Tag - parenting

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Here’s the Plan: An Interview with weeSpring’s Allyson Downey
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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents
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Making the Big Kid Bed Plunge
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Celebrating No More Diapers Day
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Big Kid Bed Transition: Q&A with Rachel Blumenthal
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Tips For Transitioning Your Toddler to A Big Kid Bed Before Baby #2
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Jenni June and Naturepedic Want To Help Your Kids Sleep
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The Changing Role of Dad at Dad’s 2.0
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Still Considering A Polyurethane Foam Crib Mattress? Here’s Dr. Greene’s Advice.

Here’s the Plan: An Interview with weeSpring’s Allyson Downey

Allyson Downey’s weeSpring is the online version of that proverbial village it takes to raise a child. Countless moms- and dads-to-be use the website to curate advice and reviews from parents who have been there before. Driven by the desire for no woman to go it alone, Allyson is launching a book to help new moms navigate the interwoven paths of career advancement and motherhood. Naturepedic is proud to sponsor the book tour for “Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood.” We caught up with Allyson to ask her some questions about her upcoming book, and ten lucky readers will receive a free copy! Read the giveaway details after the Q&A. 1. What inspired you to write “Here’s the Plan”? When I was pregnant with my first child, I found myself completely sidelined at work–and I was the last person I would have ever expected to experience that. I was tough, I[…]

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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents

Feeling sleep deprived? Whether you’re adjusting to a new baby or fighting off sleep regression with a toddler, trying to parent in a sleep deprived state can make things feel even worse. That’s why helping your baby into good sleep habits is important for the whole troop. There is a huge amount of advice out there for new parents with regards to baby sleep, but chances are you’re too tired to wade through it all right now. To make it easy, we’ve partnered with sleep expert Rebecca Michi to bring you five simple tips to help your baby on their way to a good night’s sleep. We’re ready to tackle National Sleep Awareness Week. Bring it on! 1. Location, location, location. When your baby naps during the day, let them do so in their crib, bassinet, or wherever you’d like them to be sleeping at night. This helps your baby associate their bed with sleep and give them a better[…]

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Making the Big Kid Bed Plunge

My son, Carson, turned two in June. He’s never been a good sleeper. Ever. The best sleep I’ve had in the last two years was at a hotel on a business trip. It was glorious. So we’ve struggled with him since day one but when we hit the two year mark, there were suddenly all these new questions to ask yourself like, “when should we start potty training?” and “when do we move him to a big boy bed?” My mom friends, insisted that, “there’s no right time. He’ll let you know when he’s ready.” But I’m not so sure. He’s been using the potty at school successfully since they moved him to the 2-3 year old class in June but he hasn’t once done it at home. And the big boy bed… well. We decided to take the plunge last weekend. He has one of those convertible cribs that turns into a toddler bed and then a full size[…]

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Celebrating No More Diapers Day

My household is officially diaper free. After eight-and-a-half years. My husband and I are going to drink to our diaper-free status tonight (always looking for a solid reason to open a nice bottle of bubbles). Because here’s the thing: even though diaper extinction is a normal and inevitable milestone for every family, it calls on some of the most evasive parenting skills—patience, persistence, consistency . . . did I mention patience? Both of my kids transitioned to daytime undies more or less when kids are expected to be in undies—somewhere around 2-3 years of age. Then there was the absurd stage (for both of them) of putting on their own pull-ups and hiding in corners and closets to do their #2 business. (The developmental experts at Seedlings Group got me through those good times.) But the real struggle was nighttime. I had been told that I would know when my child was ready to sleep in underwear when she woke[…]

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Big Kid Bed Transition: Q&A with Rachel Blumenthal

We asked Rachel Blumenthal, Founder and CEO of Cricket’s Circle a few questions about her experience transitioning her toddler to a big kid bed: 1. Tell us a little about yourself and your big kid. “My son is almost 4 1/2 and we transitioned to a big kid bed when he was 3 1/2. We were moving to a new home so we decided to wait and transition him with the move.” 2. What cues did your toddler give you to let you know they were ready for a big kid bed? “He had already climbed out of the crib a few times and was well beyond crib age.” 3. What was the most important thing you were looking for when you started researching big kid beds? “We wanted a bed that he could grow into – both in size and style. I believe in investing in furniture that grows with your children – a large dresser that can double[…]

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Tips For Transitioning Your Toddler to A Big Kid Bed Before Baby #2

If you’re like many parents who choose to have their children close together in age, one thing you may need to plan for is where your toddler will sleep when baby arrives. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning for this transition. Don’t Take On Too Much I know a lot of parents that put pressure on themselves to get all the pieces in place before baby comes. They want their toddler to be potty trained, sleeping in a big kid bed (through the night nonetheless) and reach other milestones before a sibling comes. The last thing any of us need is more stress in our life (especially if you’re a pregnant mom!) Take one step at a time; don’t stress out about creating a perfect situation and know that even if your toddler seems content in the big kid bed, uses the potty like a champ, etc. – this all might very well go right out[…]

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Jenni June and Naturepedic Want To Help Your Kids Sleep

At Naturepedic, we appreciate the goodness of sleep, and so does our friend celebrity sleep specialist Jenni June. Beginning May 31, 2014, Jenni June kicks off her latest 15-city West Coast tour, bringing good sleep to babies, toddlers and parents! The tour begins in California with The Family Sleep Event, made up of four 20-30 minute educational discussions. Jenni June understands the frustration parents experience when children won’t sleep, so she makes sessions fun, engaging and most of all empowering. Sessions are designed to give parents immediate tips they can begin using that same night as well as suggestions for building overall good sleep habits in children. Jenni will also cover ways parents can green-proof the sleep environment of their children to promote healthier sleep. The first 100 registered guests per city get a gift bag with items valued at $80, including a Naturepedic Organic Cotton Fitted Crib Sheet. At the event, parents can also browse baby products from Naturepedic[…]

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The Changing Role of Dad at Dad’s 2.0

Life is no longer a 1960’s television show. Back then, dads were the sole bread-winners and had little to do with their children (other than discipline). With more and more women advancing in the workplace, and traditional parenting roles being flipped or mixed, today’s dad is emerging as a jack-of-all trades able to handle multiple duties. The good news is, judging by the “dads” in attendance at the Dad’s 2.0 Summit in New Orleans, today’s generation of men are eager and up to the task. Twenty years ago, the only way you were going to get 300 guys in a room watching a movie was if it was a Chuck Norris marathon. Well, at Dad’s 2.0 Summit, the presentations were much more substantive than Missing in Action 27. These dad’s care . . . not only about being good parents, but equally on being good spouses. It sounds simple, but it is true: the key to a healthy marriage often[…]

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Still Considering A Polyurethane Foam Crib Mattress? Here’s Dr. Greene’s Advice.

Unless we bury our head in research papers, it’s sometimes difficult to find the information we need on which chemicals are safe for our babies and which aren’t. So, we take the advice of experts. One such expert is Dr. Greene, a pediatrician who has had an online presence since 1995. His mission: “To improve children’s health by informing and inspiring those who care for them. By providing information, wisdom, and perspective, we strive to prepare parents to become knowledgeable partners who can work with their children’s physicians in a new and rich way.” On June 1, 2010, Dr. Greene appeared on the ABC News Now Program, Parenting with Ann Pleshette Murphy. Here is Dr. Greene’s explanation of why polyurethane foam is not the best choice for a crib mattress or, for that matter, anyone’s mattress. “Kids spend 93% of their childhood indoors these days, and indoor air is 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor air on average in[…]

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