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Baby Sleep

Things Change

I knew it. Just when I was starting to get the hang of things…things changed.   Helloooooo Daylight Savings Time. Seriously?! Just when things were starting to run like clockwork. Whoever came up with the idea of turning our clocks ahead an hour was obviously (on crack and) not taking care of small children at the time. Because now, when I try to put the kids to bed, they can’t fall asleep because it’s still light outside.

No rest for the weary

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Babies sleep when they’re tired and are hard to put down when they’re not. They also love to be involved in everything going on around them. This, needless to say, can make for some difficult napping—and a very cranky baby.

Four Month Sleep Regression

Something has got to give. I’ve been up with Jack approximately 27,000 times in the past few nights. I’ve seen every single hour flashing on the clock for too many nights straight. It’s been like having a newborn all over again: Jack wakes up every hour or so… I nurse him…he falls back asleep…we do it all over again…and again…for the rest of the night.  He finally settles down a bit around 6 or 7 a.m., just in time for Charlie to wake up.

SIDS Research Breakthrough

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston annouced today that they may have found the reason why babies are so vunerable to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.

Infants who died of SIDS had 26 percent lower levels of serotonin, which helps regulate automatic functions according to the study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Surviving the 4th Trimester

This is it. 12 weeks. The end of the "fourth trimester." I just looked back at my blog about Charlie at 12 weeks and confirmed that this is when we were starting to emerge from the baby cave and blink into the light.  Things were definitely starting to get easier. Julia was almost potty trained…I was fitting back into my pre-pregnancy pants…Charlie was starting to sleep through the night…

Your Child’s Sleep Issues: Everyone’s Problem, Your Fault

“Your baby's sleep troubles are quite possibly your fault, but no one can tell you what you're doing wrong. Sweet dreams!” writes Paul Tough, tongue-in-cheek, in last weekend’s New York Times Magazine.

Ah, that’s cute. Let’s reduce this offensive, angst-ridden topic to the basics as I have observed them:

Getting enough sleep makes parents and children positive, open-minded and better able to cope with the challenges of daily existence.

Swaddling Tips

Multiple studies show that swaddling your newborn may help her wake less at night, sleep longer and calm her crying.

Nap Time for Baby

Wondering how much a newborn should sleep? At first, your newborn will probably sleep far more hours than he’s awake—sneaking in a catnap whenever and wherever he wants.

Active Kids Sleep Better

Children who don't actively move around or exercise during the day take longer to fall asleep, the BBC reports. A new study found that for every hour a child is inactive, it takes an extra three minutes for them to drift off and catch some z's.

Crying It Out

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No, I don’t. I think the best, most loving approach is to feed and cuddle a child whenever he wakes up and continue doing so for as long as it works for the family.

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