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Maintaining your Child’s Summer Sleep Schedule is Important

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It’s June. School’s out. The sun is blasting through the windows and the sounds of children playing in the neighborhood is loud and joyful, but it’s 8:30 p.m. What do you do? It’s tempting to throw caution to the wind, because after all, it’s summer vacation! But maintaining your child’s summer sleep schedule is important, and here’s why. How Does Summer Sabotage Sleep? Summer Activities Older elementary school children often…

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Giveaway for Dads! Keep Calm and Soothe your Baby

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New parents have their hands full, and it seems like nobody becomes an expert at soothing a newborn until AFTER theirs are grown. Do you feel like there’s just nothing you can do to calm your new bundle of joy? We’re going to change that! In honor of Father’s Day, we’re hosting a giveaway for dads. All of these products were chosen with new dads in mind. Read up on…

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Transition from the Crib – When and How to Make It a Smooth One

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All too often, parents rush to get their child to transition from the crib into a bed, as though it were a sign of achievement, maturity, or their guaranteed success as adults. One woman I worked with even reported an unspoken competition in her playgroup to see which baby could move first transition from crib to bed! Children who switch too young to a bed may experience sleep disruptions, and…

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Summer Sleep Routine Busters — Secrets for a Smooth 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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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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Does Your Preschooler Still Need to Nap? Probably

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Does your preschooler still need to nap? Surprisingly, many parents and educators feel that preschoolers shouldn’t need this important developmental assist in their education. The Huffington Post recently published an article that points out the necessity of naps when it comes to learning, as well as the push to eliminate them as academic demands increase. I understand that there are, unfortunately, academic demands in preschool these days. It’s so important…

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3 Things That Won’t Help Your Baby Sleep: The Anti-Advice

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This is a great  blog post by Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, aka Seattle Mama Doc. Its short, sweet and packed with info! I have put her words in italic. There is a lot of information (and opinion) about how to get your infant to sleep through the night. Cry it out/don’t cry it out, rocking/no rocking, co-sleeping/crib sleeping, white noise/no noise, breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Everyone has an idea about what…

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Happy Child Summit – FREE! Starts April 8th

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I’m so excited to tell you about a valuable and informative event that teaches techniques for fostering long-term happiness in children and teens — the Happy Child Summit. What could be a greater gift to give your children! And best of all…it’s free! The Happy Child Summit takes place online April 8th – 11th, and you can pick and choose which expert interviews interest you the most! Subjects we will be discussing include:…

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Baby and Toddler Naps — Everything You Need to Know

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Many parents assume that nighttime is the only time that we should worry about our baby’s and toddler’s sleep. What parents often don’t realize is how important naps really are to babies’ development, temperament, and growth. Naps are incredibly important for babies and toddlers, but they are constantly changing, which can lead parents to assume their child isn’t tired, or is ready to give up their naps prematurely. This is…

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How to Handle Wakeful Windows During Nap Transitions

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 Hi. I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and today I’m going to answer Miriam’s question about wakeful windows during nap transitions: “My eight-month-old son is breastfed, rocked to sleep, and sleeps in our bed. He’s also taking solids and is close to walking. We love him so much! But I just need some sleep and my husband back in my bed. “He’s dropped his third nap. Even going for…

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