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Giving your child adequate daytime sleep is important to ensure the nighttime sleep goes well too. Sleep is not something we’re born knowing how to do, so it’s up to mom and dad to ensure that those naps happen on schedule. Here are some common mistakes parents make and how you can avoid them. 1. Waiting too long – You should be putting your child down to nap at the first signs of tiredness. Your child doesn’t have something in her eye; she’s rubbing because she’s sleepy. If you wait...

Many parents struggle with getting their children to sleep at some point or another. Often it starts when your child is an infant and refuses to sleep throughout the night. That’s why it’s so important to establish good sleep habits at an early age which will make it easier to settle into a sleep routine you can stick with. A baby with good sleep habits will become a toddler with good sleep habits and parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they’ll have an easy time getting their toddlers...

The new school year is the perfect time to examine our habits and find ways that we can all be healthier. Here are some ways you can keep your kids healthy at school. 1. Pack lunches for your child I’m sure schools would love to provide healthy lunches, but everyone has a budget. Most aren’t able to provide organic, farm-to-table options. You’ll have to take matters into your own hands. It’s a lot more work than handing your kid $5, but it’s worth it. 2. Use backpacks safely I know...

During the first year of your child’s life, sleep is absolutely vital. Other than food and loving arms, your baby needs little else. It’s important that the space your baby sleeps in be as safe as possible, mostly to prevent SIDS, but also to facilitate restful sleep. Here is a list of tips you should use to ensure your child’s sleep space is safe. Use a firm sleep surface, like a sturdy mattress with just a fitted sheet. Keep blankets, pillows, bumpers or toys outside of an infant’s crib. Do...

When it comes to your baby’s room, you want to make it as nurturing and comfortable as possible. Your baby is going to spend a lot of time sleeping in the room during the first few months, so it’s important to make sure this room is a loving environment. Here are some do-it-yourself projects that you might enjoy to put your personal touch on the room. 1. Chalkboard Dresser (Elledesign.ca) Use chalkboard paint to cover any surface of the dresser (or any piece of furniture, really) that you...

October is SIDS Awareness Month and parents are encouraged to learn more about the risk factors involved in SIDS and what steps they can take to prevent it. SIDS is defined as the death of an infant, less than 1 year of age that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly and cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted. Scientists have learned a great deal about SIDS over the last years and SIDS cases have decreased drastically, but there are still over 4,000 kids that die unexpectedly each year with no...

Once you become a parent, a lot of things in your life are going to change. A quick pop down to the store that would usually take ten minutes will turn into an hour. A day trip to an amusement park can’t be planned that morning, it needs to be scheduled weeks in advanced. I think becoming a parent is one of the most magical experiences of a person’s life, but you will have to part with a few things… 1. Sleep Long stretches of deep, uninterrupted sleep are gone,...

A bedtime routine is key to establishing a healthy, predictable sleep pattern. Just like you and I, babies need time to unwind and get their bodies and brains into position to sleep. If you scoop baby out of the middle of a lively game and drop him in the crib, you can’t expect baby to fall right asleep. You’ve got to coax him. A bedtime routine is also a great time of the day to bond with your baby. If you have a busy schedule and don’t get to spend...

Every parent needs to know how to swaddle their baby. It's an essential skill to have if you want your baby to get sound, restful sleep. It's also important for your family's sanity. When your baby is in the womb, she feels safe and secure because that's all she knows, so you want to simulate that environment for her by wrapping her tightly before she falls asleep. A good swaddle will also prevent her from startling herself awake at night. Here's how to swaddle your baby. 1. Lay a receiving...

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