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Traveling With Baby? Don’t Leave Home Without These 5 Tips.

Follow these 5 easy suggestions to make travel a breeze Traveling with a baby can be a nerve-racking endeavor, and almost every new parent feels a little anxious about how it will go. Meltdowns mid-flight, skipped feedings, excessive amounts of gear and over-stuffed diaper bags—there’s a lot to think (read: worry) about. One of the top concerns for parents is how a trip will throw off their child’s well-honed sleep schedule. At home the environment is controlled, the routines are consistent, and the sleep times set. When you’re traveling, this can all go out the window. But if you’re prepared, it doesn’t have to. Nothing feels worse than a sleep-deprived family on the road, so keep…

Is it Safe for Babies to Sleep With Blankets?

Learn what’s safe to put in your little one’s crib—and what should stay out. If you’re a new parent, you probably have loads of questions about your baby’s sleep. Is she getting enough sleep? When should she start snoozing through the night? What’s that strange sound coming from the baby monitor? Will she ever fall asleep without your having to be in the room with her? But if you’re wondering what you can do to help keep your child safe at night, you can cross that question off your list. Read on for the answers. Is it okay to let my baby sleep with a blanket at night? If your child is under 12 months…

The Sleeping Power of the Lovey

  To an outsider, a lovey seems like an ordinary blanket or stuffed animal. But to a parent and child, a “lovey” can be magic. When my son was a toddler, we were flying across the country to see my parents. I had diligently packed all the smart travel items—stocked diaper bag, Ziplocs, stickers, two dozen containers of snacks. I had debated carrying the lovey—the cherished object he’d been sleeping with for a year—and decided to do it so he could nap on board. He clutched the satin square and I wore him in a front pack through the terminal. I set my luggage down to adjust and headed towards the gate. When I realized the lovey was…

What Babies Should Wear to Sleep

  Newborns, infants, and toddlers all have different ideal sleepwear. When picking pajamas for a newborn, infant, or toddler, comfort is only half the story. The other main factor is safety—especially when dressing newborns for sleep. Below, find out how to decide what to put on a newborn, infant, and toddler at bedtime.Newborns: Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) can occur until a baby is a year old, but the first four months are the most dangerous. SUID can occur due to suffocation or unknown reasons. That’s why it’s important to dress babies in clothing that isn’t too loose (because that lowers the risk of suffocation). One-pieces with built-in…

Don’t Let Post-Partum Zombies Eat Your ZZZ's

  A humorous look at the trials and tribulations of new parenthood The past few months my house has been filled with zombies.  My three-year-old learned about zombies right around Halloween, and since then, as part of his bedtime routine, he has been inventing stories about them.  Zombies coughing. Zombies fighting. Zombies marching. Zombies fishing. And, of course, zombies eating brains. I’m not sure why zombies appeal to him so much. Maybe it’s because they shuffle around and grunt. Maybe it’s because they are clumsy and silly-looking. Or maybe it’s because after his little brother arrived in late October, his mom turned into one. My adorable newborn boy needs to eat every two to three hours, and as…

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Put an end to your little one’s middle-of-the-night awakenings (and score more shut-eye yourself). Let’s face it: If your baby isn’t sleeping, you aren’t sleeping. So it’s no wonder that for most new parents, getting their little one to snooze better is a top priority. While this isn’t something that you can rush, take comfort in the fact that by the time they are nine months old, 70 percent of babies sleep through the night (meaning they sleep nonstop from the time they are put to bed until a reasonable morning hour, such as after sunrise). No matter how old your infant is, these four tips will up the chance that your child will soon…

Everything You Need to Know About Sleep Training

Learn how to help your baby sleep—so you can, too. Oh, the irony of life with a newborn: Somehow the baby manages to sleep a ton, while Mom and Dad barely (or don’t!) get enough. Never fear, there are ways you can ease your little one into a healthy sleep routine. Here’s the bonus: Doing so means you’ll get more sleep, too. Raising a healthy sleeper starts with a consistent bedtime routine. You can start enforcing this when your baby is roughly six weeks old. At the same time every night, read a book together, sing songs, and feed your baby before putting him or her into the crib. It may also help to get…

Everything You Need to Know About Co-Sleeping

The benefits and drawbacks of staying close to your baby at night A fancy term for a simple concept, co-sleeping refers to having your baby or infant sleep in your room at night, rather than a separate room. Bed-sharing, in which a baby or young child sleeps in the same bed with one or both parents, is a form of co-sleeping, but it’s not the only one. You can also have your child sleep in your room, but on a separate surface (perhaps in a nearby bassinet or crib). Though they’re widespread practices in many non-Western cultures, both co-sleeping and bed-sharing are somewhat controversial in the U.S. Both styles have their benefits and their…

Breastfeeding Vs. Formula-Feeding and the Impact on Newborn Sleep

The facts about formula-feeding versus breastfeeding and newborn sleep If you’re a new mom, you may be wondering how breast milk and formula may affect your new baby’s sleeping habits. Figuring out which route to take is completely up to you, but here are some facts that may help you decide. During the first few months of life, formula-fed babies wake less often at night, take more naps, and sleep for longer stretches than nursing babies. That’s because formula takes more time and effort to digest. Breast milk is naturally designed to nourish a mother’s baby and is very easily absorbed into a newborn’s system. Known as a “perfect” food, human milk delivers virtually all…

How Much Sleep Does Your Baby Really Need?

Find out whether your newborn or infant is getting all the zzz’s that he or she requires. There’s no question about it: Babies and infants need a lot of sleep! How much, exactly? Well, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Many factors influence how long a baby or infant sleeps, such as whether or not the child is breastfed and how much the baby is exposed to natural light. But these age-related guidelines, below, can help you figure out what’s best for your bundle of joy. Newborn Babies Full-term, healthy newborns (or infants up to about three months old) should spend the better part of a 24-hour day sleeping….