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If youre pacing the floor with a wide-awake baby in your arms at 3am every morning, but cant bear the tears when you put him down, then maybe you need to start doing something differently as they say if you keep doing what youve always done, you keeping getting what youve always got.

So is there really a magic formula that will enable you to get your baby or toddler to sleep through the night?

If youre a parent with a young child then heres a question that may make you yawn what were you doing this morning at 1am, 3am or 5am. Were you sleeping like a baby or were you in fact cuddling and rocking your little cherub in an attempt to get them back to sleep? After all thats what being a parent is all about isnt it?!

A lucky few will have been asleep in bed throughout the night, but a large percentage of the parenting population will have been up feeding or pacing the floor with the little bundles of joy.

Just as your newborn weaves magic through your heart, the effects of sleep deprivation can cast a spell on your body and mind. One child in three has real sleep issues before they reach school age, but these can be overcome in many cases – and it doesnt have to involve leaving your baby to cry for hours on end.

So, Why Dont Young Children Sleep?

We all sleep in cycles consisting of blocks of light and deep sleep. If you rock your baby to sleep or let them fall asleep at the breast before putting him down, youre heading for problems. Your baby passes into a phase of light sleep and is more likely to wake as they realise theyre alone. Theyll cry, youll go back to them and because you dont know any other way, youll pick them up, rock them back to sleep and put them back in their cot. And the cycle continues!

Common Sense Way

Controlled comforting was devised by Australian mother-craft nurse Rhonda Abrahams. Its kinder than controlled crying. A baby under 6 months should never be left to cry, says Ronda older babies shouldnt be left for more than 10 minutes crying.

Rhonda based her technique on common sense. Babies need to learn to go to sleep by themselves so that if they wake in the night theyre able to settle themselves back to sleep, she explains. To work, the techniques need to be used for all types of sleep, or your baby will get mixed messages. And little ones learn by repetition. So you should adopt this routine for both daytime and nighttime sleeps.

Ready or Not?

Before starting the programme
+ Ensure your baby is well. If they become ill just as you start the new routine, stop and start again when they are better.
+ Make sure that youre well it wont do either of you any good to be starting a new routine while your body is under stress.
+ Try to keep a fairly free week to devote as much time and effort as possible to making the routine work. A busy schedule will make it harder, and itll take longer to work.
+ If anyone else cares for your baby, make sure they know whats involved nothing sabotages a new routine as fast as mixed messages.
+ Get a dim nightlight so that your baby can see their surroundings when they wake.

Its Just Routine

A regular routine is the surest way to get a baby or toddler to sleep independently. Little ones respond to a familiar pattern of events, and sleeping in the same environment each night gives then a sense of security and comfort. Establishing a bedtime routine will benefit not only your child, but also `you and your partner as you can have a bit of adult quiet time.

Encourage patterns in the life of your newborn, as these will turn into routine and babies learn from repetition. Keep in mind that a habit can be formed in just three days!

The best way to establish a routine is to use the feed / play / sleep method. During the day when your baby wakes, feed them and then let them play for a while. Watch out for tired signs (yawning, rubbing their eyes, grizzling, hiding their face). When you notice them, youll need to begin settling them. Have a cuddle before a daytime nap; in the evenings, give them a relaxing bath. Baby massage can also calm your baby. Never over stimulate your child before bedtime or think that the longer you keep them up, the more tired theyll become and the easier it will be to get them off to sleep. An overtired baby is harder to settle, and if you wait until theyre tired to begin their last feed then theyll drop off to sleep while youre feeding them. The main challenge with this is that your baby will get a fright when they wake up in the cot by themselves and theyll wonder where you are; after all when they fell asleep they were in your arms!

Settling – Newborn 6 Months

Unless your babys unusually co-operative, prepare yourself for some crying its useful to have someone else there to support you.

1. Wrap your baby firmly, but not tightly, in a small blanket or pram sheet, covering their hands to help them feel more secure and prevent them from catching themselves in the face if they flail around.
2. Place them in their cot on their side so that theyre looking away from you (avoid eye contact), and with their feet close to the end of the cot. Remember that this isnt the position that theyll sleep in youll turn them onto their back once theyre asleep. In the meantime, they wont come to any harm, as youll be in the room with them at all times. Look at the clock and make a note of the time. Youre going to give them 15 minutes to settle.
3. Theyll probably have started crying by now. Place one hand on their shoulder and gently stroke their back or pat their bottom gently with the other hand. Theyll probably continue to cry.
4. If, after 15 minutes, theyre still crying and showing no signs of settling, pick them up and give them a cuddle (dont rock them to sleep remember this is what you are trying to avoid).
5. Once theyve calmed down, put them back in their cot, facing the other way this time, and try another 15 minute period of settling. Put one hand on their shoulder and pat or stroke them, as before. If they start to quieten, take your hand away the idea is for your baby to settle itself.
6. Once your baby is soundly asleep, roll them gently onto their back, loosen the wrapping and leave them.
7. If your baby is still crying, pick them up, cuddle them, and start again.

The most important thing is persistence. New routines take time, but just think how much more enjoyable parenthood will be when you are getting a good nights sleep.

Settling 6 12 months

Again, it will really help if you have support. With this technique your baby will never be left alone crying for more that ten minutes at a time. Are you ready? Well here goes!

1. Lie your baby in the cot on their back. Ensure that their feet are at the end of the bed and tell them Its time to sleep now. Leave the room and wait for two minutes. You want to give you baby the chance to fall asleep by themselves. As soon as they realise that theyre alone it is likely that they will start to protest. If they dont settle within 2 minutes, then go back in.
2. Roll them on their side, facing away from you. Put a hand on their shoulder and keep patting their bottom or upper thigh gently with the other hand. Do this for two minutes, repeating the words Its time to sleep now in a gentle and soothing voice. If the baby us still protesting after two minutes, then leave the room, and wait out side, this time for four minutes.
3. If they still havent settled, go back in and try settling them, this time for four minutes. Next time, itll be six minutes, then eight minutes and finally ten minutes.
4. In the unlikely event that after the ten minute session they still havent settled then pick them out of the cot, give them a cuddle, calm them (making sure you dont rock them to sleep), and when they have settled repeat the process.

You will notice that your childs crying will reach a peak, and then it will tail off, often very quickly, until they eventually settle themselves off to sleep.

As has been indicated throughout this article, the key to success is perseverance. If you follow this routine to the letter then within 3 10 days your baby should be sleeping through the night, and be able to put themselves back to sleep, should they waken.

Good luck and happy sleeping!

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About the author:
Graham Nicoll is a father of one, Toby, a keen entrepreneur and fitness enthusiast.

He enjoys writing and working with people to help them achieve greater success in their life. Whether this be overcoming mental roadblocks or helping them improve their health and wellbeing.

Graham spends a large proportion of his time consulting with small and medium businesses, helping them to grow through the development of their people and their business development activities. He is an active speaker at business events / conferences across the UK. Graham can be contacted on

A new baby brings a lot of joy and hope to a family. It also brings some uncertainty. You may be concerned that your home is too small, or that you need a larger car, among others. Whether you are expecting your first or your fifth child, chances are that you need baby gear! There are hundreds of different items that you need when the baby arrives, and it is important to remember that stocking up doesnt mean you have to clean out the bank account. If you do a little bit of research beforehand, you can get everything that you need at a fraction of the retail price. My favorite money saving tool is the e-coupon. You can sign up for e-coupons at a variety of different retailers, and start savings instantly.

The first question that a new parent-to-be asks is what gear do I need? There are many things that are convenient to have, and many things that are a must have. Once you distinguish between the two, you can start stocking up on the must haves. I recommend that you start shopping for bargains early on in your pregnancy. You will save more money, and eliminate the last minute rush that many parents undergo. Most baby sites will provide you with a checklist of the baby must haves. Print this list out, and then begin to compare prices and makes and models.

Every parent-to-be is on a budget. The trick is to make the most out of that budget. First consider looking at local yard sales for various baby gear. You can often get some cheap deals, on things that are in good shape. If you are looking for some really good deals, go online. There are hundreds of different baby sites, which offer many products at deep discounts. If you use an e-coupon service, you can get coupon codes to save even more on the items that are must haves. Most of these services are free to use, and can save you hundreds on your favorite baby gear. You may also try an auction site like EBay. I have found some great deals on items that you need everyday, like bottles and bibs.

Shopping for baby on a budget can be a lot of fun, if you approach it correctly. Create a list of the items that you want to shop for, and stick to it. Look for discounts and deals both locally and online. In no time, you will have a nursery full of baby gear ready and waiting for your new little bundle of joy! Congratulations and happy shopping!

About the author:
Melanie Breeze, freelance writer for, is always shopping around for the best deals. You can find <a target="_blank" href =
>baby coupons available for most online stores at CouponChief, all in one location. Find a coupon ahead of time to save money on your baby gear!

The first thing you should do when trying to choose the perfect baby shower gift is consider the parents. Quite frankly, babies do not have the awareness or the ability to complain when you buy them weird stuff. But their parents do. A great baby shower gift is something the babys parents will think is cute, funny, entertaining, or practical, and if you care about that sort of thing, something the other guests will think is neat.

Baby Shower Gift Donts:

1. Dont give stuffed animals as a shower gift. The parents will probably have already chosen one or two special stuffies. Too many plush toys gather dust and take up space.

2. Dont try to outdo the other guests at the baby shower by giving some ridiculous present. You will make people, especially the guest of honor, uncomfortable if you spend too much. Personally, I think $30-40 should be your maximum unless you are family or you are going in on a big item with others.

3. Dont buy too much in the 0-3 month size if you choose clothing as a baby shower gift. That sizing is a big lie! Your friends baby will likely grow out of those clothes by the time he/she is two months old, if not sooner, especially if he is a boy.

Baby Shower Gift Dos:

1. One-piece t-shirts rule!!! Your friends will thank you if you buy a practical baby shower gift like these. These one-pieces are like a t-shirt but button down at the crotch for fast and easy diaper changes. Most babies live in these when they are around the house.

2. Consider an unusual baby shower gift and think about getting a gift card especially for diapers. Who wont need diapers? Make sure you find out what type of diaper the parents would likecloth is actually making a comeback.

3. If you have a special talent for crafting, a handmade baby shower gift would be wonderful. Parents treasure the gift that someone has spent time and love creating, such as a pretty hat or blanket.

Finally, remember the purpose of a baby shower gift. You want the babys parents to know how much you care about them and their joyous new arrival. Have fun at the shower!

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It is up to you as parents whether you want a baby crib to be your childs first bed or not. Some parents are proponents of co-sleeping, in which a baby sleeps in bed with the parents, sometimes up to two or more years. Other parents choose a baby crib for their child to sleep in, especially if their baby is an active sleeper or makes lots of noise at night. Remember, it is up to you–dont let anyone make you feel bad about your decision.

Baby Crib Safety

Baby cribs are safe places to sleep when parents follow some important rules. The slats of the crib must be close together to prevent your baby from getting his or her head, hands, or legs trapped. A crib mattress should fit very snugly in the crib, with no more than of space on each side. This helps prevent a baby from rolling down in the cracks between the mattress and the crib.

It is important, especially during the first four months, to avoid putting your baby to sleep on his stomach or side in the crib. There has been a decrease in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome since the common practice has been to put babies on their backs to sleep. Also, keeping overly fluffy objects out of your babys crib is a good idea. You never know when your baby might roll into such an item and accidentally smother, unable to get the object away from her face.

Popular Styles of Baby Cribs

The traditional wooden crib is the most popular. However, it varies widely in style as well as price. A standard, bare-bones crib that meets safety standards might only set you back $100, while the new convertible cribs that turn into a bed later on can go for $400-$800, depending on the model. If you want to go with something extremely impractical but kind of unique, you could purchase a round crib (which, of course, requires a special round crib mattress and limited choices of bedding that are all expensive)

Whatever kind of crib you get, make sure it is sturdy and safe. When you put your baby in a crib, you are putting your trust in that crib also.

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D.The Roth is kind of weird until you get used to it in terms of how much you can put in (contribute) each year depending on how much you earn (compensation). Because of this you really have two limits, one dealing with your compensation and the other dealing with your contribution. Let me explain.
The first contribution limit has to do with compensation, in other words you have to be making some money somewhere. As mentioned, you must have some form of compensation to qualify to make a contribution, but there is also an income limit that says whether or not you can put money in; make a contribution. If your adjusted gross income exceeds these limits, you are no longer eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA. In 2004, the adjusted gross income limits were:
If your tax filing status is Married Filing Jointly – $160,000
If your tax filing status is Married Filing Separately (and you live with your spouse) – $100,000
If your tax filing status is Single, Head of Household or Married Filing Separately (and you did not live with your spouse during the year) – $110,000
Now, here is a little known totally legal secret that is worth your time reading this article. When I taught investment at the University of South Carolina I gave 10% credit of the course grade for the simple act of opening a Roth IRA. I was amazed when a few students would not open one because their parents had told them it was illegal to if they did not have a job. I told them that they were going nowhere fast if they could not think creatively enough to just go mow a lawn somewhere for ten bucks and put it into the account. I made it clear to them that wealthy people become so by taking action nut just thinking about taking action!
The best application of this concept I ever learned was a real estate investor that wanted to open a Roth for his newborn son. The problem of proving that a newborn makes money in a job is a tough one even for my noodle but this fellow came up with a great idea. He took a photo of the baby and put it on the business card with the words; Help my dad finance my education by buying a home from himhe is the best dad in the whole world! Then he paid the baby, get thismodeling fees! He put those fees straight into the account and filed a return for the baby with the IRS. I love that story! Talk about creative that is the kind of person that will go far in business. This is also the only newborn I have heard of with a tax free stock portfolio from earnings off his own job!
The second Roth IRA contribution limit has to do with how much you can contribute to your account. Below outlines the contribution limits established for the next several years:
2004 – $3,000 ($3,500 if you are age 50 and above)
2005 – $4,000 ($4,500 if you are age 50 and above)
2006 – $4,000 ($5,000 if you are age 50 and above)
2007 – $4,000 ($5,000 if you are age 50 and above)
2008 – $5,000 ($6,000 if you are age 50 and above)
If you need more information about Roth IRAs, you should consult a tax professional such as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Financial Planner. You can also get more information directly if you take a look at IRS publication 590 – Individual Retirement Arrangements. Using a Roth is the very best trading account to use while investing in the stock market.

About the author:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Scott Brown, Ph.D., a.k.a. The Wallet Doctor, is a successful futures trader, real estate investor, and stock investor. Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of South Carolina and a Master in International Management from the prestigious American Graduate School of International Business a.k.a. Thunderbird. His 1998 articles in Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities were prophetic in predicting an impending stock market crash. He has helped many people become profitable investors teaching them to look out over many years to spot stocks that are low and primed for rise in the new bull market. His second article met with approval by Dr. Bob Shiller of Yale University. Dr. Shiller is the economist that Alan Greenspan most highly regards who coined the term Irrational Exuberance. In 1998 he was shouting out to the world to get out of the stock market but now he is shouting to everyone that it is time to get in! The Wallet Doctor is not only sought after for investment advice and coaching in stock investing but also in futures trading and real estate investing. He also teaches investing in Spanish and Portuguese. For more information visit Dr. Browns site at www.BonanzaBase.comor sign up for his investment tips at

The first of Canadas aging baby boomers are poised to turn 65, and with this milestone birthday comes a variety of new health care concerns. In response to these changing medical needs, the Canadian health care system is preparing to handle some 10 million boomers whose reasons for visiting the hospital will range from hearing loss to long-term care. The aging of this Canadian demographic is inevitable, but falling into financial debt in order to pay for these services can be avoided. By thinking ahead to what medical services may be required, individuals are able to customize their health insurance accordingly.

Living in a country like Canada where health care is provided for all is an undeniable luxury. Yet, despite the many benefits of Canadian health care, there are gaps that exist in coverage. These gaps dictate the need for supplementary health insurance. Sadly, there are many instances where people have met with unexpected illness, but there are also many health issues that can be planned for. Aging is one such issue.

Some of the most common services required by seniors include: x-rays for weakening bones, a visit to the podiatrist for any number of foot related issues and testing and fitting hearing aids for hearing loss. Each of these services may be an inevitability for the aging individual, but they may not all be covered by the Canadian government. Provincial health plans vary from province to province with certain provinces offering a proscribed amount of money yearly for various necessities, such as a trip to the podiatrist. A visit to a specialized doctor or the purchase of a hearing aid can be very costly, and with little to no coverage, people are often left with a substantial financial burden. Supplemental health insurance is the best way for seniors to plan for and minimize these costs.

Opting for supplemental health insurance allows you to customize your plan to suit your individual needs. For many seniors, the prospect of spending time in a hospital is not a pleasant one, but with supplemental coverage, a private room in a health care facility can make the stay more comfortable. Not only does health insurance ease the worry that individuals may have concerning their own personal welfare, but it also helps to assuage the fears of family members on whom the burden of long-term care would fall.

As ten million Canadians begin to approach the time in their life when retiring is imminent, it becomes a necessity to plan for whatever eventualities the future might hold. Thinking ahead to answer the various demands of aging helps guarantee a peace of mind for yourself and your family and ensures that you are ready to face the challenge of lifes milestones.

About the author:
Anna Dorbyk is the editor for Canada Health Insurance and is a graduate student in Communication Studies at Concordia University. For more information on health insurance for Canadians please visit

VallDecorating a baby nursery can be one of the most enjoyable tasks that you have before your bundle of joy arrives. There are many baby nursery themes to choose from and narrowing it down to just one may be your most difficult decision.
Many parents know the sex of the baby in time to tailor a nursery to a baby girl or baby boy theme. If you dont know the sex of your baby there are many color combos that are gender neutral such as periwinkle and celery green. Or perhaps you would like a neutral theme with beiges and creams. You could choose and all white room with just splashes of color used in the accessories that can be changed to suit your child as it grows.
Once you pick your theme and begin the task of decorating your nursery dont forget about these essentials;
Cribs – Your baby will use the crib for 2 or 3 years but, if you would like to use it for longer, then pick one of the many convertible cribs on the market. These beds go from a crib, to a toddler bed, to a young childs bed, with just a few quick changes. Of course, always buy a crib that is certified as safe. Most cribs on the market today will have that certification.
Changing tables choose a changing table that matches your dcor but as with cribs safety is important. The table you choose should have safety straps and rails to keep your baby from falling off the table. And of course the changing table should have a nice cushy pad to keep your baby comfortable while changing diapers.
Storage – determine how much storage you will need. Then pick baby furniture such as armoires, dressers, blanket chests and toy boxes that will blend in with your dcor.
Seating Of course dont forget Mom (or Dad) and pick a comfortable chair or glider rocker which will be great for those late night feedings or when singing a lullaby to baby.
After the theme is picked and the essentials for the room are decided upon you can begin to choose the accessories such as rugs, window treatments, wall dcor, wallpaper and paint. Just remember when decorating your baby nursery keep it fun! This is your chance to do things you wouldnt do in the rest of your house. Start with the essentials and then go for it!

About the author:
Valerie DuVall is a
professional decorator in the Metro New York area. Visit her sites for tips and
resources forbaby nursery decor
and home decor.

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