Sleeping Tips for Your Baby

Most parents these days need more sleep. Especially parents with infants. I know I did!

TLC for Kids now has a certified sleep consultant to help St. Louis families with those sleepless nights. Visit our website to learn more about TLC for Kids Newborn Services.

I’m excited to be share a wonderful blog post today from a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, Jen Varela! Jen has been helping tired families get sleep since 2010, and wanted to share some of her sleep wisdom with you! Here are three things she recommends to all her families .

1. Sleep begets sleep

It is amazing how this works! What time does your baby go to sleep at night? Is it too late? Did you miss the “sweet spot” sleepy window? For babies six months or older consider a bedtime between 6:30-7:30 p.m. Helping your baby get the proper amount of sleep can reduce fussiness at bedtime, decrease the number of night awakenings and eliminate early rising. Also take a look at the “sweet spot” for the first nap of the day. If you wait too long then you may miss their first sleep window.

When they are infants consider keeping the window at 90 minutes between waking for the day to asleep again at the first nap. As your baby grows their ability to stay awake for longer periods of time will also grow. Between the ages of four and a half to six months your baby’s wakeful window will mature and stretch from 2 to 2 ½ hours.

2. Milestones

Is your baby starting to crawl? Could they be in the middle of a developmental milestone? Did you know that when your baby is in a developmental burst that they will … yes, I said WILL have a sleep regression. Did the number of night awakening increase at the same time as they were working on something new? This is a good thing because they are doing what they are supposed to do. They are consolidating memories during REM sleep, integrating their experiences and making new connections in their brain.

3. Routine

Routine is defined by a nice flow to your day, not rigid scheduling. Doing the same thing in the same order or fashion. An example would be to eat upon waking or be social and active during alert times. The bedtime routine creates a positive association with going to sleep. You want to have a nice flow to your day and predictability can aid in better sleep. Don’t get caught up in a rigid routine, you might miss your baby’s sleep cues if you get to focused on the clock. Try doing things in the same order before sleep. A verbal sleep cue is very helpful with communicating it is time to go to sleep without it being stimulating and overly engaging. Everyone likes a little “sweet-talk” when they are tired.

Click here to read more tips from Sleep Lady consultant Joy Varela


Sleep Training Your Child

Sleep Coach


TLC For Kids is now offering sleep coaching services. TLC has teamed up with Gentle Sleep Coach Jessica Litwack, certified by Kim West, LCSW-C, aka The Sleep Lady ®. Jessica will provide TLC families with excellent guidance for dealing with sleep issues with their 4 month to 6 year olds.

Jessica Manela Litwack LCSW is a not only a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, but also and a Certified Baby Planner through the International Maternity Institute, a mother of two young children and  the founder of the online mom support group, mamaSpace.

After learning early on with her first child that having a “good sleeper” wasn’t something that was just going to happen on its own, Jessica started to look into various sleep coaching methods. The Sleep Lady philosophy, developed by Kim West, was a perfect fit for her family because of its gradual and gentle approach.  After gaining experience with her daughter, Jessica realized she wanted to support other families with sleep issues. She received training as a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach in early 2013. The Gentle Sleep Coaching Program has been helping tired parents for 17 years and is currently the most extensive and professional sleep certification program available.

The GSC approach is a gentler alternative for families who emotionally or philosophically are not comfortable letting their babies “cry it out”. GSC is also for families who believe in co-sleeping but find that their children aren’t really sleeping all that well, even nestled snugly with their parents. Or for families who did co-sleep for a few months to a few years and now want the family bed to revert back to the marital one.

For over 27 years TLC for Kids has been helping St. Louis families with all their child care needs.  TLC is thrilled to expand its services to offer help to tired parents, babies and young children looking to get a good night’s sleep.  Jessica is currently booking clients for December and into 2014.  Please contact Jessica at 314-725-5660 or to book your consultation today.

TLC Is Now Offering Sleep Training!


I will never forget the pain of letting my youngest “cry it out” We tried the “ferber method,” but listening to him cry for 5 minutes seemed like 30! We tried co-sleeping but neither one of us got any sleep.

I am so excited to tell you about the new service TLC for Kids is offering. We have teamed up with Jessica Litwack, a certified sleep coach, to provide sleep training.

Jessica Manela Litwack, is a Certified “Gentle Sleep Coach” who will work with your family to create an individualized, loving and responsive step-by-step sleep plan teaching your child the vital life skill of putting themselves to sleep.

The Gentle Sleep Program will consider your personal parenting philosophy, child’s age, health and temperament, mother’s well-being and the related family dynamics. Most importantly Jessica will support and coach you through the process from beginning to end- for night sleep and naps!

The art of putting yourself to sleep is a priceless gift you can give to your child and your entire family. To learn more visit our website, or call us at 314-725-5660.


Newborn Overnight Care

All parents strive for a good night’s sleep.  That is hard to do with a newborn baby in the house.  Most newborns will wake every 3 hours or so to eat.  After feeding, burping, diaper changes, swaddling and getting baby back to sleep parents have about an hour or two until they need to do it all again.

TLC for Kids can help.  TLC’s Newborn Overnight Caregivers come into your home and take care of your baby for the night.  Our caregivers have been screened by our professional staff and have years of experience caring for newborns.  They even specialize in multiples!

Newborn overnights caregivers typically work 4 to 7 nights a week for the first few months.  They will help get your baby on a night time schedule and stay with you until your baby is sleeping through the night.

Let our overnight caregivers help you be your best for your busy day!

More information on TLC for Kids’ Newborn program visit our website or call Angela at 314.725.5660.