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What if your baby doesn’t “sleep like a baby”? Do you have to go “hard-line” or ditch your own intuition just to survive baby and toddlerhood? What if there was a holistic, science-based approach to helping baby (and you) sleep? Today I interview Nicole from the Baby Sleep Site, who shares the gentle approach she has utilized to help 1,000s of babies (and their parents) experience much-needed sleep.

You will hear:

  • How a holistic sleep approach adapts to unique situations
  • An overlooked piece in diagnosing sleep issues
  • How EC and Nicole’s sleep approach work together
  • Realistic expectations for sleep changes
  • How to tell if something in your baby’s sleep routine is a problem
  • Where to find expert support

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xx Andrea

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Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 5 children (all under 10 yo) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)

13 Comments

  1. Avatar Feyza on August 2, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Hi Andrea and Nicole,
    I wanted to tell you about Dr. Aletha Solter’s holistic approach to sleep. She is a developmental psychologist who’d recognizes the neurobiology of emotional stress and trauma on babies and children. She states that babies requires three things to be able to sleep: to be tired, to be connected to their caregivers and to be relaxed in their bodies. She recommends the crying-in-loving-arms approach so that babies can release the stress trapped in their bodies with a loving and compassionate listener. This is how they regulate their emotions and their nervous system, because they finally feel safe, loved, connected and relaxed. It is a magical experience and I would really recommend looking into it. You can start with the book, “The Aware Baby”.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 2, 2022 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you so much!

    • Avatar Nicole Johnson on August 3, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      @Feyza Thank you so much for sharing! It’s nice to put a name to an approach I’ve used for more than a decade for some families who choose to go this route. I’ll definitely check into the book. Happy sleeping!

  2. Avatar Nicole Johnson on August 2, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    It was a pleasure speaking with you, Andrea! Thank you for having me on as a guest!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 2, 2022 at 11:23 pm

      Always a pleasure! Thank you so much for joining me and sharing all your expertise with the community!

  3. Avatar Lauren Steadman on August 2, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    This interview is just wanted I needed to hear! As a new mom I have guilt that I’m not doing things “correctly” because my baby doesn’t sleep like others expect. However, it works for our family and we are happy with that.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 2, 2022 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you so much for listening in! You got this momma, forget that mom guilt and follow your instincts! You know what is best for your babies!

    • Avatar Nicole Johnson on August 3, 2022 at 5:05 pm

      @Lauren I’m so happy to hear our interview helped you feel more confident as a mom! You know your baby best and what works for your family. Happy sleeping! :)

  4. Avatar Sarah on August 2, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    I wouldn’t recommend this website.
    It doesn’t look at how to improve sleep without sleep training which is not following the child’s lead. Following the child’s lead is core to EC and I would think promoting biologically normal infant sleep would be more aligned to that ‘parenting style’.

    Check out Milk & Moon run by Possums & Co in Australia for how to improve sleep without sleep training and acknowledges biologically normal infant behaviour and the latest research in attachment psychology, neuroscience and Lactation.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 2, 2022 at 11:59 pm

      Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for listening in and offering your recommendation. The Baby Sleep Site has helped me, and countless others within the GDF community, take a similar approach to helping our babies with their sleep, as we do to helping our babies with their potty needs. Both are flexible and can accommodate any lifestyle. Should this resource not be for you, that’s okay, it may still help someone else who needs some support in this area. I know I did! The Baby Sleep Site offers customized help for the individual baby and really the whole family, after all it’s hard to parent well when you are running on fumes due to lack of sleep.

    • Avatar Nicole Johnson on August 3, 2022 at 5:09 pm

      @Sarah Thank you for your comment and I’m sorry to hear you feel that way! I hope what people hear from the interview is that “sleep training” can be defined in so many ways and there are many ways to do it GENTLY or even not at all. There is no one-size-fits-all approach and the baby’s temperament and personality are huge factors in the approach you may choose to take. Even twins in the same family sometimes need different approaches and have different needs. We do not have a pre-defined definition of “success” and have worked with thousands of families to get better sleep within the lifestyle they’ve chosen including continuing to bed-share, for example. Just as we teach our children habits at the dinner table because they don’t come out knowing what to do, sometimes we guide them in the area of sleep habits as well. Happy sleeping!

  5. Avatar Henri on August 28, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    That’s a really nice approach and good to listen to someone with so big experience. Thanks for that. I’ve sleep trained with the method I got recommended online and I was totally satisfied with the outcome (the method I chose: https://www.parental-love.com/shop/baby-sleep-training ) but it is really hard to trust someone or pick a method that you’re gonna follow with no doubts, right?
    Also I love the video version, it’s always good to look at the person talking.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on August 28, 2022 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much for watching! I’m so happy you found something that worked for you! It can be hard sometimes to sift through all the noise online when it comes to finding the best approaches for our little ones. What I love about the Baby Sleep Site is that you get personalized care for your baby in mind, which cuts out so much of that online noise, they really do their best to get to know you and your littles to offer a plan that is optimized for you.

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