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Become a Beta Tester for the Sleep Lady App – Be the Future of Baby Tech!

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I am so thrilled to be sharing some exciting news with you!  I have a new app coming out, and I want YOU to be a beta tester! 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 to find…

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Introducing My Featured Gentle Sleep Coach: Andrea Galambos

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I am so pleased to welcome Andrea Galambos, founder of Blissful Nights, as my Featured Gentle Sleep Coach for the next two weeks! Andrea will be available to answer your sleep questions on my Facebook Page. To post your question, simply type your question in the box and submit it! Andrea will do her best to answer your question within 24 hours. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hear…

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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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Kick Off Back-To-School Routines for your Special Needs Child by Using Custom Checklists

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As parents at the end of summer (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s easy for us to put off the bedtime routine piece of our back-to-school checklist until the very last moment. We may even be tempted to simply forget routines altogether and just “see how it goes” this year. Or perhaps we may be too stressed to think of one more thing on top of all…

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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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The 13-Month-Old Nap Schedule and Daycare — How to Make it Work

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Hi. I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video I’m going to answer Sally’s question about an appropriate 13-month-old nap schedule for her child in daycare (nursery). Here’s what she wrote in: My daughter is 13 months-old and she started nursery three weeks ago. Now she’s sleeping only in the morning for an hour-and-a-half, and refuses to take the afternoon nap. Her bedtime is at 7:30.  Before nursery,…

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Should I Swaddle My Newborn? Everything You Need to Know for Safe Swaddling

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Whether you’re expecting for the first time or have just welcomed your first baby, it’s likely you have been overrun with parenting advice from all angles. Just about every piece of gear comes with a ten-page Google search worth of articles. This advice also changes, it seems, every few months. While you’re wrestling with a tiny human, blurry-eyed from joy (and sleep deprivation), a common first question is, should I…

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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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My Two-Year-Old Wakes Up Screaming At Night! What Can I Do?

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I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video, I’m going to answer Beth’s question about her toddler who wakes up screaming. Here’s what she wrote in: My 2-year-old has been having severe sleep issues for the past few months. She was always great about going to sleep since she was an infant. I would put her down awake and never needed a sleep crutch. She was usually able…

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Vacation Naps: Your Complete Guide to On-The-Go Naps This Summer

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Summertime is prime time for some rest and relaxation with friends and family, and that sometimes involves traveling. What once sounded like music to your ears — travel for a vacation — now makes your palms sweat. You are 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! Well, you may be right….

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