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

On the 25th March 2018, clocks spring forward an hour which means it’s the start of Daylight Savings Time, which also means one hour less sleep for you (boo!) I think daylight savings wreaks havoc on our sleep schedules and can increase sleep debt in both children and adults. It can be kind of like the baby has jet lag. They may be harder to put down at bedtime or awake when they’re not supposed to be. We are already a sleep-deprived nation, so losing that extra hour only makes it worse (and more dangerous). Having a fussy infant on your hands is never any fun, but thankfully there are a few tricks to helping your little one adjust to the time change.

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Baby Sleep Aid Products That Do Not Work

Products Advertised that Don’t Work

Most parents coping with young kids and sleep issues are desperate for any solution to their nightly trials, and there are countless tinctures, sprays and salves that promise to soothe your child into a peaceful slumber.

To me, this is not unlike to the staggering number of natural weight-loss products on the market: there is no shortage of companies trying to make big bucks selling “quick fixes.” But do they really work? Read more

How Much Sleep Does A Baby Need Daily?This week’s question comes from Tracey and she writes:

“What is a normal amount of time to have a baby awake during the day so that they sleep better at night? My baby is two months old.”

Thanks Tracey! It’s a common misconception really, that if you keep the baby awake longer throughout the day, they’ll sleep better at night; the exact opposite is true. 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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When Should You Take Your Child's Dummie (Pacifier) Away?Today, our question comes from Crysta, and she writes, “Is it better to take the dummy (pacifier) away first, and then try to keep my son in his own bed? Or is it better to get him sleeping in his own bed, and then take the pacifier away?”

I love this question, Crysta. It’s one I get asked often, and it has to do with props. Many children have more than one sleep prop.

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My Baby Won't Sleep Anywhere but His Cot!Today I want to talk a little bit about getting your baby to sleep somewhere other than their cot. I get emails from parents a lot of times saying, “My baby sleeps so well on The Sleep Sense Program. She takes great naps in her cot, but she really won’t sleep anywhere else.” Read more

Will Putting Cereal In My Babys Bottle help Her Sleep“Cereal in a bottle will help baby to sleep better!

I hear that all the time. I know it’s an old wives’ tale. Your grandmother probably told you, “Oh, put cereal in a bottle with breast milk or the formula, and this baby will sleep all night.” The truth is that is not true.

You want to be very careful and cautious about when you introduce solids to your baby. There’s a lot of evidence that suggests starting solids too early can lead to some allergies in the future. Read more

 Signs Your Child Should Stop Daytime NapsToday I want to talk about,

Signs that it may be time for your child to stop daytime naps. I know that’’s a sad day for a lot of parents. Trust me. I’’ve been there twice but there are some things you should start to look for that may be an indicator that your child just really does not need that afternoon nap any longer. Read more

Is there ever a time when your baby is sleeping too much?

I know that might sound crazy especially if you’ have had months or even years of broken sleep and half an hour naps might seem like a fantasy.

The baby might actually sleep too much. The truth of the matter is that 9 times out of 10, there is no such thing as too much daytime sleep. Some babies have different needs than other babies. Some will have a nice two-hour nap, some will do three, some will do fine on an hour. So, I want to relax a little bit around it that there is no magic amount of time that each baby needs. Read more

Does Your Baby Need Soothing Back To Sleep?

Soothing Back to Sleep…

This question comes from Kim who writes:

“Why does my 13 month old wake up between the hours of 2:00am and 4:00am and just needs to be patted right back to sleep? I don’t take him out of his cot but it takes a toll on me to stand over him and pat his back until he falls asleep again.”

Well Kim, You want to think about how Jacob falls asleep at bedtime. If you find that part of your bedtime routine includes putting him in his cot, and then standing above him patting his back, in a way he’s falling asleep on his own but in another way he’s not. Read more