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Transitioning From Cot To A Big Bed


Moving your toddler from a cot to a big bed is such a big milestone, and as with a lot of baby topics, there is conflicting advice about when to make this move. Some suggest doing this around the age of 2, however we feel this is best done around the age of 3. Simply put, the older your toddler, the easier the transition.

Around 3 years of age is when toddlers are able to understand the concept of a big kid’s bed better and the rules that come with it. If you move to a big bed  ....read more....

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Sleep Advice To Overcome Early Morning Wake-ups

 
This can be one of the most frustrating things when it comes to your baby or toddler’s sleep – I’ve been there and 5am wake-ups are not good for anyone (particularly if you’ve been up previously in the night as well!).
 
Just because your child may wake in the early hours of the morning, it doesn’t mean it is time for them to get up yet (I’m talking before 6am). An appropriate biological wake-up time for a baby or young child is between 6-7am, so if they are waking happy, chatty and cheerful between these times, even if you aren’t ready to start your day, this is normal and reasonable. ....read more....

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7 Myths About Your Child's Sleep

 
  1. Myth: Keeping my baby up longer during the day will help him sleep longer at night
Truth: This will only cause your baby to get extremely overtired. Overtiredness causes difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, therefore leading to catnapping, more night waking’s and early morning wake-ups. Remember the more sleep they get, the better they will sleep. ....read more....
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Dropping Your Toddler's Daytime Nap

 
What age did your child stop napping? Here we take a look at the common age to drop your child’s final nap and how to tackle this tough transition!
 
This transition of dropping from 1-0 naps is a hard one for both toddler and parents (or caregivers)! For the parents, it’s hard to imagine a day without any down time while your child naps after lunch …. Ahhh your kid is up all day!! And for the child, going all day without a nap is such a big ....read more....
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7 Myths About Your Child's Sleep

 
  1. Myth: Keeping my baby up longer during the day will help him sleep longer at night
Truth: This will only cause your baby to get extremely overtired. Overtiredness causes difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, therefore leading to catnapping, more night waking’s and early morning wake-ups. Remember the more sleep they get, the better they will sleep. ....read more....

Summer Travelling Tips For Your Little Ones

 
Christmas, New Years and summertime – who doesn’t get excited around this time of year? However, if you’re anything like me, when it comes to travelling with little ones it can send you into a bit of panic about the change of environment, time change difference, the impact it might have on their schedule, and therefore their overall sleep (and yours!) To help out during this time of travel, here are a few tips to help your little ones adapt quicker so you can all enjoy your holiday time!
 
  1. Replicate your home environment ....read more....

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To Dream Feed Or Not To Dream Feed?


Dream feeding is another hot topic and question I get asked about frequently. Dream feeding has become increasingly popular in recent years, however it is still a topic that has divided opinions as to whether it works or not.
 
For those of you who may not be familiar with the dream feed, it involves feeding your baby whilst they are still asleep (rather than baby waking naturally for a feed), and is generally given between 10-11pm before parents go to bed. The idea is that ....read more....

The Importance Of Self-Settling

 
I’m sure all parents out there have read or heard about ‘self-settling’. Similar to topics like ‘when should my baby be sleeping through the night’ or ‘how many night feeds should my baby have’, self-settling has varied opinions and philosophies on when you can start teaching your baby how to self-settle, and even if it’s the right thing to do.
 
Personally from my own experience with my daughter and families I’ve helped, self-settling is one of the most important components I see in having healthy sleep – not only for the child, but for the parents as well. When I refer to self-settling, I am talking about a child that is able to ....read more....

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Sleeping Through The Night


At what age should my baby be sleeping through the night?
This is a very common question, and one I get asked frequently. It’s hard to give an exact answer based solely on the age of your baby as many other factors can contribute i.e. weight gain, formula vs. breastfed, solids, medical conditions etc. Based on my own research and experience here’s an indication of the average number of night feeds required for your baby’s age before they able to sleep through the night....read more....

Overcoming The Dreaded Catnap

 
It can often start so well when you arrive home with a very cute, sleepy, newborn and you think to yourself “all she/he seems to do is eat and sleep”. Then all of a sudden your baby goes from doing long naps, to catnapping for only 45 minutes or less. You wonder what has gone wrong, what you may have changed, and what can you do about it now? The good news is that this is all very normal; so don’t feel like you are doing something wrong.

Why does it happen?
During a normal sleep cycle (typically 40-50 minutes) your baby will transition from a light sleep state into a deep sleep state after around 20 minutes. By the end of this sleep cycle....read more....
 

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Help Your Child Adjust When Daylight Savings Ends


Winter is upon us, which unfortunately means daylight saving’s must come to an end. With the clocks going back an hour on April 5th, this means we get an extra hour of sleep ….. that is if you don’t have kids! For us parents, this unfortunately means our little ones will naturally be waking up an hour earlier!
 
But don’t fear, there are a few things you can put in place to help with this change and prepare ahead of time ....read more....
 

Our Top 10 Tips To Help Your Newborn Sleep Better

 
Although newborn sleep can be very unpredictable and erratic, newborns do need a lot of it – between 16-18 hours a day in fact. Even from this early tender age, there are a number of sleep components you can influence and apply now in helping your newborn sleep well and set them up with healthy sleep habits. Here are my top 10 newborn sleep tips that I think are crucial in helping your newborn sleep better .... read more ....

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The Need For Sleep

Don’t underestimate the amount of sleep your baby or child needs. One of the biggest mistakes parents can do, is fall into the trap of thinking their baby needs less sleep than others - it is simply not true. If your baby struggles to fall asleep and stay asleep, chances are they are overtired.
 
There are of course variations from child to child, but ultimately the more sleep they get, the better they will sleep. Sleep promotes sleep! See below the sleep averages your baby or child should be getting. 
 
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