Attachment Parenting and Sleep Training… Mutually Exclusive?

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] I’m hoping that I might be able to change some minds here today so bear with me as I write.   As parents, we bear an enormous responsibility. It’s not just about keeping our little ones alive, warm, fed and happy. We’re all looking to raise exceptional human beings. We’re responsible for…
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A Well Rested Family of Four!

I remember staring at those two magical lines. The first indicates the test is working properly. The second indicates you are pregnant. While for most, feelings of joy and happiness quickly follow, I felt conflicted. I was so worried. As someone who has experienced recurrent pregnancy loss, I was afraid of losing my baby. I…
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Is Sleep Training Safe? Will My Baby Cry?

Happy New Year to our most dedicated Sleep Wise Consulting fans! We hope the year ahead is filled with rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation for your entire family. As January unfolds and people resolve to get their baby sleeping better, I often get asked about sleep training and whether or not it is safe. The second most common question is…
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Why We Sleep Train

Why We're Sleep Training and How You Can Help Not every child needs help getting a good night’s sleep. Some babies are naturally great sleepers right from the start. They go down happily at bedtime and only wake up when they’re hungry, or even sleep straight through the night from a very early age. Some…
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Is Snoring Dangerous for Babies and Children?

Most of us consider snoring just a normal part of life. Maybe we have a partner who snores, or a grandpa who falls asleep in his easy chair and snores so loud it's hard to carry on a conversation in the room. We think of it as a common condition, and while it might be…
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One Way or a Mother

I am thrilled for the opportunity to feature Jenilyn Gilbert in our March newsletter! Jenilyn is an author and licensed clinical social worker. Her company, One Way or A Mother, focuses on serving clients who are struggling in the fields of fertility and/or adoption.  (http://www.onewayoramother.com). On the tails of the winter Olympics, Jenilyn often compares herself to a coach of an Olympic athlete. Olympians need a coach to help them win…
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The Daycare Debacle: My Baby Isn’t Napping Well There

Today's question comes from Heather. She writes: "My 10 month old does not take good naps at the babysitter's three times a week and is super crabby by the time six o'clock rolls around. Should I just put him down early or should I wait for his normal bedtime?" That's a great question, Heather. I've…
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Top Tell Tale Signs Of A Tired Child

It's not always obvious when a child is getting tired. Here's how to recognize "sleep signs" so you can get your child to bed BEFORE she becomes overtired! The following question is from Trish, who wrote: Q: "Help! Why can't I recognize my three-month-old's sleep signs? No yawing, no eye rubbing. She seems to go…
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Does darkness matter?

Every week I get dozens of questions about short naps and early morning wakings.  My first piece of advice is always the same: Darken your baby’s room! As an adult, when we wake around 5:30 a.m. because a little sunlight is sneaking into our room, we can take a look at the clock, realize we still…
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