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sleep regressions

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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sleep training siblings

Sleep Training Siblings — Navigating Sleep Two at a Time

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There’s an old saying every parent hears when they’re expecting a second baby: “One is like none, two is like ten.” Sleep training two kids at the same time sure can feel like ten! If you’re sleep training siblings, you certainly have a bigger job than just getting one baby to bed. With a little flexibility and The Sleep Lady Shuffle, your two will learn to fall asleep on their…

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gentle sleep coaching

What is Gentle Sleep Coaching?

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I never liked the phrase sleep training — although I know it’s how parents commonly refer to the process of teaching children to sleep better. I felt like sleep training implies a rigid program that adults force on children. I’ve spent the last 20 years of my career looking for — and then sharing — a more gradual way to teach children to sleep well. I call it Gentle Sleep…

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how to end night feedings

How to End Night Feedings: Gentle Night Weaning After Six Months

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The most common problem by far that I have encountered with children and behavioral sleep disorders is that most children who experience problems falling asleep have never learned to fall asleep without a breast or bottle in their mouths. This problem of needing this sleep crutch compounds as they get older and no longer physically need a bottle or breast before going to sleep. As they become toddlers, they are…

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how to stop co-sleeping

How To Stop Co-sleeping: Transitioning Your Child to a Bed

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We’ve talked a lot about co-sleeping, and the many benefits to safely co-sleeping with your children. But what if you’re ready to make a change and end your co-sleeping relationship? Maybe no one is sleeping.  or your baby is waking frequently at night, or you’re ready for your preschooler to be in her own room. Perhaps you’re just ready for a change. You may be wondering how to stop co-sleeping. Families…

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ideal bedtime

Ideal Bedtime: How to Decide What Time Your Child Goes to Bed

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How do you decide when your child should go to sleep at night? Is there really an ideal bedtime for your child? And does it really matter when he goes to sleep as long as he gets the sleep he needs? These are the questions you may be asking in your search for your child’s bedtime. In deciding the best bedtime for your child, we take into consideration the child’s…

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drowsy but awake

Drowsy But Awake — The Cornerstone of Successful Sleep Training

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The term “Drowsy but awake” comes up in just about every piece of advice about sleep coaching. But just what does it mean? Newborns drift in and out of sleep in short cycles, while older babies and toddlers consolidate into more regular patterns. The minutes before they drift into slumber are crucial. How we facilitate those moments is the cornerstone of sleep training or coaching. Newborn Sleep Newborns aren’t born…

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new year's resolution

Your Best New Year’s Resolution — Better Sleep for the Whole Family

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It’s time to turn the page on 2017 and commit to a new year. Maybe it’s the perennial favorite of a better diet or a new exercise program, or maybe it’s a commitment to spending more quality time with your family. Better sleep is one New Year’s resolution that will help you keep up with every other resolution you make this year. Proper sleep supports greater neurological functioning, better appetite…

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travel naps

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

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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