Changing sleep patterns

Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; FIVE MONTHS

For young babies, symptoms of developmental leaps, teething, and illness (and their affect on sleep) can be frustratingly similar, blurring the boundaries of which point each one begin, and where they end. Often confusion sets for us as parents, and how we *should* respond to them at these...

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...

Emotional Wellbeing and Sleep

  Sleep and emotional well-being are synonymous. If our children are feeling insecure, overwhelmed, misunderstood, or they have been unable to express their feelings freely in the moment by day, it's almost a guarantee you will see this behaviour ‘play out’ in sleeping difficulties at night: bedtime refusal...

What you can REALLY expect: babies and sleep in the first year

Pre-kids, I had no idea of the magnitude that sleep (or the lack thereof) would impact my life. There is a plethora of information at our fingertips, telling us when our baby should be sleeping through the night; and if we don't meet these expectations, then we somehow feel like...

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...

Transitioning out of the swaddle

Swaddling is a fantastic way to respect your baby's need for a fourth trimester in the first three months of life. Wrapping your baby securely keeps them warm and feeling safe, and effectively works at switching on their 'calming reflex'. Not only this, but it helps them to...

Developmental milestones by age

Every time I mention developmental milestones to weary, sleep deprived parents, I see them cringe; usually, because these 'milestones' generally equate to irritability, sleep regression, and heightened clinginess (aka a parental nightmare). But these times are also an essential period of great growth, development, maturity, and learning cool new...