Ask Grandma Maggie

Parenting & Childcare Advice
Peggy Moss (1933-2014), also known as Grandma Maggie, penned a parenting column on this site for many years. Back by popular demand, we are republishing the column, sharing with you the best of Grandma Maggie’s parenting and childcare advice.
Unfortunately Grandma Maggie is no longer able to take questions.
sleep

My son won’t take naps!

Hi Grandma Maggie,

I am a first time, stay-at-home mother who is having a heck of a time getting my 19 month old son to nap (I am also 36 weeks pregnant with my second son)! He has always been a little finicky in his napping (if we had any change in schedule it would take him a day or so to recover) but we have had the same routine since he was about 10 months old; bedtime from 7:30pm-7:30am, nap from 12:30-2:30pm. [Read more...]

Lull your baby to sleep with this light projector and sound machine

Helping your baby self-soothe and get to sleep is important for both babies and parents alike. The Baby Sleepy Lullabies Bear Projector from VTech puts colorful images on the baby’s ceiling. The projector also plays comforting sounds, including music, sounds from nature, or white noise, which helps block out sounds from the home while your baby is trying to fall asleep. [Read more...]

Sound Sleeper calms restless infants

The Sound Sleeper app promises “calming, soothing sounds of nature,” as well as white noise, relaxing melodies, and nursery rhymes — all to help your baby “relaxand drift gently off to sleep.

The software is billed as a “three-in-one sleep solution for you and your baby that will accompany you from birth to the toddler years.” It can “put your baby to sleep in minutes,” help the child stay asleep with its Listen Mode, and enable healthy sleep habits with the Sleep Tracking Mode. [Read more...]