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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...
5 Things No One Tells You About Newborn Sleep

5 Things No One Tells You About Newborn Sleep

I always have to chuckle a little when I hear people say “I had a great sleep last night! I slept like a baby!” What does that even mean?! In my mind I remember how I slept when my kids were babies...and let’s be honest, it was far from restful. Before I had kids I...

Safe Sleep Guidelines: The case of the Rock n’ Play Sleeper

Safe Sleep Guidelines: The case of the Rock n’ Play Sleeper

You may have heard that the AAP urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper due to 32 sleep-related infant deaths between 2011 and 2018 (see original article). These deaths were often as a result of asphyxiation, where...

7 Newborn Sleep Facts Every New Moms Should Know

7 Newborn Sleep Facts Every New Moms Should Know

Do you remember when you were eagerly awaiting for your little bundle of joy to arrive? But now that she’s here, you find yourself longing for just one more night of peaceful sleep. While there are countless prenatal classes on how to prepare for labor and how to take...

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