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What We Know About SIDS

By | 2019-11-05T13:40:38-04:00 November 5th, 2019|Categories: newborn sleep, sleep safety|

What We Know About SIDS   SIDS is a parent’s worst nightmare. Every year, 2,500 babies in the United States silently die, with no clear cause. What makes SIDS so scary is the mystery surrounding it. No one knows exactly why or how these babies die. Most people think that SIDS means a baby suffocated in [...]

Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance

By | 2019-10-29T13:00:43-04:00 October 29th, 2019|Categories: feedings|

Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance Let's start off by stating the obvious: I’m no doctor. Bring up all your feeding concerns with your pediatrician and follow his guidance. Having said that, this post should shed some light on a topic that's not talked about enough:  Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance, or CMPI for short. What is Cow’s Milk Protein [...]

Ear Infections and Sleep

By | 2019-10-07T14:08:53-04:00 October 7th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Troubles|

Ear Infections and Sleep   Ear infections are  sneaky little things. They can disrupt sleep for days, even weeks, if undetected and left untreated. If your baby is usually a good sleeper, and things suddenly seem off, it’s possible that an ear infection could be behind it. Even if your baby is fine during the day and only [...]

Why Wake Windows Matter

By | 2019-10-02T14:54:02-04:00 October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Nap Training|

  Why Wake Windows Matter Your baby is probably not sleeping enough during the day. How do I know this? Every parent knows that 11 or 12 hours of nighttime sleep is a dream/wish/goal to work towards. What most parents miss is that daytime sleep is just as important. The quality of your baby’s daytime sleep [...]

The 4 Month Sleep Regression

By | 2019-09-17T11:15:09-04:00 September 17th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Troubles|

The 4 Month Sleep Regression The 4-month sleep regression can be awfully painful. Newborns can be pretty good sleepers on their own in the beginning. Then, they get a little older and the 4 month sleep regression strikes. I always chuckle when I meet a new mom with a 3 week old. “He’s a perfect sleeper!” [...]

Sleep Training When Your Baby is Sick

By | 2019-09-11T13:30:36-04:00 September 11th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Troubles|

Sleep Training When Your Baby is Sick Just like adults, babies have a hard time sleeping when they’re sick. A sick baby sleeps more than he does when he's well,  but the sleep is broken up with frequent wakings. (Similar to how newborns sleep 19 hours a day but you’d never know it based on how [...]

The 40 Minute Sleep Intruder

By | 2019-09-04T14:40:20-04:00 September 4th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Troubles|

The 40 Minute Sleep Intruder Ever been through this with your baby? You put her down for a nap, or maybe it’s bedtime. She goes down to sleep pretty nicely, without much fuss. You sit down to relax and unwind a bit… and just 40 minutes later, she’s up and she’s had it. Waking up and [...]

When it’s Time to Drop to 1 Nap

By | 2019-08-28T15:46:10-04:00 August 28th, 2019|Categories: Nap Training|

When it's Time to Drop To 1 Nap   ❌ MYTH: Babies should drop down to one nap at 12 months old. ✅ FACT: Most babies are not ready for one nap until 15-18 months, and some babies need two naps until they’re two years old! The funny thing about babies is that their nap schedules are always [...]

The Kind of Crying You’ll Hear During Sleep Training

By | 2019-08-19T20:35:08-04:00 August 19th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Training|

The Kind of Crying You'll Hear During Sleep Training   Crying. It’s the first word that jumps to mind after hearing the words “Sleep Training.” Will I have to let my baby cry? How long is the crying?  I can’t sleep train… I can’t hear the crying. It is a true fact of life that all forms [...]

Why Crying Babies are Just So Hard to Ignore

By | 2019-08-14T18:21:43-04:00 August 14th, 2019|Categories: Sleep Training Philosophy|

  Why Crying Babies are Just So Hard to Ignore   Crying babies are impossible to ignore. Whether you want to, or can’t possibly imagine ever trying to, it’s physically and biologically impossible to disregard a baby’s cry. I remember a day when my twin girls were just a few weeks old, and I was relaxing [...]