Breaking habits

How to help your toddler sleep in bed, and stay there!

Let's set the scene: It's 2.30am, you're woken from a lovely deep sleep by a not-so-inconspicuous little person jumping into bed with you. Amongst the heavy breathing, random elbows to the ribs, balancing on the bed edge and limited doona, you manage to salvage what little sleep you...

Breaking sleep habits and encouraging self-settling

Children of all ages seek comfort in movement (rocking, car, carrier), sucking (breast, bottle, dummy) and closeness (touch, holding, parental presence) to fall asleep, and back to sleep when they wake from a nap or overnight. Although these actions are helpful when satisfying neonatal reflexes...

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...

Hump Day Q&A – Transitioning from rocking, feeding, patting or holding to sleep to self settling

This week's question comes from Lauren who asks:  "I have a 9 month old (8 months corrected) who still needs to be held/rocked or fed to sleep. Any ideas or tips on how to gently transition him to self settling? "   Additional links: http://sleepplaylove.co/breaking-feedrockpat-sleep-cycle/ http://sleepplaylove.co/getting-routine/ http://sleepplaylove.co/product/ready-to-go-sleep-plan/ http://sleepplaylove.co/when-can-my-baby-self-settle/ Pantley's Gentle Removal Plan Instructions...

Hump Day Q&A – Early Rising

This week's question comes from Olivia; she asks about how to combat the early risers. You can refer to by two articles Combating the early risers, and 10 Tips to help your toddler sleep longer in the morning for further info and tips :)...

Toddler resisting bedtime? here’s why, and what you can do

There are many reasons why our toddlers may start resisting naps and bedtime. From experience, if this is a gradual change (over a few days or more), then usually this can be attributed to routine (call for a change in routine,  having been out of routine, or lack...

Night weaning: when and how?

Many professionals claim that a baby is physiologically “ready” to sleep through the night without feeds from six months of age. Professionally, I find that this largely depends on the child; their current health, weight, developmental stage, whether they are breast or formula-fed, if they...

To dummy, or not to dummy?

To dummy or not to dummy? that is the question I am  often asked by sleep deprived parents desperately needing a break from the around the clock feeding and crying in the early weeks. I have no problem with the dummy; in fact it can be...