Mommywise Blog

Parenting wisdom, baby sleep and beyond. Written with love by Natalie Nevares.

The #1 Worst Sleep Training Tip: Drowsy but Awake

“Put your baby down drowsy but awake,” said Baby Experts everywhere.  “Just do X every Continue Reading

Sleep Training Sleepwear: Do’s & Don’ts for Safety and Success

Here’s what we know from over 10 years of observing babies through sleep training – Continue Reading

Sleep Training Safety: Top 3 Crib Hazards

Did you know that safe sleep practices change as your baby grows? And, that some Continue Reading

Our Top Tips for Safe Sleep

You’ve probably heard a lot about safe sleep, but how vigilant should you be? Where Continue Reading

Why Sleep Training Fails

Most parents have already tried sleep training by the time they reach out to us. Continue Reading

What is the best age to sleep train?

Everyone gives you a different opinion, and you’re confused about what is the best age. Continue Reading

Sleep Training When You Need It Most

Stuck at home with a baby who isn’t sleeping, without childcare during this global pandemic Continue Reading

Is CIO the Best Method?

About 4 months after her son was born, a friend reached out and asked, “Do Continue Reading

Is Sleep Training Covered by FSA or HSA?

Yes! It’s a recent a thing that most people don’t yet know, but in-home sleep Continue Reading

Sleep Training a 5-Month Old

I helped a family sleep train their 5-month-old baby over the past weekend. I do Continue Reading

The difference between a Sleep Consultant and a Sleep Trainer

Let me guess. You’re here because you were Googling “sleep trainer” or “sleep consultant” at Continue Reading

Fall back: Daylight savings & baby sleep training

I won’t lie, the end of Daylight Savings (DLS) for parents kind of sucks. Babies Continue Reading

Good Infant Sleep Habits Are Healthy All Around

Babies sleep a lot. We know this. We also know (or, most of us do, Continue Reading

Spring Forward!

Daylight savings sucks in the fall, but in this direction, it’s easy-peasy. You’re just moving Continue Reading

Do you love your body?

If you’re a woman, you probably have strong feelings about your body. Love or hate Continue Reading

It’s not about the baby

A lot of you know me as a baby sleep expert. But what you might Continue Reading

Sleep Training: What if She Cries?

(The following article originally appeared in New York Family on October 27, 2014.)  Natalie Nevares Continue Reading

True Story: What Happens When I Sleep With Families

I don’t talk about what I really do in my work, because I’m afraid I Continue Reading

When to Sleep Train Your Baby

There are an infinite number of people who will tell you what you “should” and Continue Reading

Don’t Wait Until You’re Drowning

If you’re a Type-A, perfectionist control-freak; in touch with your inner Jewish martyr mother (like Continue Reading

You’re Doing it All Wrong

OK so the subject sounds harsh, but I’d like to talk about this right vs. Continue Reading

Family Travel Doesn’t Have to Suck

So the holidays are here, you’re traveling with your family, and you’re biting your nails, Continue Reading

If Mama Ain’t Happy . . . Your Family’s Temple Will Crumble

The old saying is true. Like it or not, you (mom) set the tone for Continue Reading

Perfect Mom: An Oxymoron

If you’re anything like me, you’ve planned motherhood to fit neatly into the space between Continue Reading

When Crisis Forces You to Change

If you you’re feeling tension with your partner, boss, feeling anxious, confused, or stuck in Continue Reading

Don’t Let the Breastfeeding Police Scare You!

I suspect that everyone reading this already knows that breastfeeding is best for babies; that Continue Reading

Top 5 Travel Tips for Families with Babies & Toddlers

As a committed international adventure traveler, I often get asked for tips for traveling with Continue Reading

Getting to Sleep: Why Fear of Failure is Paralyzing You

Those of you who already know me, know that I’m totally transparent and humble about Continue Reading

True Story: My Toddler Told Me I Was Depressed

One day, shortly after my son was born, my 2 ½ year-old-daughter asked me to Continue Reading

The Oxygen Mask & Motherhood: Self-Care Tips for Moms

Next week, I’ll be on a plane to Mexico, and all of this air travel Continue Reading

Sleep Training Tips for Parents: How to Sleep More & Do Less

In this video, I share some of my tips for parents of babies and toddlers Continue Reading

Escape Tips for Moms: How to Leave Your Kids!

I’m leaving my family to spend a week on the beach with a girlfriend. No Continue Reading

Traveling With Babies & Toddlers: Top 3 Survival Tips!

Real question from a real mom: “Will it ever get easier traveling with a baby Continue Reading

Dear Bread Winners & Stay at Home Parents:

You both have jobs, but only one of you gets paid. There’s a common myth Continue Reading

Helping Your Baby Sleep – Can You Do Less?

You lovingly rocked and shushed and soothed your newborn, and have likely enjoyed many peaceful Continue Reading

Embracing Change: The Only Solution

You’re a new parent, and you’re trying to roll with all the constant changes. One Continue Reading

If You Need a Good Cry, Watch This…

I rarely watch video links, but when my favorite writer emails one to me, I open it. Continue Reading

What if You Hate Being a Mom?

Yesterday, I spoke with a new mom who’s having a rough time. She’s at home Continue Reading

Moms on Right vs. Wrong Sleep Parenting

If you’re a parent, you probably have strong opinions about how babies and/or toddlers should Continue Reading

Should I Tell You the Truth? Read if You Dare…

Dear Mel, I wish someone had told me that motherhood isn’t always the most joyous, Continue Reading

Humility, Gratitude and Optimism for 2012

Moving into 2012, I’m taking the opportunity to reflect on 2011, celebrate accomplishments and failures, Continue Reading

Why Keeping Up With the Joneses in NYC is a Losing Game

Have you ever looked around your new moms group, and worried that all the other Continue Reading

Why I Abandonded My Family

Maybe you’ve never felt this, or maybe you simply can’t admit it to yourself. But Continue Reading

Your Kids Don’t Care About Your Stock Portfolio; They Want Happy Parents

I write and think a lot about work/family balance, and how difficult it is to Continue Reading

If You Feel Like You’re Failing at Motherhood, You Are Not Alone

Seven years ago today, I became a mom. It was as humbling then as it Continue Reading

Mommy-Guilt: Why is it Difficult to Tear Ourselves Away?

Dads don’t often understand mommy-guilt or why we feel it. They have no problem taking Continue Reading

Moms: Have You Lost Friends Due to Your Parenting Choices?

It’s a fact: new moms judge other moms about their parenting choices. I’ve been there, Continue Reading

Should You Let Your Baby Cry it Out?

As a new parent, you will do anything to shush your baby’s tears. You feed Continue Reading

Zen and the Art of Work-Family-Self Balance

I want to live in a world where parents don’t have to choose between career Continue Reading

5 Mom Taboos Exposed + 5 Guilt-Liberation Tips!

Parenting is really, really hard. I’ve got 2 kids, 2 years apart, and I’m still Continue Reading

Happy Parents = Happy Kids

In our race to build careers, create financial security, and amass material things for our Continue Reading

The Similarity Between Religions & Parenting Theories

Some people ask me if I believe in any particular parenting theory, and the answer Continue Reading

How Parenting is Like Horseback Riding

The first time I rode a horse as an adult was with my husband in Continue Reading

Why Sleep Training Should Be Re-Branded

Brand managers and marketers recreate brand image by renaming products, especially if their products receive Continue Reading

The Oxygen Mask and Self-Care

We’ve probably all heard the flight attendant speech many times. You know, the speech that Continue Reading

Is Your Family Sleeping?

Increasingly, I’m hearing from more and more parents who aren’t sleeping. At all. Or if Continue Reading

A New Mom is Born!

Today I want to honor my colleague-partner-client, Sara Frohlich, who recently joined the New Mom Continue Reading

Did You Consiously Choose Parenthood?

In my former life as a luxury travel consultant, one of my favorite clients asked Continue Reading

Are You a Bad Mom?

Before we have kids, I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us Continue Reading

Zen and the Art of Work-Family-Self Balance

I want to live in a world where parents don’t have to choose between career Continue Reading

Top 5 Tips for Childbirth with an Epidural

Some of us are simply petrified of natural childbirth, and that’s nothing to be ashamed Continue Reading

Five Human Rights for a Drug-Free Hospital Birth

Due to the astronomical cost increases of medical malpractice insurance, nearly all of the birthing Continue Reading

New Parents: Will You Accept Help?

There’s a problem that I’ve been trying to put my finger on for some time. Continue Reading

Attachment Parenting or the Alternative?

If you’ve moved beyond pregnancy and childbirth books, you might begin to notice that there’s Continue Reading

When Life Spins Out of Control, Retreat to Mexico!

On September 25th 2009, I found myself in a very strange place. I was at Continue Reading

New Moms: Back Off and Let Dads be Dads

I’m a control freak and I know it. Many of my women friends are; we Continue Reading

If your newborn sleeps through the night…

Crazy things happen when you become a mommy. You may experience an excruciatingly painful, unconditional Continue Reading

What if you can’t breastfeed?

I suspect that everyone reading this already knows that breastfeeding is best for babies; that Continue Reading

Why Choose Parenthood?

How many of you reading this deliberately chose parenthood? I’m not talking about that biological Continue Reading

Befriending your mama-fears

I recently attended an inspirational mini-seminar, in which the facilitator asked participants to “befriend” their Continue Reading

What to believe if you’re expecting?

You’re expecting a baby, you’re reading a lot, and you’re getting confused about what to Continue Reading

Circumcision Decision

If you’re having a boy, will he be circumcised? Have you thought about it? The Continue Reading

Delivering Happiness

There’s been a lot of chatter amongst parents about New York Magazine’s recent cover story, Continue Reading

Are you a “natural” woman?

By this I mean do you want an epidural or not? It’s an increasingly complex Continue Reading

Maternity and Postpartum Fashion

Maternity fashion has come a long way, but it’s got a long way to go. Continue Reading

Pregnancy and Fear of Medical Practitioners

I recently spoke with a woman who was 31 weeks pregnant with her second baby. Continue Reading

Expecting what, exactly?

Anyone reading this is probably “expecting”, an “expectant” mom, aka pregnant. She has probably read Continue Reading

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