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Eco-Friendly Mats Make Nap Time Healthier

Cotton beats vinyl every time. Credit: SewnNatural
Say no to PVC, phthalates and any other nasty toxins that may be lurking in your child's vinyl or polyester nap mat. SewnNatural carries a full line of eco-friendly nap mats that are perfect...

Dream On With Rock Band Lullabies

Bedtime rocks! Credit: Rockabye Baby
For those about to rock, we envy you. These lullaby renditions of favorite rock songs weren't around when our teens were tots. And while we've got nothing against Brahms, we love the idea of starting baby...

Later School Start Means Less Sleepy, Happier Teens

Your teen actually does need that much sleep. Credit: Getty Images
Teenagers who have a hard time getting up for school in the morning (OK, that would be pretty much all of them) may not simply be lazy -- they just knows what's good for them. ...

Teens With Earlier Bedtimes Are Less Likely to Be Depressed, Study Says

Sleeping early: The key to happiness? Credit: Getty Images
Wondering how to deal with a moody and depressed teenager? Give them an earlier bedtime. In a study reported in the journal Sleep, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center r...

Hey, Kids: You'll Lose More Weight Sleeping Than Playing Xbox

Get some sleep. You don't want to get fat, do you? Researchers say that's the message kids need to hear. In a nice way. Leslie A. Lytle of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute told col...

How to Make the Move from the Crib to a Toddler Bed

Is your toddler ready for his own bed? Credit: Getty Images
They've slept in their cribs for months -- or years -- but at some point, it's time to move your little ones into beds.
Generally, kids start this transition anywhere from 18 to 30 ...

3 Tips for Adopting a Better Bedtime Routine

Bedtime. It can be the best of times, and it can be the worst of times. Often, after a full day of activities together, it cannot come soon enough. But as many parents will tell you, the calming, quiet routines we share with our children as we settle...

How to Set a Nap-Time Routine

Rubbing eyes? Time for a nap. Credit: jamiesdesigns, Flickr
Figuring out your baby needs more sleep can be a humiliating experience, as anyone with a screaming child in the grocery store or on an airplane can attest. Coming up with a nap time rou...

ParentDish's 15 Favorite Lullabies

Keep singing ... maybe they'll finally fall asleep. Credit: The Little Pecan, Flickr
Parents have been lulling their children to sleep with song since ancient times. You see, when all else fails, a gentle lullaby sung in a soft and soothing v...

Hayley Wickenheiser: Hockey Star, Olympic Gold Medallist and Super Mom

Hayley Wickenheiser has been called the heart and soul of the Canadian Olympic Women's Hockey Team. She's been an integral member since women's hockey was introduced as a medal event at the 1998 Olympics, where the team took silver. They brought home...

Is It Really ADHD, or Just a Lack of Sleep?

Is your little one getting enough shut-eye at night? If not, they could be at risk for depression and other health problems. A study conducted at the University of Helsinki and National Institute of Health and Welfare has found that a child's short s...

Solving the SIDS Mystery?

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death for babies ages 1 month to 1 year old. The causes of SIDS are still not fully understood, and while the Back to Sleep campaign has eliminated many deaths, SIDS is still a worry for n...

Study: Fewer Parents Putting Babies To Sleep On Their Backs

The nation's "Back to Sleep" campaign hasn't reached all American parents. Credit: Star5112, Flickr.
Since the national "Back to Sleep" campaign began 15 years ago, many parents have learned that placing babies to sleep on their backs can help ...

New from Muu

Muu cribs are eco-safe and stylish. Credit: Muu
The genius of Muu's Ray crib lies not in its appealing mid-century style, nor its sustainable materials or nontoxic finishes. Those features are enticing, but It's the interchangeable decorative p...

Co-Sleeping: Is it Right for You?

Co-sleeping occurs when parents and children share the same bed. This has become popular among parents who practice attachment parenting, a parenting style advocated by William Sears, M.D. Opponents of co-sleeping say the practice interferes with ...

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