Quick Tips on Getting Started with Sleep Training

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If I took a poll of 100 parents of newborns, I bet one of their top questions would be about sleep and specifically, when will their baby or babies start sleeping through the night?  As a mother of three children including one set of twins, that was all I could think about for the first few months.  I was able to get a pretty good feeding schedule together but all I really wanted to know was when and how could I get them sleeping through the night.

When my twins were six weeks old, I joined my local twins club and I can still remember sitting next to a red-headed mom who had twin boys and looked all put together and I remember grilling her before and after the meeting and many meetings to come about this exact topic.   

The answer I got…sleep training.  Many people associate sleep training with intense schedules and scary methods such as cry-it-out.  When I look at sleep training, I look at a skill I am teaching my kids that they will use the rest of their lives. 

Healthy sleep habits are not just about “how do I get my baby to sleep through the night?” I know this is the million-dollar question all new parents ask. I know I did. Healthy sleep habits are about the 24-hour sleep cycle and teaching techniques that will be with your children through adulthood. Day sleep (naps) is as important as night sleep and getting it right all starts with sleep training and a consistent schedule. Babies won’t learn this or fall into the pattern by themselves (unless you are extremely lucky!). As a parent, it is our job to get them there; to teach them the technique, similar to how you would teach them to ride a bike or tie their shoes.

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7 Simple Ways New Moms Can Whip Into Shape

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Taking care of a new baby is exhausting for mom and her busy schedule can make it difficult to get rid of that baby weight. Although a fitness workout can get mom feeling energized and help her shed a few pounds, there are also other ways for moms to get back into shape without even having to leave the comfort of their own homes. Baby J founder Jennifer Jacobellis shares some ideas for new moms to get back into shape and feel energized once again.

1. Mommy & Me classes: There are several mommy & me classes for mom and baby that are designed specifically for moms to bond with baby while also building strength and increasing flexibility. Mommy and baby yoga classes are great for this but you want to make sure you bring a soft baby mat like the Baby J padded play mat for baby to lie down on. The mat has adorable designs and colors and a Velcro closure so it stays rolled up in your diaper bag and one side always remains clean.

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Treat Yourself Like a Royal Mother

Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes

Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes

Twelve Tips to Make Pregnancy and Baby’s First Year a Fairy Tale (Well…Sort Of!)

As soon as that plus sign first appears, your life is changed forever. The next twenty-one months (nine for pregnancy, twelve for the baby chaos that follows) are a whirlwind of adjustments, uncertainties, and expectations…with a really steep learning curve. You’re sure to get advice—on everything from birth plans to breastfeeding (or not) to baby gear—from everyone. (Grandma, the grocery clerk, and even that grumpy neighbor lady with the fifteen cats will weigh in!)

But what if you could get no-punches-pulled advice on what you really need to know from someone who’s not only done this a couple of times, but has done it in style? And what if that “someone” were a modern-day princess?

Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes says figuring out what you actually need to know during pregnancy and baby’s first year doesn’t have to be a royal pain. Her new book, A Simple Guide to Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year, cuts through the noise and provides expectant and new moms with the essential information they need.

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Low Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of Severe Preeclampsia

lisa-bodnar-hiWomen who are deficient in vitamin D in the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy may be at risk of developing severe preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening disorder diagnosed by an increase in blood pressure and protein in the urine, according to research by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

In one of the largest studies to date, researchers studied blood samples collected from 700 pregnant women who later developed preeclampsia in an effort to examine a woman’s vitamin D status during pregnancy and her risk of developing preeclampsia. The full study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is available online in the journal Epidemiology, and will publish in the March print issue.
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