6 things to do when you have hit a wall of exhaustion
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by Kimberly Hawley
5d ago
You’ve managed on not quite enough sleep for months…. but suddenly you hit a wall of exhaustion. You’re tired, like the kind of tired where you can’t think straight, have no patience, and don’t really trust yourself during the day. too tired to even think about how to improve things so you won’t be so tired someday.   Most of us have been there at one point or another as a parent of a baby or toddler. While I can promise you that you will come out on the other side of that deep exhaustion, here are 6 things to try that will help you reset and move forward better rested.   ..read more
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What is Attachment?
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by Aspen Streiff
2w ago
Attachment is the most fundamental human need, but what exactly is it?   Attachment is the emotional relationship between parent/caregiver and child. A secure attachment relationship provides a base  for optimal development to unfold.     Before we go any further, it’s important to note that attachment refers to the relationship from the child’s perspective. The relationship from the parent’s perspective is important as it will affect how you parent, but there is a difference.      Secure attachment builds through sensitive, warm, responsive pa ..read more
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5 Ways to Use the Magic of Connection to Support Easier Toddler Sleep
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by Aspen Streiff
1M ago
Toddlers are joyful, full of energy, and curious. Their job is to grow their sense of self, autonomy, and start figuring out the world around them. This means strong opinions and lots of limit pushing! And this can mean some struggles around sleep…. So, if your toddler is resisting sleep, struggling with separation, or a handful at bedtime, there is a magic solution…. Connection! In one way or another, connection is the answer to so many sleep struggles, especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Life is busy, and there are so many big and small ways we lose connection with our toddlers through ..read more
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What to Do About Early Waking
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by Kimberly Hawley
2M ago
My baby (or toddler) wakes way too early! What can I do? Early waking is a common sleep struggle. To understand how to shift your child’s sleep pattern, it’s helpful to explore the many factors that can contribute to early wake ups. What is an early morning wake up? As a parent, we all have different definitions of early wakes. Our view is influenced by our own tendency towards being a night person or a morning person. When it comes to baby sleep, early wakes are considered regular wakes before 6am. Waking between 6am and 7am is very common, although I know it can feel very early to some paren ..read more
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My Partner and I Don’t Agree About Sleep
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by Kimberly Hawley
2M ago
In an ideal world, parents talk through major parenting decisions and values ahead of baby’s arrival. However, we don’t live in an ideal world. It’s hard to know all the things you should discuss, and even when you do, it’s hard to know how you’ll feel once baby is here. The reality of your emotions and experiences can be hard to predict. This can lead to you and your partner discovering that you have very different views about how to support sleep in your family. It may come out of nowhere, either because you were on the same page when you discussed sleep during pregnancy or because it never ..read more
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The Myth of the Good Baby
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by Kimberly Hawley
3M ago
Have you heard about this mythical good baby? Somewhere along the way society started creating a mythical good baby. They never cry, always let their parents do normal life activities, and sleep through the night as soon as their parents even start thinking about it. Right from the beginning, well meaning questions start setting parents up to believe in the good baby myth…. “Is he a good baby?” “Is she sleeping through yet?” “Are they much trouble?” It doesn’t matter if your baby is a couple of weeks, a couple of months, or older, the questions (and the underlying beliefs they convey) are rema ..read more
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To the parent of a 4 month old baby (Encouragement during the four month sleep regression)
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by Jo Mahaney
6M ago
Hey there tired and confused parent,   I see you wondering what in the world just happened! You made it through the newborn exhaustion and chaos, and you finally felt like you were starting to get a hang of this whole parenting and sleep thing….   When your baby was 3 months old, you were feeling pretty good. Maybe you had some longer stretches… Maybe you were starting to see some very basic patterns in your baby’s sleep… And your little one finally had their days and nights sorted…. And then your baby turned 4 months old, and everything changed!   Side note here: 4 months isn’t ..read more
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Comparing your baby to another | How to avoid the temptation to compare
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by Jo Mahaney
7M ago
“I know I shouldn’t compare, but I can’t help comparing my baby (or toddler) to how other babies are sleeping.”   I hear this sentiment a lot. Gather any group of parents together and they generally start sharing what their baby or toddler is doing. Hearing how other littles are sleeping and developing can really draw you in to the comparison trap, even if you know it’s not helpful. When you have a more wakeful, intense, or sensitive little one, these comparisons can really start to take a toll on your mental health and confidence. Comparison enters your thoughts like: “Why can’t my baby ..read more
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How to help your partner be more involved at bedtime
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by Jo Mahaney
8M ago
All parents are capable of nurturing babies and toddlers at bedtime! However, many families find themselves in a place where only one parent is doing bedtime. Whether this is a pattern formed from habit or your baby has strong preferences, you can gently shift the pattern so that both parents are involved in bedtime. Parent Preference is Normal Before jumping into the bedtime tips, I want to pause and acknowledge that parent preference around sleep is common and normal. It can also be really challenging and bring up a lot of emotions for the non-preferred parent. If you are nursing, the nursin ..read more
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Preparing for a new baby and still struggling with sleep?
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by Jo Mahaney
8M ago
Whether you are thinking about another baby or already pregnant, it’s normal to have a lot of worries about how you’ll manage sleep with a newborn and your older child. If your child is still a challenging sleeper, it can add additional stress. In my work with parents, I hear a lot of the same questions and concerns. “How will I manage a newborn with my toddler still sleeping like this?” “How can I meet both kids needs and still function?” “When should I make changes?” “What can we expect once the new baby is hear?” There’s not one right way to prepare for a new baby The first thing ..read more
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