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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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Do you need a Nanny, Night Nanny, Sleep Consultant or Newborn Care Specialist?

For any new or expectant parent, determining what provider may be the most helpful for your particular situation may seem challenging. This is primarily because you are likely sleep deprived and operating at less than optimal capacity and because the use of some professionals isn’t common knowledge in all areas of the country. This causes Read more about Do you need a Nanny, Night Nanny, Sleep Consultant or Newborn Care Specialist?[…]

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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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Long Distance Postpartum Support

For local friends and family, supporting new parents after the birth of a baby is a little easier. You may offer to drop off dinner, take an older sibling out for a play date or pick up a few items at the grocery store. But friends and family out of state don’t have this luxury. Read more about Long Distance Postpartum Support[…]

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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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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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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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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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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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5 Rules for the Pacifier

Pacifiers – 5 rules Pacifiers are one of the most universally purchased gifts for a new family expecting a baby. It’s not uncommon for the parents to be to receive upward of a dozen! There are all different sizes, shapes and colors. Some even have those cute little animals attached to them.   New parents Read more about 5 Rules for the Pacifier[…]

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5 Tips To Create The Best Sleep Environment For Your Baby

As a Baby Nurse, Infant Sleep Consultant, Newborn Care Specialist and Postpartum Doula the topic of infant sleep comes up a lot. I am called in to not help only reverse sleep issues, but to establish healthy sleep habits from birth. So, what are the most important things you can do to create a healthy Read more about 5 Tips To Create The Best Sleep Environment For Your Baby[…]