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Help For the Childproofing Nightmares

“I feel like my son is a caged lion,” lamented a tired mom I recently spoke with.  Hmmm.  How so? Apparently her little whippersnapper of a 2.5 year old is well-versed in hiding. And roaming around. In the middle of the night. She explained that he had been a crib jumper and because of the […]

HAPPYFAMILY Makes Healthy Eating Easier

Before embarking on this sleep consulting adventure, I wore many hats. One of them was writing a healthy living blog.  I had gotten rid of my asthma, solved my infertility problems and just gotten healthier by changing my diet, taking supplements and exercising, and I learned that many people wanted to know how I did […]

Book Review: Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream!

I recently discovered the book, Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! by Martha Heineman Peiper and illustrated by Jo Gershman, which is a book about how a child (actually, the character is a kangaroo!) learns how to understand the cause of his bad dreams that often have him running to his parents’ room in […]

Book Review: Your Own Big Bed

If you’ve been searching for a book that can help encourage your toddler or preschooler in making the transition to a big bed, Your Own Big Bed, written by Rita Bergstein and illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung, might just be what you’ve been looking for! This book has a simple and easy to understand message […]

Book Review: I Sleep in My Own Bed

I’m always looking for good bedtime stories, especially ones that focus on a good bedtime routine or why a child should sleep in his own bed. Well, I found one! I Sleep in My Own Bed, written and illustrated by Glenn Wright, gives children several reasons why their room is the best place to sleep […]

The End of Naptime…A Sad Day!

The end of nap time is a sad (sad!) day. For the last few years, you’ve had a couple of daytime hours to get things done around the house, catch up on Facebook, or call a friend without the constant interruptions!  And now that time is gone…or is it? When toddlers and preschoolers drop their […]

Why a child will throw his beloved lovey out of the crib!?

I remember this game all too well!  My son would throw his favorite lovey (a turtle, aptly named Turtle) out of the crib repeatedly as soon as I put him into his crib for bedtime (or naptime). This was pre-sleep training, so I didn’t have the knowledge back then to deal with this situation properly. […]

Can Children Develop a Sleep Debt?

Imagine walking around all day carrying a backpack loaded with bricks.  That is the analogy most often used to explain a sleep debt. Each night that you either go to bed an hour later, or get up an hour earlier, will result in a brick being added to your “backpack.”  But we aren’t usually talking […]

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day 2008. At that time, my youngest was 6 months old and still waking 3 or 4 times during the night. I dreaded sundown. Feeling like everyone else in the world was going to get a good night sleep, except me. It felt like I was living Groundhog Day…sleepless nights following by sleepy days. It […]

The Big Question

If you are reading this blog, there are two things I am fairly certain about: that you are a parent (or caregiver) and you have (or know) a child who is a less than stellar sleeper. What I’m not so certain about is what you would like to see on this blog. Would you prefer […]