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?Read More
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.Read More
What is it about you having a lousy night’s sleep that makes everyone else so awful? It seems that way, doesn’t it? I’m not saying that’s not a possibility, but a more likely explanation is that your lack of sleep is making it impossible for you to react rationally to frustrating situations. We all know the many ways sleep deprivation impacts our mood and our health but something that is less talked about is how it can impact your relationship.Read More
It isn’t exactly clear why we sleep, but there is definitely a consensus among researchers (and new mothers) that adequate sleep is good for you in a whole bunch of ways and is an essential part of a healthy, happy lifestyle.Read More
I know how precious summer months are. You want to squeeze every minute of joy and togetherness you can from these glorious days. If it’s a choice between consistent bedtimes and staying up to watch the fireworks, I mean c’mon. That’s no choice at all. So, no matter what might have happened over the summer vacation, all is forgiven. The mission now is to get your child back on track so that they can get back to sleep at a reasonable hour the day before they head back to school.Read More
I can clearly remember, like most mothers I’m sure, the very moment I gave birth to my first child. I was absolutely buried in feelings of love and gratitude. And then, about ten to fifteen seconds later, I was equally buried in advice, suggestions, and information. So today, let’s put the most common sleep myths to bed.
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?Read More