Changing sleep patterns

Toddler 101: Introducing a new sibling

Introducing a new baby to the family can be a huge transition for everyone. With the sudden shift in family dynamics, parent's attention, and the shake up to day to day life, it's no wonder many older children struggle with feelings of insecurity, sadness, anger, frustration,...

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...

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....

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...

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...