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Nap Standoff Update: The Baby is Winning

I know this is boring. It’s boring for me, too. Every week “He sleeps! But not during the day!” Oh. My. God. The new wrinkle is a rejection of the pacifier and yet furious confusion over it being gone. Tucker’s active little hands sneak up to remove the pacifier (or fend off the adult who is trying to pop it in) with increasing vehemence, but he has a lot of trouble winding down to sleep without it. Oy.

The Nap Stand-Off

I hope you had a great holiday season--ours was very low key and relaxing, which was lovely. Tucker spent some nice time visiting with my brother Tom, we drank a lot of eggnog, and there were several naps in front of the tree. (And those were the adults!)

Sleep Training, part three: The Compromise

Well, we gave it a good try. Nights regressed a bit since last week, and we let him cry again one night, but since then he’s gone down without any problem and slept like a log until 6 or so the next morning. He’s so sweet: I love watching him sleep now that he’s not swaddled. When he stirs he lifts his legs ALL the way up in the air, and flings his arms around, then lets them drop down oh-so-slowly.

Sleep Training, Part Two: The Follow-Through

Oh man, this is hard. And I know, sleep training is an incredibly sensitive subject. Letting babies cry can be seen as cruel or as a necessary step towards independence. Let’s have a no-judgement zone, shall we? There are a million places on the web where you can debate the pros and cons of various methods, but at the end of the day you have to do what makes sense for your family and works for your child.

Rethinking Crib Bumpers

Bumper pads around the inside of a crib make the baby bed look cozy and safe, but health and consumer experts say they're dangerous, the Chicago Tribune reports. For years now, federal regulators have known that bumper pads could pose a suffocation hazard in babies but have failed to warn parents.

Sleep Training, Part One: The Dread

This was an up-and-down week, with some great moments—lots of laughing and smiling, even more interest in playtime, starting to move towards flipping over (uh-oh)—but also a lot of disrupted sleep and a tough weekend with lots more crying than normal.

Public Nursing, Private Napping

At my mother’s group this week there were a lot of newborns--three weeks old, a couple even younger--and I was hard pressed to remember when Tucker was that small. In fact, I asked one mother of an impossibly tiny baby how much her son weighed at the moment, and she said 8.5 pounds. That’s what Tucker weighed when he was two weeks old. But that baby was SO SMALL. And so sleepy and curled up! I suddenly understood why my mom friends with older kids got all nostalgic when they first held Tucker...

Cracking The Secrets Of Sleep

Wow, all that extra awareness and interest in play that I wrote about last week? Multiply by 100 and you’ve got this week. He’s officially in love with the parrot art card, and he’s also obsessed with a polka dot pillow on the couch (distraction when he’s nursing on the right side) and the shadow of a lamp on the wall (distraction on the left).

Surprising Results in Baby Sleep Study

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics says that most infants can be taught to start sleeping through the night between 2 months and 4 months old, offering some hope for exhausted parents, The Los Angeles Times reports.

New Mom's Survival Guide

You’ve no doubt been dreaming about your baby for months: what he’ll look like, whether he’ll be laid-back like his dad or a Type A like you. But chances are, if it’s your first child, you don’t know much about taking care of a newborn.

Well, we’ve been there, and we’re here for you, with everything you need to know to care for yourself as well as your baby in those exciting but often frustrating first weeks. Let’s get started!

First Things First

How to get motherhood off to a great start while you’re still in the hospital.

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