Baby Sleep..Help my crying baby!

Baby Sleep…Help my crying baby! Written by Helen Stevens for Nourishbaby 2014 The adjustment to early parenting is not something that anyone can really prepare you for. Your world shifts, and baby comes first, like it or not. Babies let you know when they need something, and they do not have the social grace known as patience. […]

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Is Your Baby’s Sleep a Problem? Or Is It Just Normal? Mother-Baby Sleep Experts Weigh in on Normal Infant Sleep

By: Tracy Cassels Sarah Ockwell-Smith, Wendy Middlemiss, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Helen Stevens (Safe Sleep Space), James McKenna, Darcia Narvaez A Praeclarus Press White Paper August 22, 2013 www.PraeclarusPress. New White Paper from Praeclarus Press Finds That Many Behaviors Labeled as “Infant Sleep Problems” Are Actually Normal Patterns of Infant and Child Sleep Many new parents worry […]

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Bed sharing when parents do not smoke: is there a risk of SIDS? An individual level analysis of five major case–control studies

ABSTRACT Objective: To resolve uncertainty as to the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) associated with sleeping in bed with your baby if neither parent smokes and the baby is breastfed. Design: Bed sharing was defined as sleeping with a baby in the parents’ bed; room sharing as baby sleeping in the parents’ room. Frequency of bed sharing during last […]

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Genetic and Environmental Influences on Daytime and Nighttime Sleep Duration in Early Childhood

Abstract OBJECTIVES: To determine the relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors on daytime and nighttime continuous sleep duration at 6, 18, 30, and 48 months of age, and to identify different subgroups of children who followed different daytime and nighttime sleep duration trajectories and to investigate their etiology. METHODS: The current study included 995 […]

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Safety first: reducing the risks of sleeping with your baby

Written by: Catherine Fetherston, Assoc Prof, School of Health Professions at Murdcoh University With so much contradictory information about whether it’s safe for mothers to share a bed with their baby, it’s easy to see why parents are confused. The release yesterday of a paper in BMJ Open added to this confusion, by warning all […]

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SIDS: Risks and Realities A Response to Recent Findings on Bedsharing and SIDS Risk

(Authors:Sarah Ockwell-Smith, Professor Wendy Middlemiss, University of North Texas, Tracy Cassels, University of British Columbia,EvolutionaryParenting.com Helen Stevens, Safe Sleep Space ,Professor Darcia Narvaez , University of Notre Dame) A recent meta analysis by Carpenter et al. (2013) examined the risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). While we commend Carpenter et al. for examining risks associated with incidence of SIDS, we question their conclusions and consider […]

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SIDS: Risks and Realities

What are the real risks for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome? Published on May 20, 2013 by Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D. in Moral Landscapes Co-authors: Sarah Ockwell-Smith, , Professor Wendy Middlemiss, University of North Texas, Tracy Cassels, University of British Columbia, Helen Stevens, Safe Sleep Space, Professor Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame, Professor Kathy Kendall-Tackett, Texas Tech and University of New Hampshire. We commend Carpenter et al […]

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Supporting parents who are worried about their newborn’s sleep

Clinicians can help to reframe expectations of “normal” and support parents to develop coping strategies Helen L Ball professor of anthropology Parent-Infant Sleep Laboratory, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE, UK Parents of new babies often struggle with the problems of interrupted sleep, particularly when contemporary lifestyles, parental sleep needs, and infant biology […]

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Understanding and helping toddler sleep – Part 3

Helping Toddlers Prepare for Sleep Avoid media, especially scary images: Children under age 6 are fear-reactive to things that look strange or grotesque (like shadows, or transforming characters in movies). Avoid exposing young children to things that scare them because these things can keep them awake too. Generally, avoid exposure to television and videos in […]

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Understanding and helping toddler sleep – Part 2

Why Do Toddlers Wake? The brain of a toddler is capable of complex processes and there may be many reasons a toddler wakes and signals, or calls/cries out. Reasons can include having bad dreams, waking up and being uncomfortable with the dark, or just wanting comforting attention. A new experience a toddler has during the […]

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