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How Bedtime (and Morning) Routines Affect Baby and Toddler Sleep

Babies and toddlers thrive on routine. When children can predict what is coming next and what is expected of them, they have a more positive reaction than when given directions. Having routines encourages healthy habits and will help ease the stress of the morning and nighttime hustle. Visual systems help children with their routines. They help make transitions easier while minimizing meltdowns. 
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4 Ways to Combat Early Risings

So...your baby is finally sleeping through the night. It’s amazing, you finally feel rested but just as things start to feel more normal, your little one has decided that 5:00 A.M. is the right time of day to wake up, for themselves and you! Early rising is a common baby sleep issue that can be tough to troubleshoot but not, and I repeat, not, impossible!
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How to Tell if Your Baby Is Overtired

How to Tell if Your Baby Is Overtired

When I work with parents to help their little one sleep properly, one of the most common issues we have to resolve is an overtired baby.  What am I talking about when I say, "Your child may be overtired?" Babies and toddlers very easily enter an overtired state and have what is referred to as a “sleep debt.”  Are parents intentionally causing their baby to be overtired and in a state of sleep debt? 
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7 Tips to Make Bedtime Routines Easier

Did you know that implementing a bedtime routine for your child can offer great benefits?  Bedtime routines can offer a safe, secure and happy place for your child.  When you implement a predictable and consistent bedtime ritual each night, it will help your child wind down and sleep quality will improve.

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How to Know When Your Toddler Is Ready for Potty Training

Having a baby is so exciting and every milestone is worth celebrating. From that first “coo,” to the first giggle; pulling himself up to standing and taking those first steps. Parenthood is an amazing journey.

When your baby becomes a toddler, he has more of a say in what he wants, or what he doesn’t want. Vocabulary begins to flourish and motor skills are further developing. When all of these big new skills are being learned, you’re probably starting to think that it’s about that time to start potty training.

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How to Easily Transition to a Toddler Bed

How to Easily Transition to a Toddler Bed

Let me just start by saying that this transition gives me the most anxiety, as it does to many parents. Although I have had the experience of assisting moms and dads through the toddler bed transition, I have not yet personally experienced it in our home.
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