The Energy of Bedtime (and the power of a routine!)

By / February 14, 2019 /

Written by: Irene McKenna I’m not even sure what happened when I spoke those 3 little words One second we were playing cards Or maybe superheroes Or cuddled up with a book (there were a lot of nights that this story ended the same) And with those 3 little words the night exploded into tears…

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How to Beat the Winter Blues with a New Baby

By / January 15, 2019 /

Ok, mama. Picture this: It’s the middle of winter; freezing outside, overcast and dreary. You don’t want to leave the house with your baby unless it’s absolutely necessary and the next thing you know, it’s been almost an entire week since you’ve gone out. You start to wonder, “when was my last shower?” or maybe,…

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When & How to Stop Swaddling

By / January 9, 2019 /

Is it time to stop swaddling your baby?  Photo Credit: Yari Garcia Photography   The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends discontinuing swaddling when your baby is 8 weeks old.   Why we swaddle: Before we jump into when and how to stop swaddling your precious baby, let’s talk about why we swaddle her in the…

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10 Winter Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

By / December 21, 2018 /

It’s the weekend before Christmas and if you are looking for some activities to get your child excited for the holiday, look no further! I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 winter activities to do with your child this weekend!  Let’s start with the most obvious,   1. Write letters to Santa. Try to focus on…

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"Should I Give My Child Melatonin to Help Her Sleep?"

By / December 12, 2018 /

I’ve heard this more times than I can count, “Should I give my child melatonin to help her sleep?” In short, no. Melatonin is not a magic pill. There are instances where melatonin is necessary, but that is at your pediatrician’s discretion.    Before I get into the reason why you should not administer melatonin to your child, I want to mention…

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14 Must-Have Items On EVERY MOM’S Wish List

By slumberandbloom / November 28, 2018 /

The holidays are filled with excitement, decorations, traditions and FOOD! Let’s not forget the gifts! Often times, we get wrapped up in buying the most fancy things and the hottest items going viral on social media, but we must remember to pamper and take care of ourselves! Us moms do SO much for our kids…

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Holiday Gift Guide to Baby’s First Christmas

By / November 20, 2018 /

Tis the season, y’all! The COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS is ON and I’m one Thanksgiving dinner away from going into full out Christmas mode! [Show of hands real quick: do you deck the halls before Thanksgiving or do you celebrate one holiday at a time?] Chances are, if it’s your baby’s first Christmas, you’ve probably been…

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Getting Your Baby’s Sleep Back on Track After Sickness

By slumberandbloom / November 12, 2018 /

  Cold and flu season has arrived in full force. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth, RSV and Strep. These illnesses can wreak havoc on your child’s sleep and you may have reverted back to old sleep habits, causing a disruption in your child’s independent sleep. Often times,…

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Newborn Essentials You NEED for Your Winter Baby!

By slumberandbloom / November 5, 2018 /

Just like that, summer is over. It feels like forever ago when I was walking outside barefoot! It seems like here in Rochester, NY we go from summer straight to winter. And that means I bundle up in my winter jacket + gloves + sweaters + scarves + boots with the fur from October through…

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When Will My Baby Sleep Through the Night?

By / October 23, 2018 /

A common question that is asked by potential clients is, “when will my baby sleep through the night?” The truth is that every baby is different. Most babies are capable of dropping night feedings and sleeping through the night somewhere around 6 months. Some experts say a baby has to double their birth weight, while…

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