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Family Lockdown Sleep Survival Guide

Even during normal times, helping children to get to sleep at night and wake up at a reasonable time in the morning can be a challenge. Around two thirds of children don’t get enough sleep, and during these difficult times, that number could be more. If you’re worried about the sleepless nights in your family, here are some tips to help.

How to cope when your baby cries

It is completely normal for a baby to cry a fair bit in the early weeks. The crying tends to start around 2 weeks, peak at about 2 months and then gradually get better. There is no doubt about it that listening to your baby cry is very tough, but try to remember that it is a normal phase and it will get better.

A gentle and natural way to help your new baby sleep well

In my opinion there is far too much emphasis placed on getting very young babies established onto excessively strict feeding and sleeping regimes. Whilst this advice is well meant and for some babies can be successful, there are many new parents who feel a sense of failure if their baby doesn’t feed and sleep “by the clock” even in the very early weeks. The fact is, that no outside advice could ever be better than a mother [or father’s] natural instinct to love and to nurture their new born baby.

How to wean your baby off night feeds and help them to better sleep

Do you have a baby that wakes up lots of times in the night when other babies of his or her age seem to sleep through the night with no trouble at all? If the answer is yes, then it might be because you are continuing night breast or bottle feeds when your baby no longer needs them. It might surprise you to know that most babies are able to sleep pretty much through the night by 3 months and virtually ALL babies of 6 months are technically capable of sleeping through. Wouldn’t it be lovely to see your baby enjoy the pleasure of a solid 10 – 12 hours of blissful, restorative sleep?

Good sleep for nursery and school aged children

For your growing child, the world is a constantly fascinating place, filled with exciting experiences. They are learning new skills daily, and their sense of their own own developing abilities is both wonderful and a bit unsettling. Add to this the fact that young children naturally have more nightmares than adults and also tend to be scared of the dark, and it is not surprising that lots of nursery and school aged children find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.

Managing your baby’s day time naps

Babies’ day time naps can be a real source of stress for many parents. Typical worries are; how many sleeps should the baby have? For how long? Should naps be taken only in the cot? In the dark? Will not enough daytime sleep interfere with feeding or night time sleep? What if they nap too much? Each different sleep “guru” seems to have a different opinion on naps and what this should tell us is that every baby is different and there is no fully right or fully wrong answer. You need to find what suits both your baby and you best.

Helping your child towards dry nights

You should only ever look towards helping your child to become dry at night when they are reliably out of nappies during the day. As a rule, most children are daytime toilet trained by the time they are 3 years but many are much older. Often there is a considerable period between them being dry during the day time and achieving dry nights.

Tips for moving from cot to bed

Allow your child to participate in setting up the new bed – including choosing new bed covers and so on. Set the bed up early in the day so that if your child is still having a daytime nap, they can take it in the new bed. If possible move the cot out of your […]

How to tackle early waking

Most babies and young children are naturally early risers and to a large extent it is something that you have to accept and go along with. Early waking problems are notoriously difficult to tackle, as when they have had a long block of sleep [even if it is not technically enough] they will find it very difficult to re settle – especially as after 4am sleep is at its lightest phase.

Sleep information for child minders and nannies

Despite our understanding the value of sleep and the importance of routines, more young children and babies than ever before are experiencing sleep difficulties. The reasons for this are endless, but one thing is clear; having a sleepless child can have a debilitating effect on not just the child but the whole family.