Sleep Transitions

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...