L Is for Lights Out

To help your little night owl understand when it’s bedtime, keep her room dark. Forgo nightlights and use dark curtains or blackout shades to simulate nighttime during the day. When it’s time for her to wake up, whether in the morning or after a nap, open the curtains and let light in to help her

Desperate parents

Desperate parents try just about anything to stop the tears. But what works for one baby may have little effect on another. Jessica Johnson of Beacon, New York, tried soothing her colicky daughter with long walks in the stroller, car rides and gripe water. “It all just came down to me holding, rocking and patting

Perfect baby

Her newborn daughter was the perfect baby — for a week and a half. Then the screaming started. “She just cried nonstop, hours upon hours, pretty much all day,” Jenn Borst of Danbury, Connecticut, recalls with a shudder. “There was barely anything that would soothe her.” The wailing became a way of life for Borst,

W Is for White Noise

For decades it's been known that older children suffer speech and language delays when their exposure to adult speech is limited. Researchers decided to see if the same thing applied to preterm infants, who often have speech delays as toddlers. Don’t give your baby the silent treatment! In utero, your baby was used to constant sounds,

V is for Voice

A new study suggests that premature babies have better language skills by 18 months of age if they're exposed to more adult talk very early in life. For decades it's been known that older children suffer speech and language delays when their exposure to adult speech is limited. Researchers decided to see if the same thing applied

T Is for Telling a Story

It doesn’t really matter at this point if it’s Goodnight Moon or Twilight (she can’t understand yet and you might as well entertain yourself), reading a story before bed in a soothing voice is relaxing. It’s also a great habit to carry on throughout childhood. It doesn’t really matter at this point if it’s Goodnight

Q Is for Quirky Fixes

A new study suggests that premature babies have better language skills by 18 months of age if they're exposed to more adult talk very early in life.For decades it's been known that older children suffer speech and language delays when their exposure to adult speech is limited. Researchers decided to see if the same thing

P Is for Pacifiers

A binky at bedtime can help your little one soothe himself to sleep, and studies show that it may also protect against SIDS. Mom trick: When your baby is sound asleep, remove the pacifier from his mouth so he doesn’t wake up if it falls out. Make sure the pacifier you use is soft like