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The pros and cons of dummies and when to stop using them.
Dummies (also known as pacifiers and soothers) can be a controversial topic. The decision to use a dummy is entirely up to you. There is no right or wrong way and each baby is different in terms of their self-soothing skills, and their preference to use a dummy or not.
There is no "right" age to introduce a dummy; some babies have one from birth, some when they're much older (However you soon read my preference)! Some babies use them for sleep only, and other babies have a dummy to comfort them…
Reflux and Sleep: How to help your baby
All babies spit up a bit of milk from time to time, but if you suspect your baby has reflux you need to seek professional help to get a diagnosis.
It can be terribly upsetting to watch your baby in pain. Naturally you want to do everything possible to alleviate their discomfort and soothe them.
Reflux (GERD) can cause night waking, discomfort when lying down and shortened naps.
Doesn’t sound like much fun for bub or mum, right?
Before we look at how we can sleep train a baby who has reflux, …
SAFE SLEEP: 6 ways to keep your baby safe
There is one thing that universally binds all new mums – exhaustion. New motherhood brings with it joy, pride, confusion and fatigue.
Every new parent longs for a night of uninterrupted sleep…
And this can take a while.
So it’s really important to create a safe sleep environment for your baby from the beginning.
For every sleep and every nap.
When a baby dies unexpectedly and for no obvious reason, it’s often described as sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). SUDI is a broad term that …
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…
Adjusting to Daylight Savings Time Change
The leaves are starting to fall from the trees and our days are getting shorter. This beautiful time of year also brings for us the end of Daylight Savings.
On Sunday, 4th of April at 3.00am our clocks will move BACK by one hour.
This will affect many states in Australia. I know many of you are interested to know what to do about your baby’s naps and nighttime sleep timings and how to handle the time adjustment. So, I’ve put together a couple of options for you as well as handy tables that can…
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…
7 Common Newborn Sleep Problems and What to Do About Them
Sleep is precious, especially when you are a first-time parent and aren’t getting much. One of the most fundamental parts of keeping healthy is in getting enough sleep. And sleep disturbances can affect the whole family.
Making sure your little one gets the sleep they need is vital for their growth and brain development – not to mention keeping you happy and recharged too.
We’re each unique and so are our children. Parents often see this uniqueness reflected in the way their baby sleeps. For s…
Don't skip this critical piece of the sleep puzzle
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…
Neda and Mia, 8 months
We highly recommend Emma!! If I could give her 10 stars I would!! Emma’s work is just magic. Her approach is gentle and supportive and is exactly what we were after. I have to admit that I thought that my 8 month old daughter, Mia was at the point of no return with her sleeping habits. Sleeping in my arms for all of her naps and then allowing me 5min at night to relax before she would wake 2-3 times all through the night (after being held for 2-3hours every night for the past 8 months) was simpl…
Lauren and Ruby, 6 months
Emma has been an absolute miracle worker! After having a great sleeper the first time around it was a rude shock when my second baby Ruby didn’t follow the same pattern.Before speaking to Emma I did a lot of my own research online and in books (Save our Sleep), I even bought a sleep guide in the very early hours of one horrible night!
While there was heaps of information it was hard to know which advice to follow and for how long. I also had questions that were not answered despite trawling thr…
Catherine and Joe, 2 years
Emma's approach worked wonders for our family. We felt like she really considered our situation, our parenting style and our little one's nature and personality. She was really supportive and best of all her system worked! Our two year old had never been a brilliant sleeper, but had hit a really tough patch that was affecting all of us in getting enough sleep. Now he is sleeping well, going down without a fuss and is happy and proud of his ability to 'sleep in my own bed, all night long.' Would …