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The pitter patter of feet and other bedtime challenges


Ahh there is nothing sweeter than the pitter patter of little toddler feet, unless it is two minutes after putting them in bed or you wake to that sound at 2:00 am!  Once toddlers figure out that they can get out of a bed, why not pay Mom and Dad a visit?  Going to bed …

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“We always do that!” Why Family Tradition is Important!


Our “traditional” Christmas tree.  A little more “perfectly” decorated than years past….there are ornaments even on the bottom of the tree now!  If we are smart we listen to our children when they say “That is how we always do it!” or “That is what we always do!” even when we have only done it …

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Toddler bedtime blues


Time for that nap!  Don’t miss the window for naps….toddlers need naps to sleep well at night!  Establish good sleep routines for naps and night-time! It was 8:30,  I was tired, and my 2-year-old seemed to be gearing up for the evening.  My patience was short and soon everyone ended up melting down.  Not a very …

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Sleep like a baby…really?


Establishing a calming routine before bed is important! When I brought our oldest Corri home from the hospital, I thought I knew about the sleep patterns of infants.  After all, I had the degrees to prove that I was an “educated” Mom!  The truth is, nothing can prepare you for the lack of sleep that …

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It is the weekend, get a little sleep!


Most parents feel  “out of order” when they are sleep deprived!  Try this weekend to grab a few more minutes of sleep! Ahh sleep…what new parent isn’t wishing for more?  I heard a new parent speak of the first few months of parenting to be as exhausting as the Iron Man Triathlon.  Makes sense to me! …

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When and how to wean from the breast, a big milestone for both of you!


Are you ready to wean?  Is your child?  How can you make it easier on yourself and your child when the time is right? There are not very many moments that are sweeter than nursing or bottle feeding your sleepy baby.  What precious memories I have of those moments, and how quickly they pass.  There …

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Another New Milestone…the “Big Bed”!


If your little one has climbed out or attempted…it is time to transition to a “big bed”!  Climbing out of a crib can be a dangerous feat! It must be the season…lots of toddlers heading to their new “big boy” or “big girl” beds.  I have had so many questions lately about how this transition …

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