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Category Archives: Sleep

Early to bed and very early to rise…that is a toddler!


Kelsey up and at ’em bed hair and all…always smiling and more chipper than me at her early wake time! Oh I remember those mornings…waking to the sweet cry or call from my toddler’s room at hmmmm 5:00 am?  Neither of us was really ready to start the day, and both of us were crabby …

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Sleep like a baby…really?


Establishing a calming routine before bed is important! When I brought our oldest Corri home from the hospital, I thought I knew about the sleep patterns of infants.  After all, I had the degrees to prove that I was an “educated” Mom!  The truth is, nothing can prepare you for the lack of sleep that …

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Back to sleep…tummy to play at least 20 minutes every day!


Back to sleep….tummy to play at least 20 minutes every day! You are holding your precious baby and suddenly you realize that your beautiful baby’s head is a little flat…!  What has happened?  First there is no need to panic.  Since the American Pediatrics (AAP) began encouraging us to put our babies to sleep on their backs, …

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Springing forward….what is a parent to do?


Ahh spring is finally just around the corner…I hope!  It seems that it has been a long sunless winter here in the Midwest!  I am ready for some real sunshine.  That is what I hate the most about midwest winters, the lack of blue sky and sun.  Spring brings more outdoor time for parents and children, teaching …

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It is the weekend, get a little sleep!


Most parents feel  “out of order” when they are sleep deprived!  Try this weekend to grab a few more minutes of sleep! Ahh sleep…what new parent isn’t wishing for more?  I heard a new parent speak of the first few months of parenting to be as exhausting as the Iron Man Triathlon.  Makes sense to me! …

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Wake a sleeping baby to improve sleep…may not be so crazy!


Dr. Harvey Karp MD is another of my favorite sleep gurus.  Dr. Karp has written The Happiest Baby on the Block which many of you have read.   I teach his  technique to “flip the switch” for a crying baby because it works wonderfully!  His newest book, The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep:  Simple …

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When is a baby monitor too much?


The new Owl Monitor…is it too much?  (image from https://www.owletcare.com) There are some baby products that I now see and think….”Wow, wish I had that when my kids were little!” I love the fact that the infant car seats pop right onto a stroller (yes, it has been a LONG time since I had an …

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Child won’t sleep? Slow down your day!


Don’t take a wrong turn after a few bad nights….or weeks…of sleep! So you have had a bad night?  Maybe a bad couple of nights?  Your little one hasn’t slept and that means neither have you.  What is your plan?  I can remember thinking, “We have got to get this kid tired so we all …

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White noise makers….are they helpful or dangerous?


New study questions the use of white noise for infant sleep……is it helpful or dangerous?? How to help infant sleep patterns is a common question I get almost daily.  Exhausted Moms want to know how they can help their infant sleep better and longer resulting in them getting some precious sleep time too!  I have …

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The pitter patter of feet and other bedtime challenges


Ahh there is nothing sweeter than the pitter patter of little toddler feet, unless it is two minutes after putting them in bed or you wake to that sound at 2:00 am!  Once toddlers figure out that they can get out of a bed, why not pay Mom and Dad a visit?  Going to bed …

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