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When your baby gets fussy, try The 5 S’s by Dr. Harvey Karp to help soothe and relax your baby. This should be done while you are standing and holding your baby in your arms. You can try this in the crib/bassinet (omitting the Side/Stomach and using your hand on their chest for motion instead of Swing).

1. Swaddle, 2. Side or Stomach Position, 3. Shush, 4. Swing, 5. Suck

If you decide to practice this in the crib/bassinet, you will inset the pacifier (if your baby will accept it), make a shushing noise or use a white noise sound machine, then place your hand on your baby’s chest and gently rock your baby from side to side.

Important Note: When I say you can “practice” this in the crib/bassinet, I am saying “practice” because this is the long term goal. You want your baby to be able to fall asleep in the crib/bassinet in the next few weeks.

Sari Broda

Child Sleep Consultant


Summer is finally here and luckily, it seems that travel and vacations are starting to pick up again. That said, I know people (including myself) who struggle with travel because of how it will affect their children’s sleep 🤦🏻‍♀️. It’s true, changes and new sleep environments can throw off our children's sleep patterns, but it isn’t forever and there are things you can do to make the process a little smoother. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Enjoy: Easier said that done, but remember to have fun and relax! If we are nervous, our kids will sense it, so try to make this trip fun for you, too!

  • Hello, New Space: If possible, when you arrive at the new destination (and before they are totally exhausted), familiarize your child with their new sleep space as well as your new sleep space. If they know where they will sleep and where you will sleep, the process may feel less overwhelming

  • Routine: Keep your bedtime routine consistent to what you do at home, i.e. bath, bottle, book, song, bed.

  • Sleep Environment: Make it sleep inducing by blacking out the room (get creative!), bringing a portable sound machine (or white noise app), and bring their sheets along (the smell is familiar). If your child will be sleeping in a travel crib, have them sleep in the travel crib at home a few nights prior.

  • Sleep Items: Bring your child’s top 3 sleep accessories, i.e. stuffed animal, book, sleep sack. Keep it simple.

  • 80/20 Rule: Stick to a consistent schedule 80% of the time, i.e. crib naps, normal bedtime, consistent routine. Go off schedule the other 20% of the time, i.e. nap on the go, late dinners, etc.

  • Sunlight: Expose your child to lots of sunlight during the day and get them physically active!

  • Morning Flight: I'm a fan of taking an early morning flight (if possible). There are usually less delays, kids are less cranky, and you get to your destination early to set up your kids sleep space.

Time Zone Changes:

What To Do Before, During, and After

If your trip is a few days long, keep them in their original time zone.

If it's a week or more, adjust to new time zone.

  • Adjusting To New Time: Whether there’s a 1 hour time difference or 6 hour time difference or whether you’re traveling east or west, the process is practically the SAME.

  • The Week Before Travel: A week before leaving, try moving your kid's schedule (bedtime, wakeup time, and nap times) somewhat closer to the new time zone. Ex: if you live in NYC and you’re traveling to California, get your child to go to sleep later each night (15-30 min increments) until their bedtime is 8/9pm. That way, once you get there, they will have an easier time adjusting to the new time zone.

  • Once You Get There: 1. Once you get to the new destination, adjust your child to the new time zone from Day 1. Put your child to bed at their usually bedtime and wake them up at their usual wakeup time, according to the new time zone. 2. Help adjust your child’s circadian rhythm by providing lots of daylight exposure during the day and dimming the lights when it's closer to bedtime. 3. Allow for flexibility on your travel day and try not to over plan on your first day there so your kids don't get too overtired.

  • Coming Back Home: Early bedtime can help your child catch up on any travel sleep debt. It can take about a full week for your child to fully adjust, especially if there was a large time zone change. Go back to your normal routine, normal schedule, and normal sleep environments.

Bon Voyage!❣️

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Sari Broda

Child Sleep Consultant


Updated: May 7

Tell me, is there anything more exhausting than a baby waking up between the hours of 4:45-5:45am? I don't think there is and you shouldn't either. 😂

You want to feel refreshed, but you really feel like you've been hit by a moving vehicle and the thought of going through your day with an early wake-up is extremely draining. So, why does it happen and how can we fix it?! Here are a few reasons and solutions: 1. Late Bedtime: This is Counter-intuitive, I know, because you would think late to bed, late to wake, right? Wrong. Many “early risers” wake up because they are overtired and going to bed too late. Try an earlier bedtime. Even 15-30 mins can make all of the difference. 2. Light Creeps In: When your child is transitioning through sleep cycles, and they somewhat open their eyes and see the slightest bit of light, this can cause your child's melatonin to get suppressed and cause them to fully wakeup. You want to fully black out the room (get creative with black trash bags) and cover any white/blue lights in the room. Once your baby is sleeping until a reasonable hour again, you can remove all the props. 3. Reinforced Behavior: If your baby wakes up at 5am and you are always going in there at that time, then your baby may be getting into that early morning waking habit. The less engagement, the quicker their internal clock will learn that it is still time to sleep. Try not to engage much, but if you do, keep it boring and robotic. 4. Hunger: This usually applies to younger babies, but it is important to get those calories in during the day so there is no need to take them in throughout the night. Make sure each daytime feeding is a good feeding -- if you are nursing, it may be helpful to go into a quiet space and do skin-to-skin if possible during feedings. 5. Too Much Daytime Sleep: Make sure your baby is on the appropriate daytime sleep schedule for their age. If they are sleeping too much during the day, they may not need to sleep much during the night. Naps may either be too long or it may be time to drop a nap. 6. The Early Bedtime Cycle: Your baby won’t sleep more than a certain amount of hours at night. If your baby is going to sleep at 6pm, a 5am wake up (11 hrs later) is appropriate. To fix this, you should slowly push that bedtime and those nap times, but be mindful not to let your baby get overtired at bedtime. This may take some time so stick to it and keep pushing by 10-15 min increments every few days. Whichever one you think it may be, early morning wakings can take time and patience to adjust. Stick to it and you will soon see results! Hope this helps❣️

And feel free to share with a friend!

Sari Broda

Child Sleep Consultant