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  1. Baby
    Newborns sleeping through the night? An anomaly? A normal thing? A sure sign of a good baby? How about a dangerous concept that negates the fact that your little one may need you to wake them up. Yes, you read that right. You may actually need to wake a newborn up in the middle of the night...
  2. Baby
    Labor Party politicians from Victoria, Australia ran on a platform that would give millions of dollars to parenting centers that many are calling 'sleep schools' for infants, and in a landslide election, won the majority vote. Political debates worldwide are pretty much the same--two very...
  3. Baby
    One of the most hotly debated topics in motherhood is related to sleep--or rather the lack thereof in one's baby. So we looked at the details of the debate, from sleep-training to bedsharing, and everything in between. Admit it. You hear the term, "Cry-it-out," and you immediately begin to...
  4. Baby
    The prominent argument favoring such techniques as crying-it-out is that our babies won't remember it anyway. But just because we can't visualize a memory from our earliest years, doesn't mean our brains have forgotten the event. My earliest memory is pulling out the bottom drawer of the...
  5. Baby
    Even as little as a generation ago, the expectation was that all babies sleep through the night. Parents assumed they must teach them to do so through "sleep-training," often involving cry-it-out methods. Many grandmothers and great-grandmothers continue to perpetuate this erroneous standard...
  6. Baby
    In the last year and a half, I've had a love-hate relationship with co-sleeping. There were too many sleepless nights when Baby tossed and turned on top of me, tugging at my hair. Half asleep, I always worried Baby might fall out of bed, as he rolled in every direction. Exhausted and...
  7. Baby
    I'm already on my fourth cup of coffee this morning, and I still can't wake up. Coffee no longer works. But I guess that's what happens when you go eleven months without a decent night's sleep. When I first told people I was pregnant, half the responses were, "Get a good night's sleep now that...
  8. Toddler & Child
    Please help! I feel so alone! Everyone keeps telling me to use some version of the cry-it-out routine to teach our three-month-old to sleep. It just feels so wrong and insensitive! We have been cosleeping since he was born. He seemed to be sleeping just fine until he was about...
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