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Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep? New Sleep Recommendations For The Whole Family!

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This week, March 2nd – 8th, is National Sleep Awareness Week. The National Sleep Foundation uses this week for public education and awareness to promote the importance of sleep. And, interestingly, the week closes with most Americans losing one hour of sleep as Daylight Savings Time begins. It almost feels like someone wanted to play a prank on parents, doesn’t it? All kidding aside, how much sleep your child gets…

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Daylight Savings Time-Spring Forward

21 Tips To Get You Ready For Daylight Savings Time

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In the wee hours of spring each year you may notice that it is getting lighter a bit earlier and inwardly shout “hooray!” I know that I am ready to put away the snow shovel and gloves and spot some spring bulbs coming up in the garden! Another sign of spring that may take a little more adjustment is moving our clocks forward an hour. Fun fact: Daylight Savings Time…

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10 Reasons That Quality Sleep Matters For Your Baby

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There are 4 simple words that make most parents jump for joy: “sleeping through the night.” Unfortunately, this is a term many parents have yet to experience. Did you know that babies over 6 months old constantly transition and cycle between light and deep sleep (known as REM and non-REM)? During these transition periods, everyone experiences partial arousals, as adults, this is when we wake up, turn over, rearrange our…

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New Research About SIDS

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One of the biggest fears of new parents (besides the complete unknown that no book can prepare you for) is SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS is the leading cause of death for babies under a year old, and claims as many as 2,500 babies every year. While no one knows for sure what causes SIDS, there is research being done that may help doctors and parents to detect…

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Keep Your Sleep Routine Intact-

Keep Your Sleep Routine Intact: Traveling Through Time Zones

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  Many families travel during the holidays, and whether you’re driving or flying, jet lag can put a real hiccup in your plans, especially if you have little kids. There is research to suggest that our bodies can adjust to one, or possibly two time zones in a 24-hour period, but with small children, even this adjustment can be a big one. This means that if you’re driving, and you…

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Question of the week

Understanding “Drowsy But Awake”

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Would you like me to answer your baby sleep problem in my next video? If so, scroll down and submit your question in the comment section below. I will pick several questions a month to answer and post them here on the blog!   Hi, Kim West, The Sleep Lady here, and in today’s vlog, I’m going to answer this parent’s question:   “My son will go to sleep wide…

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10 Daylight Savings Tips

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Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 a.m. Most of us will be rolling our clocks back an hour, which can cause sleep problems, and in many cases, early rising. This is common due to the simple fact that once we fall back, 6:30 a.m. suddenly becomes 5:30 a.m., but there are things that you can do to adjust to the time change gradually so that your…

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My Child Wakes Up Multiple Times At Night

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Hi, Kim West, the Sleep Lady and in this video blog I’m going to answer this mom’s question:   “My daughter has turned just seven months old and has never slept through the night. Her problem is not going to sleep at bed time in her crib. Her problem is that she’s constantly waking up through the night between 7 and 10 times. Sometimes she wakes up every 30 minutes…

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The Ideal Wake, Nap and Sleep Schedule for a Baby

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This week’s video blog is from Kid’s in the House, a wonderful parenting resource filled with expert advice on hundreds of topics, including sleep.  This video will give you some examples of ideal wake, nap and sleep schedules for your baby.  Here’s the transcript: “Here is an ideal sleep schedule for a baby – At 6-8 months old, they really need about 3-3 ½ hours of sleep during the day over…

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What is “Drowsy But Awake?”

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This week’s video blog is from Kid’s in the House, a wonderful parenting resource filled with expert advice on hundreds of topics, including sleep.  This video will begin to help you understand the importance of putting your child to bed “drowsy but awake.  Here’s the transcript: “A lot of families email me, write to me, or call me and say, “Will you please explain what ‘drowsy but awake’ means?”   I…

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