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Nap Strikes: What they are and how to get past them!

Nap Strikes: What they are and how to get past them!

Previously-perfect napper seem to be on strike? A "nap strike" is what we refer to when a child who was previously napping well suddenly fights naptime. This most commonly occurs when a child is getting close to the age to drop a nap, making his parents...

Does your child need a pillow?

Does your child need a pillow?

Wondering when your little one should sleep with a pillow?  A pillow is generally only needed once your child transitions from a crib to a “big kid bed” and I recommend the transition to a bed occur around the age of 3. Before that, a clean empty crib with...

The mattress matters! What to look for in a crib mattress

The mattress matters! What to look for in a crib mattress

We talk a lot about room environment – Dark, quiet, peaceful, no distractions. But what about what baby sleeps ON? Baby’s mattress can go a long way towards healthy rest! Recently, I was thrilled to visit Obasan and get a full tour of their incredible...

How to succeed with the “Wake Up Clock”

How to succeed with the “Wake Up Clock”

First, let’s ensure you know what I mean when I refer to a “wake up clock.” A wake up clock, like the Gro Clock or Sleepy Sheep, is designed to help toddlers and preschoolers understand when it’s time (or “ok”) to get out of bed. The idea is to help those kiddos who...

5 back-to-school sleep tips

5 back-to-school sleep tips

The end of summer generally comes with mixed emotions – some kids are bummed to see the sunny days of school vacation come to an end, while others can’t wait to get back to the playground to see their friends! Whatever the scenario, one thing is certain – back to...

Why dark is better for babies’ sleep (and adults, too)

Why dark is better for babies’ sleep (and adults, too)

It’s 5am. You’re on vacation in an Air B&B that has white lace curtains in the window (you know the ones I mean; the kind that remind you of the “doily” your Grandma used to keep on her dining room table). So, you’re awake. But, when you roll over and see the...

Bedtime snacking “Do”s and “Don’t”s!

Bedtime snacking “Do”s and “Don’t”s!

Children and adults alike sometimes need a little nutritional top-up before bedtime to get through the night without feeling hungry. But, the types of foods we stock up on before bed can have big impacts (both positive and negative) on the quality and length of our...

5 ways to help kids sleep in the summer heat

5 ways to help kids sleep in the summer heat

The sunny days of summer are finally upon us! Pool parties, backyard BBQs, and days full of splash pad fun! But the extreme heat can have a tough impact on your child’s sleep. Here are five ways to help your kiddo sleep well in the midst of the summer heat: 1. Avoid...

Is a pacifier a sleep prop?

Is a pacifier a sleep prop?

Yep (even when baby can put it back in on his own) Many parents, even those who are well-Googled on the issue of sleep props, express to me that they feel a pacifier (or “soother”) is not a sleep prop. Why? Because their baby is old enough to have mastered replacing...

Is thumb sucking bad for babies?

Is thumb sucking bad for babies?

Everyone has heard the story of their friend’s sister’s college roomate’s brother who sucked his thumb until he was 12 and thus required extensive dental surgery to repair his teeth. Is this an urban legend? No. It happens.  Is it by any means the norm? It is...

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Does your child need a pillow?

Does your child need a pillow?

Wondering when your little one should sleep with a pillow?  A pillow is generally only needed once your child transitions from a crib to a “big kid bed” and I recommend the transition to a bed occur around the age of 3. Before that, a clean empty crib with...