8 Reasons to Avoid Sleep Training Your Baby

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All parents have limits. Even the most patient, connected, attached parents can reach the point when they are ready to hurl themselves out of the window from sheer sleep-deprivation-induced insanity. Anybody who has me on their facebook friends list will know that recently I have been dealing with … [Read more...]

Gentle Sleep Solutions For Babies

Gentle Sleep Solutions For Babies

If your baby is having trouble sleeping and you hate to hear him or her crying into the night, there is another way. Gentle sleep solutions will ease your child into a deep, relaxed sleep, which will help to ensure you have a happy, healthy baby. Gentle sleep solutions are becoming increasingly … [Read more...]

A Letter From a Sleep-Training Baby

Sleep Training Baby Crying

Dear mommy, I am confused. I am used to falling asleep in your soft, warm arms. Each night I lay snuggled close to you; close enough to hear your heartbeat, close enough to smell your sweet fragrance. I gaze at your beautiful face as I gently drift off to sleep, safe and secure in your loving … [Read more...]

For Sarah: Gentle Sleep Solutions, Part One

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I recently received an email from a very tired mama who is struggling with her 5 month old daughter’s sleep habits. She kindly consented to allowing me to address her issues and suggest gentle sleep solutions to help the situation via a public post, so that the information may be of use to others, … [Read more...]

Creating a Respectful Sleep Solution: The Update

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Following my previous post about trying to find a respectful, kind way to end our sleep troubles, I thought it was about time I updated you all on how things are coming along. My husband and I talked that night about what we were going to do regarding the boys’ sleep, and agreed that we would … [Read more...]

Creating A Respectful Sleep Solution

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Recently I have become aware of RIE, founded by Magda Gerber, through Mama Eve’s blog (and our discussions on sleep). I have been reading and learning a lot about RIE, and I have to say I am very intrigued. The philosophy seems to be very much in line with positive/gentle discipline. RIE is all … [Read more...]

Rhythms and Routines

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I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with routines. When my first son was born, we instigated a bedtime routine from just a few days old. I regret it immensely. It didn’t help him sleep (not until he was a few months old anyway), and it robbed us of the Portable Baby stage – sorry Gran, we … [Read more...]

Co-Sleeping: Why and How

Co sleeping

For many years, co-sleeping has been shunned by mainstream parenting advisors for being dangerous, creating needy children and damaging marriages. However, times are changing, and this can only be a good thing. Co-sleeping is defined as sharing a sleeping space with your infant – whether they are … [Read more...]

Crying it Out vs Allowing Crying – A Big Difference

Crying it out vs. Allowed crying

The issue of sleep has been at the forefront of my mind for some time now… this is unsurprising really, since my youngest son hit a sleep regression two months ago. Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis will know how I feel about baby sleep training. I have always had very strong opinions … [Read more...]