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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 10, and it’s Sunday, March 31 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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My Toddler Wakes At Night and Will Not Go Back to Sleep Without Nursing

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Hi, Kim West, The Sleep Lady and in this vlog, I’m going to answer this parent’s question: “My 11-month-old wakes up routinely at 1 or 2:00 a.m. and again at 5:00 a.m. I tried “cry it out” but he will not go back to sleep until I come in and nurse him.” In your note, you told me something very important, which is that you’ve tried “cry it out.”  That means…

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Childhood Sleep Deprivation — 11 Ways it Can Affect Your Child

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Do you have a tantrum-throwing, fussy, emotional child? If so, you may be dealing with a case of sleep deprivation. Sleep is incredibly important for all of us, especially our children. Shorter Sleep Affects Academics and Behavior Rebecca G. Astill of the Department of Sleep and Cognition at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience conducted a study researching the effects of sleep impairment in children. In this study, Astill’s study examined…

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Sleeping Through the Night — Why Did My Baby Stop?

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If you would rather read than watch my above video then here is the transcript of this week’s baby sleep problem video: Hi! I’m Kim West, The Sleep Lady. Today, I’m going to answer an exhausted mom’s email question about her 10-month-old baby’s sleep problem. She didn’t give me her name. So, I’m just going to call her ‘mom’: “I have a 10-month-old daughter and most nights, she goes to…

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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 Regressions — What Are They, and When Will They End?

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What happened?!? Your baby or toddler was sleeping well – napping during the day and going to bed smoothly at night – and NOW you can’t get her to sleep no matter what you try. If you and your baby are suddenly very short on sleep — and very cranky about it — you may be facing one of the sleep regressions. How do I know my baby is having…

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When to Hire a Sleep Coach — 9 Reasons it will Help

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The world is full of information and advice about babies, especially in this internet age. You can learn what to expect in your baby’s development each month. There are whole books on what and how much and when to feed your baby. And there is certainly a lot of information available on the web and in print on your baby’s sleep. But let’s be honest, having all of this information…

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5 Tips for Better Sleep — Make This the “Year of Sleep” in Your Home

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Happy New Year! It doesn’t have to be January 1st to make changes, but it is “resolution season.” There’s no better time to make some goals for the new year. While it’s pretty easy to figure out where you want to make a change, sometimes it’s hard to follow through. It’s no secret that goals are easier to achieve when they are specific, written down, and contain some element of…

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Ideal Wake, Nap and Sleep Schedules for Babies

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This week’s video blog is from Kids in the House, a wonderful parenting resource filled with expert advice on hundreds of topics, including sleep.  This video will give you some examples of ideal wake, nap and sleep schedules for your baby.  How Much Sleep Does My Baby Need? At 6-8 months old, they really need about 3-3 ½ hours of sleep during the day over the course of 3 naps…

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Early Rising and Naps: Wake Time is Ruining Our Nap Schedule

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If you would rather read than watch my above video then here is the transcript of this week’s video on how to help baby sleep: Hi! Kim West, The Sleep Lady. And today, I’m going to answer Anne’s question that she wrote in. She said, “I’ve been trying to get my 5 month old on a good nap schedule but it’s so hard as he wakes up at different times…

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