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Tricks to Get Your Child to Sleep Faster and Better

| August 3, 2017 | 5 Comments
Tricks to Get Your Child to Sleep Faster and Better

    Tricks to Get Your Child to Sleep Faster and Better Bedtime, that precious part of the day that parents live for. While we enjoy our little people and their busy lives we also need a few moments of peace before we got to bed at night too. So what can you do when […]

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5 Easy Ways to Sleep Peacefully During Late Pregnancy

| March 27, 2017 | 2 Comments
5 Easy Ways to Sleep Peacefully During Late Pregnancy

  5 Easy Ways to Sleep Peacefully during Late Pregnancy It is the last leg of your pregnancy, you are in your third trimester and coming in fast for the final stretch (pardon the pun). Pretty soon, you will be experiencing the happiness of being a parent first hand. You are so close that you […]

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Confession of a Guiltless and Well-Rested Mommy

| October 24, 2016 | 8 Comments
Confession of a Guiltless and Well-Rested Mommy

  CONFESSION OF A GUILTLESS AND WELL-RESTED MOMMY   I have a confession to make and I know many of you will identify with what I am about to share with you. I, Julie Cloutier, lay down next to my 5 year old son every night to help him fall asleep. There, I said it […]

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Wakey, Wakey

Wakey, Wakey

I do  love seeing my kids’ shining little faces each morning. But sometimes, particularly lately where the early July sunrise means “it’s daytime, Mama” as of 5 a.m., it’s also nice to dream of a bit of time to come to terms with reality first. Wakey, Wakey! Every so often, I get a teaser. Nice […]

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12 Tips to Improve Your Sleep and Prevent Adrenal Fatigue

12 Tips to Improve Your Sleep and Prevent Adrenal Fatigue

What is stress? Any life change, whether positive or negative is a stress on the body.  The adrenal glands which sit on top of the kidneys pump out cortisol, also known as adrenaline, in response to stress. Normally cortisol is higher in the morning and lower at night.  It peaks in response to stress to […]

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Circadian Rhythms

Circadian Rhythms

Do you have kids with different circadian rhythms? It seems I have one “rooster” kid and one “owl” kid; in other words, one is a morning person and the other a night person.   I’ve always been a morning person, myself; at the age of three, I’d be up having porridge with my dad before sunrise, […]

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The Gift of Sleep: A Workshop for Parents Ready to Embrace Great Sleep and a #Giveaway ~ Ottawa Area 01/27

| January 20, 2015 | 11 Comments
The Gift of Sleep: A Workshop for Parents Ready to Embrace Great Sleep and a #Giveaway ~ Ottawa Area 01/27

Happy New Year! Is better sleep your resolution for 2015? With a fresh year of possibilities ahead of us, what are your goals? If improving your family’s sleep is on your list of priorities then I’m ready to help! And you can be prepared to save with this exciting group workshop! I’m offering a unique […]

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A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

| April 7, 2014 | 4 Comments
A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

It was 2 am and my baby’s breathing was labored.  He was visibly struggling for air, his neck muscles activated trying to pull in air against resistance.   My empathy for him was crippling, and there was a terrible feeling of uncertainty in my chest about how to help him.  Finally, we pulled the trigger…. that’s […]

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Creating Healthy Sleep Habits For Newborns

| April 1, 2014 | 2 Comments
Creating Healthy Sleep Habits For Newborns

The first 3 months of a baby’s life are so special. Those 9 months of waiting for baby’s appearance are behind you and the awe of having this little person beside you is overwhelming. Who knew such big love could come in such a small package. The first few weeks of a baby’s life, baby […]

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5 Hints to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

| December 19, 2013 | 6 Comments
5 Hints to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

This time of year everyone is busy and has a mile long to do list and then it happens. . . they get sick. It seems logical as we tend to do more indoors and get less fresh air, run around more buying gifts but skip out on the gym, get way more done but […]

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How Can I Help my Baby to Nap Longer than 45 Minutes?

| November 15, 2013 | 4 Comments
How Can I Help my Baby to Nap Longer than 45 Minutes?

Nap lengths can vary greatly in these early months. Yes it would be great if your baby had 1.5-2 hour naps however this is not always possible. Babies under 6 months have sleep cycles somewhere between 45 minutes and 60 minutes long and when your baby wakes up after a complete sleep cycle it may […]

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Sleep – A Remembrance

| November 6, 2013 | 3 Comments
Sleep – A Remembrance

  I love sleep.  I do.  I saw a funny e-card that read something like: “Dear Naps: I’m sorry I was so mean to you in kindergarten”.  Cracked me up – because it was so true. Before Little Man came along, I would sleep until the last possible second before I would have to get […]

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Father’s Day

| June 15, 2013 | 2 Comments
Father’s Day

My husband is an awesome Dad. I love him to bits for it and so do our boys. Given that our boys are only four and two, however, the responsibility of Father’s Day falls to me. Sure we will make a card (store-bought cards mean almost nothing to my husband) and my older son will […]

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First Post and “Tender” Days

| June 3, 2013 | 6 Comments
First Post and “Tender” Days

Hello! I’m delighted to be included on one of the best sites this glorious city has to offer for moms! As a working mom to 3.5 year-old “Little Man” and wife of 8 years to “Big Man”, as well as working for a wonderful organization, I will be writing about life as a working mom, […]

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5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleeping patterns in children change frequently and can be altered by many factors. Figuring out the underlying cause of sleep issues in children is important so it can be addressed appropriately. Common causes of sleep disturbances in children include: teething, cold/flus, ear infections, night terrors, anxiety/fears, bed wetting, and changes of sleep environment. Regardless of […]

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Broken Nights

Broken Nights

Ayoye, I’m not used to these broken nights anymore. I’ve been spoiled by full nights of sleep since Big Bro was very young. I think we encouraged this by ‘giving him a minute’ when he’d wake up fussing… as in, “Let’s give him a minute to see if he can learn to connect sleep cycles.” […]

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Liquid gold for the working mom’s soul: SLEEP

| February 4, 2013 | 2 Comments
Liquid gold for the working mom’s soul: SLEEP

I’m a business woman.  I have 3 gorgeous kids: Poupoune (6), Cocotte (2) and Peanut, our precious 10 week old girl.  I’ve been in business full time since Cocotte was just a few months old and Dear works shifts. I don’t sleep.  Ever.  Well, maybe a 5 hour stretch here and there, but really usually […]

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