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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The MANY Benefits of Sleep

Sleep has always been, and will likely continue to be, a bit of a mystery.  From an evolutionary standpoint, it seems like something that we should have abandoned a few hundred thousand years ago. The fact that, for a third of a day, we fall into a near unconscious state, can make one wonder how we ever…
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Switching From a Crib to a Bed

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] The Million Dollar Question: When is the Right Time to Switch From a Crib to a Bed?  When it comes to making the transition from a crib to a big-kid bed, there are two questions that need to be answered. The first is when, and the second is how.   Now, if you’re…
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Daylight Savings Time: Top 10 Tips for Falling Back

Daylight Savings Time: Top 10 Tips for Falling Back It's that time again... the dreaded day for most parents: Daylight Savings Time! Remember the days before kids when this was the best weekend because you got an extra hour to sleep (or party)!?  Well that ended when our little ones, who are normally up around…
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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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Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?

Believe it or not, this is a question I often asked my first son when he was an infant. I asked it in a sweet voice. I asked it in a pleading voice. I asked it in an angry voice, but no matter how many times I asked, he never gave me the answer. I can remember…
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