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Yeah. Labor Day did me in. I was just realizing how I still need to write the post for ‘tomorrow’ (which was supposed ot be Wednesday) and I realized it IS Wednesday! Have a happy Wednesday. I hope you all are better at catching up with the Monday holiday than I am 🙂


Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Patty
    September 7, 2011 / 9:34 PM

    Hi Val! Happy Labor Day! This is my first time posting a question. Up to now, I've found an answer through your blog to every question while implementing BW. Here it is: my DS is 10 months, 9 months adjusted. His naps used to be great (1.5-2 hours in the morning and 1.5-2 hours in the afternoon). He would fall asleep within 15 minutes or less. For a few weeks now, he plays 30 min – 1 hr in his crib before sleeping for only an hour or so! I've tried putting him down earlier and later. I've tried making sure he's getting enough "exercise" and also having quiet time. Any help is appreciated!

  2. Kristin
    September 8, 2011 / 12:36 AM

    That's funny – it was after 11 am and no new post and I thought, that's weird I know she usually posts at 10, I hope everything is ok. Oh, it's probably Blogger… Clearly, you are a regimented blogger and I, reader. Also? I may need other things in my life… 🙂

  3. amybeth
    September 8, 2011 / 4:00 PM

    I'm a new mom (4 week old baby boy) and I just wanted to say thank you again and again for posting all of what you post! I'm starting babywise (and love it… starting to feel like a human again!) and SO many of my questions have been answered here. God BLESS YOU!!

  4. Plowmanators
    September 23, 2011 / 4:32 AM

    Patty,First, think about what has changed between when he was sleeping well and when he stopped. If nothing has changed at all, is he teething? Does he need more food in the day?And if there is nothing there, then try lenthening waketime a bit–up to two hours before his first nap and before his second nap. Once you get to two hours, stay there and see if naps get better.

  5. Plowmanators
    September 23, 2011 / 4:34 AM

    Kristin, I must say I am glad someone out there is interested enough to know my posting schedule 🙂

  6. Plowmanators
    September 23, 2011 / 4:35 AM

    Thanks so much Amybeth! I appreciate it!

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