Sleep Sense

Sleep Sense 2017-08-28T21:40:21+00:00

Awake Times – the Secret to Settled Day Sleep

The Awake Times theory is one of the cornerstones of the Baby Sense book and from the outset was one of the unique aspects of the Baby Sense Way. Why does it work? We all have optimal times that we can be awake before becoming drowsy and falling asleep with ease. These are called our circadiuam rhythms. As an adult your time is 6 hours and thereafter you would happily grab a siesta, if you had the time and space to do so. Babies and toddlers have narrow awake times [...]

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Sleep Tips

Sleep deprivation is the ultimate form of torture and I am often asked for my Top Tips to get a baby to sleep through the night. Bearing in mind every baby and every mom is different, there is no one thing that works 100% of the time. But there are simple tips that can make all the difference: Bedtime routines A bedtime routine is incredibly important. It sets your little one up to fall asleep with greater ease which is essential to prevent habits from developing. It also can help [...]

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Make it easy, Moms

Becoming a new mom is like being in the MasterChef kitchen, with a box of ingredients and given 90 minutes to produce a gourmet dish in competition to a chef you idolize! It’s a pressure test without a recipe– no wonder we have those days when we are more than a little overwhelmed. There are three ways we can gain a semblance of control over the pressures of motherhood: Managing time pressure – Like a cake in the oven, your little one will seem to need immediate attention and unless [...]

By |Baby Sense, Blog, Feeding Sense, Sleep Sense|

Gentle protection for the whole family

I am writing this blog from our deck overlooking the Olifant’s river in the Lowveld. For the last 20 years, we have spent our annual holiday in the Lowveld of South Africa on the game farm we have a small share in. It is an ideal place for a bush holiday – restful and quiet. I have always been hyper-vigilant with my children’s health and even more so when holidaying in the bushveld or tropical areas. James, Alex and Emily have been coming to the farm from the time they were [...]

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How to drop a day sleep

Josh was a happy, healthy 12-month old who had a 45-minute sleep at 9am and an hour and a half at 2pm. The problem was that seemingly overnight he started to fight going to sleep at his afternoon sleep and at bedtime too. His mother was at a lose end! Just as you think you have got on top of your baby’s sleep routine, suddenly you will find that he changes the game plan. As your little one gets older, his need for day sleeps become less and so you [...]

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Day Sleep

One of the biggest myths about your child’s sleep is the if you keep a baby or toddler awake in the day they will be so tired that they will sleep better at night. Nothing could be further from the truth. In actual fact, “sleep begets sleep” – in other words a good day routine results in a rested baby who will sleep better at night. So having debunked that myth, how do we go about establishing a good day sleep routine? The human brain goes through cycles of drowsiness [...]

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Sleep Safety

Sleep marks the very first separation from our babies. Like most parents, I well recall tiptoeing into the nursery to check on my little one’s breathing when they were sleeping soundly. Without question the worst fear of any parent is the fear that their baby dies whilst asleep – commonly known as cot death or SIDS. Millions is spent annually on SIDS research and while the jury is still out on exactly what causes a baby to die in its sleep, we do know what the heightened risk factors are. [...]

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Hard habits to manage

Habits emerge slowly and insidiously over the first two years of your baby’s life and before you know it, you wake up one day and realize you are held hostage by a ritual, habit or routine that is inflexible and difficult to maintain. It’s time to manage that habit and here are some tried and tested tips to get you there. Sleep habits – Sleep is a common arena for negative habits. They entail rituals for getting to sleep that are dependent on mom or dad and these habits prevent [...]

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Crying: Preventing and managing colic

There are few things in life as hard as trying to sooth a colicky baby. Babies are labeled as having colic if they cry extensively – more than three hours a day in the first three months of life. Colic (meaning abdominal discomfort) is in fact a misnomer as only 5% of babies have digestive problems. This means that changing feeding methods, cutting out ‘gas producing’ foods and giving your baby medicine for ‘reflux’ is in all likelihood not going to make the difference (unless your baby is one of [...]

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Seven steps to a bedtime routine that works!

If newborn colicky periods or toddler bedtime battles are a familiar part of your evening, it may be time to look at the bedtime routine you have for your little one. The brain has a wonderful way of releasing neurotransmitters, such as melatonin, that prepare us for sleep. A bedtime routine is one of the ways we can prep our brains to settle to sleep with ease. From the time your baby is a couple of months old, you should start to mark the end of each day with a [...]

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