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Creating positive sleep associations

Positive sleep associations – or cues – are key to establishing sustainable sleep patterns. This involves implementing a consistent and predictable nap and bedtime routine which can be replicated by anyone, anywhere, at any time. Positive sleep associations day and night provide children with predictability, security and the necessary wind-down time before bed which can help to promote self-settling and minimize bedtime resistance and night…

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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 effectively regulate their own body temperature, or a soft light night may be necessary for older toddlers, as some may…

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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 by stating: whilst I don’t endorse cry it out professionally,  personally, I understand the demands of modern day parenting and therefore,…

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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. This is, in fact, a natural daytime sleep pattern from birth to six months as a baby is establishing his…

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Attachment Parenting – for hippies, or just every day parents?

Attachment parenting isn’t just a new age parenting choice. It is no more tree hugging, chai-sipping, or mungbean eating than any other parenting style. It doesn’t have to translate to baby wearing 24/7, tandem feeding, co-sleeping, or breastfeeding to the age of five. Put simply, attachment parenting really refers to the mother’s ability to consciously follow and respond to her baby’s cues accordingly. Otherwise referred to…

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Top 10 tips for flying with kids

We have traveled long haul international (14 + hrs) with our kids from as young as six weeks old (the youngest recommended age to travel) – and believe it or not, the younger they are, the easier it is! With holidays just around the corner, here are my top 10 tips to ease the stress and make flying with kids a little more bearable! 1) Timing, Timing,…

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Does teething affect sleep?

Despite many professionals claiming that teething doesn’t affect sleep patterns or behavior, I couldn’t disagree more. A tooth erupting through the surface of the gums creates a localized inflammatory response, consequently triggering an immune response. Symptoms of illness may present if bacteria enters the inflamed/open gums –  extremely common due to the fact that babies at these times chew on anything and everything they can…

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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–turned into a nightmare at bedtime. Sometimes there is a definitive catalyst for sleep regression, and sometimes it feels as though…

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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 in knowing that this developmental leap is Universal. Frustration, exhaustion, tears, rocking in the fetal position, sleep deprivation, and screaming profanities…

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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 uncommon at these times to experience sleep regression such as; bedtime resistance, increased night waking and early rising as a…

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