Toddler

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...

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...

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,...

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

What's new this week you ask? Three month growth spurt, and mental leap 3; which has seen us regress to hourly wakings overnight, irritability during the day, and lots of baby wearing! I'm also noticing increased drooling and clinginess, so I wouldn't be surprised if teeth are...

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...

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...

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...