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When can my baby self settle?

Also known as the holy grail of all things children’s sleep; “self soothing” or “self settling” is often confused with sleep training methodologies such as cry it out, controlled crying, responsive settling – or at worst, neglect. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Teaching a child to self settle, in it’s simplest form, translates to teaching them that they are capable of falling asleep on their own….

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Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; Six Months

Ok…. So I know I said I was moving Jett into his own room. Well I did. What I failed to mention though, is that I am now sleeping on a mattress in his room. Not out of necessity, not out of habit, not out of (his) separation anxiety. Nope; for no other reason than that my heart felt so sad and empty ending our…

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Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; Five Months

For young babies, symptoms of developmental leaps, teething, and illness (and their affect on sleep) can be frustratingly similar, blurring the boundaries of which point each one begin, and where they end. Often confusion sets for us as parents, and how we *should* respond to them at these times. This sums up my experience of 5 months rather perfectly! For us, I feel the only way to get through…

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Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; Four Months

Just when many of us finally feel we are getting some predictability with sleeping patterns…. BANG! Along comes the Four Month Sleep Regression! In Wonder Weeks terms, this also equates to Mental Leap 4: Events (which starts between 14.5-19.5 weeks). If you are going through this, you may find some comfort in knowing that this developmental leap is Universal. Frustration, exhaustion, tears, rocking in the foetal position, sleep deprivation, and…

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Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; Week Twelve

Many will claim that things magically get better from the three month mark. I don’t know if it is so much as magic as a lot of long nights, early mornings, and blood, sweat and tears in the process; literally! The main improvement I notice as the weeks go by, is Jett’s consistency with night sleeps. I am extremely grateful we are no longer awake for hours…

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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 imminent! My mantra (as always): this too shall pass! Regardless of this, what’s weighing on my mind more than the lack…

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Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; Week Ten

Finally…Spring has sprung! It’s been a loooong, cold Winter, so I am incredibly grateful to have had some sunshine over the past week to make me feel human again. We took Jett on his first beach trip, where he sunned himself in the glorious weather, and felt his tiny feet in the sand for the very first time. After ten weeks of illness, tongue/lip tie trauma, wind (Jett’s, not mine!),…

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Confessions of a Sleep Consultant: The Jett Diaries; Week Nine

I know it’s only early days, but as we near the three month mark and my newborn slowly transforms to a bigger baby before my eyes, I am left with the unanswered question of; is this the last for our family? Is my family of five now complete? If I am to ask my husband, its a definitive yes; we’re done, no more, three’s a…

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