Month: April 2010

Sleep Training & Parenting Coaching Philosophy

Many parents ask us about our beliefs and principles, which is an essential question to ask before you hire a sleep consultant or parenting expert or follow a book on the subject. You want to make sure before you start implementing any sleep strategy or parenting advice, that you share the principles with the experts ...

Rule Out Medical Problems before Sleep Training

Before you start any sleep training program with your child, you should always rule out medical problems that might be causing your her sleep problems. Therefore, it is wise to discuss sleep issues with your child’s pediatrician. These are some medical problems that might interfere with your child’s sleep quality: Nasal Congestion – Newborn infants ...

Best NURSERY to help your baby sleep

The goal is for your baby’s nursery to be a calm, soothing place. The associations that your child has with the nursery, as mentioned in previous posts, should be positive. Here are some things that you can do to make your baby’s nursery more conducive to sleep: Dark: try to keep your baby’s nursery dark ...

Help Your Baby Sleep BEFORE Sleep Training

Formal sleep training should not happen before your baby is 4 months old, in fact, the ideal time is between 4 and 6 months old. However, there are many things you can do to ease your sleep training process or to avoid it completely by developing certain routines, even before sleep training can take place, ...

Healthy Sleep Habits for Children

There are many things that we, parents, can do to help our children fall asleep easier and sooner, stay asleep and have healthy sleep habits. These are basic and simple things that will help with this: Consistent daily routine – Keep to a regular daily routine— waking time, meal times, nap times, play times, TV ...

Sleep Needs By Age

Sleep is probably the most discussed aspect of baby care. As we mentioned in a previous post, sleep is essential for babies and children’s development. The quality and quantity of a child’s sleep has a direct impact in his growth, development, awareness, happiness and overall wellbeing. Many of you have written us asking about how ...

Never Hit a Child

At Smooth Parenting, we do not approve physical punishment of children of any sort under any circumstances. No spanking, no hitting, no paddling, no shaking, no banging… No physical punishment, please! Dr. Sears’ team wrote a fantastic piece about why you shouldn’t spank your child. If you think spanking works or is granted some times, ...

Schedules and Children

“Children thrive on schedules” That’s not just a statement or our opinion, it’s a fact! Children do develop better, grow better, behave better… when they know what to expect from their days, when a routine (this doesn’t mean it has to be boring!) is in place for them to follow. Additionally, once they have a set ...

March of Dimes – Support Needed

Smooth Parenting is a proud sponsor of March of Dimes. This year, we are sponsoring a preemie, twin mom, who is one of our best coaches. Please help her reach her goal and help children get the best start in life! Any donation will make a difference in a child’s life!

Memorabilia & Keepsakes

Usually, there are basically two distinct types of parents when it comes to memorabilia and keepsakes:  the tossers and the hoarders. As it always happens with extremes, none of it is good. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to save something that might be priceless in the future, but you don’t want to dedicate hours and ...