Understanding Sleep Regressions and how to handle them.
By Diane Pawsey, Family Sleep Consultant.
Children are constantly changing, growing and developing. Every child reaches milestones at different rates but when children are learning, their brains are processing a lot of new information.
Research has shown that when a baby has spent time developing a new skill during the day (such as crawling), their brain is still active when they go to bed. The part of the brain they have been using the most is still firing and lighting up like a firework display even after they go to sleep.
This can cause a child, who was previously settling quickly at night, to suddenly find it difficult to do so. They may refuse to nap, wake up shortly after falling asleep, resist falling asleep, wake up early, wake up but still appear tired or wake more at night.
This is known as a sleep regression. Continue reading
Review written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Vanessa Holmes.
My son Nathan has always been a fussy sleeper. He hates being covered over and I would find him waking up in the night due to him pushing the duvet off and then being cold. In the past we tried using a Grobag but due to Nathan feeling closed in he was not impressed and took an instant dislike to this, so we just put up with the constant checking and pulling the duvet back over him throughout the night.
I had never heard of a sleep suit before and due to past experiences I was very sceptical of Nathan being comfortable with it being on him. Due to the suit basically being exactly like a baby grow but with a tog rating he was fine and so far he has slept throughout the night without waking.
The sleep suit is organically made so that was a big bonus and it is very soft. I’m glad we got the opportunity to try out this product as it has made a big impact on our sons sleep pattern. The design we received wasn’t quite the style that I would choose personally but from looking at the website they offer all different designs depending on your child’s likes/dislikes.
Purchase from: www.babyboo.ie
Guest Post by Julia Merrill, founder of BefriendYourDoc.org
The repercussions of not getting enough sleep can be severe.
Do you ever have a night – or several of them – where no one in the family can sleep? Mum and Dad put the kids to bed, but they keep popping right back out because they can’t fall asleep. Then when they finally do drift off, Mum and Dad are tossing and turning all night long. If this sounds like your family, here are a few tips to help you all get a good night’s sleep.
Lack of Sleep
If you haven’t been sleeping well for just a couple of nights, you may be tired and irritable, but it’s not a huge health issue. If your lack of sleep has lingered on for a while, though, you will want to make sure you deal with it. Continue reading
Review written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Rachel Hartley.
I was really excited to be able to review the SnüzPouch Sleeping Bag as I have been using sleeping bags for a few months already with my little boy but haven’t yet used this brand or design.
It arrived in eye catching purple packaging that had a reassuring ‘British Safety Tested’ tick as well as a Silver award from Best Baby and Toddler Gear 2017 which all seemed very promising. On the back of the packet was a visual guide to choosing the right tog for your baby as well as a particular useful ‘What to wear guide’
The design we sampled was called ‘Geo Mono’ and felt really on trend with many interior design Instagram posts that I follow. I thought it looked really modern and would coordinate with a great variety of nursery decors, I do know that SnüzPouch also do a range of other lovely designs. Continue reading
Guest post by Bea Waterfield, Director of Baby College UK.
An introduction to understand your baby’s sleep patterns.
The issue of sleep when there’s a new baby in the house can be such a pressing need that any advice offering a glimmer of hope seems to be worth a try.
It is the “magic diet pill” or “elixir of youth” subject for many parents that leaves us vulnerable to spending money on books and seeking advice that may or may not be helpful and actually may just make us feel guilty and inadequate.
There is no guarantee that what “worked” for someone else’s baby is going to work for your unique (and very special) baby.
If you are looking for a magic solution here to get back to sleeping like you did before you had a baby
then look away now. But, if you would like to start to understand why babies sleep like they do and a little about normal sleep development then read on…
Why do babies sleep like they do?
There are many factors that affect how well and how long a baby will sleep. One fact that is inescapable is the size of their little tummies of course but there are other factors to consider… Continue reading
Review written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Ceri McCullam.
I’m mum to Joshua who is 4 years old. We were asked to review the Lulla Doll which is a sleep companion for preemies, babies and toddlers. The doll imitates closeness to a caregiver at sleep time with its soft feel of natural cotton and soothing sounds of real-life breathing and heartbeat. The heartbeat sounds when the doll is turned onto play for 8 hours and then it turns off automatically.
The doll can also be an outside the cot attachment with the Velcro straps that are hidden in a pocket on the back and it can easily be attached to the cot, bed or car seat. The sound box is removable and the doll is machine washable. The doll is neutral in look and colour so it’s suitable for all children regardless of gender and race. Continue reading
There are amazing products coming out all the time for bumps, babies and toddlers. Here’s our run down of some of the best things available on the market today:
Kit & Kin Biodegradable Nappies – From £7.99 for Pack of 40
This new brand of nappies, from Spice Girl Emma Bunton’s company Kit & Kin is perfect for sensitive skin. Available in four fun designs, each nappy is dermatologically tested and approved and uses significantly fewer chemicals than other brands. Made from the most sustainable, eco-friendly materials, each nappy will begin to biodegrade within three to six years – a lot quicker than the 500 years it takes conventional nappies.
Buy from www.ubershop.uk/Kit_and_Kin
By Norland Nanny and founder of The Blissful Baby Company, Louisa Hirst.
Understanding a a baby’s development is key to being able to give the sleep they need.
There are scores of books out there that are dedicated to teaching you how to get your baby to sleep. It is one of the most contentious and polarising topics in the parenting world. But little is done to teach an understanding of our baby’s developmental needs. Which is strange because, logically, this is precisely where we should start before we can ever know how best to look after our baby. Continue reading
Guest Post by Sarah Ockwell-Smith, Parenting Expert and Author of The Gentle Sleep Book
There is no definitive evidence yet to say whether Controlled Crying is harmful to children or not. But ‘no evidence of harm’ is not the same as ‘evidence of no harm’.
Leaving babies to cry for a predetermined period of time in order to teach themselves to fall asleep (or “self settle”) was introduced by Dr Emmett Holt in his 1895 book ‘The Care and Feeding of Children’, this idea was then popularised by Dr Richard Ferber (which gave rise to the term “Ferberisation”) in his 1985 book ‘Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems’. Since then many baby care authors have picked up on the trend of leaving babies to cry for an increasing period in order to encourage them to get themselves to sleep and not wake in the night.
Does Controlled Crying Work?
The answer to this is not simple. Whilst many parents report more unbroken sleep at night after three or four nights of sleep training, research has not found any long lasting positive effects. Indeed many parents report significant sleep regressions several months after trying the technique and experiencing initial positive effects. Continue reading
Written by Diane Pawsey, the Family Sleep Consultant
For babies, daytime naps are the key to a good night’s sleep
Sleep deprivation has been proven to affect children in many ways. Poor physical development, lack of concentration and behavioural issues are just a few of the side effects. If your baby isn’t sleeping through the night, or maybe refusing to take day time naps, try some of these tips from Diane Pawsey, The Family Sleep Consultant.
1) Establish a routine
Developing good sleep associations is vital to establishing a routine. A bedtime routine should take no longer than half an hour or your child will forget where you are going. They need to follow a sequence of steps each night, to trigger the association to bedtime. Place your baby in their cot awake as this will allow them to self-settle, one of the most valuable tools a child can learn. Continue reading