ultimate holiday gift guide

Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide — Something for Everyone

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Let’s face it: we all procrastinate. When you become a parent, holiday procrastination just comes with the territory. If you have small children, you’re probably never alone in a store for any length of time. Before you know it, it’s time to start wrapping presents! With so many options for online shopping, we’ve put together this ultimate holiday gift guide that covers everyone on your list — from newborn to…

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Travel Naps: Tips for Maintaining Naps During Holiday Trips

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The holidays are a time when we get together with friends and family, and that sometimes involves traveling. The mere mention of travel with little ones can immediately raise your blood pressure! You’re 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. And travel naps? That sounds impossible. Well, you may be…

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Holiday Travel Sleep Tips from The Sleep Lady

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Are you planning to travel this upcoming holiday season? If so, you’ll want to create game-plan for your child’s sleep routine that will help you face the unpredictability of holiday travel. I can help you do just that with my top holiday travel sleep tips. The name of the game when traveling with small children is FLEXIBILITY. I have often talked about the importance of a flexible schedule for your…

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fall back

Let’s Get Ready to Fall Back! 8 Steps to that Extra Hour of Sleep

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The end of Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner. An hour seems like such a small amount of time, unless it’s the hour between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m.! If you have small children, they won’t automatically fall back when the clock changes. The good news is, with a little planning, you can ease into your new schedule ahead of time so that your children will fall back successfully….

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lovey

The Lovey — Your Child’s First Best Friend

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It’s bedtime. You’ve gone through the whole routine — bath, stories, songs. As you turn to leave your tiny toddler for the night, she stands up in her crib and reaches out, crying for you to come back. That’s when you hand her that precious item she loves so much. She hugs it, lies down, and settles almost immediately with her lovey. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? The Transitional Object The…

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One Nap Per Day: How to Transition Your Toddler with The Shuffle

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Hi, Kim West, The Sleep Lady and I’m going to answer Suzanne’s question about transitioning to one nap: “My 15-month-old boy is going through some kind of sleep regression after months of being a pretty great sleeper. He was sleeping 11 to 12 hours at night, and taking two naps totaling 3 hours during the day. He’s an early riser oftentimes getting up between 5:30 and 6:15. We give him…

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Gentle Sleep Coaching Twins — Tips Just for Multiples

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Being a parent of twins is a job requiring full-on commitment with many challenges.  It is a role both fabulous and flabbergasting, with days filled with so many moments of wonder and excitement…but also exhaustion.  Perhaps you have figured out a feeding and sleeping schedule, or maybe you’re still working on crafting what works for you and your babies. You may think gentle sleep coaching twins is impossible, but you…

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back to school sleep

Tips For The Back To School Sleep Transition: Routine is Everything

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For many of you, school is starting in the next few weeks. That means earlier mornings, and potentially an earlier bedtime. Many families slowly migrate to a later bedtime during the summer. Days are longer, activities start later, and vacations have special rules. You can soften the effect of the back to school sleep transition by starting a few weeks ahead of time. If you’ve allowed your child’s sleep to…

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Preschooler Bedtime Battles: 11 Tips for Peaceful Evenings

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With newfound independence, little kids can be a handful to calm at night. All of that energy can either snowball into preschooler bedtime battles, or be deftly managed to become a peaceful path toward slumber. I’m just going to assume you want a peaceful bedtime routine for the sake of this article — no one wants to deal with conflict if they don’t have to. While this can seem overwhelming,…

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Our Vacation Ruined Sleep for our 2.5 Year Old! Help us Recover

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Today, I’m going to answer Sarah’s question about how their vacation ruined sleep for their child. “Dear Kim, I have a two and a half year old son name Gavin. He has always slept well at night for his entire life. Goes to bed at 7:30, 8pm and wakes up at 7 a.m. He’s healthy. At the end of July, we went to visit family for about 9 days. I…

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