Author: Sophie Acott

Optimising the sleep environment

Light, noise, sound, temperature, smells and toxins can impact on a child’s ability to sleep well. The optimal environment may be influenced by the age and sensitivity of your child e.g. babies under 12 months may require additional bedding layers as they are unable to...

Why I don’t do cry it out (CIO)

Whether you opt for cry it out, no cry, or no sleep training at all, is a personal decision, and one which should be made for the 'greater good' of the whole family in mind. It can be a contentious topic, so let me first start...

Solutions for a catnapping baby

Catnapping, or consistently short naps in the first six months (usually between 20 to 40 minutes), albeit developmentally normal, can be extremely frustrating for parents - who often recall that they spend their entire day settling and re-settling their babies for sleep - usually unsuccessfully....

Attachment Parenting – for hippies, or just every day parents?

Attachment parenting isn't just a new age parenting choice. It is no more tree hugging, chai-sipping, or mungbean eating than any other parenting style. It doesn't have to translate to baby wearing 24/7, tandem feeding, co-sleeping, or breastfeeding to the age of five. Put simply, attachment...

Top 10 tips for flying with kids

We have traveled long haul international (14 + hrs) with our kids from as young as six weeks old (the youngest recommended age to travel) - and believe it or not, the younger they are, the easier it is! With holidays just around the corner, here are...

Does teething affect sleep?

Despite many professionals claiming that teething doesn’t affect sleep patterns or behavior, I couldn’t disagree more. A tooth erupting through the surface of the gums creates a localized inflammatory response, consequently triggering an immune response. Symptoms of illness may present if bacteria enters the inflamed/open...

Handling Sleep Regression

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over, and over.. and expecting a different result. Sound like parenthood much? I hear too often parents telling me that their child (who was once a great sleeper), has–two, three or four months down the track–turned into a...

The four month sleep regression

Just when many of us finally feel we are getting some predictability with our newborn's sleeping patterns…. BANG! Along comes the four-month sleep regression! In Wonder Weeks language, this equates to Mental Leap 4, which starts between 14.5-19.5 weeks. If you are experiencing this, you may find some comfort...

Transitioning from one nap to none

The process of dropping naps can be an exhausting, frustrating and lengthy one for some parents - taking anywhere between a few weeks to a month (or more). Variables will include your child's age, activity levels, developmental stage and temperament (among others). It is not...

Dealing with Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety peaks between 10 to 18 months and usually subsides around two to three years of age. However, some children can show signs of this as early as six months when they begin to develop object permanence. Children of all ages thrive on love and...