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Holiday Sleep Schedules

How to fit in holiday fun without your child becoming overtired and cranky.

by: Nancy Ripton

Tis the season for fun and festivities. But too many late-night soirées can make for a grumpy, tired child. Here’s how to find the balance between holiday fun and sleep, so you can enjoy the season with a happy, well-rested child.

Safe Co-sleeping with Baby

How to make co-sleeping work for you and your family.

by: Elizabeth Pantley

The family bed, co-sleeping, shared sleep–no matter what you call it, it means that your baby sleeps with you, or very close to you. Co-sleeping is popular with parents (particularly nursing mothers) of young babies who wake throughout the night and also with parents of older babies who enjoy the nighttime closeness with their child. If you're considering co-sleeping, here's what you should know about the easiest–and safest–way to share sleep with your child.

Help your Toddler Stay in his Bed

The move from crib to bed can be challenging. Here's how to encourage your little one to stay in bed when it's time to sleep.

by: Nancy Ripton

The patter of little feet on the floor is never a welcome sound after lights out. "It's natural for a toddler or preschooler to search out his parents in the middle of the night for comfort and security," says sleep expert Elizabeth Pantley. But if nighttime wanderings are getting in the way of your toddler's sleep (not to mention your own), here are a 10 ways to encourage him to stay in bed:

Does your child need to nap?

Some children are reluctant to go down for nap time but all babies need a break. Here's a look at how long your child should be sleeping and some ways to make it happen.

by: Elizabeth Pantley

Naps are important for your child's health and development. A nap refreshes a child so she can maintain her energy for the rest of the day. Studies show that children who nap are more adaptable, have longer attention spans and are less fussy than those who don't nap. Here's how to help your child get the rest she needs:

When to Switch to a Toddler Bed

How to move to a big kid bed without losing any sleep

by: Elizabeth Pantley

Moving your baby from a crib to big kid bed can be an exciting time for your child. Whether you decide to move your child to a toddler bed, or skip that stage and go right to a big bed the steps are the same. Here's how to ease the stress of moving your toddler to a bed and make sure everyone gets a good night's sleep.

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