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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

Activity #21: Talk about something besides sleep

June 30, 2014

We know there are those people whose infants start sleeping eleven or twelve hours a night around four months old. These so-called “babies” take three daily naps at 8, 12 and 4.30. And then there are the rest of us. At one point my moms group’s weekly discussion was so dominated by sleep that we […]

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The control freak’s guide to moving from a crib to a toddler bed

June 12, 2014

He’s so ready to bust out of baby jail. If you clicked on this post because of the title, I need to stop you right here. If you are really a control freak, you would keep your baby/toddler/preschooler in a crib for as long as humanly possible. Once it became obvious that the needs of […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

What to do if your baby or toddler wakes up too early

May 6, 2014

Waking up before 7 am is total BS. Here’s how to shift the schedule when your little one doesn’t know how. I received so much positive feedback when I shared how I get my children to go to bed and stay there, but I asked baby sleep expert, Nicole, because I do not have the answers on […]

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Stop talking about sleep! {Rookie Moms Challenge #21}

May 2, 2014

When my friend, a fellow new mom, told me that she gave up complaining for Lent, I thought she was a genius. So, instead of complaining about how my child was sleeping, I simply talked nonstop about it. Eventually, I had completely exhausted and bored myself talking about Weston’s sleep patterns, so I thought it […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

How I taught my children to go to bed and stay there

April 2, 2014

If you’re a new babysitter or the generous host of a sleepover, I might sneak over and give you a tip for managing my sons at bedtime: remind them of their Sleep Rules. Apparently, the ritual in my house is not the norm in every house, so Whitney asked me to explain the what, how, […]

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Out-maneuvering the master of bedtime stalling

February 19, 2014

Tonight I sang the Captain Hook song for Sawyer at bedtime. Oh, you don’t know it? That’s because I made it up. And last night it was the theme song from Stop That Ball. Sawyer, age two and a half, has become a master of stalling at bedtime. I used to just read 1-2 books, hug, […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

Unsolicited parenting advice: Give your child a lovey

August 28, 2013

When my babies were about five months old, I gave them soft mini-security blankets to sleep with. It seemed crazy that a baby so young could link an inanimate object to sleeping, but it was so effective that I want to shout it from the rooftops: LINUS WAS RIGHT! HAPPINESS IS A SECURITY BLANKET, CHARLIE […]

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How to make the most of your child’s nap

July 29, 2013

In this video, I talk about why you might want to put your computer or smart phone down during your child’s nap. It’s not about unplugging, though, it’s about recharging yourself, using your downtime to refresh your energy level, your social life, or create mental space. I provide different three ways to spend your time. […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

Learn baby massage

May 29, 2013

Whether you’re a naturally zen mama or a skeptic, I highly recommend learning a few techniques of infant massage (besides, nobody has to see you doing it but a small person who doesn’t speak). You can enjoy some quiet time and get to know your baby’s tiny developing body AND often get the kid to […]

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Is my baby ready for a toddler bed?

May 16, 2013

One of our local experts offered to field this question, which comes up over and over again: For the past few days my son (2) won’t stop climbing out of his crib, and I’m afraid he will get hurt! Does this mean he’s ready for a toddler bed? Won’t he just get out of that […]

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Ideas for getting baby to sleep or just enjoying the down-time

How to create a safer nursery

May 1, 2013

This post was sponsored by IntelliBED, a premium mattress company, all tips are my own. My favorite story I heard about the founders — who are all grandparents — is that they were already well into making their adult-size mattress and decided to create mini mattresses for all their grandchildren; when they received positive reports […]

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Bedtime at my house (with 3 kids)

April 25, 2013

This post about putting my children to bed was sponsored by Huggies. We recently asked our fabulous facebook community what you’d like to read from us and Kristal said “Bedtime routines, specifically for multiple kids of varying ages and stages without going nuts.” Welp, Kristal, this one’s for you though I can’t promise the without […]

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