Month: May 2010

Takeaways from Dr. Weissbluth’s Talk

Tuesday, 05/25/2010, we had the opportunity to participate in a talk by Dr. Marc Weissbluth, MD. at 92Y on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  He’s the acclaimed author of ‘Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child’ (and ”Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins’). There were many great takeaways from that session that are completely aligned with our philosophy ...

Announcing: Baby Sleep Webinars

Smooth Parenting team is thrilled to announce the launch of their new Sleep Webinar ‘Teach Your Baby to Sleep” Is your child keeping you up at night? Are you wondering when are you going to sleep again? Have you read all sleep training books and nothing is working? Are you expecting want to know how ...

Sleep and the Immune System

Lack of sleep makes ours and our children’s immune systems weaker, hence they makes us more prone to catching colds, viral infections and the flu. Our immune system is designed to protect us from colds, flu, and other ailments. Lack of sleep suppresses immune system functions. A study published in the September 25, 2002 issue ...

When to Stop Swaddling?

The main purpose of swaddling your baby while she’s a newborn is to make her feel secure, warm and safe. After night months inside your womb, your baby will feel disoriented in the outside world, and the swaddling will help him remember her previous environment and rest. After two months, many babies will start kicking ...

Should We Use White Noise Machines?

We get asked a lot from parents whether they should use white noise machines to help their babies fall asleep. While white noise machines are great for many reasons: They can help reduce the effects of a variety of disorders including Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, and Meniere’s Disease. They help night workers sleep through the day. They ...

Signs of Sleep Deficiency in Children

Many parents wonder whether their children are getting enough sleep. The first thing to do when in doubt, is counting the amount of hours they are sleeping every day. Then refer to the general guidelines of how many hours children their age should sleep per day. The second thing would be to watch them for ...

Effects of Lack of Sleep in Children

The less sleep children get, the more likely they are to perform poorly in school, to become depressed, and to have a poor sense of self-worth, according to a study of 2,259 Illinois middle school students published in the January-February 2004 issue of Child Development. As these kids progressed through the middle school years, if ...

Risk of Too-Early Formal Sleep Training

Although parents can start teaching babies healthy sleep habits from the begining, it is not advisable to follow any kind of formal sleep training method when the baby is too young. What’s too young? It depends on the baby! Most babies are ready to start formal sleep training at 4 months, and others aren’t until they’re ...