Is Cry It Out Cruel?

Is CIO cruel?

The other day I had a mom ask me, after attempting Cry it out (CIO) herself, if I thought CIO was cruel. If you've ever attempted CIO (or read about it or heard other mom's talk about it), you're likely to have this same question at one point or another.

No one likes to hear their child cry (unless maybe said child just randomly whacked their brother and got a return whack back) and no one enjoys ignoring their child while they are screaming. There's something about a baby's cry when they are out of your presence--the impact is ten fold. Even when my husband has the baby in the other room and she starts crying I immediately think--what have you done to her, you fool! Stop her suffering!! My emotions can get a little out of hand when crying and a child are involved, especially if I can't see the child.

Is there such thing as a magic sleep fix?

Magic baby sleep fix

A lot of the time when people ask me for sleep help, they are hoping for some sort of magical sleep fix.

What do I mean by magic? You know, something that doesn't require much time, effort, consistency or tears. Sounds dreamy, right?  Especially if you haven't slept long enough in the last few months to even get to the dream state.

It's that time of year again...Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings is almost upon us. Bah humbug!  Find out some tips to handle Daylight Savings here. Good luck!

Why Does My Baby Fight Sleep?

My boys fought sleep from almost the moment they were born. Jacob didn't even make it out of the hospital without displaying to the world is undying hatred of all things sleep. When my boys got sleepy, they got fussy or cried. There was none of this --I'm tired so I'll just snuggly into mom (or, gasp, by myself in my own bed) and shut my eyes and snooze. No way, Jose!

As a first time mom this was really difficult for me. I had day dreamed about holding my baby in my arms and having him peacefully fall asleep. I'd seen it happen with my friend's and family's babies (even while I was holding them), and more importantly, I'd seen it happen on TV. When this didn't happen, I assumed

Undercover Mama

Shortly after Stella was born Undercover Mama asked me if I wanted to review one of their nursing tanks. Stella was my third child and I kind of had this nursing thing down but I figured, why not give it a try?

Up until this point I had usually worn a camisole under my shirts to keep myself covered while nursing. I would pull it down with my bra to nurse. Now does that sound kind of uncomfortable and awkward? Because it

What I Wish I'd Known with Baby #1

The first few months after my first child, Joshua, was born were rough. OK, I'm under-exaggerating that. He cried endlessly, didn't sleep and I was a basket case. Maybe you've been there. It's not a pretty sight. 

The second time around went much smoother. I knew what to expect, I thought a lot about how I wanted to do things, and I learned piles of stuff through