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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

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’. […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

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. […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Toddler Holiday Sleep

The change from ‘normal’ routines associated with holidays are what families relish. For toddlers however, the excitement, adventures change of daily routines and late nights may well result in some changed behaviours. The predictability and patterns of non holiday times often keep toddlers humming along happily, then they adjust to holiday mode and to revert […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Babies and Sleep by Helen Stevens

It is often hard to believe how noisy tiny babies can be when they sleep. These little bodies are capable of big sounds, especially when contrasted to the still of the night. What then makes babies noisy when they sleep? Age, anatomy, illness and a range of factors contribute to the noises babies make, and […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Christmas Survival Kit

The stress that can occur as you plan to travel or cater for Christmas day can prove to be more than ‘a bit much’ for some when there is now a baby to consider. Babies don’t get it and can become a little (or a lot) overwhelmed during the festive season. The new and sudden […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Circle of Security program: enhancing secure attachments

Intimate attachments to others are the hub of our lives – in babies, toddlers, school children, adolescents, adults and even into old age. When our relationships are OK, we are OK.  So much else flows from our underlying sense of security in relationships – the ability to learn, to remember, to form friendships, to be […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

So here’s the deal, we are no rats, I know BUT……

So here’s the deal, we are no rats, I know, but the recent research on rat pups ability to be comforted during pain is remarkable. We know from our gut instinct that we want to be with our babies when they are fearful or in pain, but now we can see how important it is […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }