Jetlag

Jetlag   We, down under, often migrate to warmer climates at this time of the year. What comes with our return home is not just being back on our fine shores, but a clash of body hormones as they adjust to the crossing of time lines. Tiny babies have virtually no circulating hormones that influence

Beware Peeking Eyes

Beware Peeking Eyes It eerks me to say this, but some people spend their time … watching others.  Reports of internet hacking are not new, but when reports of hacking of baby cams are leaked, it sends a shiver down every parents’ spine.  Recent reports are a timely reminder that being able to view your

Music Literally Expands the Brain

Music Literally Expands the Brain Never underestimate the power of music, not just the singing that lightens the heart, but the fact that music training can increase the IQ.  A Canadian study showed that after only 20 days of exposure to music training, preschoolers verbal IQ increased and the executive functions of the brain were

THINKING ABOUT YOU

Thinking about You We are in a world filled with hard work, high expectations and often too little time. Today I want every single reader to think about some special things you have done, today, maybe yesterday, maybe last year. Childbirth is one of the huge ones for sure, but what about the small, everyday

Connecting with Babies

Connecting with Babies I am constantly fascinated by what we, as adults, expect from babies. When I meet a family, I exchange social greetings with the parents, then the baby. As adults we have the social skill, on a good day, to indulge in polite, superficial conversation, initially. But what of a baby; how do

Daylight Saving Ending and Adjusting Baby to the Time change

  April 5, 2015 at 3am, will mark the end of daylight savings and there are things parents can do to help their baby adapt to the time change. As every parent well knows, babies are not governed by clocks; but by patterns, daily rhythms and sunlight, so these hints may help with the change

Recently released ‘sleep needs’

Recently released ‘sleep needs’ Well it’s official, the National Sleep Foundation has new improved recommendations for the ideal hours of sleep we all need. I hope every parent is sitting down for this, 7-9 hours is the recommended hours of sleep recommended for an adult, with 6-10 hours being the range of ‘may be appropriate’.

Doing the Right Thing at Sleep Time

Doing the Right Thing at Sleep Time My email is bombarded with advice, reports, research, ideas and opinions about what is RIGHT for babies at sleep time. No wonder people become SO confused and frustrated. Here are some uncomplicated things to think about when you are given ‘advice’. Does it sound sensible? Does it respect

When Babies and Toddlers Don’t Sleep

Parents understandably become increasingly exasperated, or completely give up trying when they have ongoing sleep struggles with their toddler or baby. The bigger the child, the louder they can express their dislike of sleep time. Access to wisdom on baby and childhood sleep may not be reaching these very tired families who are in an

A word on toddler meltdowns

Ahh, if only toddlers had the language and developmental capacity to say ‘no thank you that doesn’t suit me at the moment’ or ‘I really would like it now, but I can wait until it is a better time for you’… but they don’t. Toddlers are a bundle of evolution just busting at the seams.