Is Melatonin Safe for Kids?

Is Melatonin Safe for Kids?

When I was a kid, my grandfather had a book called, “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies.” I would go to visit and he would tell me all about the latest home remedies he had tried. Even as a child, I have to admit, I was intrigued. Try rubbing aspiring on a bee sting. Quiet a colicky baby by running the vacuum cleaner. Swallow a teaspoon of sugar to cure your hiccups. I’m not sure what it is that I found so fascinating about curing ailments with common objects they had lying around the house, but obviously I wasn’t the only one. So, what about Melatonin as natural way of helping your little one get to sleep?

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Snoring, mouth-breathing and sleep: when to see your doctor

Snoring, mouth-breathing and sleep: when to see your doctor

I used to think that snoring babies were absolutely adorable. As a mother, the sight of your baby sleeping means they’re relaxed, feeling safe, and content with everything around them. I used to think a little snore seemed harmless and cute. Unfortunately, that sense of peace I used to get at the sound of a snoring baby turned out to be misconstrued.

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Is your baby hungry at night or just lacking independent sleep skills?

Is your baby hungry at night or just lacking independent sleep skills?

If your baby is waking seven or eight times a night and insisting that you come in and rock her back to sleep, it can have a serious impact on everybody’s sleep. A lot of babies have developed a dependency on nursing, rocking, sucking, and so on, to get to sleep, and it’s not something they can overcome in 15 or 20 minutes. Solving that issue takes some real work and a firm commitment from you.

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The Four Month Sleep Regression

The Four Month Sleep Regression

As a certified sleep consultant, I hear the term “regression” used in regards to just about every imaginable circumstance. Essentially, if baby doesn’t sleep well for a couple of nights, parents start dropping the ‘R’ word. The good news for anyone experiencing the dreaded Four Month Sleep Regression is that it’s not, in fact, a regression at all. A regression is defined as “reversion to an earlier mental or behavioral level,” and that’s actually the opposite of what your baby is experiencing. This would be much more aptly titled the “Four Month Sleep Progression”. So, onto the big question. What can you do to help your little one adjust?

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Do you have a chronic cat napper? Help your baby nap longer with this guide.

Do you have a chronic cat napper? Help your baby nap longer with this guide.

Your baby wakes up in the morning after a solid night’s sleep. You feed her, change her, play with her for a little bit, take her for a little walk outside, then rock her to sleep and put her gently into her crib for her morning nap.

Thirty minutes later she wakes up fussy and irritable, and despite your pleading, bargaining, and offers of riches, refuses to go back to sleep.

After half an hour of trying to put her back down, you finally give in, hoping she’ll be that much more tired when her afternoon nap rolls around, only to have the exact same scenario play out again, and baby is a cranky ball of unhappiness for the rest of the day.

Does this sound familiar?

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