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The Sleep Lady App, Gentle Sleep — Sleep Logging, Baby Data Tracking, and Age-Related Sleep Content All-In-One

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I am so thrilled to be sharing some exciting news with you! The new Sleep Lady App, Gentle Sleep is going to revolutionize the way you track your baby’s patterns. As you may know, I am a licensed family therapist and started this journey into gentle sleep coaching more than 20 years ago when my own daughters struggled to sleep. I wasn’t comfortable with “crying it out”, so I needed…

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Single Parent and Sleep Training? How to Make It Work for You

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Being a single parent is no easy task. Whether it’s due to divorce, death, a spouse in the military, or that’s just how it is, handling the day-to-day tasks of raising a child alone can test even the most organized and composed person. Being a single parent and sleep training your baby? It sounds impossible, but it can be done successfully. Single Parenting and Sleep Training If you have just…

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Should My Children Share a Room While I Wean the Baby’s Pacifier?

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Hi! I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video, I’m going to answer Barbara’s question. She is about to wean the baby’s pacifier while trying to get her older child to sleep. It’s a little bit long, but it’s a very common sleep situation. Here’s what she wrote in: “My daughter is 2-1/2 years old and my son is 7 months. I read your book early in my…

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Soothing Tips for Fussy Babies

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Parents dealing with a fussy baby — especially one that has been recently fed, changed and loved — are eager to find ways to soothe them. Here are a few tips to help keep your baby happy and calm: Learn Baby’s Sleepy Cues Most babies up to six months old can only be awake for about one to two hours before becoming overtired. Part of the learning curve is being…

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Giveaway! Win a Graco® EveryWay Soother™ with Removable Rocker

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Nothing can beat cuddles with Mom and Dad, but the new Graco EveryWay Soother™ with Removable Rocker serves as a great alternative when parents need a free hand. The swing offers 16 soothing motions — the most of any swing on the market. There are eight unique ways to swing, and two directions that allow for side-to-side or front-to-back swinging. The swing seat conveniently doubles as a removable rocker to keep…

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Help Your Child Nap Well: A Nap Schedule for Every Age

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Parents often wonder when their baby will settle into a “perfect” nap schedule. This can feel quite elusive when you have a newborn, but knowing what to expect based on your baby’s age and development can help. It’s important to set realistic expectations and to understand nap basics and how to transition your child from two naps to one and then to a quiet time. I advise parents to follow some…

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11-Month-Old Who Wakes Frequently at Night – Ask The Sleep Lady

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I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video I’m going to answer Debbie’s question about her 11-month-old who wakes up at night. Here’s what she wrote in: My 11 month-old son knows how to go to sleep on his own although there are times when he refuses. Then he needs to be rocked or sung to. But, he wakes up frequently throughout the night and needs to be…

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How to Wean from Swaddling – A Gentle Transition

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Article originally appeared in Gentle Baby Solutions, Week 16 So you’ve reached that wonderful — and often dreaded milestone: your baby is ready to give up the swaddle. But are you? Many parents of newborns worry that they will have to actively “wean” their baby from swaddling.  Luckily, babies often send clear signals that they don’t like being swaddled anymore as they get more mobile. On average, babies are ready to be weaned off…

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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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