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Travel Naps: Tips for Maintaining Naps During Holiday Trips

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The holidays are a time when we get together with friends and family, and that sometimes involves traveling. The mere mention of travel with little ones can immediately raise your blood pressure! You’re concerned that all the gains you have made with your child’s sleep habits are in jeopardy if you change time zones or sleep in a strange place. And travel naps? That sounds impossible. Well, you may be…

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Early Rising — How to End Those Early Wake-ups and Ooly Giveaway!

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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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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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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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Help Your Child Nap Well: A Nap Schedule for Every Age

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Parents often wonder when their baby will settle into a “perfect” nap schedule. This can feel quite elusive when you have a newborn, but knowing what to expect based on your baby’s age and development can help. It’s important to set realistic expectations and to understand nap basics and how to transition your child from two naps to one and then to a quiet time. I advise parents to follow some…

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Sleep Coaching a Four-Year-Old — Ask the Sleep Lady

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Hi. I’m Kim West, the Sleep Lady, and in today’s video I’m going to answer Ally’s question about sleep coaching a four-year-old that she posted on my Facebook page. Here’s what she wrote: My daughter is almost four years old and has been having a hard time lately falling asleep without our assistance. She needs us to hold her hand, snuggle or something that keeps us in the room. She…

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Adjusting Your Child’s Bedtime and Sleep Schedule for Back-To-School

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Oh, the lazy days of summer. Long stretches of daylight, lemonade, grilling, and pick-up games outside. If it could only last a little longer! As the season winds down, you may take a final getaway weekend with your family. Or you may just stay home and squeeze every bit of time before school starts. Either way, there’s a good chance that your children are off their normal bedtime and sleep schedule by now. That’s completely…

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Baby and Child Sleep: Sample Schedules From 6 Months to Preschool

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Sometimes it seems like babies and young children grow up in the blink of an eye. They leave behind one skill and gain another as fast as you can get out your camera. While they are growing, their sleep needs change too. Your three naps-per-day infant grows quickly into a one-nap toddler, and gradually shifts towards getting all of their sleep overnight. It can be hard to keep up with…

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