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When to Stop Swaddling Your Baby

When to Stop Swaddling Your Baby Katie Bishop CANCS, CISC, PCD When Should You Stop Swaddling Your Baby? If you are reading this, chances are you are a new parent and trying to understand what is the right age to stop swaddling your baby. I’m glad you are here, because there is a lot of Read more about When to Stop Swaddling Your Baby[…]

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The Truth About Reflux

The Truth About Reflux Katie Bishop, CANCS, CISC, PCD   Reflux in infancy is all too common these days. Roughly 50% of the babies we have the pleasure of working with, have some degree of reflux ranging from mild to severe.   What Causes Reflux? There are a number of reasons that contribute to a Read more about The Truth About Reflux[…]

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Forcing Naps Or Assisting Baby To Sleep

Forcing Naps Or Assisting Baby To Sleep Katie Bishop, CANCS, CISC, PPD Today, I wanted to post briefly about the importance of daytime sleep and why it’s helpful to help facilitate, by “forcing a nap” when needed. Daytime sleep for babies (and toddlers) is incredibly important. Without proper sleep many things happen: Short naps of Read more about Forcing Naps Or Assisting Baby To Sleep[…]

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New Parents Guide for Their Hospital Stay

New Parents Hospital Stay Guide We are so happy to have this guest post today from Josh Moore with Diaper Dads. Josh created Diaper dads because parenting is a learning experience and it helps to have some backup when you aren’t sure what you’re doing. Josh wanted to give all the dads out there the Read more about New Parents Guide for Their Hospital Stay[…]

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Katie Bishop CANCS, CISC, PCD     2020 has been a year for the books! It will be forever remembered as a year of struggle, loss, chaos and uncertainty. Relentless is a great word for you, 2020! However, it’s also been a great year! In the midst of the pandemic, it seems most Read more about Happy Holidays![…]

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Earaches and Your Child’s Sleep

Earaches and Your Child’s Sleep Katie Bishop CANCS, CISC, PCD Recently a few sleep consulting client’s have experienced earaches and the resulting sleep disturbances with their little one’s. Being that 5 out of 6 children will have an earache before their third birthday and it’s currently peak cold and flu season, it seemed appropriate to Read more about Earaches and Your Child’s Sleep[…]

When is it safe to give my baby a bath?

Baby’s first bath

Baby’s First Bath Katie Bishop, CANCS, CISC, PCD   If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a new or expectant new parent and have questions about giving your baby their first bath. You may wonder:  When is it safe to give my baby a bath? How old should my baby be for their first bath? Read more about Baby’s first bath[…]

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Best Gifts for New Parents 

Best Gifts for New Parents  Katie Bishop, CANCS, CISC, PCD The holidays are upon us and most would agree; this year has been quite the rollercoaster ride! We thought we would help take some of the stress and pressure off of your shoulders and put together this gift guide for all of those new parents Read more about Best Gifts for New Parents […]

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Top 4 Tips for New Grandparents

Top 4 Tips For Expecting New Grandparents Katie Bishop, CANCS, CISC, PCD     If You’re reading this, you’re likely an Expecting New Grandparent and congratulations are in order! Congratulations on your new little grandbaby!  The beauty of being a grandparent is that you can be as involved as much or as little as you Read more about Top 4 Tips for New Grandparents[…]

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14 Signs Baby Has A Tongue Tie

I am so happy to have the opportunity to do this guest post from Melanie Henstrom IBCLC, BS. I have known Melanie for several years now and have learned a tremendous amount from her about tongue and lip ties. I see tongue and lip ties in a VERY HIGH percentage of my sleep and consulting Read more about 14 Signs Baby Has A Tongue Tie[…]

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3 Daytime Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Better

3 Daytime Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Better Katie Bishop, CANCS, CISC, PCD   If you’re reading this, you’re probably a new parent and learning really fast how challenging it can be to get your little one to sleep. The good news is that while there is a lot that goes into how well Read more about 3 Daytime Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Better[…]

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WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK!

In honor of world breastfeeding week I wanted to do a quick post for all you mamas out there currently expecting or already breastfeeding your tiny humans. The journey for every diad or triad (#twins) to breastfeed is different. Some struggle tremendously and others take to it right away. Wherever you’re at, here are a few Read more about WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK![…]

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Pets & Your Baby’s Sleep

Last week I was doing an in-home meeting with my clients expecting their first baby mid-August. As we walked into the parents bedroom, mom was showing me the Nuna bassinet for the baby.  While approaching the bassinet, I saw their sweet fur child (kitty), snuggled up in a ball, soaking up the sun, cozy as Read more about Pets & Your Baby’s Sleep[…]

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Is White Noise Safe?

The topic of whether or not white noise is safe has come up regularly. Most often it is new parents inquiring, as they have read, or heard from a friend or family member that it’s important to use for babies. In today’s post, I will answer the question of whether or not it is safe Read more about Is White Noise Safe?[…]

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Sleep Coaching GIVEAWAY!

❗❗ GIVEAWAY ❗❗ 1-Hour Free Phone Consultation     the_early_weeks 🍼 Are you a new parent? 💤 Are you sleep deprived? ❓Do you have questions? 🤰🏻Are you currently expecting? 👶 does your baby have colic or reflux? It’s your lucky day! I am giving away a 1-Hour free phone ☎️ consultation!! Now is your opportunity Read more about Sleep Coaching GIVEAWAY![…]

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Top 3 Reasons to Swaddle Your Baby

Swaddling is like a universal truth here in the United States. If you’re a new or expectant parent, chances are you have read or been told by a trusted friend or family member that you need to swaddle your new bundle of joy. If you’ve attended a new parent or birth education class, it’s surely Read more about Top 3 Reasons to Swaddle Your Baby[…]

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Is Belly Sleeping Safe?

My most recent sleep training client was at the perfect age for a lot of things. At 5 months old and over the course of two weeks, we worked through a lot! Teething, the introduction of solids, a mysterious cheek rash, consolidated and longer naps, sleeping through the night, a leap, and you guessed it, Read more about Is Belly Sleeping Safe?[…]

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Rock N Play Recall

Rock N Play Recall It’s a hot and debated topic right now. As of Tuesday April 9th, 2019, The American Academy of Pediatrics has formally stated that they are pushing for the recall of Fisher Price Rock N Plays. The push for recall comes over several years of so called infant deaths caused by the Read more about Rock N Play Recall[…]

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Sleep Deprivation

Client Testimonial “I just can’t believe what a difference this had made! Doctors should really refer mom’s who are struggling to you! The impact that her sleeping has had on my mental health is so amazing”. -Kjirsten, Eagle, ID 5 month old sleeping 12 hours per night beginning night 4.   Sound Familiar? You are Read more about Sleep Deprivation[…]

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Sleep Training – 5 month old

The following is an e-mail I received at 2 am a few weeks ago: “In need of Sleep” “We have a beautiful, baby girl that just turned 5 months old. She is not sleeping much at all, whether it be at night or during the day. We have kept her schedule pretty consistent and it Read more about Sleep Training – 5 month old[…]

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Should you put your infant in daycare?

Is Infant Daycare a Good Option? As a Newborn Care Specialist, Infant Sleep Consultant and Postpartum Doula, I am asked often what my thoughts are on infants attending daycare. When their time with me is through, new parents would like to know, given the option, what do I think? Should their infant go to daycare Read more about Should you put your infant in daycare?[…]

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Enjoying the holidays with an infant – 6 tips

It’s hard to believe Christmas is already here and 2018 is coming to an end. It’s been a great year and we are excited for what 2019 will bring!       As everyone is getting ready to celebrate with their loved ones, we thought it may be helpful to put together a few tips Read more about Enjoying the holidays with an infant – 6 tips[…]

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Plea from your Newborn Care Specialist

Recently, I had the privilege of working with a struggling new mom. Immediately upon my arrival, I noticed the dark circles under her eyes and that of her accompanying 3.5 month old. She had reached out to me about 8 weeks prior at the recommendation of a mutual friend. We chatted then, but she held Read more about Plea from your Newborn Care Specialist[…]

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Giving Thanks

Looking back over the past year, a feeling of deep gratitude feels my heart. I am continually humbled by all the new parents that trust me to be by their side and help guide them during such an intimate time. I truly believe that all things happen for a reason and I am incredibly blessed Read more about Giving Thanks[…]

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Winter outings with your newborn

October in Boise is one of my favorite times of the year. Beautiful sunny days, crisp fall air, pumpkins, corn mazes, leaves turning and pumpkin flavored everything! In many areas of the United States, October is also when the temperatures start to drop. If you have and infant or are expecting a newborn this winter, Read more about Winter outings with your newborn[…]

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Making Bath Time More Enjoyable – 15 Tips

Making Bath Time More Enjoyable Bath time can be daunting for new parents, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be.  With these tips and a little planning, bath time with you newborn will be much more enjoyable and less stressful! 1) Sponge bathe baby until their umbilical cord stump has fallen Read more about Making Bath Time More Enjoyable – 15 Tips[…]

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6 Reasons Routines For Babies Are Awesome

6 Reasons Routines for Babies are Awesome There are so many different programs and philosophies for infants, it can be hard for new parents to know which approach is best for their family.  On one end of the spectrum you have options like the Ferber method where a super strict schedule is encouraged. On the Read more about 6 Reasons Routines For Babies Are Awesome[…]

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How to enjoy baby’s first Halloween

Babies are pretty cute and adorable just as they are, but dressing your baby up as pretty much anything will make them basically down right irresistible. Halloween is no doubt a fun time for littles and their parents. Below are a few things to keep in mind to help you enjoy baby’s first Halloween. Keep Read more about How to enjoy baby’s first Halloween[…]

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Why nightlights are ruining your child’s sleep

Light Matters Newborn, toddler or adult, exposure to light before we go to sleep matters. It can affect the way that we fall asleep as well as the quality and duration. Below is a nice summary of why light affects our sleep as well as the worst types. Many parents around the world are making Read more about Why nightlights are ruining your child’s sleep[…]

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Preparing for baby

There is so much fun and excitement surrounding the news of expectant new parents. But along with tiny shoes, cute little clothes and picking out the baby’s name, come a lot of other things to consider. Below are 5 areas to research and plan for before your baby arrives.     Understand your health insurance Read more about Preparing for baby[…]

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Understanding Infant Sleep – 3 things every new parent needs to know

Babies are born earth side with little concept of night and day and often have little remorse for new sleep deprived parents.  The following are three important factors to help new parents understand their infant’s sleep.   Circadian rhythms are not developed in infants at birth Newborn sleep is not governed by strong circadian rhythms. Read more about Understanding Infant Sleep – 3 things every new parent needs to know[…]

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5 must have baby items

There are so many products on the market for babies today, it can be really overwhelming for new parents to know which ones they really need. Today, I’m going to share with you my 5 must have items that will make your journey into parenthood easier. I will note that these items are in addition Read more about 5 must have baby items[…]

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One handed snacks for the postpartum family

When you have a newborn, it can become very easy to forget to eat, or grab whatever is the most convenient at the time, even if it’s not the healthiest option. Before your baby is born, try to stock up on not only freezer meals you can pull out at any time, but easy one Read more about One handed snacks for the postpartum family[…]

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Families are created in different ways

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from a current client letting me know that their baby would be making his big debut soon! The dads are excited beyond belief! In preparing to help this same-sex couple, I wanted to shed some light on the word family, and different ways that families are created. What does family Read more about Families are created in different ways[…]

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Tips for introducing dog and baby

We all love our four-legged fur babies. For many of us, they are our first children, entering our lives soon after becoming a couple or getting married. But then we have our human babies and along with preparing for their birth, great consideration needs to be given on how to introduce our fur babies to Read more about Tips for introducing dog and baby[…]