Surviving Teething Without Sleep Regression

One of the biggest worries for parents with young babies is how to protect their baby’s sleep when teething strikes. Teething is one of the most testing times during your baby’s first few years, and it can be totally unpredictable, making it tricky to prepare for.

Many parents think that their babies start teething when they are around 12 weeks, when they start to display two of the most common signs of teething – dribbling and chewing/sucking on anything they can pull into their mouths. Some babies will be teething at this point, and will go on to cut their first tooth within a few weeks… However, most first teeth don’t appear until babies are 5 to 8 months and some babies are still all gums at a year! Those signs that appear at 12 weeks are simply the saliva glands kicking in and producing lots more saliva, in preparation for teething as well as weaning. The chewing and sucking of all things in reach is just a little milestone in their development.

So how can you tell if the dribbling and chewing are the start of teething or just development? Read More

How A Single Parent Can Develop A Sleep Routine

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Having been a single parent for several years myself, when I was approached by Daniel Sherwin, author of DadSolo.com, to write a guest blog about single parents and sleep, I jumped at the idea. As many single parents know, their little ones’ sleep can be even more of an emotional battle once they are going it alone, and here, Daniel helps us understand why, and what can be done to help.

How a Single Parent Can Develop a Sleep Routine

Sleep plays a critical role in your child’s physical, emotional, and cognitive development. It’s also important for good health. But research shows that children living in single-parent homes see a significant decrease in healthy sleep patterns, and a greater variability of routine bedtimes leaving them more tired than their 2-parent home peers. Read More

How to Survive the Clocks Going Back and Stop Early Rising

Do you have an early-riser? Does your child wake you at 5.30AM or earlier? Do you feel that you have tried everything to get your baby or toddler sleeping later in the mornings? Or are you just scared that when the clocks go back, your child is going to start waking up too early?
Well, here is something that is going to get your little one sleeping later. This is how to stop early-rising. This is how to reset the body-clock….

Around this time of year, I get an influx of emails and calls from parents who have early-risers, and are scared that the clocks going back is going to make their mornings even worse. Thankfully, I have devised a method to reset body-clocks that usually fixes this problem in 3 days. Read More

Why Routines Need to Be Flexible

By Sleep Fairy Sarah Quick

We all know that routines give us a framework & structure but do they have to be set in stone?

I definitely flip from thinking, “Ooh, I need a routine” to, “Hey,  manyana”.  And so does my daughter. Some days she wants things just the way she expects them to be, sitting at the table to eat, me taking her to school and healthy breakfasts, and other days she wants a little more spontaneity.

Many of our little people like to know what’s coming next and what is expected of them: Bath follows tea, stories follow bath & teeth etc but what happens when we go out for something to eat or have friends over and the routine is broken?  Read More

The Perfect Time for Mothers to Take a Nap

Having a baby in the house can easily translate to sleep deprivation for a lot of mothers. While it’s understandable why mums would want to take good care of their offspring to the point of putting their own needs second, sacrificing hours of sleep can be detrimental in the long run.

Not only will you become groggy and grumpy during the day, running around with only a few hours of sleep can also make you more prone to accidents. Webmd cites a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which said that driving while drowsy is responsible for about 100,000 car crashes annually. Read More