Babies & Toddlers  Who Bang Their Heads

Is your baby banging their head?

All parents of toddlers have witnessed the full body flailing of their enraged child. It is something to behold. Kids definitely don’’t hold back when they’’re angry or upset! This can be disconcerting to the parent, but even more disconcerting is when your toddler repeatedly bangs her head against the wall or the sides of her cot or the floor— for apparently no reason at all. Read more

BabyWinkz Consultancy - The Dummy DebateDummies, pacifiers, soothers, teethers…

A lot of parents who use dummies feel a twinge of guilt the first time they stick it in their baby’s mouth. However, dealing with a screaming infant in the shopping queue or on a long car trip will make most parents try just about anything they can think of to calm the child down! Read more

BabyWinkz Consultancy - Clocks go forward March 2015Spring forward

When we “spring forward,” on the 29th March 2015, it means the clocks go forward an hour, therefore the start of British Summer Time (BST). Ultimately it means one hour less sleep for you, parents (boo!). I think daylight savings wreaks havoc on our sleep schedules and can increase sleep debt in both kids and adults. There is actually an increase in traffic accidents the day after daylight savings, which just goes to show that it’s hard on people. We are already a sleep-deprived nation, so losing that extra hour only makes it worse (and more dangerous). Read more

BabyWinkz Consultancy - improve child's sleepThe Secret..

During my 4 years as a sleep professional, I’ve gotten used to people asking me what the “secret” is to getting a baby to sleep through the night.

Teaching a child healthy sleep habits is a combination of lots of different things.

Of course, there is no ONE secret.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some shortcuts, either! With that in mind, today I’d like to share with you 7 different shortcuts you can start trying over the next few nights to get your child sleeping better. Read more

BabyWinkz Consultancy - RefluxBaby that has reflux can be sleep trained

I’ve been in this business now for a while and every year I see more and more babies suffering from reflux. I’ve got two thoughts around that.

One is that I do think it’s becoming a bit of a catch phrase for any sort of fussiness that we see in babies. I’ve had clients tell me that they went in and expressed a bit of concern around their child’s fussiness and were given the diagnosis of reflux without any testing going on behind it. Read more

Want the secret to improve your child’s sleep?

During my 10 years as a sleep professional, I’ve gotten used to people asking me what the “secret” is to getting a baby to sleep through the night.

Teaching a child healthy sleep habits is a combination of lots of different things. Read more

Fired Up

Do you want to know something that really gets me fired up?

It’s when Mums (either online or in real life) are talking sleep, and I hear comments like this:

“You should just enjoy getting up to nurse all night – someday he’ll be all grown up and you’ll miss it.”

Or…

“You were the one who decided to have children. Did you REALLY think you’d be getting a full night’s sleep for the next few years?”

Or my all-time favorite…

“Well, you’d better learn to live with it!”

My fingers are starting to burn just writing about this, so I’m going to “fire back” with my top three myths about teaching your baby to sleep well: Read more

Baby Sick and Won’t Sleep

Today I want to give you some tips for handling sickness so that you don’t derail all your progress. There’s a few things that you do need to keep in mind.

The first is your baby is going to wake in the night. Anyone who is ill does not sleep as well as they normally do. We tend to have two, five, even more nighttime wake-ups.

It’s realistic to expect that your sick child is going to have some night wake-ups. How you handle those wake-ups will make a big difference. Read more

Use a dummy or not to use a dummy?  That is the question

In the early days of your toddler’s life, you will have made a decision provide a dummy or not.  If you chose to allow your baby to have a dummy, you may be worried about the consequences, as they grow older. Therefore, a decision needs to be made as to when it is time for dummies to disappear altogether.  Considering some of the side effects of using dummies may help you to leave dummies behind. Read more

When leaving your baby with someone else – Preparation is key!

When you leave your baby with family and friends, the stress of going out and having to prepare all the things that you use on a day to day basis can put you off completely, but as a parent, it’s important that you do try and get a break occasionally. There are so many things that you need to consider but if you plan well you’ll be able to leave your child with someone responsible and be sure that your babysitter has everything they need to hand.  It is worth grouping items into different categories to ensure that you haven’t forgotten anything, so here are some handy tips to make sure you can enjoy yourself without forgetting something essential. Read more