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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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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Why, When & How to Drop The Swaddle

I am often asked, “Is a swaddle a prop? Is it useful? Where do you stand on a swaddle?” Swaddling a newborn can be an excellent tool. It mimics the feeling of confinement that they experienced in the womb. It can be very comforting to a lot of newborns.  The swaddle can also help with…
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Melatonin : More Risk than Reward?

For overtired parents who can’t seem to get their kids on a healthy sleep schedule, the promise of a magic pill can be pretty enticing. But it seems to me that more and more doctors and parents are turning to melatonin as a Band-Aid for sleep issues with their children. I get emails every day…
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One Simple Trick To An Easier Bedtime

One Simple Trick To An Easier Bedtime Imagine standing in the middle of your favorite store (Target? TJ Maxx? Williams & Sonoma?) and being that you need to close your eyes and go to sleep. Just like that; no looking around, no covetous touching of the beautiful purses or candles or kitchen item. Just ignore…
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Understanding SIDS & Sleep Safety

Understanding SIDS & Sleep Safety Little strikes more terror into the heart of a new mama than the word SIDS. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a nightmare every mother prays she'll never have to live through, the unexplained death of her newborn while he sleeps. How do you enjoy the newborn stage without being consumed…
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