents face with their littles: sleep (or lack thereof). So many parents struggle with getting their baby to sleep through the night and are in desperate need of help! We thought we’d answer the prayers of tired mamas everywhere by having Alanna back on our show to discuss a few key sleep training tools, which will allow you and your little to enjoy a goodnight’s sleep.
Top 3 Sleep Tips for Baby Bedtime
1. Create the Perfect Place to Sleep for Your Baby: Make sure that your baby’s sleep environment is safe and conducive to sleep. Keep crib clear of blankets and bumpers and place baby alone, on their back, in their crib. Make sure that your baby’s nursery is stocked with middle of the night necessities like diapers and wipes to make diaper changes quick and easy.
2. Help Baby Sleep Through the Night By Protecting Naps: Keeping baby well-rested throughout the day will help your baby fall asleep easier and sleep more restfully throughout the night. Following a consistent nap routine and making sure their tummy is full and diaper is clean before nap time will promote longer, more restful naps.
3. Have Baby Practice Their Independent Sleep Skills: In order to encourage your baby to fall asleep unassisted, you have to allow them to practice the skill of falling asleep on their own. This is when it’s time to choose the right sleep method for your family. Having your baby fall asleep on their own, wearing a clean diaper, is going to give you more confidence to let your baby sleep through the night. When checking on baby throughout the night, don’t change baby’s diaper if not necessary.
To hear more of Alanna’s sleep solutions, watch her segment on The Cat & Nat Show | Pampers & Parenting: Advice for Moms!