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Meet Your Ticket to Well Rested and Happy Kids…Lauren Olson!

I met Lauren at Alt Summit and we immediately hit it off. Over a second round of margaritas, I knew she’d be the perfect guest for the podcast! Lauren is a stunningly gorgeous Portland mom of two and the founder of Sleep and the City (is that not the cutest name?!).  She’s a certified sleep consultant who helps children worldwide, ages 0-5, sleep better and develop healthy sleep habits! If you’ve got questions about sleep or are feeling tired all the time due to your kids and their nightmares bedtimes…get ready to send all the virutal hugs to Lauren! She blew my mind with her tips and advice that I immediately started using on my own kids!

In this episode, Lauren is sleep training us all! She is really laying all her best tips out there when it comes to teaching our kids, and really the whole family, healthy sleep habits. She’s answering your sleep and stress-free bedtime questions for all the littles living in your house! It’s time to finally get some good sleep, mama!

 

 

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Desperate for Sleep? Here’s Your Answer!

3 Pillars of Sleep Success

1. Consistent

Consistent bed and naptimes, consistent routines, consistent

2. Having a Routine

Children go off of our routine and social cues before they can’t communicate. When kids know whats coming, it’s way easier to establish healthy habits. Kids crave routines as well.

3. Have a United Front

All caregivers involved are on the same page when it comes to your sleep habits and goals. This goes into the consistency part of sleep- same routines, schedules, cues, etc. go for all caretakers and family members!

What Can I Do Tonight?

Get the room as dark as possible! Blocking the light with dark or black out shades is a great way for kids to go and stay asleep. This is important for naptimes and early morning wakeups as well!

Also, set the room temperature for 68-72 degrees in the room for bedtime!

And last, make the bedtime routine at least 30 minutes to ramp down and have this be in dimmed light. This dimmer light helps our bodies produce melatonin and gets the body prepped and in the sleepy mode.

Learn all about working with Lauren and her personal/digital services over at Sleep and the City!

 

The Bedtime Stall

Ideally, same parent with the same child each night moving through the routine. Usually there is a pattern that forms- potty, filling water bottle, etc. Make sure all of those things are done before you go in their room. Once they get in the room, try and get them to stay in there. Be super clear and consistent on the threats and expectations. If you aren’t going to get them water, don’t even entertain it.

Also, pay attention to big life changes- new baby, potty training, new school, etc. It’s hard for them to switch their brain off because they’re thinking all about it. Carve some time into your bedtime routine to talk about these big changes and get a feel for where their head it out and help them process.

Toddler Bed

3.5 is the ideal time to transition from crib to toddler bed. Keep in mind, they will most likely drop their nap once that change happens so prepare yourself for that one! Before 2.5 years old, there can be some safety concerns of a child being able to roam free in the house so always be aware of that in addition to the sleep they still need developmentally from naptime! At 3.5, it’s not the worst thing in the world for them to drop nap because you can push bedtime up so find a plan that works for you and your family. For me, #cribforlife.

Nightmares

Nightmares usually happen after 12 am! So interesting! Also, nightmares ramp up after kids turn 3 because their thoughts become sequential. Nightmares also come to kids that are overtired more often. Here is a blog Lauren wrote on this topic!

Creating High Maintenance Sleepers

My kids are incredibly high maintenace when it comes to sleep.  They’ve got their white noise, black out shades, diffusers with a sleepy blend, etc. Lauren made me feel SO much better by saying these feel like healthy habits rather than crutches.

At the end of the day, sleep is crucial. It is essential to your self care and in the way you show up for your family. You and your family need to be sleeping well. Definitely reach out to Lauren if you have questions and issues you’d like support on! You can get a customized sleep plan designed for you, chat with Lauren, download a sleep survival guide if you want to start right now, or ask her a quick question on Instagram!

Go connect with Lauren and say Hey, Girl!

Websiteand Blog: Sleep and the City

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