The Art (and Science) of Babywearing

There is nothing in the world that compares to finally having your newborn baby sleeping on your chest, that sweet-smelling, squishy-cheeked baby right under your nose. I hold those early moments of motherhood so dear to my heart …but then realty sets in. My baby still wanted to be close to me every second, she was still dependant on me …

Reflux- how you tormented my babies!

I felt very alone- all my friends had babies that were so easy. Dream Babies!! They fed them and laid them down in their crib. Not me- every time I did they would start swallowing, then cry, vomit and wake up.  I spent 30 minutes after EVERY feed holding them upright before putting them back into their crib. They were …

Shingles in Pregnancy

  This is me, age 35, pregnant for the third time. This picture is hard to look at I know, but I wanted to share with you my experience with shingles in pregnancy. I was 11 weeks pregnant when we took the girls to Florida for our last trip as a family of four.  About a week into the trip …

How one researcher’s “accidental research project” is creating more support for moms

I met with an incredible woman yesterday and I was often left speechless when hearing her explain the remarkable research that is being done at Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. I just sat, frantically writing everything she said down like she was my new hero. Dr. Catherine Lebel “accidentally” came across correlations from a previous research study involving pregnant moms …

The Sweet Spot- How to get longer naps with less crying!

  Any mamas out there have a babe that USED TO fall asleep so easily for bedtime and naps, but now it involves a whole lot of crying? Or maybe you feel like you are doing everything “right”, but she still cries each time you put her down? The answer may be in your timing. Babies grow like crazy and …

Better Sleep for your Baby

  Motherhood is a beautiful thing. Most women dream about the tender moments parenting brings. And the reality is, your baby will melt your heart a million times over. But motherhood can be challenging. I am The Mama Coach™, a Registered Nurse, lactation consultant, infant sleep coach and mom of two little men. I feel like I worried about everything in …

Sleeping Babies and Vacations: You CAN have both!

When my first son was 8 weeks old my husband and I decided to set off for a weekend vacation… with our little dude. We thought it would be a relaxing, recharging weekend. Not sure why we thought sleep would come in the hotel and not at home! We packed the entire house, and three trips to the car later …

Mothers not Martyrs

I had an “ah-ha” motherhood moment the other day. It came to me as I was driving down the highway with tears rolling down my cheeks. I had been looking forward to these few days to myself for a month, and was doing a silent countdown in my head every time I had a challenging parenting moment, which occur at …

How to transition your baby from two naps to one

I get many emails from mom’s asking how they’ll know if their baby is ready to go from two naps a day to one. Babies are usually ready for this change around a year of age. I have seen babies go as early as nine months and I’ve also seen babies hang on to two naps a day until well …