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Sleepy

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

Activity #89: Get drive-through service anywhere

April 22, 2013

If your baby likes to sleep in the car seat, count your blessings. Better to have a car-sleeper than a car-screamer. You’ve also got the perfect excuse to patronize nearby drive-through businesses as a destination. My favorites were the slightly-far In-N-Out and the not-very-close drive-through Starbucks. The real magic can happen when you’re creative and […]

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How we got our baby to stop standing up in the crib

April 19, 2013

This guest post is by my friend Karen from OffTheMeathook.com, about her son, Laz. We are among the lucky few who had a baby that slept through the night from a pretty early age. We didn’t really do anything to make it happen – but around 4 months old, our son just stopped waking up […]

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Sick kids should stay in bed, or maybe jump on the bed

March 29, 2013

This is part of our series of posts sponsored by Pediacare. Ever stay home from work to take care of a sick child, and half-way through the day, you’re wondering where to take him to work out his energy — that won’t contaminate other kids? Sometimes a fever will make little ones sluggish and ripe […]

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Tech Tuesday: Create a toddler naptime playlist on spotify

February 26, 2013

My friend and parenting expert, Julie King, had a rookie baby who would not sleep once he reached the toddler age. Once he figured out that better things were going on in the other room, he resisted. Together with her friend and co-author, Joanna Faber, they created Asher’s Dance and Rest Tape to trick the […]

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