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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Are you accidentally winding your child up before bedtime?

If you’re like most parents, you probably can’t take more than a couple of steps in your house without tripping over a doll, a stuffed animal or a Tonka truck. You are most likely more than familiar with the sensation of getting those hard, tiny Lego pieces embedded in the bottom of your bare foot,…
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Is co-sleeping dangerous for your baby?

What you need to know about SIDS... There’s no way to sugar coat it: SIDS is truly is a parent’s worst nightmare. I remember worrying to the point where I got up several times a night to check on my son while he was sleeping. I was exhausting myself, and finally I had to sit…
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