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4 to 3 nap transition

The 4 to 3 nap transition.


The 4 to 3 nap transition is a sign that your baby isn’t a newborn any longer!  Your baby’s sleep is changing and becoming more adult like.  Instead of going in to deep sleep at the beginning of their nap, they are now going through stages before entering in to the deep sleep that your newborn baby used to do…

short naps

The dreaded short nap.


  Are you stuck in a cycle of short naps with your baby and can’t see to work out how to get out of it?  Short naps are the worst because they can leave your baby tired and needing a nap way sooner than normal.  And because your baby is getting overtired it becomes a vicious cycle you can’t seem…

Drowsy but Awake vs. Awake and Aware.


  In my Facebook sleep group I’m often providing advice on how to help your child learn self-soothing skills and these two particular terms are bounced around a lot.  But what does drowsy but awake mean and how do you achieve it?  And when should you chose awake and aware over drowsy but awake? Drowsy but Awake This is a…

teaching self-soothing skills

Teaching self-soothing skills.


  Self-soothing skills is one of the key components of healthy sleep.  Newborn babies make it look like falling asleep is innate, but in actual fact, as babies get older, they actually find it harder to just fall asleep. This is because learning to sleep and self-soothe, are actually learnt skills. What are self-soothing skills? Self-soothing skills means the ability to…

sleep associations

Sleep Associations: What are they and what to do about them.


  What are sleep associations? One of the main reasons that I parents come to me for help with their child or baby’s sleep is because their is a sleep association present. Sleep associations are any action that helps your baby to fall asleep whether that be negative or positive. Adults and children have sleep associations. As adults we might…

You are not alone in your sleep struggles!


  Sleep can be so challenging.  As new moms or even second or third time moms we can struggle with our little one’s sleep.  Sometimes we feel like we are alone in our sleep struggles, especially if all our friends tell us what dream sleepers their child is. If we are second or third time moms we feel like we…

safe crib

Creating a safe sleep environment for your newborn.


When you find out you are pregnant the excitement is overwhelming and it is hard to resist going out and buying all those cute baby items and set up a Pinterest worthy nursery. But is that really the best, safest bedroom environment for your newborn baby? The problem is, we generally don’t get educated on safe sleep practices early enough…

Should your baby use a pacifier?


Let’s talk pacifiers! As expectant parents we often wonder whether we should introduce the pacifier, especially when we see toddlers walking around sucking on them or talking around them. I was adamant that my kids would not have a pacifier, and then my son was born and had severe silent reflux and was often in a lot of pain. A…

Is the Wake to Sleep Method right for your baby?


Recently, I have been asked by moms whose babies are notorious catnappers whether the Wake to Sleep method might be the way to get them extending their naps and connecting their sleep cycles.  Given this I thought it might be best to write a blog post on the pros and cons of using this method, so parents can make an…