Newborn

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....

BABY WON’T SLEEP? HERE’S 30 REASONS WHY….

Sleep is the among the most talked about, and contentious of topics for mums to be, new parents, and even the most experienced of parents. What most of us have in common, is that we are not getting enough, we worry that our children are not getting enough,...

When can my baby self settle?

Also known as the holy grail of all things children's sleep; “self soothing” or “self settling” is often confused with sleep training methodologies such as cry it out, controlled crying, responsive settling - or at worst, neglect. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Teaching a...

Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; WEEK EIGHT

Sleeping through the night (STN): is there such thing when you become a parent? Or is it just a fallacy? ..Well, yes, and no. See.. The more kids you have, the lower your probability of STN; and as Muphys Law would have it, the nights all of your kids sleep through without...

Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; WEEK SEVEN

I must say parenthood has challenged me beyond my wildest expectations. I never knew I was capable of experiencing such a spectrum and intensity of emotions; love, anger, happiness, exhaustion, joy, shame, frustration, surprise, insecurity, elation, sadness, pride.. to name a few. A newborn will push you...

Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; WEEK SIX

Parenthood is a constant string of first experiences; for our children also. This week, Jett caught his first cold. Poor little guy sounds like a pot bellied pig when he is feeding, and we can now add snoring like a freight train to his night-time repertoire (among the...

Sleep requirements by age

Have you ever wondered how much sleep your baby or child needs in a 24-hour period? Below is a guideline for the average requirements for naps and overnight sleep for 0-5 years: Age Overnight Naps Total Newborn to 2 months 8-9 hrs 7-9 hrs (3-5 Naps) 16-18 hrs 2-4 Months 9-10 hrs 4-5 hrs (3-5 Naps) 14-16 hrs 4-6...