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Mum to two energetic and delightful children. Qualified child sleep practitioner. Empowering parents with the knowledge and techniques to help their little ones sleep better, with gentle alternatives to controlled crying and crying-it-out.
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A blog for sleep deprived parents, with all the latest news, tips and advice to help babies and.. children sleep better.

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  • Transition Toys for Babies
    on Jun 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
    Toys can play a important role in helping babies adjust to sleeping by themselves. For the first few months, for many babies the best place to sleep is either on or near mum or dad. They love the touch, the smell and the comfort of having you close.
  • How to deal with siblings when your baby doesn’t sleep
    on Apr 30, 2014 in Babies Children
    I’ve had a few questions recently about siblings, and how to integrate dealing with a baby’s sleep issue whilst also looking after another toddler or child. Most baby settling techniques and tips simply address the issue of the baby’s sleep, w...
  • What Are Sleep Associations?
    on Mar 3, 2014 in Babies Children
    The most common sleep issue I deal with stems from babies and children having a sleep association that involves parents actively doing something to help their little one drift off to sleep.  But what exactly is a sleep association and why is it a pr...
  • Settling Techniques
    on Mar 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
    Gently Does It (no crying) Step One – Sleepy but not asleep When you settle your baby to sleep and she wakes in the night, do what you usually do to get her to sleep – for instance, feed or rock her, but this time don’t wait until she is fully...
  • How to Deal with Early Risers
    on Mar 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
    Ah yes the dreaded early riser! Just when you think you have cracked the night-wakings, they start waking up at some ungodly hour wanting to get up for the day.  As a general rule I tend to treat any waking before 6am as a night-waking, but there ar...
  • Settling Techniques for the Over-2′s
    on Feb 11, 2014 in Children
      Bedtime settling problems – and settling issues in the middle of the night – are not just limited to babies.  Children can often find it hard to settle to sleep at night and parents can find it more difficult to address, after all chi...
  • How Babies Sleep
    on Jan 17, 2014 in Babies
    It just doesn’t make sense!  If we are such an evolved species, why is there such a mismatch between the sleep needs of adults and the sleep needs of babies?  How come adults need 6 to 8 hours of unbroken sleep at night and yet our babies nee...
  • Everything You Need To Know About Night Terrors
    on Dec 16, 2013 in Uncategorized featured
    Night Terrors belong in a family of sleep disorders called parasomnias, along with confusional arousals and sleep walking.  I will cover all three in this post, and talk about what causes them, what parents can do when they occur and also what you c...
  • 4 reasons babies wake in the night
    on Dec 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
    You’re a parent.  Having sleepless nights is, unfortunately, in the job description.  It can suck, getting up repeatedly in the night (you can read 6 tips for coping with sleep deprivation here), but it can help to understand why your baby is wa...
  • How to get a regular bedtime established
    on Dec 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
    It’s every parents dream – to have kids that happily go to bed at the same time every night.  It isn’t every child’s dream though (they are too busy playing and having fun to want to go to bed) and for some of us, bedtimes ar...
  • Why we love the bedtime routine
    on Dec 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
    Ah bedtime routines – basically the bread and butter of sleep experts. It’s normally the first thing we mention and you’ll find we hardly ever tire of banging on about them.  So are they as magical as we seem to imply? And what are...
  • How to get your baby to nap, and nap for longer
    on Dec 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
    I’m beginning to suspect naps are the marmite of the sleep world – we either love them or hate them.  It can either be a time where we, as parents, get some time for ourselves – getting our own forty winks, catching up with the latest at Downt...
  • Want your kids to get enough sleep over Christmas? Here are my top tips
    on Dec 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
    Ah, Christmas.  We all love this time of year.  Or I did, until I had kids.  Now it can be a hotbed of overtired, excitable children who, it turns out, don’t want to go to bed on time – and if you do manage to wrestle them into their beds, the...
  • 6 tips for coping with sleep deprivation (from someone who has been through it)
    on Dec 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
    Sleep deprivation can be lonely and confusing – I know, I’ve been though it.  At five months, my youngest was still up eight to ten times a night.  As a family, we all very quickly become sleep deprived, and extremely grumpy to boot!  You can...