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Babies Who Take Good Naps Will Sleep Better Overnight

I highly recommend Sleep Wise Consulting by Katie Pitts when it comes to sleep. The ladies on her team seriously make magic! Check this article out on why good naps beget good night sleep:

Babies who take good naps will sleep better overnight. It may sound counterintuitive, but we promise it’s true. Keeping a baby up longer during the day will not tire them out for a good night’s rest. In fact, one of the most important factors in sleeping through the night is a well-rested baby. What Happens When a Baby is Sleep Deprived? To understand why this is true, let’s take a look at what happens when a baby is not well-rested. Have you ever stayed up later than usual and experienced a second wind? That surge of energy is from the stress hormones, cortisol, and adrenaline. Your body produces them because it senses that something is wrong. You did not go to sleep when your body clock said it was time. This is what happens to a baby who misses the right time to go down for a nap. The difference…
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What Exactly Is Quality Children's Programming?

Screen time for kids is a hot topic. My personal choice is to default to the American Academy of Pediatric’s guidelines. In a nutshell, here they are. No screen time before ages 18-24 monthsCoview programmingInteract with the content (point things out, ask your child questions, etc)Maximum one hour of viewing per dayShow only high-quality programmingMostly, the guidelines are pretty clear. There is a set age limit to begin and a daily time limit. We’re supposed to watch together (I know you wanted to cook dinner) and make comments as we watch. But what about “high-quality programming”? What counts as good and what doesn’t?  Continue Reading

Short Naps? These Two Tricks Actually Work

Short naps are so frustrating but they CAN be fixed! Read about it here!

Is There a Link Between Processed Foods and Autism?

Autism may be linked to the consumption of processed foods during pregnancy, according to a new study. Read about it here!

Why Dads Should Take Paternity Leave At The Same Time Moms Takes Maternity

Read this article about Dads' powerful new role in the modern world!

Pros and Cons of Co-Sleeping

Some parents could not imagine sharing a bed with their children, while others embrace it. Co-sleeping is a hot topic that sparks plenty of debate. The truth is, it’s not for everyone, but it’s ideal for some! It all depends on the individual needs of each family.

Read about the pros and cons here!


The Best Way to Handle Scuffles Between Toddlers

Toddlers get upset very easily. Their frustration tolerance is low because, well, their general capabilities are low. Imagine for a second that it took you five minutes to do one button on your sweater. Now apply that to a billion other things and you have a window into what life is like for a three-year-old. There are many things a toddler struggles with, but one of their greatest limitations is their language ability. They cannot always properly explain what’s bothering them nor do they have the words to handle conflicts. Lacking both the words and the abstract thinking required to express complex (or even not so complex) feelings causes problems. Toddlers will attempt to handle situations with yelling, crying, pushing, and grabbing. Since all these are generally frowned upon, they usually end up punished while the original issue remains unsolved. Poor things. Continue Reading