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What’s The Big Deal About Swaddling?

By | 2019-06-05T09:22:49-04:00 June 4th, 2019|Categories: newborn sleep|

What's the Big Deal About Swaddling? Swaddling is an ancient practice that dates back to biblical times and is woven into the fabric of communal customs in multiple religions (wimple, anyone?). When I was a new mom, I was totally confused about swaddling. All I knew was that I absolutely could not do it (where do [...]

Baby Hates the Swaddle? Try This

By | 2019-06-04T21:49:18-04:00 May 29th, 2019|Categories: newborn sleep|

Baby Hates the Swaddle? Try This If you’re wondering what the big deal is about swaddling, check out my post on it here - learn why you should be using a swaddle to help you newborn sleep for longer stretches. Even after realizing how helpful swaddling can be, at the end of the day, 9 out [...]

Why French Babies Sleep Better

By | 2019-05-21T15:17:07-04:00 May 21st, 2019|Categories: Sleep Training|

  Why French Babies Sleep Better   Did you know that many French babies are sleeping through the night by 2 or 3 months old? If a French baby is still waking up a lot at night at 6 months old, that’s considered late. I’ll catch you while you faint. If you haven’t read Bringing Up [...]

Night Terrors

By | 2019-05-15T13:42:03-04:00 May 15th, 2019|Categories: preschool sleep troubles|

Night Terrors   “Moommmmmy! No! No! NOOOOO! Heeeeeeeelp me!!! HELP ME!!!"  Heart racing, sweaty and shaking, I dashed into my toddler’s room after hearing blood-curdling screams. It was 11:30pm. He was sitting bolt up right in bed, eyes wide open in fear. I scooped him up and held him tight in my arms  but he didn’t seem [...]

6 Things You Can Do if Your Baby Suffers from Acid Reflux

By | 2019-06-11T18:26:40-04:00 May 9th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Troubles|

6 Things You Can Do if Your Baby Suffers from Acid Reflux   Does your baby have reflux?   Welcome to the club. All babies have reflux: it’s called spitting up. There’s a muscle at the bottom of your baby’s esophagus called a sphincter. This muscle's job is to keep the food and stomach acids down [...]

Will Solids Help My Baby Sleep?

By | 2019-04-30T15:33:25-04:00 April 30th, 2019|Categories: feedings|Tags: |

Will Solids Help My Baby Sleep?   Will starting solids help your baby sleep for a longer stretch at night? You might have heard parents swear  “as soon as we started solids she started sleeping 8 hours!” causing you to wonder if you should be  feeding your baby real food  too. What wouldn't we do to [...]

Are Baby Hammocks Safe?

By | 2019-04-17T15:52:57-04:00 April 17th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Environment|

Are Baby Hammocks Safe?   Many parents rave about their baby hammocks and swear by them to help with fussiness, reflux or uptight babies. And in truth, hammocks seem to be a lot more comfortable than a crib. A flexible sleeping surface that moves with you and naturally rocks when baby moves… hammocks can be especially [...]

Sleep Training When Siblings Share a Room

By | 2019-04-11T13:30:59-04:00 April 11th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Environment|

Sleep Training When Siblings Share a Room    It can be scary to think about sleep training with two kids in the same room! When your kids share a room, there are a few things you can do to make the process as smooth as possible.   Use white noise. I can’t emphasize this enough. White [...]

Helping Big Kids Sleep with Tapping

By | 2019-04-05T14:30:59-04:00 April 5th, 2019|Categories: preschool sleep troubles|

Helping Big Kids Sleep with Tapping  Sleep issues with older children are almost always based on some element of anxiety, or a child's inability to relax. Your 5 year old may be popping out of bed to see you because she's scared of the dark, her dreams or of being alone. Alternatively, she may have never [...]

White Noise: My Pet Peeve

By | 2019-04-03T21:03:12-04:00 April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Sleep Environment, Sleep Training|

White Noise: My Pet Peeve   Everyone's allowed to have a pet peeve, right? Mine is white noise. Well not white noise itself. I love white noise. My pet peeve is when a mom with a sleepless baby hesitates to put on some white noise, out of fear that baby will become “addicted” to the white [...]