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Attachment Parenting and Baby Sleep Training: Can I have it all?

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Many people are surprised to find that I am more in alignment with Attachment Parenting than they may originally think. After all, I am a family therapist and a mom first and foremost. Maybe people make assumptions because when they think ‘attachment parenting’, they think about a mom breastfeeding beyond six months (or even into toddlerhood), co-sleeping, bed sharing, baby wearing and certainly not sleep training. Attachment Parenting (or AP),…

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5 Easy Ways to Help Everyone Sleep

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Once we get our little ones sleeping well, often, we parents find that we have trouble going to sleep, or struggle with insomnia. You may be wondering what can you do to ensure that you get enough rest. Thankfully, there are a few simple things that you can do to help yourself get back into good sleep habits after many sleepless nights (or months, in some cases). In a recent…

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Mom Needs Sleep Too! Taking Care of Mom on Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and it got me thinking. I spend a lot of time talking about how to help your baby sleep. And baby sleep is important, but mom needs sleep too! When you were pregnant, people may have jokingly advised you to ‘rest up,’ hinting at the countless sleep-deprived nights that were coming. Ironically, this is good advice, but most women find that sleep is uncomfortable…

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Exciting News!

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                  Guess what? BabyTalk and Parenting magazine have asked me to join their “dream team of the top experts in all things baby-related” and be a member of their 2013 Editorial Advisory Board! I am honored! I will be called on regularly for my “commentary, insight, and advice in child-development-related topics, including, of course, sleep”. They also want to know about relevant…

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7 Tips to Gently Wean Your Breastfeeding Toddler

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Today we’re going to take a bit of a departure from my normal sleep-only articles and delve into something that I hope will help those of you who have questions about how to gently wean your breastfeeding toddler (or even preschooler). First of all, if you’re still breastfeeding, kudos to you! Breastfeeding is a huge commitment, both emotionally and physically. If you have reached a point where either you have…

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Skip the Food Fights: 10 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthier

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Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD “I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli,” the first President Bush infamously stated at a news conference.  His public denouncement of broccoli set off a firestorm and outrage among parents across the U.S. who…

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How to Raise Healthy Eaters: Interview with Dr.Natalie Muth

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Interview with Dr. Natalie Muth Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD is a community pediatrician and registered dietitian widely recognized for her expertise in childhood obesity, nutrition, and fitness. Her book Eat Your Vegetables! and Other Mistakes Parents Make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters was released in May 2012. What Dr. Natalie has to say about Raising Healthy Eaters When today’s adults look back at their childhood, they may…

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A Different Take On Spoiling Children by Tina Bryson, PhD and co-author with Dan Siegel MD of “The Whole Brain Child”

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Recently I had the pleasure of attending an all day workshop taught by Dr. Tina Bryson on her book The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. I absolutely recommend you read the book and check out her website! Her blog is filled with helpful articles on parenting. You can read more about the premises of the book and a couple of excerpts on her blog….

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Child Sleep Problem: My Child Used to Sleep Well and Now Has Stopped!

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Would you like to have me answer your child sleep problem in my next video? If so, scroll down and submit your question in the comment section below. I will pick several questions a month to answer and post them here on the blog! If you would rather read than watch my above video then here is the transcript of this week’s child sleep problem video: Hi! I’m Kim West,…

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Five Top Tips For Tired Moms

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Written by Gentle Sleep Coach Andrea Elovson, Sleepy Bug Five Top Tips For Tired Moms For many new parents, sleep quickly falls to #54 on the daily “to do list”. But inching sleep up toward the top is crucial to the health and happiness of many growing families and tired moms. Sleep restores our bodies, promotes healing, regulates hormones and stabilizes the brain neurotransmitters that brighten our mood, and these…

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