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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Meet the baby Whisperers who shun “Crying it out”

Safe Sleep Space is featured in this article in Essential Baby by Writer Catherine Rodle. For parents with nocturnal babies, the advice of a “baby whisperer” or “sleep trainer” can be extremely divisive. Tizzie Hall, author of Save Our Sleep, for example, has sold thousands of books, and no doubt has just as many satisfied […]

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SSS in Adelaide

SSS in Adelaide Helen Mayo House (Adelaide Mother Baby unit) Annual Conference of 360 delegates were treated to a revealing discussion on the variations of approaches to infant sleep in the “Spell Binding Sleep Seminar” this week. A panel of speakers presented briefly about how they see the management of sleep, and then were presented […]

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Toddler Sleep

  First and foremost, it is quite common for toddlers to wake during the night or to need additional comfort to go to sleep. In Western culture we are quick to want babies to sleep during the night. Many parents feel as if they have failed if their toddler is still requiring comfort or needing […]

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Parenting Goals

In the years of working in this field, I have never met a parent who doesn’t want the very best for their child. We do what we can to offer healthy caregiving to be sure we give our children every opportunity to form secure attachment patterns that will serve them for a life time. Not […]

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