Better Nights, Better Days

for Babies


The Better Nights, Better Days for Babies Study is looking for parents or caregivers of 6 to 12-month-old babies living in Canada to tell us how to adapt the original Better Nights, Better Days online program for babies! Participants will have access to the Better Nights, Better Days intervention for 10 weeks to help us find out what changes should be made to the Better Nights, Better Days behavioural sleep intervention for 6 to 12-month-old babies. We will ask you to complete a 20-minute before and after questionnaire, a 10-minute phone call, and a 30-minute exit interview.

All participants will receive a $25 gift card after completing the exit interview. This study is being led by principal investigator Dr. Elizabeth Keys (School of Nursing) at The University of British Columbia Okanagan.
CLICK HERE to see if you are eligible to participate.
To participate or ask questions, please email


The Program

Better Nights, Better Days Program Sessions 

Session 1: Introduction 

Introduction to the program and information about how sleep works and how sleep problems develop.

Information for parents about adult characteristics of sleep; how sleep problems develop in adults, and a link to download an adult Sleep Diary from the National Sleep Foundation.  


Session 2: Healthy Sleep Practices  

Learn about healthy sleep practices and routines, and how doing things differently during the day and at night can help your child sleep better.

Includes prompts for parents to consider the influence of factors on their own sleep, including their own sleep schedules, bedtime routines, sleep location, use of electronics before bed, exercise and diet, positivity, and sleep associations. 


Session 3: Settling to Sleep 

Focus on problems settling to sleep independently at naptime and at bedtime.

Includes evidence-based strategies recommended for adults on improving their ability to fall asleep.


Session 4: Going Back to Sleep 

Focus on using tools to help with night-wakings and what to do if your child wakes too early in the morning.

Includes evidence-based strategies recommended for adults to manage to night wakings, napping, and early morning awakenings.


Session 5: Looking Back and Ahead 

Review your goals and progress you’ve made during the program, and develop a plan for the future.

Includes descriptions of other sleep problems that adults may experience and guidance for when adults should contact their healthcare provider for assessment and treatment.



Better Nights, Better Days Program Tools


Sleep Diary 

Fill out a daily online sleep diary to track your results and see patterns in your child’s sleep and behaviour as you complete the sessions. 

Weekly Activities and Reviews

Complete activities that will help you make positive changes to improve your child’s sleep.  For instance, learn how to create sleep routines, a healthy sleep environment, and practice techniques to reduce stress.

Track Your Progress

Throughout the program, you'll receive feedback on the positive changes that you're making to your child's sleep.