Resources for Successful Doulas

As a postpartum doula, it is important to have resources available for your clients. As a doula trainer, it is important for me to provide you with some professional resources to help you along the way so you can be successful. I have a dear friend and colleague named Betsy Schwartz who has some great [...]
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Night Weaning

Night weaning is an important factor to consider if your child is over 9 months of age and they still aren’t sleeping through the night.  Waking up to eat after 9 months of age is not necessary unless they are under weight or failure to thrive.  So let’s explore why and how to night wean [...]
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Leave your Comfort Zone

Leave your comfort zone is a familiar phrase to me.  Starting a new career takes courage and becoming a postpartum doula falls into this category.  We work privately in the home with only the families.  It is up to us to nurture, educate, assess and refer appropriately.   Many new doulas are a bit fearful and [...]
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When To Give Up Naps

As a sleep consultant I am often asked when should my child give up naps?  The answer is not based on a certain age but on each individual child’s sleep needs. Some children give up naps around 3 years old but most children do not give up naps until they are 4 or 5 years [...]
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How to Have Good Naps

Good naps are essential for all babies and young children.  It ensures good growth and development during the time when children are rapidly changing physically and emotionally.  This is also the hardest challenge for children to master and parents to teach. Did you know that newborn babies can only stay awake for about 30 minutes [...]
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Daylight Savings Time Ends

On Sunday November 6 daylight savings time ends.  That means we set our clocks back one hour allowing us more light in the mornings.  It is not a big deal to most people unless you have young children and babies at home.  The result of this time change usually causes our children to wake up [...]
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Bed Sharing with your Baby

bed sharing Bed sharing or co-sleeping has been a controversial subject for many years.  As new research comes out we learn more about this subject and it is up to parents to make their own decisions about safe sleep practices with their baby and what is right for them. James McKenna PhD. supports bed-sharing if [...]
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Healthy Sleep Habits for Young Babies

Creating healthy sleep habits can be challenging if you don’t know what to do.  Babies less than 3 months old need lots of holding, touching and comforting to feel secure, grow and thrive.  You can’t spoil a baby in the first 3 months of life however, as a new parent there are always so many [...]
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Best Bedtime Books

Bedtime books can be a great way to teach your baby and toddler that sleep is a good thing.  It also prepares them for bed so they can relax and fall asleep more easily.  Reading to your child is very beneficial at all ages and this is a ritual you can incorporate into your bedtime [...]
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