Baby Sense

Baby Sense2019-08-07T14:46:26+02:00

Top 5 Sleep Problems

Whether your little one has always been a good sleeper or you are just getting your baby to sleep through the night or sleep has always been a problem and still is, you will find that in the 6-12 month age band, new sleep issues arise. Here are the top 5 sleep problems arising in the 6-12 month old. Waking for a feed more than once at night may indicate that your little one is not getting all the nutrition he needs during the day. It is very important after [...]

Solving Baby Sleep Issues

Every week I hear from Moms in need of help for their baby’s sleep. Today was no different, an 11 month old little chap, lets call him Nicholas who was not sleeping longer than 30 minutes at each sleep during the day and at night was waking hourly before 11pm and after 1am woke every 45 minutes. His poor mom is beyond tired and was justifiably desperate. She had heard that she had two options open to her, and was desperately hoping I would have another solution: Get in a [...]

Sleep and your Older Baby or Toddler

Although toddlers should be able to sleep through the night, many are waking and wreaking havoc at bedtime and during the night. Your toddler needs 12 hours sleep at night and one two-hour midday sleep. Routines for 9-12 months A good day sleep and feeding routine assists good night sleep habits: Day sleep routine: Wake between 5 and 7am Wake +2 ½ hours = morning nap – 45 minutes Wake +2 ½ hours = midday sleep From 9 months - drop afternoon nap Wake from naps by 4pm i.e. very [...]

Toddler Naptime Essential Guide

By the time your baby is one year of age, you have probably settled her into a predictable rhythm of day sleeps. The age appropriate sleep for this age is two day sleeps and around 12 hours at night. Then just when you feel you have a handle on sleep, enter the toddler years. At about a year, you may find that your little one starts to fight going to sleep at either of the day sleeps and/or at bedtime. This is an indication that his sleep requirements are changing. [...]

Healthy Sleep Associations

In order to fall asleep, your baby needs to shift from an awake state into a drowsy state and then into a sleep state. In order to do this most babies rely on sensory calming input that helps them settle down until they fall asleep.  This sensory input becomes a Sleep Association: a sensory input that your baby associates with falling asleep. Sleep associations begin to develop between four to six months of age. There are two components to sleep associations: those that occur before your baby falls asleep (bedtime [...]

The Path to a Good Night’s Sleep

When a baby is born so is a mother and a new relationship. In the months after birth the new baby will have the task of making sense of her new world. Likewise, mom has months and years ahead of her in which she has to learn how to soothe her little one and settle her into good sleep habits.  Teaching your baby to sleep well is a learning curve for you and your baby. There are 10 points you can focus on in your path to a good night [...]

How Babies Sleep

The statement “She sleeps like a baby!” takes on a whole new meaning when you become a parent!  Our expectations of how a baby sleeps may be very far off from reality. Unfortunately the truth usually only emerges a few months into parenthood – that sleep is one thing that will never be the same. The interesting part is that understanding how babies sleep holds the key to getting your baby to sleep. Sleep cycles During sleep, we move from deep sleep to light sleep. The period from deep sleep [...]

Toys and Games

One of the tasks of early parenting is to stimulate your baby to ensure optimal development of your baby. In the book Baby Sense, I outline four elements to keep in mind, using the acronym TEAT: Time – Choose the right time to stimulate your baby when she is in the calm-alert state. Environment – Without any toys your baby’s environment can be stimulating – walks in a carrier or a trip to the beach are wonderful environments for little ones to learn from their world. Activity – Activities such [...]

The Development of Speech

The first three years of life are considered the most important years for the development of young children. This is the time when your baby will develop rapidly, going from a helpless newborn whose movements are governed by reflexes to an interactive toddler who is master of her world. As a parent one of your key roles is to recognize your baby's development and to ensure that she reaches her milestones at the age appropriate times. With knowledge you will be empowered to scaffold or support her development as she [...]

Baby Stimulation Classes

Every well-meaning parent wants to do the best for their baby. We focus heavily on our baby’s milestones and create expectations for ourselves as parents to have the best, brightest baby on the block. Stimulation is important! The reason we have the enormous focus on stimulating our babies is that there is certainly overwhelming evidence that an enriched environment does enhance brain development and babies who are stimulated are more likely to develop to their potential. How to stimulate your baby? You can enhance your baby’s development in all areas by structuring [...]

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