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7 Unhelpful Baby Sleep Myths – EP 19

April 20, 2017 |  by  |  Podcast  |  7 Comments
7 Unhelpful Baby Sleep Myths - EP 19

I often see smart thoughtful parents getting tripped up by the same stumbles time and again. These sleep myths or pervasive beliefs, for lack of a better word, that push parents to do things that are at times unhelpful or even self-sabotaging. Or they over-complicate something which, let's be honest, is already plenty complicated. And these come up constantly. I'm not sure where these sleep myths come from but they float around like a persistent moth trying to land in your soup. Some are contrary to biology. Some encourage you to worry about things that aren't worth worrying about. And some propose...

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Big Kid Sleep Stumbles – EP 18

March 23, 2017 |  by  |  2 YO, 3 YO, Podcast  |  17 Comments
Big Kid Sleep Stumbles - EP 18

Babies have multiple hurdles to good sleep but by the time they reach their first birthday they'll be Level 5 Sleep Wizards and y'all will be sleeping like sloths from there on.   HAHA...no. Children are growing, learning new skills, have changing sleep needs, etc. and as such what worked one day might not work the next. Parenting is aiming at a moving target. In this episode Ashby and Elisabeth break down some of the big kid sleep stumbles that can creep up on you as your baby gets older. Topics Covered Reasons why your toddler is struggling to fall asleep at bedtime ...

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What is Up With Infant Wearable Monitors – EP 17

February 16, 2017 |  by  |  guest author, Podcast, SIDS  |  9 Comments
infant wearable monitors

Increasingly parents are using infant wearable monitors. These wearable devices are worn as a leg band, sock, or pinned onto the diaper, and claim to monitor your child's wellbeing by tracking their breathing, pulse rate, blood oxygen levels, etc. Although they can't outright claim to prevent SIDS, the marketing material strongly hints at, "Buy this and we'll let you know if your child stops breathing during the night." And that my friends, is marketing gold. Because there is nothing more terrifying to parents than SIDS and most people would gladly donate a kidney in exchange for a gadget claiming to protect...

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Reader Mailbag Mysterious Night Waking – EP 16

February 1, 2017 |  by  |  6-9 Months, night sleep, Podcast, Q&A  |  40 Comments
Reader Mailbag Mysterious Night Waking - EP 16

What do you do when you can't find the energy to put together a fresh new podcast? ANSWER LISTENER QUESTIONS! Thanks to everybody who sent in questions, which were all thoughtful and interesting. I only tackled 5 today but keep sending in those emails because given the way I've been feeling there will be a lot of Q&A podcasts happening in the near future. Listener Questions Joanna asks why her 7 month old still wakes up demanding to eat constantly all night even though she's done all the right things? Sheryl asks why her daughter goes to bed independently but absolutely refuses...

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Why I Won’t Be Using the Term CIO Anymore – EP 15

January 18, 2017 |  by  |  cry it out, parenting, Podcast  |  11 Comments
not using CIO term

I've been using the term CIO or Cry It Out for years. I've never liked it. It's pejorative. "Oh...you're one of those CIO parents. Whelp I'm not, because, y'know, I'm a good parent." It's largely meaningless. And in some parenting circles even the faintest mention risks getting you banned from the group. It also doesn't really mean anything. I've tried to define CIO or minimally bring some clarity to the discussion. But even with millions of readers annually, CIO remains a vague ill-understood concept to most people. And it's ugly. It's plain ugly. In case it's not clear, I'm not a...

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