Sleep Training

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...

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...

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...

Sleep training for beginners

Many people ask me: "when is it appropriate to start sleep training"? Although I no longer do any "sleep training", I felt it was still fair to offer my take on the popular methods; what, why, and when. If you have decided that sleep training is for...