Parenting Styles and Baby Sleep

Many of my clients have heard my philosophical approach to parenting and sleep training a child. I always refer to “attachment parenting” (as described by Dr. Sears) as child directed and “baby wise” (by Gary Ezzo) as parent directed. Child-Works aims to strike a balance between these two approaches where both the parents and child’s […]

Posted Under: Infants  |  September 28th, 2011  |  No Comments

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Common Sleep Myths

MYTH: Healthy sleep habits develop automatically. FACT: The process of sleep is a learned skill. Some children learn this skill more readily than others. Parents can help or hinder the development of healthy sleep habits. MYTH: Crying signifies pain. FACT: An infant cries to communicate a wide range of feelings and needs. Crying does not […]

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News, Preschoolers, Toddlers  |  August 10th, 2011  |  No Comments

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Children With Sleep Apnea

Although sleep apnea affects a small percentage of children, it can have devasting effects on a child’s behavior, learning and brain functioning. The following is an article touching on this issue: “Made in China, Growing up in America”

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News  |  August 3rd, 2011  |  No Comments

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Why A Good Night Sleep Is Critical To Your Child’s Well Being

More and more information is coming out on the importance of sleep for both adults and children. I have written an article that consolodates much of the recent research on sleep for children which can be found under Sleep Information/Articles. The following article also provides information on the importance of sleep: “6 Reasons Why Your […]

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News, Preschoolers, Toddlers  |  July 19th, 2011  |  1 Comment

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Too Little Sleep Can Lead to Obesity In Children

If you are reading this blog then you most likely have a good idea that sleep is important to our children’s overall health. All my clients have learned that sleep affects a child’s behavior, emotional development, learning ability and physical health. More and more research is being done on pediatric sleep. The following article discusses […]

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News, Toddlers  |  July 12th, 2011  |  3 Comments

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Pacifier Use and SIDS

Not too long ago the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a recommendation for parents to use a pacifier during naps and night sleep until the child is one as a preventative to SIDS. There was an uproar among lactation professionals as to the effects of pacifier use on breastfeeding. AAP did clarify that breastfed babies […]

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News  |  May 23rd, 2011  |  2 Comments

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Ferber’s Revisions

Recently a parent of a 7-month-old son surprised me with her interpretation of all the recent news on Dr. Richard Ferber and his new book due out this spring. A few months ago she and her husband successfully taught their son to go to sleep on his own (she previously had to nurse him to […]

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News  |  May 19th, 2011  |  4 Comments

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New Campaign Against SIDS

In the news I cam across this new campaign to curb SIDS in Baltimore. Some of the recommendations were ones I hadn’t heard about yet. I thought it worth sharing: Continue reading “New Campaign Against SIDS” »

Posted Under: Infants  |  September 25th, 2007  |  4 Comments

To Sleep With Your Baby or Not

The debate about co-sleeping in the United States is growing. Here at Child-Works we believe co-sleeping can be a wonderful situation in the early months as long as it is done safely. It is a tremendous benefit to a mother who is nursing every hour or two. It can also be an incredible bonding time. […]

Posted Under: Infants  |  September 25th, 2006  |  No Comments

Good Books for Babies and Toddlers

Babies become interested in books at various ages and in different ways. Some babies like to hold the book and “read” themselves, others want to focus on the pictures while others enjoy hearing every word read to them. A literacy group located in Pittsburgh gathers specialists together to determine the 10 best books for babies […]

Posted Under: Infants, Toddlers  |  September 4th, 2006  |  1 Comment