The Sleep Lady’s Complete Guide to Holiday Gifts for Every Stage

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Fall seems to fly by. As soon as we’ve eaten the last piece of Halloween candy and set the clocks back an hour, we’re already looking for those unique gifts for the holidays. Finding that special gift for everyone on your list can be a real challenge. That’s why The Sleep Lady has put together this list of favorites that will cover every stage of babyhood — from expecting, to…

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Early Rising — How to End Those Early Wake-ups

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Having a baby is akin to having a human alarm clock. Both wake you up with sudden noise, but what do you do when your baby or toddler wakes before 6:00 am ready to start their day? Sure, the average baby wakes ‘early’ by most adult standards but any time before 6:00 am is too early by anyone’s standards! A cheerful, refreshed, and ready-to-go child who wakes at 6:00 or 7:30 a.m….

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Crying and Sleep Training: Understanding and Coping with Tears

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What do you think of when you hear the words “sleep training” or “sleep coaching? Lots of non-stop crying?  That’s a common concern for most parents who seek help with baby sleep and decide to begin sleep training. While cry-it-out methods like Weissbluth’s (which is called extinction) and Ferber’s (which is called graduated extinction) work for some, they are too extreme for many people. Parents have difficulty following through, and…

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How to Fall Back Gracefully to Standard Time with a Young Child

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The article, How to Fall Back Gracefully to Standard Time with a Young Child, first appeared on U.S. News and World Report. On Sunday, Nov. 5, in the United States and Canada, and October 29th in Europe, we will set our clocks back an hour. For a brief moment, it will feel like we’ve stolen an extra hour of sleep. However, when you have small children, you may need to make a…

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The Sleep Lady App, Gentle Sleep — Sleep Logging, Baby Data Tracking, and Age-Related Sleep Content All-In-One

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I am so thrilled to be sharing some exciting news with you! The new Sleep Lady App, Gentle Sleep is going to revolutionize the way you track your baby’s patterns. 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…

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Single Parent and Sleep Training? How to Make It Work for You

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Being a single parent is no easy task. Whether it’s due to divorce, death, a spouse in the military, or that’s just how it is, handling the day-to-day tasks of raising a child alone can test even the most organized and composed person. Being a single parent and sleep training your baby? It sounds impossible, but it can be done successfully. Single Parenting and Sleep Training If you have just…

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Should My Children Share a Room While I Wean the Baby’s Pacifier?

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Hi! I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady, and in this video, I’m going to answer Barbara’s question. She is about to wean the baby’s pacifier while trying to get her older child to sleep. It’s a little bit long, but it’s a very common sleep situation. Here’s what she wrote in: “My daughter is 2-1/2 years old and my son is 7 months. I read your book early in my…

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Soothing Tips for Fussy Babies

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Parents dealing with a fussy baby — especially one that has been recently fed, changed and loved — are eager to find ways to soothe them. Here are a few tips to help keep your baby happy and calm: Learn Baby’s Sleepy Cues Most babies up to six months old can only be awake for about one to two hours before becoming overtired. Part of the learning curve is being…

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It’s Never Too Late: Get Bedtime Back on Track for Your Child with Special Needs

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For most of us, all over the world, we’re officially back into the school year grind. Daily homework, schedule-juggling, and the general hustle of the school year are officially upon us. As much as we may have prepared and tried to organize our children’s schedules, sometimes we find ourselves without a calm and early enough bedtime routine by the end of September. Fear not! If you’re one of the many…

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