Sleep Sense

Sleep Sense2017-08-28T21:40:21+02:00

Magical bedtimes

There is overwhelming science showing the value of a good bedtime routine for sleep. Babies and toddlers who have set routines fall asleep with greater ease and sleep better. A good sleep routine should be one hour long: An hour before the designated bedtime, take your child to their room, close the curtains – prep the room for sleep Then its time for a bath – which is often a fun time but try to keep the shenanigans to a minimum After bath do not leave your child’s bedroom. Dress [...]

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Where should my baby sleep?

There is no hard and fast rule as to the ‘right’ place for a baby to sleep. Two major things influence a parent’s decision of sleep space for their baby: What space is available – if you only have a one bedroom flat, then your baby will clearly be in your room and possibly in your bed. If you have a nursery for your baby, the choice may be to have him sleep there from day one. Both choices are completely fine. Parenting preference – Some moms would not consider [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Drop a Day Sleep

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 will find that fitting all the day sleeps into the day with longer awake times, mean that bedtime is suddenly at 10pm. We call these shifts in day sleep routine CUSP ages and interestingly it happens at very specific ages: At 9 months your baby will drop from 3 to [...]

Newborn sleep

Newborn babies (under 6 weeks) are generally good sleepers during the day. They are still quite sleepy and may even sleep from one feed to the next. They are very likely to wake to feed as often at night as during the day – usually 3 hourly. If your baby wakes more often at night than during the day, she may be experiencing ‘day-night reversal’. In this case, you need to guide your baby towards more lively interactions in the day and less engagement at night. It is relatively simple [...]

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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