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Promote sleep tonightThis very night you can promote sleep in your child’s room

Being a parent of young kids usually comes with having a house-full of accessories. In pioneer days, babies would have had a cradle and maybe a rattle if they were really lucky. These days, a newborn comes home from the hospital to a crib, a playpen, a swing, a high chair, talking mobiles, stuffed animals that sing and dance… the list goes on.

There are so many fun products on the market that can entertain our kids, interact with them and make them laugh.

Which is exactly why they shouldn’t be kept in the bedroom when the children are trying to fall asleep. Read more

Baby Winkz Consultancy -Establishing newborn sleep patternsWelcoming a newborn into your family is one of the most joyous, life-changing experiences you’ll ever enjoy. Unfortunately, it also means you can kiss goodbye to a good night’s sleep for the next few months! Newborns rarely sleep more than two to three hours at a time as their tiny bellies aren’t big enough to hold enough milk to keep them sleeping for longer than that. Read more

Baby Winkz Consultancy - Baby Wont sleepAnswer The Question For Mummy…

This is a question I often asked my first born daughter when she was a toddler. I asked it in a sweet voice, I asked it in a pleading voice, I asked it in an angry voice, but no matter how many times I asked, she never gave me the answer.

I can remember the night— and some of you will know exactly what I’m talking about— when I felt like I could not take it anymore. My daughter just would not stay asleep and I had hit rock bottom, exhausted from waking up multiple times every night and having to soothe her back to sleep. My husband found me at 3:00am in the morning crying away in our living room… my baby won’t sleep Read more

BabyWinkz Consultancy - Rock a bye babyHmmmm does this sound familiar…

It’s the middle of the night. You’re in a dark living room and singing “Rock a bye baby…” while you’re rocking your baby in your arms. You’re exhausted, but you’re also terrified to put him down for fear that the second his sweet little head touches the pillow, his eyes will fly open and you’ll have to start all over again. 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

BabyWinkz Consultancy - question timeThis week’s question comes from Heidi

“I’ve been trying to sleep train my one year old. Last night, she cried for a solid hour and I gave up. What do I do now?”

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BabyWinkz Consultancy - baby can't sleepYour child can’t sleep anywhere else?

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.”

If there is a downside, which I don’t think there is, but if there is a downside to having a baby who sleeps well, it’s that they often don’t sleep that great in other locations, but none of us do.. Read more

Picture - BabyWinkz - end of British Summer TimeOn Sunday 26 October, 02:00am, clocks go backwards by 1 hour, so we get an extra hours sleep, therefore an end to daylight savings time. Changing the clocks twice a year, has an affect on us all and can increase our sleep debt. It it especially noticeable in babies, toddlers and young children as they tend to have a structured sleep pattern, going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. Read more

Lots of people manage a toddler and baby, you are not alone!

Having a toddler and a young baby is something that at first can seem very daunting, but many people are in that situation so you are not alone. I have personally experienced this as my daughters are a year apart, and I always remember the doctors initial reaction to me when we found out I was pregnant, he asked me how I felt and whether I had a good support network, there I was holding a 5 month old in the doctors surgery and finding out that I had another baby on the way.

You will have had 9 months to prepare your toddler for the changes which are about to take place, but how your toddler will react and what the reality of having two young children will feel like will remain a mystery until it actually occurs. In order to make life a little easier for yourself, your toddler and your new baby, it’s important to consider the following. 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