Developmental milestones that affect sleep

I often hear about 'sleep regressions'. I actually hate that term, because they are always associated with developmental progress! But it is true that developmental changes can play havoc with your child's sleep. I'm a paediatric nurse with over 15 years experience so I know my developmental milestones like the back of my hand - but most [...]

By | 2017-07-03T16:32:52+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Sleep|2 Comments

Five a day for a good nights’ sleep

At the risk of sounding like another of those dreaded formulaic sleep checklists (which this isn’t!) here is another way of looking at your child’s sleep from a more holistic point of view. If you’ve followed my blogs for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m not a fan of the ‘quick fix’, or [...]

By | 2017-06-30T14:58:52+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Sleep|0 Comments

Self-soothing – what is it?

It’s a phrase you probably never heard before you were a parent, and now you’re obsessed with it. “If only he would self-soothe we would all get more sleep” – right? Lets look at what it means, how it works and how to achieve it (obviously in an age-appropriate and developmentally sensitive way!). You may [...]

By | 2017-06-30T11:23:27+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Sleep|0 Comments

You, your child, and crying. What it all means.

‘No cry’, ‘low cry’ gentle sleep solutions. That's what I'm all about. As much as practically possible. But will your little one definitely not cry? No guarantees I’m afraid. Many parents (myself included!) absolutely HATE hearing their little one crying, and will do anything to avoid crying. There is of course a lot of variability [...]

By | 2017-07-03T16:46:27+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Sleep|0 Comments

Night waking in older children

You could be forgiven for thinking that once the toddler years are over you're home and dry with disrupted nights sleep!! But the brutal truth is that there are lots of reasons why your 4, 5, 6, or 7-year old could be having trouble settling to sleep or staying asleep. This is not exhaustive, but [...]

By | 2017-06-30T09:48:21+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Sleep|0 Comments

What Sleep Consultants Don’t Want You To Know

Let me set the record straight! There is no magic with sleep coaching. Have you noticed that when you google around for sleep training methods, the information is hazy?! Have you noticed that when you Google around for sleep training methods, the information is hazy?! That's because there really isn't a magic trick that works. [...]

By | 2017-06-29T05:24:56+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Sleep|0 Comments

The feeding and sleep connection

Have you ever wondered whether structuring your baby's feeds or giving them solids will sort out their sleep? Did you hang on to the promise of better sleep once you've started them on solids, only to find that it didn't make any difference? You probably know that I'm an international board certified lactation consultant. In fact, [...]

By | 2017-06-29T04:55:45+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Breastfeeding and bottle feeding, Sleep|0 Comments