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Baby Sleep Tips: How Long Does it Take A Child to Go to Sleep?

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Baby Sleep Tips: Baby Sleep Secret #2- It takes an average of 15 to 20 minutes to go to sleep This one may surprise you. Did you know that this average applies to both grown-up and baby sleep alike? Experts say that if you’re “asleep before your head hits the pillow,” you’re probably sleep-deprived. So keep this in mind if you think your baby is taking too long to settle…

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Consistency is Your Key to Baby and Toddler Sleep Coaching Success!

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We all know it is important to be consistent in parenting but it’s hard to be 100% consistent- especially in the middle of the night when we are tired and not thinking clearly (and you’re in the middle of sleep coaching). Parents need to begin by talking about their goals, making sure they agree on them, and presenting a united front to the child. Ideally, if there are caregivers or…

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Baby Sleep Tip: It’s Quality AND Quantity Sleep that Matters!

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Baby Sleep Tip: Secret #5 -Both quality and quantity of baby sleep matter This means getting: The right kind of sleep This means unfragmented, uninterrupted and “motionless.” Don’t wake your baby to eat unless he physically needs to eat, and no rocking, swinging or car riding, as movement keeps the brain in a lighter sleep, which is not as restorative to the brain as deep sleep. The right timing As…

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Baby Sleep Tips: what sleeping like a baby really means

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Baby Sleep Tips: Secret #6 -Babies are notoriously “light” sleepers Just like grown-ups and older kids, infants switch between REM (light) sleep and non-REM (very deep) sleep several times during the night and during naps. The big difference between baby sleep and adult sleep is, until they’re around two years old, babies log more REM sleep, which is when they dream, and also when they may wake up a bit….

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Baby Sleep Tips: Oh, the many ways babies soothe themselves to sleep!

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Baby Sleep Tips: Excerpt from “52 Sleep Secrets for Babies” Secret #3 – Babies do all sorts of things to soothe themselves to sleep Some typical baby sleep rituals: -Sucking thumbs, fingers, a pacifier, or a lovey. -Twirling the tags or ears of stuffed toys. -Twirling their own hair; playing with their ears (not just a sign of ear infections). –Rubbing their blanket or lovey against their face. -Rocking their blanket…

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“Baby Stop Crying!” – Learning the Secret Language of Babies

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Excerpt from the Updated and Expanded version of “Good Night, Sleep Tight” The Secret Language of Babies Babies have a lot of different cries. I have been fascinated by Priscilla Dunstan’s work on baby sounds, and many families have found it very helpful in understanding their babies’ preverbal communication. Understanding what our little babies are trying to tell us, of course, makes it easier for us to meet their needs….

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Baby Sleep: A Drowsy Baby is a Baby Ready For Bed

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People always ask how they can help their baby sleep. Often in my book, “Good Night, Sleep Tight”, I will instruct you to put your baby down to sleep when she is “drowsy but awake” so she can learn to do that last part of falling asleep on her own. If you have trouble visualizing what “drowsy but awake’ means, imagine a scale of one to ten, one being wide…

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How The Sniffles Can Mess Up Your Toddler and Baby’s Sleep Patterns

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How the Sniffles Can Mess Up Your Toddler and Baby’s Sleep Patterns – Guest Post by Lewis J. Kass, MD For those of us who were forced to take physics in high school or college, you may recall a physical property related to the flow of air through a tube. That property stated that as a tube became more and more narrow, the harder it was for air to flow through…

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A Guide to Getting Baby To Nap at Daycare

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In my work with parents, I constantly stress the need to be consistent. But consistency isn’t always possible if babysitters, nannies, child care centers or grandmas are also involved with your child’s sleep. To the extent possible, work with these other caretakers to develop consistent or at least not wildly incompatible, sleep rules and schedules. Explain my system – and why good sleep is good for your child.  But if…

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Excessive Crying in Babies – A Mother’s Story

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When Joe and I were expecting our first baby we were convinced that I would have a natural birth and that our baby would sleep like an angel in her white bassinette that we had painstakingly prepared. Looking back on it I’m glad that at least the bassinette was prepared because we sure as heck weren’t. It was May 19th, 1999 when my husband and I made our way to…

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