Peaceful Nights

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    Every week I have moms sitting in my consulting rooms to get 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 trainer who she had heard about, to sleep train her baby Live with the sleep...

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  You are tired, too tired to read a tome on how to get more sleep and all you want is a quick fix for your baby’s sleep. If things are going awry, here are 15 quick fixes to try that really will make a difference.  Swaddle your newborn until 12 weeks of age for every sleep. This inhibits the startle reflex and prevents cat napping. If your 7 month old is waking more than once at night, increase the protein in his diet to 2-3T per meal. Protein is found in meat, dairy, chicken, beans, lentils, nuts, eggs and fish. If your baby under three months of age wakes twice at night, feed him...

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The routine debate rages on in most parents’ minds. Do babies need a routine? Can it be gentle and baby-centric?  Is a flexible routine is better than a regimented one? Ask these questions to any baby expert and you will get a myriad of answers. Ask a parent and the responses will be even more diverse.   Like adults, babies have their in-built time clocks and physical needs, however these needs differ substantially from their parents. Where adults only need eight hours sleep a night, babies need anywhere from 18 or 20 hours for a newborn to 14 hours for a toddler, per 24-hour cycle...

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QUESTION I'm having problems with my 14month old baby girl at night....for the past 3-4 weeks she's been waking up at 2-3am crying and we cannot calm her down unless we show her videos on our iPads or cellphones to distract her....this lasts for about an hour or more until she is eventually too tired to watch and then falls asleep again. I don't believe it's night terrors as she is fully awake in her cot when I go to her room.Could it just be nightmares as she is developing an active imagination? For the past 3-4 weeks she has also been sleeping much later...between 9pm-10pm. She...

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Are you anxious the minute your baby goes to sleep that you may not hear her cry for comfort or food? Have you found yourself standing over her crib checking that she is breathing on your way to bed at night? Or felt that cold sweat as you awake from a dead sleep at 2am to rush through and check your little one is all right? If you have, you are in good company. We all want to be sure we meet our baby’s needs timeously and that our babies are safe as they sleep at night. There are a variety of baby monitors; some baby monitors only monitor sounds and cries, while others monitor breathing...

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