Routine

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,...

Travel and Sleep

Whether you are traveling away from home by a little or a long distance, inevitably being out of routine and away from your creature comforts can create some degree of apprehension and insecurity—and consequently, sleep may regress temporarily. To minimize the disruption on sleep and...

10 tips to help your toddler sleep longer in the morning

Being out of routine, developmental milestones, leaps and other unforeseen occurrences such as teething and illness can all contribute to early morning wakings, and too often this can form habit. Whilst 6:00am is considered a 'reasonable' time for a child to wake for the day, many parents report...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...