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Baby Monitors – Is Yours Safe? What You Need to Know

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Just about every new parent in the last 25 years has relied on baby monitors to alert them when their little one cries. Never before have there been so many high-tech options available and with all these new options come safety and security concerns. How on earth do you sort through all the information and find out what’s right for your family? Last week I sat down with Ruwan Welaratna, CEO of…

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5 Myths About Picky Eating That Just Won’t Die, and the Truths Parents Need to Know

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As a family nutrition expert, I constantly come across myths about feeding young children, especially picky eating. Not only do these beliefs have the potential to compromise a child’s relationship with food, they make mealtime a struggle for the entire family. By tackling the most common feeding myths, I hope to bring the truth to light. Identifying fact from fiction not only helps parents do a better job feeding, it…

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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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