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Are you an expecting or new parent on the hunt for a great baby monitor? READ THIS!

As someone who has been working with families for more than 20 years in a professional capacity, I am often approached by different companies and other specialists and professionals about products I recommend, or even simply to review child and/or sleep related products.   This morning I got an email from Kayla at reviews.com who […]

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Is Your Child Ready for School?

As September looms upon us (sorry to bring that up), it is time to begin thinking about getting children ready to go to, or go back to, school. For some that means they will be falling back into fairly regular routines, while for others it means an entirely new and exciting experience! The best thing […]

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Holiday Sleep Tips for Babies & Toddlers!

ng Your Child’s Healthy Sleep Habits Over the Holiday Season Keeping Your Children Rested and Joyous! By Regan L. Forsyth Every year, in January and February there seems to be an influx of parents trying not to pull their hair out because sleep routines and habits in their homes went out the window over the […]

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Fall Family Fun in Central Alberta

Whether you are looking for some Fall family fun, or just a pumpkin picking experience for the kids, there is plenty to keep everyone busy in September and October. Here are just a few ideas of places to visit and things to do in and around Red Deer this season, both inside and outdoors! Bowden […]

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Literacy Development in the Early Years: How Parents can Help at Home

Once children are off to preschool, or school, many parents tend to leave it to the teacher to work on pre-reading skills, and trust that their young child is learning what they need to in school.   The truth is, that learning is a triad of student, family, and school. All three must be invested […]

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Creating Healthy Sleep Habits with Twins and Multiples – Part Two

Part Two of a Two Part Series   Getting adequate sleep with a newborn in the house (and helping the baby sleep) is a challenge for any parent, but if you are the mother or father of more than one baby, this can be especially difficult to achieve. Additionally, I tip my hat to you! […]

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Sleep: Creating Healthy Sleep Habits with Twins and Multiples

Part One of a Two Part Series Getting adequate sleep with a newborn in the house (and helping the baby sleep) is a challenge for any parent, but if you are the mother or father of more than one baby, this can be especially difficult to achieve. Additionally, I tip my hat to you! I […]

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Going Back to Work After Baby: Choosing the Right Child Care Provider for Your Family

Whether it’s only been a few months, or it has been a couple of years, going back to work after being at home with your little one is never easy. This is a reality that almost all families deal with at some point, unless one of the parents is able to be the daytime caregiver […]

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March 13th – Time to Spring Forward!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time ‘springs forward’ by one hour Sunday, March 13th. Like a good number of parents of young children (especially those with wee ones we’ve worked so hard to get into a routine and schedule), I would prefer to see annual time changes abolished, but since I can think […]

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Travel Tips for Babies and Toddlers

This is a very common time of year for people to take family holidays.   If you are planning a family trip or getaway with a baby or toddler, it really is important to consider how travel plans are going to affect your child’s sleep routine. This is even more important if you have recently […]

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Is Your Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

By Regan Forsyth of Eat Play Sleep Family Wellness   While mobile phones are a really convenient way to keep close touch with your pre-teens and teens, there is a lot more to be taken into consideration when deciding when is the right time to sign your son or daughter up. Cell phones are very […]

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SIDS & Safe Sleep Practices

After putting my youngest, still a baby, to bed last night, I read an article about a baby who died after going into heart failure. The baby (6 weeks old) was thought to have been sleeping in her parents’ bed and accidentally suffocated. Suffocation due to avoidable circumstances and factors, does not fall under the […]

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Recognizing Signs of Substance Use or Misuse in Teens: Teaching them the Truth

It’s a well-known fact that it’s important in drug and alcohol use prevention in children, to openly and honestly discuss it early on. It’s also important to discuss it frequently and keep connected to your child and teen and learn about their social lives when out of the house. Even when parents do their best […]

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Products We Love – Sleep Solutions

Being in this line of work for almost ten years, there are certain sleep related products that have proven to be very helpful to families, time and time again. Here are a few of our favourites!   1. The Halo Bassinest   http://www.halobassinest.com/ Brought to you by the makers of swaddles and sleep sacks for best […]

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The Mysterious Short Nap

The most common question that I am asked as an Infant Sleep Coach, is about sleeping through the night. The second most common question is why babies cannot nap longer than 30 or 40 minutes. Some parents spend what feels like an eternity to get their baby to sleep, only to have them wake 20 […]

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Daylight Savings Time – Tips to Spring Forward With Babies & Toddlers

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time ‘springs forward’ by one hour on Sunday, March 8th. Like a good number of parents of young children (especially those with wee ones we’ve worked so hard to get into a routine and schedule), I would prefer to see annual time changes abolished, but since I can […]

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Sleep Coach = Sleep Training? Not at all…

When you hear about a Sleep Coach or Consultant, does your mind automatically go to “sleep training”? It shouldn’t. Let’s change that. Sleep training with children, is definitely a large part of our profession, but it is only a component. In fact, I prefer to work with expectant parents and offer newborn support for “sleep […]

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Discipline and the Older Child

Every family has different fundamental beliefs, rules, routines, and ways of handling conflict, but here are a few time-tested and proven techniques that can work for everyone! Make a list of family rules. Your children can help too! Get their input on what they find is reasonable and important in your home, and even some […]

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Ending Mealtime Battles, Part Three: The Picky Eater

The Picky Eater. It happens to the best of us. The biggest mealtime power struggle, is often about what our children will or will not eat. This can be the toughest area to make changes to, because it can require a completely new mindset for some parents. A new perspective for everyone, in fact. There […]

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Ending Mealtime Battles with Children, for Good: Part Two

It can be difficult to consistently have your entire family sit down together to eat, but for some families, it’s even tougher to get the children to actually eat. If that’s your family, help is here!   I recently wrote about a few simple ways avoid warfare and food battles with your children, at the […]

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End Mealtime Battles with Children for Good: Part One of Three

It’s supper time, and it’s a drag. This is a reality that almost all families deal with at some point. Even the most varied and daring of eaters, can suddenly refuse everything. The opposite can happen too though, so here are some great tips with regard to getting everyone back on track, and enjoying meals […]

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Maintaining Healthy Sleep Habits Through the Holidays

Every year, in January and February there seems to be an influx of parents trying not to pull their hair out because sleep routines and habits in their homes went out the window over the holidays. Here are a few ways to prevent yours from being one of those families! Make sure going into the […]

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Maternity Sleep Help Coming Soon!

I am SO excited to be embarking on some professional development specifically about maternity sleep, and to soon be able to offer prenatal support for Mamas, in addition to educating families about infant/child sleep, and beyond. While it is becoming more common for families to ready themselves for “sleep shaping” with infants, by seeking the […]

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Tips for Time Change – Fall Back 2014

Yes, it’s THAT time of year again. Oh joy! For children who are quite structured with going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning, the time change can cause a ‘sleep debt’ for a little while which is why it is most noticeable in babies […]

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There IS such a thing as too happy in the crib!

Most parents are ecstatic to learn that their infant enjoys being in their crib. The sounds of cooing and playing at bedtime or when they wake, are a sign of good things! Well…believe it or not, this can also be a not-so-good thing, for a couple of reasons. (In addition to the dangers of positional […]

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Eat: The Only Sugar Cookie Recipe You’ll Ever Need

If you have kids, chances are good that you’ll need a fail-proof sugar cookie recipe for the gazillions of times you’ll be destroying your kitchen, letting little hands decorate them. These are the easiest and tastiest ever! 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 3 C AP flour (more for rolling) 1 & 1/4 C […]

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SLEEP: How Much is Just Right for My Child?

“How Much Sleep is Optimal?” For new (and repeat!) parents or clients, this is a very common question! There is no firm answer; the younger the child, the more likely the amount will vary a little. However, there are general guidelines that you can use to see if your little one falls near the mark […]

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A quick note about Swaddling

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Tuesday’s Tip! While there is no specific time that you have to stop swaddling your newborn or infant, we recommend that after around one month of age, babies should be swaddled ONLY for naps and night-time so as to increase mobility and allow babies to begin to learn about what is around them through movement […]

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Dating for Parents: Part Two

As mentioned in last week’s blog – making time for yourself and partner is as important as anything you can do for yourself and your family!   “Date night” doesn’t mean you need to leave the house or spend money on a sitter either.   Sometimes, we feed the kids and put them to bed, […]

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You mean I Can Still Have a Life? Part One

My blogs, columns, and discussions with parents almost always revolve around children and family, but sometimes it’s necessary to be selfish and put YOUR needs first. After all, what good are you to your family if you are constantly putting everyone else and their needs first, and end up feeling miserable (often, before you even […]

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Is My Child Too Sick to Go to Daycare?

When to keep your sick baby/child at home I read an article recently which stated that “The common cold is not enough reason to keep a child at home.”. In which universe? I agree that the occasional runny nose or very mild cough is not enough reason to have to take a few days off […]

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Snow Day Activities for Toddlers

While the rest of the country heads into Spring, us Albertans are familiar with that last big bunch of snow that hits in mid to late March, every year. And, today is the day apparently. Thank goodness it’s not accompanied by horribly cold temperatures, so it’s actually the perfect weather to enjoy some outdoor snowy […]

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Sleep & Your Preschooler: Dropping the Nap

Could it be so? Is it time? Sometime between 14 and 18 months, your toddler will start to only nap once a day. (Some, like mine, sooner even!) At around 3 years old your child will likely stop napping completely. This can vary greatly though, from child to child. Some are ready to stop napping […]

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Family Favorite Tomato Soup

I love Spring and Fall but I REALLY love Winter because it means more soups and stews, and everyone in my family loves comfort food meals. It’s March 6th and snowing outside as if it were the dead of Winter. I’m actually glad because it gives me perfect inspiration to pull out the French Oven […]

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Handling Daylight Savings Time with Young Children

Personally, I would prefer to see it abolished, but since I can think of better things to spend my time advocating for, I guess we will have to live with it…for now. Yes, it’s that time of year again. The clock ‘springs forward’ by one hour on Sunday, March 9th. Here are a couple different […]

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Parenthood: Where everyone is right. Except you.

I read this the other day: “Welcome to Parenthood, where everyone is always right. Except you.” I get a kick out of that statement, because it can often ring true! There is SO much information (and misinformation) floating around these days, that it can be hard to read between the lines, and weed through the […]

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Eat: Baby and Toddler Snack Ideas – 9 to 12 Months and Beyond

At around 8/9 months, babies should now be eating a few times a day and hopefully have been introduced to plenty of fruits, veggies, and grains. Between 10 and 12 months, it is time to start thinking about throwing in a couple of snack times too; even if you plan to breastfeed past 1 year, […]

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Play: Early Literacy in Young Children

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Being a former teacher of children in the pre-reading and early reading stages, letter recognition and early literacy skills are pretty important in my family and professional life. Here are a couple really simple ideas to introduce letters and letter sounds to young children (and remember, there is no such thing as too young!) Labeling: […]

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Eat: Baby and Toddler Meal Ideas – 9 to 12 Months (‘Stage 3′ Foods)

Tired of Purees, but Not Quite Ready for Big Kid Meals? Once your baby is around 9 or 10 months old, she should be ready for what commercial manufacturers and retailers refer to as ‘Stage 3’ baby foods. These foods have more texture and small chunks to encourage chewing. At around 11 or 12 months, […]

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What Exactly IS Sleep Training?

Well, THAT is a very good question indeed. The term ‘sleep training’ (as most families have become familiar with it, anyway) seems to mean to use a program or a plan where you follow steps with your child to get them sleeping through the night. Period. It also now carries a rather negative connotation, and […]

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Sleep: The Dreaded “Short Nap”

For many families with young (and older) babies, nap times can be a struggle. You spend a great deal of time preparing for the nap, watching for tired signs, getting them to sleep and then POOF! Within 20 to 40 minutes, your wee one is wide awake. First, it’s important to note that the average […]

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Eat: Creating Complete Meals for Stage Two Babies

What’s next after the introduction of Stage Two foods? It’s pretty easy to track down different recommendations for ‘first foods’ and even those foods that come next, but I do get a lot of questions about how to create complete meals once all those fantastic flavors have been introduced. Here are some suggestions for babies […]

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Play: Socializing the Only Child

While socializing with you is important for your only child, it is also important to learn social skills by interacting with other children. Children learn a great deal from each other, so it is important to introduce your only child to other children, at a young age and throughout childhood until they make their own […]

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Eat: Toddler Friendly Chicken Bites

Let’s face it, almost all children love chicken nuggets/tenders/bites. The problem is that most of the store-bought types contain things I cannot pronounce and therefore, prefer not to buy. However, they ARE a great way to get protein into their diets and kids seem to go crazy for them. After much trial and error, we […]

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Eat: What’s in Your Pantry? Teaching children to make healthy choices…

The other day a friend asked me how to get their 5-year-old to stop eating junk food all the time. I asked him where his daughter was getting and eating those foods. “At home.”, he said. “She just gets it herself before I know it.” I waited silently for a moment, to let that sink […]

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SLEEP: Age Appropriate Awake Times

One of the key factors in having a well rested baby, is being mindful of how long they have been awake and watching carefully for ‘tired signs’. Naturally, each and every baby is a wee bit different, but here is a rough estimate of the appropriate amount of awake time (the window between sleeps) for […]

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PLAY: Wondering about whether signing with your baby is beneficial?

I wanted to share this article with my readers: http://psychcentral.com/lib/teaching-your-baby-sign-language-can-benefit-both-of-you/0002423 I knew the potential benefits for using it with my own child, because I had researched it, worked with it and seen it benefit MANY other families. However, I had NO idea just how beneficial it would be. My two year old has been learning […]

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Early Rising Toddlers

Do you have visitors at 5am? When switching from the crib to a bed, bedtime can be pretty disruptive for awhile – if you can even get them to remain in bed, that is. THEN, you suddenly have a new visitor beside your bed at 5am. Fun! In our house, 5 am is no different […]

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Eat: Food introduction for babies; what comes after firsts?

What comes next? It’s really quite simple to find lots of accurate information on what foods to introduce to babies between 6 and 7 months, as first foods. Less readily available, is information about what comes next, but before “toddler food”. The next stage:  Here are a few suggestions of things to try next (8 […]

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How Does Teething Affect Sleep?

Not as much as you might think…. This is something I am asked about almost daily, since all babies have to live through it! Firstly, it is important to realize that teething usually only affects sleep when the teeth are actually cutting through the gums. Some children can have a couple of nights that are […]

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