Should I Swaddle My Newborn? Everything You Need to Know for Safe Swaddling

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Whether you’re expecting for the first time or have just welcomed your first baby, it’s likely you have been overrun with parenting advice from all angles. Just about every piece of gear comes with a ten-page Google search worth of articles. This advice also changes, it seems, every few months. While you’re wrestling with a tiny human, blurry-eyed from joy (and sleep deprivation), a common first question is, should I…

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Sleep Training at Four Months? Why it May Be OK — Or Possibly Better — To Wait

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Just a caveat before we start: If you started sleep coaching/training at 4-months and it worked well without a lot of stress, this article isn’t for you. For some families, with predictable, mellow babies or family needs that require big chunks of sleep right now, sleep coaching at 4-months may be a good option. However, some parents may feel pressured by sleep advice books who say to start sleep training…

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Introducing My Featured Gentle Sleep Coach: Macall Gordon

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I am so pleased to welcome Macall Gordon, founder of That First Year, as my Featured Gentle Sleep Coach for the next two weeks! Macall will be available to answer your sleep questions on my Facebook Page. To post your question, simply type your question in the box and submit it! Macall will do her best to answer your question within 24 hours. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hear…

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My Two-Year-Old Wakes Up Screaming At Night! What Can I Do?

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I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video, I’m going to answer Beth’s question about her toddler who wakes up screaming. Here’s what she wrote in: My 2-year-old has been having severe sleep issues for the past few months. She was always great about going to sleep since she was an infant. I would put her down awake and never needed a sleep crutch. She was usually able…

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Vacation Naps: Your Complete Guide to On-The-Go Naps This Summer

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Summertime is prime time for some rest and relaxation with friends and family, and that sometimes involves traveling. What once sounded like music to your ears — travel for a vacation — now makes your palms sweat. You are concerned that all the gains you have made with your child’s sleep habits are in jeopardy if you change time zones or sleep in a strange place! Well, you may be right….

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Summer Travel: The Sleep Lady’s Best Tips for a Restful, Enjoyable Vacation

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This article originally appeared in US News and World Report Time for a summer vacation? When you imagine traveling with small children does it feel daunting, even potentially miserable? It doesn’t have to be. You can travel in a way that’s restful for your kids—and you. Here are my eight best summer travel tips to help prepare you and your child for your best summer trip yet: Start well-napped. The…

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Help! My Six-Month-Old Has Never Been a Good Sleeper and it’s Getting Worse!

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Hi! I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video I’m going to answer Chloe’s question about her six-month-old. Here’s what she wrote in: “I have a six-month-old baby who has never been a good sleeper and it seems to be getting worse. She does have a late bedtime and I can’t seem to make it earlier.  I have to put her down at 6:30 or 7 but then…

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Baby and Child Sleep: Sample Schedules From 6 Months to Preschool

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Sometimes it seems like babies and young children grow up in the blink of an eye. They leave behind one skill and gain another as fast as you can get out your camera. While they are growing, their sleep needs change too. Your three naps-per-day infant grows quickly into a one-nap toddler, and gradually shifts towards getting all of their sleep overnight. It can be hard to keep up with…

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Is it Too Late to Do The Sleep Lady Shuffle With an Eight-and-a-Half-Month-Old?

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Hi! I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in today’s video I’m going to answer Sophia’s question about the Sleep Lady Shuffle. Here’s what she wrote in:  “Hi Kim. I have a question for you. Our daughter, Eredine, is 8 1/2 months-old and we recently used a form of controlled crying* with success”.  Now, 3-1/2 weeks later, she is starting to wake again. We’re not sure what to do. She’s teething…

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