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Psst – Do You Co-sleep With Your Baby? Reduce Risks With These Tips

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This article originally appeared on US News and World Report, February 14, 2017. When it comes to infant sleep practices, perhaps no topic is more debated than whether parents should co-sleep, or share their bed with their infant. Concerns about the risk of suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome prompt health care professionals to warn against co-sleeping under any circumstances. However, it’s important to understand that there are differences between…

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Sleep Training Your Baby: Options Beyond Crying It Out

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This article originally appeared on US News and World Report, January 13, 2017. Parents of sleepless babies often feel torn between what they think are their only two options: let their baby cry it out or hope it just resolves over time. There are other effective options. Parents can choose a sleep training method that fits with their values and needs as well as their baby’s development and unique temperament. If what you’re doing…

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Love is All You Need – Valentine’s Day Giveaway from the Sleep Lady

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Valentine’s Day brings out the love in all of us. We’re showing our love for our followers with a loaded Valentine’s Day Giveaway. Win products from Nösh, Copper Pearl, Kim West (The Sleep Lady), and Go Mama Go Designs.  Here’s what you could win: Nösh 3 packs of Nosh Munchables – $60 value Copper Pearl Bib Set – $20 value The Sleep Lady One membership to Gentle Baby Solutions – $80 value One…

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How to Get Your Baby to Sleep at Night in Five Easy Steps

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There aren’t many things that humble a person more than having a child. New parents quickly find themselves thrust into the world of on-the-job training, and “been-there-done-that” parents may realize that each subsequent child requires a different set of tricks and tools than their previous offspring did. Getting a baby to sleep is perhaps one of the steepest parental learning curves. Please keep in mind that many sleep experts don’t…

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Sleep Coaching vs. Sleep Training — What’s the Difference?

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In today’s society, it’s common to hear the word “sleep coaching” used interchangeably with the term “sleep training,” especially in the world of sleep — or should I say sleep deprivation? But if you encounter a Gentle Sleep Coach you’ll more than likely hear her talk about sleep coaching vs. sleep training. You’ll probably start to wonder what the difference between the two might be. Well, sit right down and let…

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Gentle Sleep Coaching: How Do I Eliminate My Baby’s Night Wakings?

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Hi. I’m Kim West, the Sleep Lady, and in this video, I’m going to answer Jamie’s question that she posted on my Facebook page. Here’s what she wrote: Hi. My nine-month-old wakes during the night for her dummy (or pacifier) and also one night feed. How do I eliminate this? She goes to bed at half seven and she’ll still be awake at that time. Then the times that she…

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Bottle Weaning – Breaking a Bedtime Crutch for Good

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There are so many factors that affect baby and toddler sleep. If your toddler (or even preschooler) is using a bottle at naps, bedtime, or to re-settle overnight, then he or she might be using it as their sleep crutch. If you notice that your toddler is also asking for the bottle when they are upset or tired, then the bottle may have also become a comfort item in addition…

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Transitioning From Co-Sleeping To His Crib Using Gentle Sleep Coaching

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Hi. I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video I’m going to answer Donna’s question that she posted on my Facebook page. Here’s what she wrote: Hello. My 10-month-old has been co-sleeping with me as I found it easier while breastfeeding. So, where do I start getting him to sleep in his own room? – Donna. Donna, there are a couple of different options that we can try…

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Sleep Coaching — When to Hire a Professional

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If you’re a first time parent, there is almost no way to prepare for the early days of sleep-deprived stupor. Perhaps this isn’t your first, but you blocked out the experience with your previous children. Most new parents encounter some period where they are getting by on very little sleep. Newborns and infants wake frequently as a survival mechanism, so little sleep is par for the course in early parenthood….

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The Working Mom and Sleep Coaching – Is It Possible?

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If you are a working mom you probably already feel like you’re climbing Mt. Everest every day. Your mind is full, your schedule is maxed, and your body is tired.  Now that your child is near the six-month mark you may want to take that next step — sleep coaching. How wonderful it would be for him to fall asleep by himself, and even sleep through the night. However, just the thought of…

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