18 Month Sleep Regression: How to Get Your Toddler Back to Sleep

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You were sleeping peacefully…and then you hear your toddler. He’s not just rustling around resettling. He’s screaming mad. Literally. As you drag yourself out of bed, you wonder to yourself what’s wrong? What could be causing your toddler sleep problems? Could this be two-year molars? An ear infection? Is he gassy from eating too much broccoli at dinner? Is his newfound walking (or running!) causing this? Or is it the 18…

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Bedtime Stories: Favorite Books to Benefit Your Growing Child

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Bedtime stories are a part of almost every family nighttime routine. Reading is a screen-free, quiet activity that allows babies and children to calm down before it’s time to go to sleep. Reading stories to young children has benefits beyond a bedtime routine, though. The American Academy of Pediatrics studied the brain function of children, age three to five, to see the effects of reading aloud. They found that the…

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Good Choices: The Secret to Supporting Your Children’s Decision-Making

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Life is about a series of good choices and bad ones we all make on a daily basis. Every choice you make has a positive or negative impact on your own or your child’s life. There is no rule book that comes neatly packaged and delivered with your baby at birth.  You get pregnant. Approximately nine months later your baby enters the world, whether you are ready or not. Then…

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Sleep Training Siblings — Navigating Sleep Two at a Time

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There’s an old saying every parent hears when they’re expecting a second baby: “One is like none, two is like ten.” Sleep training two kids at the same time sure can feel like ten! If you’re sleep training siblings, you certainly have a bigger job than just getting one baby to bed. With a little flexibility and The Sleep Lady Shuffle, your two will learn to fall asleep on their…

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Help! I Need a “No Cry It Out Method” to Teach My Baby to Sleep

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Hi. I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady. Lacey is looking for help with a “no cry it out method” to get her baby to sleep. Here’s what she wrote: “My daughter is 14 months old. As a baby, she had colic and silent reflux. Over the first 9 months of her life, we had to rock her to sleep to help her with the reflux during the daytime and evening…

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What is Gentle Sleep Coaching?

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I never liked the phrase sleep training — although I know it’s how parents commonly refer to the process of teaching children to sleep better. I felt like sleep training implies a rigid program that adults force on children. I’ve spent the last 20 years of my career looking for — and then sharing — a more gradual way to teach children to sleep well. I call it Gentle Sleep…

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21 Tips To Get You Ready For Daylight Saving Time

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In the wee hours of spring each year you may notice that it is getting lighter a bit earlier and inwardly shout “hooray!” I know that I am ready to put away the snow shovel and gloves and spot some spring bulbs coming up in the garden! Another sign of spring that may take a little more adjustment is moving our clocks forward an hour. Fun fact: Daylight Saving Time…

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Early Rising: The Sneaky Causes

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Hi, I’m Kim West, the Sleep Lady. In today’s video, I’m going to answer Lilia’s question about early rising: “Hi there. My baby girl has just turned 7 months and her sleeping patterns are rapidly going downhill. From 4 1/2 to 6 months, she was sleeping from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., lucky me. Life is great and I was a happy mom. We had loads of energy to play…

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When Sleep Coaching Fails — What Goes Wrong?

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Do you feel like you failed at sleep coaching — it just didn’t work, and you don’t know why? It’s hard work to get your baby sleeping better. You probably read, researched, and made a plan to make bedtime smoother and to get more hours of uninterrupted sleep at night for you and your child. For some reason it just didn’t work.  Now you feel like you are back to…

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Video: My 19-Month-Old Needs Gentle Sleep Training!

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Hi. I’m Kim West, the Sleep Lady, and in this video, I’m going to answer Natalie’s question about gentle sleep training for her toddler. Here’s what she wrote in: Hi, there. My 19-month-old goes to bed fine, but wakes in the middle of the night and screams until he comes into my bed. He’s a big boy and it’s killing my back but I can’t resettle him in his cot….

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