Emily McDonald

Emily McDonald
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Emily is originally from the MetroWest area but has been in Central Mass for about 15 years. She, first, was a dog mom who loved to travel with her Siberian Husky and Shiba Inu before she met her husband. Then, she settled down in a nice farm town and added two children to her pack. She enjoys traveling with her family and has a crazy hobby of collecting limited edition cloth diapers. When she is not home (or on an adventure) with her kids, she works as a paramedic and as a certified pediatric sleep consultant.
Holiday Sleep

Planning for the Best [Sleep] this Holiday Season

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Regardless of how your family is celebrating this year, sleep could be affected. You may be traveling to see friends and family, maybe you are hosting a holiday this year. Perhaps, you are staying...
Time Change | Central Mass Mom

Falling Back: Getting Sleep After Changing the Clocks

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The dreaded time change! Anyone else hoping this is the last time we have to change the clocks? I supposed the "extra" hour of sleep (if you don't have kids) in the...
Elements of a Perfect Nursery | Central Mass Mom

Elements of the Perfect Nursery: Considering Necessities Over Extravagance

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We all want to have that picture-perfect nursery in the Pottery Barn catalog. But is that really practical? Heck no. It is pretty and expensive and has way more than you need....
Children Sleep | Central Mass Mom

Getting Children to Sleep in Stressful Times

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A lot of parents have reported that their once perfect sleepers starting exhibiting difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep back in the spring. Many felt that as the "chaos" died down and...
Crib to Big Kid Bed | Central Mass Mom

Transitioning from Crib to Big Kid Bed: When & How to Make the Move

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Congratulations, your little one just turned one! They are officially a toddler. Time for a big kid bed! NOPE! Don't ditch that crib yet. My advice? Stay in that crib for as long as...
Adult nap | Central Mass Mom

Going from Zero to One Nap: The Adult Nap Transition

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Okay, while this isn’t really a thing, and not ALL adults need a nap on a regular basis, let’s talk about it. I know there are some days where I know I’m not going...
Travel Sleep | Central Mass Mom

Rest on the Road: Sleep Tips for Traveling with Kids

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Vacations and travel are going to be a bit different for a lot of families this year. With travel restrictions and many avoiding air travel, there might be some long-distance car rides in your...
Sleep Regression | Central Mass Mom

Developmental Milestones and Their Effect on Sleep

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Everyone has heard about sleep regressions. But what if I told you that sleep regressions are anything but a regression? Regressions are a “return to a former or lesser developed state” (Oxford). That cannot...
Toddler Boundaries at Bedtime | Central Mass Mom

Navigating Toddler Boundaries at Bedtime

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Toddlers have a lot going on as they try to navigate the world. Creating boundaries is important to help teach them self-discipline, keep them safe and healthy, and can help with coping.  In regards to...
Child in Car Seat | Central Mass Mom

How to Properly Secure Your Child in the Car Seat

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Disclaimer: I am not a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), however I am well versed in car seat safety. When in doubt, check with a local certified CPST! Fun fact: In the Commonwealth of...