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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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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 Top 16 Sleep Lady Blog Posts of 2016

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As 2016 draws to a close, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the different sleep issues I tackled this year.  I covered baby, toddler, and even parent sleep, as well as multiple sleep challenges such as coaching twins, night terrors, and those ever-tricky naps! Here are 16 top posts of 2016: Tips For the Early Riser So many parents reach out to me because…

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5 Tips for Bringing the Calm Back to Your Mornings

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I encourage you to visit Katie Holloran, MA, BCBA at http://www.behavioristnextdoor.com or on Facebook  for more tips, resources, and information on sleep coaching. As a parent myself, I find these 5 tips to be the most helpful in getting back on track when my home life feels a bit out of whack – maybe it’s due to fall travel, family coming to visit, or even the time change. No matter what…

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Baby Sleep Schedule: 7 Tips for The End of Daylight Saving Time

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It’s almost that dreaded time again – the end of Daylight Saving Time! While “falling back” was once a glorious time of sleeping in an extra hour, every parent knows – kids don’t follow that plan!  Parents around the country dread the disruption of their lives from transitioning their children’s sleep to a new time schedule. But with a little planning, Daylight Saving doesn’t have to send everyone into a…

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How to Improve Your Mornings

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Whitney and her sister, Courtney, created the Stoplight Golight timer to help Whitney’s twins get on a sleep schedule.  While Courtney didn’t have any children of her own at the time, she saw the difference it made for her sister’s children and together they made their vision a reality with the Stoplight Golight Timer. There was a time I had 2-year-old twins and a newborn.  I needed my sleep.  I…

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Creating the Perfect Sleep Friendly Environment with Cloudb

Creating the Perfect Sleep Friendly Environment with Cloudb

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One of the best things you can do to help your child learn to sleep is to set them up with a “sleep-friendly environment”. This means two things: an environment that is both conducive to sleep and is safe. By putting your baby to sleep in a sleep-friendly environment, you are setting the stage for success. Darkness The first step to creating a sleep friendly environment is to have a…

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Tracking Your Baby’s Sleep with Evoz

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Once the days of erratic, unpredictable newborn sleep start to fade, most babies begin to form at least a loose schedule to their sleep.  Rather than cat napping on and off around the clock, sleep begins to order itself; first you start to see one longer stretch at night between 6-8 weeks and then a more regular morning nap time around l 12 weeks, and finally several weeks later the…

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The Family Bedtime Routine

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Brook Packard is a mom, musician, educator, storyteller and…after years of struggle, a really good sleeper. Brook started Sleepytime Club to give families a simple 20-30 minute bedtime routine that builds meaningful memories and makes tuck-in time delightful rather than one more thing on the “to-do” list. She blogs at Huffington Post about parenting and bedtime. Do you ever have one of “those days”? A day when you wonder if…

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Take a Nosh Break

Take a Nosh Break

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As parents or caregivers, we all need a quick break, sometimes just five minutes to check email or return a phone call. Nosh snacks provide a tasteful distraction for your baby. The teething wafer allows your child to enjoy a quick-dissolving snack, while you enjoy a quick moment to breathe. Nosh snacks are great for travel and simple to just throw in your diaper bag or purse. Unlike other teething…

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