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Baby Sleep

Cry-It-Out Method

In an interview with Robert Sears, M.D., author of The Portable Pediatrician book and app, we asked about the practice of letting a baby “cry it out,” and he made some interesting points: “Newborn babies are just no

A Busy Bookworm

Life sure is busy with an active toddler. We’ve been spending a lot of time at various parks, despite the finally-seasonally-cold weather, because too much time inside leads to all sorts of crazy. (Speaking of cold weather, does anyone have experience with a stroller bunting that works well in the UppaBaby Vista?

Bare Is Best When It Comes to Cribs

What parents are placing inside their babies' cribs is raising red flags among U.S. officials and consumer advocacy groups, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

"Puffy bumpers, pillows and blankets, low-hanging mobiles and a menagerie of stuffed animals all pose suffocation hazards to babies" younger than 12 months old, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Spring Music

Monday started off cloudy and dismal, but by afternoon the sun was shining and it was *thisclose* to being hot out. We went for a long walk around lunchtime, and after Tucker’s second nap (more on that in a moment) we went to the park outside the library, spread out our picnic blanket, and hung out under a tree until we had to head home for dinner. Tucker was so happy—he just sat there taking his toys out of the little bag I store them in inside my tote, chewing on the bag, chewing on the toys, and shaking his new tambourine.

Six Months Old!

Dear Tucker-

Cold and Dry

First of all, we are still sans humidifier. I ended up ordering a different Crane model, one of the cute animal ones. When it arrived I excitedly (my life! it is full of thrills!) set it up and started it running, and while a fine mist blew out of the penguins beak I thought, “wow, the water is draining into the reservoir awfully fast. That must be half a gallon already.

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.