A Good (and a Bad) Thing

July 7, 2017 |  by  |  featured, PLS Book  |  15 Comments

A few years ago a book agent reached out to me and offered me the opportunity to publish a book. I made this face throughout the entire conversation. Ultimately I passed on that opportunity but it convinced me that maybe I could actually write a book. So I read a bunch of books about writing a book and decided to self publish. Mostly because I'm fiercely independent. And (somewhat ironically in hindsight), I thought I could get the book finished more quickly without all the fuss of working with a publisher. Hardy har har. I realized that the book I wanted...

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Q&A: Co-sleeping, Sleep Associations, and Older Kids – EP 20

May 11, 2017 |  by  |  Podcast, Q&A  |  4 Comments
cosleeping sleep associations and older kids

Podcasting is great because we basically get to opine on whatever topic strikes our fancy. But we've committed to periodically do reader/listener Q&A episodes to ensure that we're hitting topics that are also interesting to you. While we get more questions than we can possibly answer, we've culled some great ones here that I particularly love because they're so relatable and, frankly, funny. Sometimes, when you're in the thick of it, it can feel like everybody else has figured out all this stuff and you're the only one silently struggling in the middle of the night. But I promise -...

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7 Unhelpful Baby Sleep Myths – EP 19

April 20, 2017 |  by  |  Podcast  |  8 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. 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  |  10 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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