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Is Sleep Training Harmful?

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Have you, or other people, asked you if sleep training is safe? Do you worry it might be harmful or damaging? If you’ve asked these questions, you are not alone. I get asked this question a lot by parents, and I am always happy they do ask it. This means you are a good parent who cares deeply about your baby’s physical and emotional needs.

Of course you want to ensure the safety of your baby always. Knowing all the facts around sleep training and why babies cry will help you make the best decis…

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Don't skip this critical piece of the sleep puzzle

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The days are long, but the years are short…

 

No doubt you’ve heard that expression. I think it’s one of the truest parenting mantras I’ve ever heard.

 

Let’s be honest, some days are long, really looooooong. And completely draining. Especially when you’re in the early parenting“trenches”.

 

But the years pass by so fast and I can recall vividly how bone tired I would be the end of a day raising babies and toddlers.


Sometimes (okay, maybe often) at bedtime, I would be so exhausted I wou…

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4 Holiday Season Sleep Tips

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Summer is here and that means warmer weather, longer days, BBQs, and trips away for a lot of us. For those of you with little ones, protecting their sleep during this time can be tricky. Early morning risers wake even earlier with the sunshine, the heat makes it difficult to sleep, and settling difficulties in the evening are common. Here are my top four tips to help you stay on track this holiday season, whether you’re at home or away. 4 Holiday Season Sleep Tips Let their be light The sunnier …

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Ollie and Tegan Stewart - From no overnight sleep to sleeping through the night!

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At one year old, an infant’s sleep issues must surely be improving, right? Wrong. Or at least not for Ollie’s poor exhausted Mum. At around 8 months of age, her son started waking every 15 mins throughout the night. (yep, you read that right). Can you imagine what it was like for her to get through the days on so little sleep? Let’s take a closer look at Ollie’s sleep “regression”. Ollie’s Sleep Pattern Baby Ollie wasn’t ever a great sleeper, but his mum, Tegan, felt like it wasn’t “too bad.” Sh…

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Client Success story: Diana and Emilija 4 months

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A baby should be sleeping well after a few months, right? Wrong. Or at least not in the case of little Emilija and her tired Mum. Emilija's twin sister had got the memo about sleep, but Emilija hadn’t! Can you imagine what it was like as a first-time mum to twins? Diana was doing her very best, but Emilija’s sleep was regressing and she needed help. Emilija’s Sleep Pattern Emilija had been doing all the usual things up until 6 weeks. She slept and fed often, and life was as busy as you’d expect …

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The 4 Big Common Sleep Problems: What to Do About Them

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Oh sleep, sleep ,sleep….. If only we had the magic wand to wave over our babies and toddlers to get them to sleep like little angels! But these babies and toddlers of ours are all so different. Some arrive on this planet and make sleep look easy. It’s no problem and their chilled little temperaments help them to easily slide into dreamland. Others, well……. hard! Of course, different temperaments, means different ease of sleep for some babies, and I’ve definitely worked with hundreds who fight sl…

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Nap Transitions: Dropping from three naps to two

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Nap transitions can be confusing and tricky times. Firstly, all you generally notice is that something strange is going on with your baby’s daytime sleep. They are fighting sleep when they wouldn’t usually and can appear very tired at other parts of the day. What’s going on? Often this is a sign that your baby is in a nap transition. I want to talk about the transition when your baby drops from three naps a day to two. This transition generally happens anywhere between 6 – 8 months. There is no …

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On feeding: Why I think 'Fed is Best'.

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There are so many things to think about when you’re pregnant. Our minds are filled with excited anticipation, the pregnancy journey itself, our hopes and dreams for our little one and our family. Thoughts about the impending labour, and how to get this baby out, consume us as well, as we are simultaneously surrounded by other people’s stories and input. As we try to navigate all of this, and work out what is best for baby, mother, the family, there is something else we are often slowly, subconsc…

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Dream Feeds: What you need to know

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Dream feeds can be a bit mysterious. I mean, what even are they actually? And how do you do one? In my experience many mums have confusion around what they are and why you would even do one. Or they think that by doing a dream feed it will benefit their baby’s overnight sleep, when in actual fact if done incorrectly it can have the opposite effect. So let me explain: A dream feed is where you do a late-night feed, somewhere between 10 – 11 pm at night. Typically, your baby will actually stay asl…

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Teething and Sleep: What you need to know

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Has your baby been ‘teething’ for a long time?

How many times over the last few months have you convinced yourself that your baby is sleeping poorly because of teething? For many mums I work with, this is a pretty common assumption. Perhaps you know that you need to do something about improving your little one’s sleep, but you keep putting it off because they are ‘teething’, and it doesn’t seem like a good time. I’m going to dive deep into this topic for you to help demystify teething. I want y…

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