Yippee An Extra Hour Of Sleep…Maybe?

Don’t forget, everyone, this Sunday, October 29 at 2am, the UK goes back to (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time. So at 2 am clocks go back one hour, to 1 am. Officially, this marks the end of British summertime.

So enjoy that extra hour of sweet, rejuvenating shut-eye.

Oh, wait? What? You have kids? Well then, never mind the extra hour of sleep. Chances are, the only thing this annual time change means to you is that you’ll be trying to adjust their sleep schedules.

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All parents need to know how to prepare baby for clock change

On the 27th March 2016, clocks go forward an hour, which means the start of British Summer Time (BST) yipppee. Although that ultimately means one hour less sleep for you, parents (boo hoooo!). 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

Is It Too Noisy For Your Baby To Sleep?This week’s question is from Tammy. She writes:

“My in-laws are coming to visit for a week and are under the impression that babies will sleep through anything and that they just need to “get used to” the noise. What are your thoughts on this issue? Is it possible for it to be too noisy for baby?” Read more

When Should I Stop Swaddling My Baby?This week’s question comes from Victoria:

“At what age should I stop swaddling my baby? It is the only way she will fall asleep and stay asleep.”

That is a great question Victoria and it can be a tricky one because I recommend that people swaddle newborns. I think it’s a great tool.

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BabyWinkz Consultancy Practice Makes PerfectHappy Wife Child … Happy Life

As parents, the last thing we want is to see our children sad, upset or in pain… in fact, we’ll do anything we can to try to ease their suffering and help them feel safe, happy and loved.

But, as we know, sometimes babies need to learn new habits, and it can be a bumpy road until they realise this is just the new, improved way of doing things. That is definitely the case with learning to sleep. For babies who have depended on bottles, breastfeeding and rocking to lull them back to dreamland every time they wake up, it can take a while to learn how to do it themselves. Read more

BabyWinkz Consultancy - SleepSense LogoBedtime Routine

This week I wanted to talk a bit about the bedtime routine, and the number one baby bedtime mistakes to avoid when parents are creating a bedtime routine.

Now, if you go to any baby site on the Web, search “my baby won’t sleep,” or whatever you’re looking for in regards to sleep, almost every single site will tell you about the importance of a bedtime routine. So will I. Read more

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Question of the week

Today our question comes from Susan and she’s wondering, “when does a baby change from two naps to one?” First of all, I’ll tell you around the age when this tends to occur. I find that a good average age for this, is somewhere around the 13th month.

Now, I have seen babies go as early as nine months, and I’ve also seen babies hang on to two naps a day, until, well into the 17th or 18th month. But if you are looking for an average, I would say 13 months. I’m going to share with you three signs to watch for. Read more

Baby and Toddler Sleep Pattern

It’s spring again, which means the clocks go forward an hour, therefore the start of  British Summer Time (BST). In some ways that’s lovely, because it means summer is on the way and the nights will get lighter. But if you have a child who you’ve just got into a good bedtime routine, you might find that the changing of the clocks affects their sleep. Bear in mind that your baby or toddler doesn’t actually know the time – they use their own inner clock – use that to your advantage. The secret is to be prepared, and with just a little bit of effort you’ll find their sleep routine gets back to normal really quickly. Here are some tips to help you prepare your little one for time changes. Read more

Night light – Is it affecting my child’s sleep?Sleep is one the most important factors in achieving physical wellbeing. Newborns to 6 months of age, should sleep up to 20 hours a day, including naps.  Children from 6 months to 3 ½ years of age should sleep between 11 and 13 hours a night, as well as the necessary day time naps.

In the evening, the reason you and your child start to feel sleepy is because your body is starting to produce Melatonin which is also known as the sleep hormone.  Melatonin is a small gland in the brain which helps to control your sleep and wake cycles, levels rise in mid to late evening, remain high for most of the night and drop in the early hours of the morning. Read more

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in children is a condition that affects up to ten per cent of children. It’s rarely serious but if left untreated it can affect a child’s sleep to the extent that they suffer growth, learning and behavioural problems. Read more