Toddler Sleep

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Let’s Get Ready to Fall Back! 8 Steps to that Extra Hour of Sleep

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The end of Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner. An hour seems like such a small amount of time, unless it’s the hour between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m.! If you have small children, they won’t automatically fall back when the clock changes. The good news is, with a little planning, you can ease into your new schedule ahead of time so that your children will fall back successfully….

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The Lovey — Your Child’s First Best Friend

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It’s bedtime. You’ve gone through the whole routine — bath, stories, songs. As you turn to leave your tiny toddler for the night, she stands up in her crib and reaches out, crying for you to come back. That’s when you hand her that precious item she loves so much. She hugs it, lies down, and settles almost immediately with her lovey. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? The Transitional Object The…

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One Nap Per Day: How to Transition Your Toddler with The Shuffle

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Hi, Kim West, The Sleep Lady and I’m going to answer Suzanne’s question about transitioning to one nap: “My 15-month-old boy is going through some kind of sleep regression after months of being a pretty great sleeper. He was sleeping 11 to 12 hours at night, and taking two naps totaling 3 hours during the day. He’s an early riser oftentimes getting up between 5:30 and 6:15. We give him…

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Gentle Sleep Coaching Twins — Tips Just for Multiples

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Being a parent of twins is a job requiring full-on commitment with many challenges.  It is a role both fabulous and flabbergasting, with days filled with so many moments of wonder and excitement…but also exhaustion.  Perhaps you have figured out a feeding and sleeping schedule, or maybe you’re still working on crafting what works for you and your babies. You may think gentle sleep coaching twins is impossible, but you…

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Tips For The Back To School Sleep Transition: Routine is Everything

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For many of you, school is starting in the next few weeks. That means earlier mornings, and potentially an earlier bedtime. Many families slowly migrate to a later bedtime during the summer. Days are longer, activities start later, and vacations have special rules. You can soften the effect of the back to school sleep transition by starting a few weeks ahead of time. If you’ve allowed your child’s sleep to…

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Our Vacation Ruined Sleep for our 2.5 Year Old! Help us Recover

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Today, I’m going to answer Sarah’s question about how their vacation ruined sleep for their child. “Dear Kim, I have a two and a half year old son name Gavin. He has always slept well at night for his entire life. Goes to bed at 7:30, 8pm and wakes up at 7 a.m. He’s healthy. At the end of July, we went to visit family for about 9 days. I…

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summer sleep

Summer Sleep: Can a Cool Breeze Mean Better Sleep for Your Baby?

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One of my favorite things to do in the early months of summer is to open all the windows and fill my home with the fresh spring air. It refreshes the senses and clears out the stale air from a long winter. Even better is to hang cotton sheets on the line to dry so I can bring the fresh spring air scent into the bedroom. Crisp linens and a…

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Maintaining your Child’s Summer Sleep Schedule is Important

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It’s June. School’s out. The sun is blasting through the windows and the sounds of children playing in the neighborhood is loud and joyful, but it’s 8:30 p.m. What do you do? It’s tempting to throw caution to the wind, because after all, it’s summer vacation! But maintaining your child’s summer sleep schedule is important, and here’s why. How Does Summer Sabotage Sleep? Summer Activities Older elementary school children often…

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Transition from the Crib – When and How to Make It a Smooth One

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All too often, parents rush to get their child to transition from the crib into a bed, as though it were a sign of achievement, maturity, or their guaranteed success as adults. One woman I worked with even reported an unspoken competition in her playgroup to see which baby could move first transition from crib to bed! Children who switch too young to a bed may experience sleep disruptions, and…

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Creating a Soothing Bedtime Routine – 7 Tips to Meet the Challenge

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For toddlers and preschoolers, the bedtime routine can often be the most challenging part of the day. It means another transition and separation from you, at the same time that everyone in the household is a bit tired and sometimes frazzled from a long day. Every parent knows that bedtime routines should be soothing and predictable for their child. Dr. Douglas Teti, a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies…

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