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Nap Training: The Best Tips from The Sleep Lady

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I often get asked about nap training, mostly parents want to know if it’s possible, and if it is, how to make sure that their baby naps at the correct time and for the proper length of time. Naps are an essential part of both the baby and toddler sleep requirements. Naps allow little bodies to recharge and process the activities that have happened so far in their day. For…

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Sensory Processing Disorder, Sleep, and…Sandwiches?

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We all know, “that kid”. The one who seems to move to the beat of their own drum. Maybe “that kid” is…yours. He’s fine as long as he’s doing his own thing, but thrust into an organized activity or classroom with behavioral expectations and, well, he’s in the corner knocking over someone else’s block castle. He’s a little “out of sync”. Perhaps you’ve even wondered if he has Sensory Processing…

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Establishing Reading Routines at Home Helps Calm Our Children

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So many people are hunkered down in their homes right now helping to curb the spread of a worldwide pandemic. Schools and daycares have closed, and many of us feel like we’re taking care of our children while attempting to try to work from home — if that’s even an option! If you’re at your wit’s end, and you can only focus on one detail at the moment, establishing reading…

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Coronavirus: How to Manage Stress and Talk to Your Kids

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None of us has ever experienced what we’re going through right now — a global pandemic. While some are buying up all the toilet paper, and others are scrambling for childcare, the small people in our lives are watching. They hear us talking about coronavirus or “covid-19”, and they see us behaving differently. Even the youngest babies can pick up stress from us. After buying the groceries and securing some…

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Good Night, Sleep Tight: A Q & A with Kim West, The Sleep Lady

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After almost 10 years, Kim West, AKA “The Sleep Lady” revised her book, The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight.  With exciting new and updated information as well as a fresh new cover and easy-to-read layout, it’s a must for any parent looking for baby and child sleep help. Kim sat down and answered some questions about her new release. Read up on what’s new and why! What prompted you…

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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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Daylight Saving Time — 9 Tips for Springing Forward

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It seems like the winter holidays just ended, and it’s already on the horizon — Daylight Saving Time! In the US, we spring forward on Sunday, March 8, and it’s Sunday, March 29 in Europe. The week afterwards is usually one where everyone feels a little tired and cranky, or just a little “off”. Nobody feels it the way babies and small children do. They’re the least likely to understand…

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Working With a Sleep Coach — 6 Tips for Success

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You have finally decided that bedtime and night wakings have been hard enough for long enough. And naps are a wrestling match you feel like you just aren’t winning. Now you’re ready for sleep coaching and have decided you’re ready to see your child really sleep well — and to catch up on sleep yourself! You’re ready to hire — and work with — a sleep coach and you can’t…

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Sleep Schedules – Your Two-and-a-Half to Five-Year-Old

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Preschool Sleep Patterns Between ages two and three, average sleep needs drop to about ten and a half hours a night, plus an hour-and-a-half afternoon nap*. Four year olds need eleven and a half hours at night, and most no longer nap daily, although they do need about forty-five minutes of quiet time each afternoon and possibly an occasional nap. Five year olds sleep about eleven hours a night, and…

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We Must Stop Blaming Parents for Baby Sleep Problems

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This article has been reprinted with permission. Original title: “Sleep research and advice is full of parent-shaming and it needs to stop“ I recently met a woman who told me that when her baby was roughly four-months-old, she was persistently fussy and just wouldn’t sleep…at all. She really felt something was wrong. But it was her first baby, and she relied on her pediatrician for guidance. The pediatrician said that…

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