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Sleep Training

Why Baby Sleep Books Can Suck It

Brandy Ferner | Posted 02.13.2015 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

This is going to be a train wreck because I haven't slept in months. So my mind is about as sharp as a Boppy pillow and organizing a cohesive thought is not my strong suit these days. But I need to speak from these depths of exhaustion and bleariness, to give a voice to my fellow sleepless parents and to warn them of the trap that is the baby sleep book.

30 Lessons Learned From Six Years of Parenting

Matthew Dicks | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Matthew Dicks

The parent who assumes the tougher position in regards to expectations and discipline is almost always correct.

The 50 Stages Of Sleep Deprivation

Sarah Bregel | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

You feel like you've been through the washing machine at 6 a.m. and want to close your eyes so badly just when you're supposed to be starting your day.

25 Complaints My Son Will Share With His Future Therapist

Leyna Juliet Weber | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Leyna Juliet Weber

For years, Elmo was a furry guy who existed only on T-shirts. When you finally saw him walk and talk, you practically sh*t yourself.

Sleep Training: Crossing Dante's Fifth Circle

Giles Scott | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Giles Scott

It's been four months. Four months of sleeping in a sleeping bag on the living room floor. My wife right next to me, on the cushions off the sofa. Our son has our bedroom. All of it. He's 13 months old.

Fall Back Shouldn't Mean Fall Apart: How to Cope With Your Child's Sleep Routine During the Time Change

Ingrid Prueher | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Ingrid Prueher

Daylight savings time (DST) should not mean a complete shift in your child's sleep routine. Nor does it mean that suddenly your child will become a terrible sleeper.

Dear Perfect Mother

Leyna Juliet Weber | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Leyna Juliet Weber

What if your CAPS LOCK button quits? That would give you a tick and a stutter. And if I were to take away your exclamation point -- how might you unleash your venom?

Moms Really Need to Stop Making Other Moms Feel Guilty

Sujata Mitra | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Sujata Mitra

No mom should be made to feel guilty for trying to sleep train her child, even if you disagree with the philosophy. Motherhood is an evolving journey and moms should embrace the diversity, not demean it.

On Motherhood and Sleepless Nights

Janice Windt | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Janice Windt

The experience of sleep deprivation can overwhelm you like a tidal wave. It's like nothing else matters. Nothing else exists. You can hardly breathe, let alone have a reasonable conversation with another human being.

6 Things I Wish I'd Known About The First 6 Months Of Having A Baby

Emily Hatch | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Emily Hatch

The first six months of being a parent can seem endless at times, but ultimately, they're gone in a flash, and you can't ever get that time back. Capture every moment.

You Do What's Best for Your Family, I'll Do What's Best for Mine

Holly Klaassen | Posted 10.19.2014 | Parents
Holly Klaassen

If there's one topic that gets parents riled up more than any other, it's the issue of sleep training. That's right... I'm broaching the topic of sleep training. I'm clearly up for a fight, right?

A Letter to All the Sleep-Deprived Mamas

Kaity Velez | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Kaity Velez

All those people who said, "Don't worry, your baby will be sleeping through the night soon enough!" have been lying to you. Or maybe they've blocked out their own sleep deprivation memories like childbirth because the pain is just too much.

A Mother's Needs: The Downside of Attachment Parenting

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

Parts of attachment parenting were working for Max and I both; if he was calmer, I was calmer. Other parts were not working so well.

The Important Reason Doctors Contradict Each Other

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Every child and every family is different, and those differences are crucial when it comes to deciding what approach to take to a parenting challenge.

A Letter To My Very Last Baby

Allison Tate | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

Be my baby -- not for long, and not forever, but for today -- and I promise that for this moment, I will be present and enjoy every single second of it.

What You Learn When You Read Every Single Baby Sleep Book

Ava Neyer | Posted 08.01.2013 | Parents
Ava Neyer

I went on Amazon and bought all the top books on baby sleep and development. I read through them all, as well as several blogs and sleep websites. I gathered lots of advice.

Why I Want You To Judge My Parenting

JJ Keith | Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents
JJ Keith

Not all judgment is baseless. Sometimes I need horrified onlookers to make me realize that I could be doing better.

Lisa Belkin

The Parenting Bubbles That Unite And Divide Us | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.02.2013 | Parents

“It has been a long week,” my friend said, her tone full of a meaning I couldn’t put my finger on at first. She was waiting for me to ask ... so...

How To Be A Perfect Parent In 5 Easy Steps (Or Probably Never)

Una LaMarche | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Una LaMarche

All of the organic, fair-trade, pasture-raised artisanal Play-Doh and 800-count recycled hemp crib sheets in the world won't matter if you as a parent don't feel at least reasonably happy.

Pamela Druckerman Answers Your Questions

Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents

A different approach to bedtime and more.

The Mommy War Industrial Complex

Kim Siegal | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

Apparently, we are fighting over everything. It starts pretty much right away when we are at our most vulnerable. Most neurotic. Most pregnant.

(Co)Sleeping With The Enemy

Adrian Kulp | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

I can't really honestly tell you that I've had a decent night of sleep since Charlie was born. I think that my wife and I are in agreement about one thing: We want our bedroom back.

Maybe Grandma Was Right, You Can 'Spoil' a Baby!

Kim Siegal | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

t's fun to read antiquated parenting advice and laugh or shake your head disapprovingly at their strange and possibly harmful ideas. It's comical. Bathing the baby in lard? Ridiculous. Not playing with your baby or comforting her when she cries for fear of "spoiling" them? Cruel. Or is it?

Why I Choose Detachment Parenting

Nicola Kraus | Posted 11.17.2012 | Parents
Nicola Kraus

I want a daughter who believes that she has everything inside her to meet all of life's challenges.

How To Help The Whole Family Get A Good Night's Sleep

Dennis Rosen M.D. | Posted 11.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Rosen M.D.

I was really pleased to read this study. Its findings confirm what I have repeatedly seen in my own practice (and family): kids are very adaptable, especially when it comes to how and where (and with whom) they fall and stay asleep.