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Is Your Baby Sleeping Dirty?

Is Your Baby Sleeping Dirty?

When we first went shopping for baby furniture and supplies, I thought picking out the crib was going to be the hardest part. Colour, style and quality were all concerns obviously, but at the end of the day as long as they were all safe they weren’t really all that different, right? For me, the […]

Posted: 18 April 2017

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Build Your Body’s Best Defense

Tired. Coughing. And sneezing. With a nose that won’t stop running. “Again?!” you exclaim, befuddled as to how your teetering tot has managed to pick up yet another illness that will inevitably spread throughout the entire family like wildfire (likely starting with you!). As you brace yourself for the tears, trials and tribulations, you think, […]

Posted: 28 February 2017

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep – It’s No Question for New Mom Jillian Harris

It was a sleep coach and client relationship that was meant to be. After my first conversation with Jillian Harris, host of Love It Or List It (Vancouver) and Love It Or List It Too (USA), I knew that we’d make a good team to get baby Leo to sleep through the night and take […]

Posted: 20 January 2017

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Ask me anything! A sleep consultant’s answers to parents’ top 10 questions about baby sleep!

I get a lot of questions about sleep – from clients of babies and clients of toddlers; from moms and from dads; from grandma and grandpas; from inexperienced parents, and parents who are on their eighth child. I have answered questions on the phone, via email, through text message, in line at the farmers’ market, […]

Posted: 1 August 2016

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6 benefits of reading at bedtime

Parents are constantly told “read to your child at bedtime.” But, more than just making it a habit or doing it because we’re “supposed to,” it’s important to understand the crucial benefits that reading at bedtime provides to both your child’s healthy sleep, and his whole life: Reading is part of a consistent, proper bedtime […]

Posted: 15 July 2016

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4 Sleep Clichés To Avoid

As a writer, you are taught early on to avoid clichés – phrases that are overused, unoriginal, and lacking in real expression; phrases that will see your audience’s eyes glazing over at first read. But, when it comes to sleep, there are even better reasons to steer clear of clichés. Generic or overused statements about […]

Posted: 16 June 2016

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Wild about Wild Teepees!

Some of my favourite childhood memories are of fort-building. Now, as the mom of an imaginative, twinkly-eyed five-year-old, I see those memories resurfacing almost daily, personified all over my basement, the backyard, in random cupboards, and under tables and chairs. Kids love to build forts… And why not? In an era of parenting where overscheduling […]

Posted: 15 April 2016

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12 Reasons You Shouldn’t Invest in Healthy Sleep

Anxiety, irritability, and a low libido are amazing… right? Well, they all come hand-in-hand with sleep deprivation. So, if you’re in the market for relationship challenges and low immunity, here are 12 fantastic reasons why you should definitely not invest in healthy sleep:   Better Health: Consistently getting a good night’s sleep can curb some […]

Posted: 16 March 2016

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Meeting diaper bag must-haves: Oemi Baby’s Parkside for the win!

Meeting with my sleepy mama clients, I see a LOT of diaper bags. And, it’s no secret that I have become a huge fan of Oemi Baby since falling in love with my first bag of their collection. So, when a very good (and very pregnant!) friend recently asked me to tell her all of […]

Posted: 8 March 2016

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10 Savvy Ways to Spend your new Sleep-Filled Nights

So your baby finally figured out this sleeping-through-the-night thing on his own (or you called WeeSleep and we got him sleeping through the night in less than two weeks!), and now (after throwing a massive party to celebrate!) you’re wondering: What do I do with all my spare time?! Here are 10 ideas for how […]

Posted: 15 February 2016

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What NOT To Do When Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping

Sleep, for many parents, is a four-letter word. At around the age of four months, many babies stop falling blissfully asleep anywhere-and-everywhere, and naps and nighttime sleep – while perhaps already allusive – often become even more daunting. Here are some common sleep mishaps to avoid: i.e. what NOT to do when your baby isn’t […]

Posted: 1 February 2016

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15 Things your Boss Wishes you knew about Healthy Sleep

Sleep makes you more alert. Your boss is tired of complaints about you dropping things, forgetting meetings, and mowing colleagues over in the hallway as you do the sleep-deprived zombie-walk to the water cooler. Lack of sleep impairs attention, alertness and concentration.   Sleep makes you smarter. Sleep plays an important role in thinking, learning, […]

Posted: 20 December 2015

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9 Signs You Need Help With Sleep

Is your baby up all day? All night? Is “napping” a word that left your vocabulary ages ago, and is “sleeping through the night” just a phrase you think someone made up to drive new parents crazy? Here are nine signs you need help with your little one’s sleep! 1. Your definition of “sleeping in” […]

Posted: 3 December 2015

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Sleepless in Toronto

Every year nearly 70,000 babies are born in the Greater Toronto Area, which means there are about 140,000 really tired parents zombie-walking their way through the day right now! If you are one of them, you may feel like a restful night’s sleep is a thing of the past. No new parent gets off scot-free […]

Posted: 10 March 2015

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3 Self-Care Tips for the Terribly Tired Mom

On some level, you knew you were going to be tired when you had a baby, so the profound exhaustion that comes with being a new parent shouldn’t be a complete surprise. Maybe you thought it would be like exam season at University when you pulled an all-nighter or two. You had no idea becoming […]

Posted: 24 February 2015

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