30 New Year's Resolutions for Tired Moms

30 New Year's Resolutions for Tired Moms

Good riddance to 2018.

We achieved goals and survived turmoil and even managed to keep our little people alive! #goals

Don’t get me wrong: Amazing things happened this year, but the general consensus seems to be that 2018 was a year for facing adversity and coming out the other side stronger, albeit a little bruised and worse for the wear! But we did it, Mommas! We made it to 2019!

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Celebrate NYE with Kids in Calgary (No Sleep Lost)

Celebrate NYE with Kids in Calgary (No Sleep Lost)

If you’re not heading out on the town for New Year's Eve (and dishing out a small fortune for babysitting!), then you're probably planning to celebrate the beginning of 2019 with your kids! 

Many parents love ringing in the new year with their little ones, but none of us want to battle it out with tired children on New Year's Day— especially not with a champagne headache!

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Sleep Training Doesn't Make you a Bad Parent

Sleep Training Doesn't Make you a Bad Parent

There is no reason to feel guilty for wanting a good night’s sleep for both yourself and your baby. Sure, you might be okay with good enough sleep. And if you’re happy with the way things are, go with it.

But without sleep training some parents are exhausted.

Some parents are trying to figure out how many cups of coffee they need to be fully functional adults and so far, it’s not twelve.

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Children Having Trouble Sleeping? Physical Activity Could Be the Answer

Children Having Trouble Sleeping? Physical Activity Could Be the Answer

Parents around the world struggle to get their kids to sleep every night. They read piles of storybooks and give hours of snuggles, hundreds of kisses, and endless cups of water. Then they do it again the next night. And the next. This exhausting late-night routine may feel like the only option, but did you know there are things you can do with your kids during daylight hours (while you’re actually still awake!) that can impact your child’s ability to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer?

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Why You NEED to Find Your "Village"

Why You NEED to Find Your "Village"

It takes a village to raise a child – or at least, that's what they say.

I say, it takes a village to raise a mother.

A baby doesn't need a whole lot, at least in the beginning. Milk, diapers, a blanket or two, and the loving arms and songs of their parents. That's pretty much what they need to thrive and have a sweet little life.

But us moms? Without the right support system, we can spend those early parenting years feeling like we're hanging on for dear life, always avoiding any little crack in our shell or we could split open.

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Getting your Partner Involved in Sleep Training

Getting your Partner Involved in Sleep Training

If Dad's going to get involved and fix this problem swiftly and effectively, he will have to find his own rhythm with his baby. I know it's hard, Mom, to give up control and let your partner take the wheel when it comes to the moment of truth. Dad might be the magical solution to your baby's sleep issues, if you let him take over.

Most of my clients see dramatic improvements to their baby's sleep in just a couple nights, so you won't have to control yourself for long. Won't it be amazing to not only sleep through the night, but also get to enjoy spending evenings with just your special someone again? What a gift you are giving to your whole family!

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Beat the Back to School Funk and Get Moving!

Beat the Back to School Funk and Get Moving!

Guest blogger Tara Butterwick- Who is feeling that funk come over yourself? #wealldo That end of summer craziness is happening. Kids are almost back to school, the weather is changing #whytho and we can feel our self care slipping away…

A big part of self care is getting moving but when we are so busy helping everyone else, thinking about EVERYTHING that needs to happen in the weeks to come. It’s so easy for us as mama’s it to fall to the way side and revert into survival mode #truth

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Best Places to Tire Out a Toddler in Calgary

Best Places to Tire Out a Toddler in Calgary

There is no better way to get your little one to sleep well than to keep them active during the day. Toddlers crave adventure and activity just as much as they love routine and predictability.

Calgary is a beautiful city filled with parks and pathways. You can always head outside, visit the local playground, or just go for a walk and on nice days those are simple options for days when the weather doesn't want to cooperate (first, wait 5 minutes, as they say around these parts) or you need something a little more exciting, I have a few suggestions for fun activities you can do to tire your busy toddler out!

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Top 3 Sleep Training Myths: Busted!

Top 3 Sleep Training Myths: Busted!

Sleep training is so often vilified as this horrible insensitive way for parents to neglect their children and selfishly obtain more sleep for themselves. I’ve made helping families get more sleep my passion and life’s work, so when people in person or online start talking about sleep and spreading damaging misconceptions, I tend to get a little sensitive.

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Bedtime Tips for Stalling Toddlers

Bedtime Tips for Stalling Toddlers

By age two, many toddlers have mastered the art of driving their parents crazy at bedtime. You're not alone if your little one has begun to demand numerous lullabies, request a glass of water that they barely touch, or insist on additional bedtime stories.

Toddlers are undeniably adorable. They’re so much fun, and just so curious and inquisitive that it’s really tough for them to shut their brains off at bedtime.

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Will Cereal Help My Baby Sleep?

Will Cereal Help My Baby Sleep?

Touted by well-meaning grandparents everywhere, the old cereal in the bottle trick has been around a long time! Enamoured by promises of a full night’s sleep and a reduced dependence on caffeine, hopeful parents find themselves cutting larger holes into bottle nipples and adding some rice cereal. While the trick may appear to work at first, parents often find themselves feeling defeated as their baby grows dependent on the bottle to go to sleep and still doesn’t sleep through the night.

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A Perfect Nursery Decor Plan

A Perfect Nursery Decor Plan

A simple nursery provides a sleepy space for your little one.

One of the first things that new parents start thinking about is “What color should we paint the nursery?”

It’s only natural that decorating the nursery immediately becomes “a thing”. It’s often the first tangible evidence of your baby’s impending arrival – minus the bloating and unrecognisable ultrasound images.

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Why Your Baby will Never Sleep Through the Night

Why Your Baby will Never Sleep Through the Night

That’s right, I said it. Your baby will never sleep straight through the night. And neither will you, for that matter. In fact, pretty much anyone who isn’t heavily sedated before going to bed can expect to wake up multiple times in the night. This isn’t due to stress, caffeine, lack of exercise, or any other factors that can contribute to a lousy night’s sleep. It’s a normal, natural part of the human sleep cycle.

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Extending Your Little One's Nap Time

Extending Your Little One's Nap Time

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar…

Your baby wakes up in the morning after a solid night’s sleep. You feed her, change her, play with her for a little bit, take her for a little walk outside, then rock her to sleep and put her gently into her crib for her morning nap.And then, 30 minutes later, she wakes up fussy and irritable and, despite your pleading, bargaining, and offers of riches, refuses to go back to sleep.

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The Four Month Sleep Regression

The Four Month Sleep Regression

As a professional sleep consultant, I hear the term “regression” used in regards to just about every imaginable circumstance. Essentially, if baby doesn’t sleep well for a couple of nights, parents start dropping the ‘R’ word. Some people subscribe to the idea that there’s an eight month regression, a 9 month regression, a 1 year regression, as well as teething regressions, growth spurt regressions, and so on. Others see these as simple hiccups caused by extenuating circumstances.

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Eight Tips for Easing Separation Anxiety

Eight Tips for Easing Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety typically starts to occur around 6-8 months of age, when your little one starts to realize that things continue to exist, even when they’re not in sight. It’s a cognitive milestone known as “object permanence” which is defined as, “the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be observed.”

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