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Nicole Double, Pediatric Sleep Consultant (Denver, Colorado)
My first daughter was a HARD newborn. Within the first weeks of life she would spend hours a day screaming, and I don’t mean crying. My husband could be outside and hear my daughter screaming inside the house. It was heartbreaking and we were in survival mode, both days and nights. What was initially labeled as colic, we later discovered was a dairy intolerance, diagnosed at 6 weeks old. While it was emotional receiving the diagnosis, it was relieving to finally understand how I could help her overcome the pain she was in. New parents are bombarded with the unknown, so identifying an area of focus is empowering!
Why do I share all this? Because the next thing I realized I could help her conquer was her sleep. As you can imagine, when a baby’s tummy hurts, it doesn’t lend nicely to sleep! My daughter had ALL the sleep props- nursing to sleep, bouncing to sleep, held for naps, you name it. It was becoming unmanageable. Forty minutes of work to get her to sleep for a 30 minute “crap nap!” Not to mention the hourly night wakings. So, I dove in deep with sleep research and came up with a plan to get her sleeping independently (once she was no longer in pain from dairy!)
We soon had a happy, healthy, well rested baby. It was life changing for all of us to be rested, she was so much happier and we were able to enjoy life as a family so much more! Fast forward to the birth of our second daughter (21 months apart!), and I was ready this time. We started with healthy sleep habits from Day 1. Establishing a nap and bedtime routine, using age appropriate wake times, and keeping her sleep area relaxing and dark are all ways to set the stage for solid sleep. Notice none of that involves sleep training! Instead we were setting up good habits for our second daughter. We did use formal sleep training steps when she was older and it was a much quicker and easier process than it was for our first, since we had such a solid foundation!
I am passionate about baby sleep, and I love to solve these sleep puzzles! I currently work as an engineer, hence my background and love for problem solving. When I’m not working, I love spending time in the mountains with my family. I’d love to help you and your family achieve sleep, we can figure this out together!
Nicole is a Certified Sleep Consultant through the Center for Pediatric Sleep Management.