Parenting Now Compared to 100 Years Ago

This week is the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War and I am looking at how being a parent is different to how it was 100 years ago. Although most parents think that being a parent is far more difficult than they thought it would be, in a lot of ways, we have it a lot easier now than we did 100 years ago, and in other ways, maybe it’s harder.


Whether you’re making an enormous contribution to landfill with disposables or hammering the water, gas and electricity supply with cloth nappies, we have it easier now than they did back then.

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What Makes Sleep Fairies Different to Other Sleep Consultants

Sleep Fairy Parent Rescue started in 2009 because overtired mums were asking Dee Booth for advice about how to get their babies to sleep. Dee had the solutions, because she had built up a wealth of knowledge and understanding through working as a nanny over the previous 14 years. At that time, there weren’t specific “Sleep Training” courses, but Dee already had the answers through reading, researching, observing and using her knowledge to develop techniques that she had been using with the children she had been working with for more than a decade. Her techniques grew naturally, as did her reputation for not only fixing babies’ sleep, but also helping parents to get on top of toddlers’ unruly behaviour and picky eating habits. Within a few years, she was rescuing parents all over the South of England, and more recently all over the world. Read More

Toddlers and Technology

Today, we far too often see toddlers being entertained by iPads, tablets and mobile phones. They are totally captivated by the bright coloured screens, which we call technology. Some parents buy their toddler their own iPad, to save them having to fight with the toddler over their own, or an older sibling’s devices! Having met numerous families who have done this, I am still stunned every time I meet another – I can’t imagine giving my toddler free reign of a £600 bit of technology!

I can see why these parents do what they do, but this in no way makes it right! I know that it is easier to do the household chores when your child is sitting quietly and staying out of trouble. If you go out to a restaurant and you hand them an iPad, you can keep them sitting still in a situation where they would normally be running around creating havoc. It gives parents time to have a slow leisurely lunch. It gives them a chance to finish conversations. It all makes perfect sense to so many parents…  Read More

Potty Training! How to potty train. When to potty train. Why a potty…

The Sleep Fairy Guide to Potty Training (Toilet Training)

There is no correct time to start toilet/potty training, but most children will be between 2 and 3 years old when they make their first attempts. Of course, some will start earlier, and some won’t be ready until later. If you decide to start early (before two and a half), it is probably easier to use potties rather than going straight to the toilet.

There are several things that need to be developed for a child to be able to use the toilet. They need to be aware that they do wees and poos, they need to be able to hold them (briefly) once they know they need to go, they need to understand that the potty (or toilet) is the place to do their wees and poos, and they need to be able to pull down their pants! Read More

Back to School Survival Guide

For some parents, the end of the summer holidays comes as a welcome relief after 6-9 weeks without any regular routine. Even though getting out of the house in time for the school run is a struggle, it can feel easier than the seemingly endless weeks of trying to entertain lively children without the need to remortgage the house/rehome the kids!

Other parents will be filled with dread as the beginning of term looms closer, as getting their children up, dressed and out the house without all hell breaking loose seems virtually impossible. And if you have one child at school and another at home, figuring out how to fit naps and feeding round school runs is another daunting prospect. So here are some tips to help you survive the massive change in routine: Read More