Is Sleep Training Harmful?
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…
Is your baby standing in the cot?
You survived the newborn phase (or daze) when it seemed like your baby’s sleeping patterns changed every week. You’ve survived multiple regressions and disruptions to your baby’s sleep (hello 3 month sleep regression, teething, immunisations and so on!)
Finally, things had settled down.
Until they learnt a new skill.
Suddenly your baby is standing in their cot, proud as punch and refusing to sleep.
They wake after a sleep cycle, stand up! Like a jack-in-a-box.
You pop them to bed at nap t…
The 4 Big Common Sleep Problems: What to Do About Them
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…
5 Myths busted about sleep training
Ok, so I’ve heard it all! Being in this industry you really do have to have a pretty thick skin sometimes when it comes to the misunderstandings and downright ignorant beliefs that exist when it comes to ‘sleep training’ your baby. Some think it means shutting the door on your 9 week old baby for 12 hours. Some think it means stopping night-time feeds and just staying out of the room until the baby ‘learns’ to sleep. Some parents think it means that their parenting concerns will be completely ig…
Hiring a sleep consultant: What you need to know
There are many things to consider before hiring a sleep consultant. Like any service in life, you want to be sure you actually need a professional. And while you might fancy a little DIY in other areas of your life, sleep is not something you want to get experimental with. So, when is it possible to tackle baby and toddler sleep problems alone and when should you call in a professional? Sometimes it takes an outsider’s perspective to help you decide when is the right time, where to start, and wh…
Why Some Babies Just Won’t Sleep & Nap (as They Should)
Many new mums are overwhelmed and exhausted.
They’ve tried almost everything just to get their baby to sleep.
- Googled blog posts
- Asked friends and relatives for advice
- Read all the books by the experts
- Asked their friends what works for them
- Tried all the baby sleep products on the market...
Yet, there’s still a lot of crying, rocking and feeding, their baby finally settle.
But before they know it, their baby is wide awake again.
Finally, some mums come to ask themselves:
Could sleep get any worse than this?
A few weeks ago I had a phone call from a mum and the first thing she said to me was: "Emma, I have the worst sleeper in the world. The worst! My baby just won’t sleep, no matter what I do. I’ve tried everything. I’m desperate!" At seven months you might reasonably expect your baby to be getting some pretty good long stretches of sleep at night and some decent naps in the day. But this was not the case at all with baby Ava. All night long Ava would wake crying every one to two hours. Her poor mu…
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