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Nothing can cause an argument faster in a group of parents than when someone brings up sleep training. Opinions range from "do it as early as possible" to "only terrible parents sleep train." With so many myths about sleep training out there, who do you believe? Let's examine the eight most common myths about sleep training and see what holds up.
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Parenting expert Alyson Schafer weighs in.
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We adored every sleeping and waking minute of sharing our bed with our mini miracle until all of a sudden -- somewhere between molar two and three and around the bend from the fine line in the sand be...
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None of us want to deal with a sleep-deprived child.
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Alyson Schafer reveals optimal time to get your baby "sleeping through the night."
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When a woman is pregnant, she's constantly reminded to cherish her sleeping hours while she can. My wife Noelle was told of what seemed like endurance experiments involving no sleep combined with non-stop feeding, diaper changes, constant laundry and hosting visits from well-meaning friends and relatives.
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As the days were getting longer, my kids' bedtime was getting later. "But the sun's still out!" was the complaint, so a few extra minutes here and there, what could it hurt? Oh... it hurt. A few days of later bedtimes resulted in cranky, tired, whiny kids. No amount of sun and exercise is worth that.
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The spring time change is approaching, and on March 13th at 2:00 a.m. we will move our clocks forward by one hour. But instead of rejoicing about more daylight and the cue that winter is almost over, parents everywhere will await this moment in horror. Yes, just when you have your baby on a great sleep schedule, daylight saving time (or daylight savings time, as some know it) hits and screws it all up!
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"No study or expert knows better than the intrinsic voice within us."
The No. 1 tip I can give you for sound holiday sleep? Say no. Sometimes it's hard, but you don't have to attend every party, get together or event. Sometimes the best thing for you and your family is to get to bed at a good time.
Fact: Sleep is a learned skill.
Every parent of a newborn begs for the time when they can train his or her baby to sleep through the night. Yes, babies wake frequently to feed, and we lovingly oblige. Infant brains are wired for lig...
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When my son turned four months old I was at my wit's end. He barely slept. I was exhausted and stressed. On the verge of having a mental breakdown (truly), at my husband's suggestion I tried the dreaded Cry-It-Out Method. This was truly a last resort for me. It didn't make me comfortable.
This time of year we all need some personal spring-cleaning. The winter is a time when we get too little exercise, eat more comfort foods (remember those unhealthy holiday meals?), spend too little time outside, and often gain weight. Our kids do the same, following our behaviours.
TORONTO - When her 12-year-old son returned from overnight camp earlier this summer, Ariana Birnbaum didn't wait long to re-establish his sleep schedule.After three weeks away from home — where he hit...