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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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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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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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Should I Swaddle My Newborn? Everything You Need to Know for Safe Swaddling

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Whether you’re expecting for the first time or have just welcomed your first baby, it’s likely you have been overrun with parenting advice from all angles. Just about every piece of gear comes with a ten-page Google search worth of articles. This advice also changes, it seems, every few months. While you’re wrestling with a tiny human, blurry-eyed from joy (and sleep deprivation), a common first question is, should I…

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Sleep Training at Four Months? Why it May Be OK — Or Possibly Better — To Wait

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Just a caveat before we start: If you started sleep coaching/training at 4-months and it worked well without a lot of stress, this article isn’t for you. For some families, with predictable, mellow babies or family needs that require big chunks of sleep right now, sleep coaching at 4-months may be a good option. However, some parents may feel pressured by sleep advice books who say to start sleep training…

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Newborn Sleep: Is There a Typical Newborn Schedule?

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For anyone looking for the answer to the question, “What does a newborn sleep schedule look like?” The answer is simple: There isn’t such a thing as a “normal” newborn sleep schedule. That’s probably not the answer you were hoping for, but you may find it helpful to learn a little bit more about what goes on with your baby’s sleep from birth until three months old. Brain Development According…

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Psst – Do You Co-sleep With Your Baby? Reduce Risks With These Tips

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This article originally appeared on US News and World Report, February 14, 2017. When it comes to infant sleep practices, perhaps no topic is more debated than whether parents should co-sleep, or share their bed with their infant. Concerns about the risk of suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome prompt health care professionals to warn against co-sleeping under any circumstances. However, it’s important to understand that there are differences between…

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Sleep Coaching — When to Hire a Professional

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If you’re a first time parent, there is almost no way to prepare for the early days of sleep-deprived stupor. Perhaps this isn’t your first, but you blocked out the experience with your previous children. Most new parents encounter some period where they are getting by on very little sleep. Newborns and infants wake frequently as a survival mechanism, so little sleep is par for the course in early parenthood….

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Newborn Sleep: 12 Things That You, as a New Parent, are Doing Right

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Written by Andrea Strang, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, Postpartum Doula, and owner of KinderSleep. One of the most common things I hear from parents is that they feel like they are “doing it wrong”.  There is nothing that can adequately prepare you for the journey into parenthood. You may find yourselves feeling overtired and overwhelmed, on the one hand, and amazed and overjoyed on the other. Along the way, you…

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