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Category: Sleep

Sleep Regressions

A question I am asked so often on Instagram is about sleep regressions, all things blips in sleep, why regressions happen, when they happen and what you can do about them! This blog post is full of tips and advice, I really hope that this is helpful. What is a sleep regression and are they…
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Unpicking Self-Settling

Babies and toddlers being able to fall asleep on their own – whether at the start of a nap, bedtime or when waking throughout the night, is called ‘self-settling’. I know, in my many years of experience as The Parent and Baby Coach that this can be a controversial topic so I wanted to share…
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Making Sleep Flexible

I wanted to share how to make sleep flexible so that, once your baby is sleeping in a good routine, you are able to have days out, an off-routine day or to help you to feel confident at editing your daily routine without affecting your baby’s sleep pattern. The idea of trying to be flexible…
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Is fear of the dark stopping your toddler from settling to sleep?

Is fear of the dark stopping your toddler from settling to sleep?

A lot of parents find that at some stage, their toddler may start to feel afraid of the dark, perhaps ask for a light to be kept on overnight or even mention nightmares. This can be a tricky time for parents to navigate as you want to support your toddler emotionally without any negative impact…
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online baby sleep course for ages 5 months to 12 months

The Gut & Sleep Q&A

This post is all about the tummy and your baby’s gut. I get so many questions around how a baby’s tummy can affect their sleep – I hope you will find the main answers to your questions right here! Wind and how it affects sleep – does your baby having wind affect their sleep? I…
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Christmas Travelling and Routines

Sorting Sleep for Christmas

The gift of sleep for Christmas is probably what most parents want the most! In this post I want to share my biggest tips for sorting your little one’s sleep for the festive period and beyond. Focus on your little one’s daytime sleep first Of course, everyone wants sleep at night time but the daytime…
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My Top 10 Parenting Tips

In this blog post I am sharing my Top 10 Parenting Tips, something I’m often asked about and I wanted to record them for you here! These are the things that I wish every parent knew in that first year of parenting – please do share with a friend or anyone who is expecting for…
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The Truth about Sleep Training

The idea of sleep training and it being a very negative thing that you can do for your child can be controversial. As times change and we are looking at child development differently to how we did even ten or twenty years ago, and I think that the umbrella term of ‘sleep training’ is much…
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The 4 Month Sleep Regression

Personally, I believe that regression is a term that links to stages of development that can affect sleep temporarily. This regression physically matches when the brain goes through some development in terms of its sleep science. There is always a reason for a regression and they don’t always happen to every child. If you have…
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Dropping Naps

From 3 naps to 2 From around about 3-4 months old, your baby will be getting to settling into 3 established, long, consolidated naps per day. When a baby is ready to drop a nap at around 5, 6 or 7 months old you might find they start waking early in the morning, perhaps their…
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Napping Outside The Home

With the return to childcare after lockdowns or after a period of being looked after by family members, this transition can affect your little one’s naps and, therefore, sleep routine. The main concern on this topic that I hear from parents is “I don’t want to have to be at home every day for the…
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Early Waking Uncovered

Early waking seems to be a problem that I am contacted about a lot and so I wanted to dive into the many factors that affect early morning waking. So often reasons why your little one is waking early are child-specific so, if you find that all of these tips don’t help you improve on…
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Let’s Talk Routines!

The word routine brings dread to so many people but also can bring confidence and joy. It’s a controversial word, I know. What is a routine? A routine is a sequence of actions regularly followed. Doesn’t sound that bad, does it?! As parents of a small baby or toddler,we mean a routine is a structure…
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online baby sleep course for ages 5 months to 12 months

Understanding Your Baby’s Sleep Cycles

Sleep cycles are something that we see written and spoken about a lot but, ultimately, I think a really good understanding of what a sleep cycle means and how it affects your baby’s sleep is really quite important to know. As well as the dreaded and much awaited 4 month sleep regression – is it…
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The Things That No One Tells You About Those Early Days of Sleep

One thing that people never tell you when you have a newborn is that, if you can put good sleep practices in place from the start, then you’ll be much less likely to need to do anything drastic further down the line. I often like to start working with 1-1 clients from around the 5…
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How to Prepare your Little Person for the Winter Clock Change

Fall Back; How to Prepare your Little Person for the Winter Clock Change

Winter is fast approaching  and this means not only Halloween, Fireworks and Christmas, but also the clock change! Uh oh! Something that many of my lovely clients worry about, particularly when they have spent so long getting their little people into beautiful sleep and routine patterns only for it to be all thrown up into…
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Why Setting up Sleep from an Early Age has Huge Benefits for Everyone

Why Setting up Sleep from an Early Age has huge Benefits for Everyone

When I am working with clients on their little ones sleep, one of the most common questions I often get is “what could I have done earlier on to avoid having to do sleep coaching now”, or “Is there any thing I can do with my second child so that we get things right from…
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Christmas Travelling and Routines

Christmas travelling and routines

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! I just love Christmas and can’t wait to spend it with my boys and loved ones, but I know that for a lot of people, Christmas brings with it a lot of anxiety about travelling, staying elsewhere with their babies and change of routine. I wanted…
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Newborn sleep

Newborn Sleep

A huge congrats to Meghan and Harry on the arrival of their new little baby boy! I am so excited for their journey into Parenthood and I don’t doubt that they will make the most amazing parents. I hope to be joining their little boy gang very soon, all be it second time over! So…
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Combatting Early Morning Waking

Combatting Early Morning Waking

After my super successful recent Instagram Live on Early Morning Waking, I promised I would run through some of the most useful tips and techniques I use, all trialled and tested with many clients over the years. The way in which you approach the early waking of your child will, of course, depend on their…
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