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.
Infant crawling wearing just a cloth diaper, green with octopus pattern on it.

Why I Chose to Cloth Diaper

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There are plenty of blogs out there that tell you all the pros and cons of cloth diapering. Some families choose to do so for financial reasons, or environmental concerns, or a combination of...
toddler standing in his crib, not sleeping because he is ready to drop naps

When Is It Time to Drop Naps?

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The all important question. When is it time to drop naps? Is it time to drop THE nap? There is not a specific time or age that works for all kids. As with many things...
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Daylight Savings Time is Coming, It’s Almost Time to Lose That Hour of Sleep

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It’s that time of year again. The daylight hours are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and it’s time to “spring ahead”. That precious hour of sleep will magically disappear.  Since the Daylight Savings...
Child having a Night Terror

 Night Terrors Can Be Terrifying

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It was one sweltering evening while we were visiting my dad in Vermont (yup it can get sweltering there). Both kids had skipped their naps and were exhausted. My youngest woke up a few...
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I Still Haven’t Slept a Full Night Since The Time Change

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"I Still Haven't Slept a Full Night Since The Time Change". This is not only one of the biggest complaints for clients this time of year, it happens to my family too. Rolling the...
sleeping baby wrapped in a swaddle laying in a bassinette

Creating Realistic Sleep Expectations

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When I became a first time parent, I did not have realistic sleep expectations. A bunch of my friends had told me all about how their kids slept through the night and that dream...
5 odd behaviors children find soothing

Odd Behaviors Children Find Soothing

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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

Safe Sleep for Toddlers

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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

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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...
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Surviving the Spring Forward: Sleep Tips for Daylight Savings Time

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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...

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