Teaching baby to sleep

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Teaching baby to sleep

Getting your baby to sleep involves parents understanding a few key aspects about sleep. First, sleep is a learned skill and process that parents need to help their babies acquire. The process often gets interrupted by development and, therefore, often has to be revisited. Also, it's important for parents to get the sleep tenant; sleep begets sleep. The better they sleep in the day, the better they sleep at night, and this carries on over and over. When the body gets overtired, it releases a hormone called cortisol that fights fatigue and makes it more difficult for babies to access their self-soothing skills. When parents respect this fact and put their baby down frequently, keep their periods of wakefulness short, and putting their baby down early in the evening; as well as, implement a consistent, soothing routine of a few loving actions that they do every sleep period. It lets them know that sleep is coming, and ultimately, put their baby down awake; they will give the child the gift of learning to go to sleep on their own, and self-soothing.

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Allison LaTona, MFT

Parent Educator, Marriage & Family Therapist

Allison LaTona, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist, whose life-changing consultation groups provide a practical and compassionate roadmap for those navigating the journey of parenthood. LaTona has 18 years of experience counseling children, families, couples and individuals, and has facilitated groups in private practice, as well as at Santa Monica's Babygroup with Donna Holloran, MSW, for over a decade. La Tona is an author for Twigtale, an online resource for creating transition books for young children.  

Focusing on respectful parenting philosophies, the power of language, emotional intelligence, and a child's natural developmental capabilities, LaTona offers specific strategies and invaluable insights that ease the inherent challenges of contemporary parenthood. Her work empowers parents with the vision and tools to create thriving and fulfilling family lives, and fosters long-term connections within a supportive community. With 13 years "in the trenches" raising two young children of her own, LaTona's personal path complements her professional credentials. Her empathy, experience, and dedication fuel her passionate commitment to her work.

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