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5 Reasons Why Your Baby Wakes Up In The Night

“Not again!” I moaned, pulling the duvet over my head to muffle the sounds of my little one cries. I was utterly exhausted. My baby was waking every 40 minutes of the night - it was 1am, and I’d already been awake 4 times since falling into bed at 10pm. “Can you please go?” I pleaded with my husband. He stumbled out of bed, and tried to soothe...

Shhh-Patting Technique: How to Get Your Newborn to Fall Asleep

The "Shhh-pat" method from Tracy Hogg, the Baby Whisperer, is one of my absolute favourites for settling babies newborn till about 5-6 months. Often babies in this age group aren't quite able to calm themselves when they are a little worked up, and this method is super practical and easy to follow for parents wanting to help their little ones get...

Sleep Training In Action: How I weaned my 3-month-old off the dummy

I’m a sleep coach - does that mean my kids always sleep perfectly? Absolutely not! My daughter Kezia was born in December and she’s now almost 4 months old. And we’ve been having a few sleep troubles of our own.  As a newborn, Kezia had problems with an upset stomach, some reflux and colic. Having a pacifier really helped her to settle better and...

How much should my baby sleep? Age-appropriate sleep expectations

Do you get confused and overwhelmed by all the various tips and advice thrown at you concerning your child's sleep? How much should my baby sleep? What IS normal? We mums often get trapped in a cycle of comparing ourselves to other mums, or our children with other children (especially on the topic of sleep!). If your baby hasn't struggled with...

Catnapping – Why are short naps a problem and how to fix it?

Moms often tell me they could tell time based on how long their baby naps. Forty-five minutes and not a second more! And no matter how hard they try, they can't change their baby's catnapping habits. While short naps are normal during the newborn age, catnapping can cause big problems when the child gets older. What are catnaps and when are they...
The Pacifier And Sleep: Should You Get Rid of The Dummy?

The Pacifier And Sleep: Should You Get Rid of The Dummy?

With or without a pacifier? That's one of the earliest decisions you'll make as a parent. And one that may very well affect your baby's sleep. I’ve mentioned pacifiers/dummies as a potential negative sleep association in a previous post, so now it’s time to look at...

The hidden reason behind baby’s night wakings

The hidden reason behind baby’s night wakings

Here’s a question about night wakings we hear a lot in coaching - “Our baby falls asleep completely on their own and in their own bed, but still wakes up every hour or two demanding to be fed. Are they REALLY just SO hungry?” Unless your baby is less than 4 weeks old,...

Is co-sleeping safe? Here’s what every parent needs to know

Is co-sleeping safe? Here’s what every parent needs to know

Co-sleeping. It’s a word that invokes many feelings. For some mothers, the thought of “co-sleeping” reminds them of midnight snuggles, the delightful smell of the baby, and confidence in their motherhood. For other mothers, it brings up feelings of resentment, a way...

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