Emily McDonald

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.

5 Odd Behaviors Children Find Soothing

Babies are not born with self-soothing/regulating skills, these skill develop over the first four months of life. Self-soothing tends to be associated with babies who are able to fall back to sleep on their...

Safe Sleep for Toddlers

When we talk about safe sleep, it usually revolves around newborns and infants. But it's important to make sure that sleep continues to be safe for toddlers too. Some of the rules change once...
Safe Sleep | Central Mass Mom

Normalizing Safe Sleep

When I was pregnant with my oldest child, I got so many recommendations for all sorts of products. Everyone was a baby expert. You have to get a dock-a-tot, your baby will sleep through...
Spring Forward | Central Mass Mom

Surviving the Spring Forward: Sleep Tips for Daylight Savings Time

The clocks change yet again on March 14th. Even though this ritual feels completely antiquated and terrible for our sleep, it keeps happening. Jumping forward an hour can be difficult. It can cause some...
Early Wake-ups | Central Mass Mom

How to Counter Early Wake-ups

Early wake-ups do not have an easy answer. There are a few factors to take into consideration. Frankly, this is going to feel like a choose-your-own-adventure. There just isn't a one size fits all answer....
Teething | Central Mass Mom

My Child is Teething and Won’t Sleep

Teething has long been blamed for sleep disturbances. It seems that teething has become a catch-all for some relatively vague symptoms with no solid diagnosis. ⁣Yup, a teething child can be a bear. They...
Holiday Sleep

Planning for the Best [Sleep] this Holiday Season

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

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 fall is...
Elements of a Perfect Nursery | Central Mass Mom

Elements of the Perfect Nursery: Considering Necessities Over Extravagance

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. In fact,...
Children Sleep | Central Mass Mom

Getting Children to Sleep in Stressful Times

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 things went...

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