Alternatives to Crying it Out

The traditional “Cry-it-out” approach to getting your little one to sleep may be effective, but for many parents, it’s just not something they’re comfortable with. On the other hand, constantly rocking, shushing, or nursing your baby to sleep every time they wake up can create associations that make it harder for baby to fall asleep independently and can result in … Read More

Why is my Baby Waking Up Grouchy

As adults, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of waking up from a long, well-earned sleep. Especially if you wake up on your own and not to the sound of an alarm clock. For some babies though, that sense of rejuvenation and satisfaction doesn’t seem to show up after a long sleep or a solid nap. Quite often, babies will … Read More

3 Ways to Stop a Toddler Tantrum

You’ll probably never completely avoid the toddler meltdown scenario, (if you do, myself and every other mom on earth wants to know your secret!) but there are ways to keep them as short and civil as possible. Today, I’ve got a few tips for helping to settle your little one when they start to go off the rails. Are you … Read More

Can You Really “Spoil” Your Baby?

The old school of thought that you can “spoil” a baby is gradually getting phased out, and I couldn’t be happier. Infants and young babies haven’t developed the mental ability to be manipulative. They cry if they feel they need something. (Toddlers, whoa boy, you better believe you can spoil them, but that’s another topic for another day.) But babies … Read More

Getting Your Partner on Board

“My husband doesn’t like the idea…” We’re living in a different world from the one our parents grew up in, and the traditional gender roles that permeated society in their generation are becoming more and more obsolete every day. However, as moms, we’re still very much expected to take the driver’s seat when it comes to our babies. That means, … Read More

Do Growth Spurts Interfere With Baby’s Sleep?

One of the truly unique challenges about infants is their inability to communicate. (The same could be said for husbands, but in a more nuanced way.) Between the time they enter the world, to the point where they start to learn some very basic communication skills, the only tool that babies have at their disposal is crying. They cry when … Read More

3 Ways to Stop a Toddler Tantrum

You’ll probably never completely avoid the toddler meltdown scenario, (if you do, myself and every other mom on earth wants to know your secret!) but there are ways to keep them as short and civil as possible. Today, I’ve got a few tips for helping to settle your little one when they start to go off the rails. Are you … Read More

Why Letting My Baby Cry Helped Me to be a Better Mom

My first born, Charlie, didn’t need to cry to get my attention. I answered to every gurgle, whimper and fart sound I heard from his crib. Anything less seemed, well, negligent. If I heard him fussing, I would stop everything and listen intently until I was positive he had settled himself. Every whimper meant I would rush to his side … Read More