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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When Can I Make Exceptions?

When Can I Make Exceptions?

...there’s this crazy little thing called life that tends to get involved and throw the occasional curve ball into your routine. Special occasions, family functions, and the occasional emergency can all call for an exception to me made and for your little one to stay up past their scheduled bedtime or miss a nap.

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