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How to Parent a Newborn During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jane Chertoff  New parents are facing additional challenges during the coronavirus pandemic while trying to care for their newborns. Here's the advice experts give to keep your baby safe and healthy. Learning the ropes as a new parent can feel overwhelming even at the best of times. But if you've had a new addition join your family in the last few months, trying to keep your baby safe and healthy in the midst of a global health pandemic can make your day-to-day seem even more daunting. From seeing your pediatrician over a screen instead of in person, to securing the formula and wipes you need while everyone else is hoarding supplies, COVID-19 has created a challenging new reality that new...

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How to Sleep Train Toddlers and Big Kids

If your child has graduated from a crib to a bed but resists falling asleep and staying asleep, I can guarantee two things. First, you are fed up and tired. Second, the classic sleep-training techniques you’ve heard about like “Cry It Out” won’t work. Your child is too stubborn and strong now—and most kids this age won’t just stay in bed and cry. But don’t despair! As the director of the Yale Pediatric Sleep Center, I know there are effective techniques for older children, and I’m going to share a few of my favorites. Whichever method you choose, the solution is to peel back your involvement at bedtime by having your child deal with your absence for short periods of time, and...

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