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Your Secret Sleep Weapon for Fall Daylight Savings Time

October 27, 2015 |  by  |  40 Comments
Your Secret Sleep Weapon for Fall Daylight Savings Time

Ah fall, the time of year to rake leaves, pick apples, and see which sweaters still fit. Fall is also known as "the time we set our clocks back despite the fact that there is zero evidence it does anything positive for anybody." This is commonly known as Daylight Savings Time or DST. In the fall, DST means setting your clock back 1-hour. Somewhat confusingly this results in keeping your child awake 1-hour longer than they're used to at bedtime, then hoping that a combination of happy thoughts and pixie dust will result in them sleeping in an additional hour...

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The Monumental Guide to Short Naps AKA Everything You Need to Know to Vanquish Crap Naps

solving short naps for babies

Before I gave birth I imagined a halcyon future where my baby would take 2-hour naps all day during which I would blissfully spend exercising, assembling a Pinterest-worthy baby book, binge-watching Outlander. You know, all the stuff you guys probably do all day. So you can imagine my surprise when my first nugget was born, and instead of 2-hour naps, he would take super short naps. Worse? Those micro naps were hard to come by AND he was a huge crank for 20 minutes after those naps. So my entire day was spent trying to get him to nap, desperately wishing he...

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Daylight Savings Time Sleep Survival Strategies

March 4, 2015 |  by  |  naps, parenting  |  10 Comments
Daylight Savings Time Sleep Survival Strategies

For many parents, daylight savings time feels like the Kobayashi Maru* of sleep. Scientists have essentially ruled out the idea that daylight savings reduces energy use, and it may in fact lead to greater incidence of heart attacks and car accidents. The only undeniable outcome of daylight savings time is that it will muck up your child's sleep and the fact that we still have it is unquestionable evidence that we're all being punished for some transgression in a previous life. (*Please forgive my uber-nerd reference there, my book editor has also reprimanded my use of nerdy references but I'm incorrigible.) As...

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Is Sleep Training Child Abuse?

February 12, 2015 |  by  |  cry it out, featured, parenting  |  81 Comments
is sleep training child abuse

I try not to court controversy because I don't actually see parenting as all that controversial. A wide range of parenting decisions are totally OK and there are many approaches that can work like gangbusters. Parents all over the world are happily and lovingly caring for their children by breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, co-sleeping, crib-sleeping, baby-wearing, etc. There is no one right way, there are many right ways and without exception, I've found my readers reasonable, loving parents who are extremely good at figuring out the right answer for themselves. So I stay out of the so-called Mommy Wars because I like to...

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