Confessions of a Sleep Consultant Whose Child Isn’t Sleeping!

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If I had a pound for every time a friend or a client said, “oh your children must be amazing sleepers,” I would be a very rich lady! The truth is that ALL children will go through bouts of sleep problems, and mine have been no exception. In fact, when I was in the process of completing my sleep consultancy training my second child Poppy went through a sleep regression phase that left me sleeping huddled under a blanket on her floor – something I had sworn in the past I would NEVER EVER do!  Continue reading

Is Your Sleep-Training Clock Actually Making your Child’s Sleep Worse?

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Sleep-training clocks have become somewhat of a staple item in most toddler and pre-schooler bedrooms, and I can see why ­– they aim to teach your child to stay in bed until the sun comes up. However, while this clock works wonders for some children, for others it could actually be making their sleep worse, and here’s why.

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Overtiredness – A Parent’s Guide

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Is My Baby Overtired?

Many parents ask me: “Why is overtiredness a problem? Surely the more tired my baby is, the longer they will sleep, right?”. Wrong! Lots of parents will keep their babies up later and drop or reduce day-time naps in a bid to improve night-time sleeping, when in reality an overtired baby can actually wake up more frequently at night, take shorter naps and wake up earlier in the morning too. 

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Day Time Naps – FAQs

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As a Sleep Consultant I work with lots of clients who panic over daytime naps. Parents are often stressed and anxious that a bad night is on the cards if naps don’t go to plan. Here are some FAQ’s I receive about day time naps as well as my answers.

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Separation Anxiety: What, Why & How

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What is Separation Anxiety?

Has your little one suddenly become more clingy? Do they cry every time you leave the room? Are they struggling to go down for day time naps, wanting more cuddles during the night and generally upset unless you are right there with them? If the answer is yes then it’s likely your little angel is experiencing separation anxiety.

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Spring Foward: Tips for the Clock Change

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Argh – the dreaded clock change! But this time around don’t panic! Generally babies & children find the transition when the clocks go forward easier to cope with than when they go back and it rarely takes more than a week for little ones to adjust. Plus, if you have an ‘early riser’ the clock change can actually help move things in the right direction!

Here are some tips should you wish to make the transition a little easier.

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The 4 Month Sleep Regression – What, Why & How

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What is the “4 Month Sleep Regression?”

The first thing to understand about the “4 Month Sleep Regression” is that it’s not actually a regression at all. In fact, it’s a very positive step forward and marks a major developmental milestone. As your baby’s brain matures, so does your little one’s sleep cycles, and they develop into cycles much closer to adults.

However, you might not be jumping for joy as this change often causes more frequent night waking and shorter daytime naps too. This period of change can last anywhere from a few days to six weeks.

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