The Sleep Fairy Is Back (and so happy to be back!)

This time last year I was being told by my consultant in the maternity department at Royal Berks to cut right back on my work as there was a chance that my second baby would arrive early, like my first did. Reluctantly, I handed over most of my Sleep Fairy work to the more than capable Sarah and Liz, who have been doing working their Sleep Fairy magic and will continue to do so! I started to relax and think about the huge changes that were about to take place in our home.

Thankfully Luca arrived 2 days early rather than 2 months early, is now 10 months old, and I feel totally ready to bring a bit more work back into my life. As many of my clients may know, I have been on hand to help some families, but over the last few weeks I have been doing home consultations locally, and loving it! Read More

The Sleep Fairy’s Sleep Training Diary

Up until now, I have been cuddling, feeding and walking my baby to sleep for his naps and at bedtime and when he wakes in the night. Those of you who know me might be shocked to hear this as these are all things that I advise against. But I also say that the first few months with a new baby are about muddling through and doing the best you can while bonding and enjoying your time together. When sleep becomes a problem, that is the time to do something about it. So until now, we have been having a lovely time, snuggling in bed for naps, or going for long walks with Luca in the sling, or just lazily feeding while he naps on my breast. YES I HAVE BEEN FEEDING TO SLEEP AND I LOVE IT! Read More

How PND Affected a Sleep Fairy

avaPostnatal Depression is a depressive illness which affects 10 to 15 percent of women having a baby. The symptoms are similar to those in depression at other times. These include low mood and other symptoms lasting at least two weeks. Sarah Quick, one of The Sleep Fairies writes about PND and the importance of talking about it and getting it treated:

“I felt such a rush of love”

“It’s like no other love you’ve ever experienced”

“I felt an instant connection”

These may be true for some people but it wasn’t like that for me! I felt nothing but exhaustion and kept asking myself, “Is this it?” Read More

The Importance of Good Bacteria

I have been meaning to write this blog since November last year, but was too exhausted and suffering from miserable morning sickness to do anything more than the essentials. Since then, I inflated and became more exhausted with my pregnancy and then wiped out after the birth of my lovely baby boy. He’s now 3 months old and mother-in-law is watching him while I write!

We are all aware that it isn’t good to take antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary, but it seems that people are less aware of the importance of replacing the good bacteria that are destroyed when we have to take antibiotics. Read More