Does This Approach Affect Infant-Parent Attachment?

Does This Approach Affect Infant-Parent Attachment? It is vitally important, before discussing attachment theory and its influence, to define it. There has been significant confusion about the meaning of the term since the introduction of the “attachment parenting” philosophy, but they’re two completely different things. “Attachment parenting,” a term coined by Drs. William and Martha…

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Nighttime Potty Training

This is it, mama. This is the final boss. The last level. The icing on the parenting cake. Well, I suppose you still have about 15 or 16 years of parenting left before you send them off to college, but those are a day at the park compared to this. I’m talking, of course, about…

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Fussy Eaters

I know this isn’t a sleep-related post, but I get so many parents asking me about this topic, I thought it might be nice to take a little break from writing about sleep and address another parental hot-button issue. So if you have a toddler in the house, you’re probably already familiar with this scenario. You make a…

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Fear of the Dark: How to Deal

It’s 2:00 AM, you’re sleeping peacefully in your bed, and you suddenly wake up, not entirely sure why, but as you start to gain awareness of your surroundings, you become aware, to your horror, that there’s someone in the room with you! You hear the sound of their voice, and they whisper those four words…

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8 Tips For Overcoming Jet Lag

So you’re traveling. Across several time zones. With a baby. I salute you, intrepid traveler, because this is not a task for the weak-willed. This requires courage and determination beyond that of the ordinary adventurer. If Lewis and Clark had’ve had a baby along with them, I’m guessing they would have called it quits before…

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Juggling Bedtime Routines

Bringing a new baby into the house is a glorious, exciting, terrifying occasion, especially when you have one or two already, and it can bring up a whole lot of questions. How are the older children going to react to their new sibling? Are they going to embrace the role of older brother or sister?…

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How Developmental Milestones Affect Sleep

As a mother myself, as well as a sleep consultant whose nine to five job consists of meeting with the parents of babies and toddlers, I’ve come to the inescapable conclusion that babies, as a rule, are complicated creatures. I’ve always gotten a giggle from Matthew McConaughey’s quote about newborns, saying, “They eat, they crap,…

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Can You Co-Sleep And Sleep Train??

I get it. I really do. After all, I’m a mother myself. The absolutely primal and uncontrollable impulse to stay close to your baby is so deeply rooted in our DNA that it’s almost frightening sometimes. I’m sure evolutionary defensive instincts are what’s at play in this phenomenon, but it feels more like love to…

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The Futility Of Sleep Contraptions

As a pediatric sleep consultant, there are a few questions I’ve grown accustomed to hearing. People are understandably curious about whether or not their child is going to cry, and if so, for how long. They want to know how long it’s going to take before baby starts sleeping through the night, and when they’ll…

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